Katherine Moennig

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Katherine Moennig
Birth name Katherine Sian Moennig
Born December 29, 1977 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Notable Roles
Notable Episodes



Katherine Moennig preferred climbing trees and skateboarding to playing with tea sets as a tomboy growing up in Philadelphia, PA. The daughter of a Broadway dancer mother and a violin maker father, Moennig was primed to perform at an early age. She first stepped on stage at 10 years old in a Children's Theatre Workshop production of "Winnie the Pooh" and opted to expand the experience by writing and directing an improvised version of "Pooh" with a friend. The duo performed their original production at Philadelphia's Free Library.

She continued doing school productions before moving to New York and entering the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Within two months of graduation, she landed an apprenticeship at the prestigious Williamstown Theatre Festival and acquired a wealth of experience working behind the scenes. During a second stint at Williamstown, she appeared in a production of Shakespeare's "As You Like It." She made her television debut as the elusive Jake Pratt in "Young Americans," a girl masquerading as a boy at the all-male Rawley Academy.

Katherine won a central role in a music video for the Canadian band "Our Lady Peace" just prior to landing her first television series with "Young Americans." She also auditioned for "Boys Don't Cry" (1999).

In her leisure time, the young actress enjoys sleeping late, spending time with friends and walking around New York City.


Starring Roles

Series Role Year(s) Season(s)
Young Americans Jake Pratt 2000 1
The L Word Shane McCutcheon 2004–2009 1 2 3 4 5 6
Three Rivers Miranda Foster 2009–2010 1
Ray Donovan Lena 2013–  1 2 3 4

Guest Starring Roles

Series Role Episode Airdate
Law & Order Melissa Cobin 12x03 - For Love or Money October 10, 2001
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Cheryl Avery 4x21 - Fallacy April 18, 2003
CSI: Miami Mary Landis 6x19 - Rock and a Hard Place May 5, 2008

Notable Film Roles

Everybody's Fine (2009) as Jilly; other actors include: Robert De Niro, Kate Beckinsale and Drew Barrymore