When Katherine was little, dreams for her future were split between being a star basketball player in the WNBA and “the voice of the Disney characters”.
Actor and Director, Katherine (Kat) Barrell, enjoys a career alternating between both the comedy and drama sphere. After graduation from George Brown Theatre school, Kat booked her first major guest star on the ABC Network pilot, Poe, alongside Natalie Dormer (Game of Thrones).
Kat went on to play in both television and film, performing in notable dramas; Reign, Private Eyes, The Listener, Saving Hope. Select film work includes, Lake Placid: Legacy (Sony Pictures), The Scarehouse (NBC Universal), and My Ex-Ex (Netflix). As a compliment to her training at the famous Groundlings School of Comedy in Los Angeles, Kat was cast as the lovable-neurotic, Alicia Rutherford, in the Netflix Original Series, Workin’ Moms.
This brought Kat to the role she is most widely recognized for, Sheriff Nicole Haught, on SYFY’s cult-hit, Wynonna Earp. The show recently won a People’s Choice Award as “Best Scifi Show”, with Kat winning “Performer of the Week” (TV Line) and “Performer of the Month” (Spoiler TV) for her work in Season 3. About to enter her fourth season of filming, Kat continues to garner an incredibly supportive and passionate fan base. When not filming, she’s touring the world meeting them at various conventions, which in turn, brings her an immense amount of pride.
Kat’s enthusiasm for Science Fiction continues on her most recent project, Star Trek: Discovery (CBS), as the iconic canon character, Stella Grimes, alongside famed comedian, Rainn Wilson (The Office).
Although acting continues to be her focus and first love, on the other side of the camera, Kat has worked as both a director and producer on 8 short films. Most notably her comedy short, Issues, was named one of the top three ‘Bell Media Short Films’ by television critic Richard Crouse. Kat’s short films, Cannonball, Dissecting Gwen and Mature Young Adults played at several film festivals across North America. Through her production company, Blue Eyed Bandit, she is currently at work developing her first feature film.
Although acting continues to be her focus and first love, Kat’s newest endeavour is directing, finding it the perfect marriage between her acting roots and business brain. When not on set, Kat can be found picking fruit on her family farm and cuddling a notorious pooch named Bernie.