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KATHERYN WINNICK

2006 is proving to be a breakthrough year for Katheryn Winnick. Just days after playing the female lead opposite Matthew Lillard in FOX’s highly-anticipated hidden treasure mystery pilot 13 GRAVES, directed by Dominic Sena, she hit the big screen playing Melissa, Matthew McConaughey’s girlfriend in the #1 box-office hit FAILURE TO LAUNCH. Winnick has also recently showcased her diverse artistic abilities in WHEN NIETZSCHE WEPT, starring opposite Armand Assante and Ben Cross. In this film, based on the bestselling novel of the same name, she portrays real-life 19th century Russian poet, Lou Salome. “No woman has radiated a stronger or more direct influence in German-speaking lands in the last 150 years than this Lou von Salome from Petersburg,” according to esteemed German scholar and publisher Kurt Wolff.

This recent success comes as no surprise, as Winnick has landed numerous starring roles in the past couple of years, moving effortlessly from drama to genre fare in both film and television. When no less an authority than The Hollywood Reporter gushed about Winnick that she “steals nearly every scene” playing the young Ivana Trump in ABC’s highly-publicized 2005 biopic TRUMP UNAUTHORIZED, this only confirmed her status as one of Hollywood’s most up-and-coming young actresses. Other notable roles include the Oscar-nominated short film OUR TIME IS UP, the teen road-trip comedy NATIONAL LAMPOON’S GOING THE DISTANCE, and her award winning performance in DADDY’S LITTLE GIRL. On the small screen, Winnick has also guest-starred on such hit shows as CSI: NY, LAW & ORDER, CRIMINAL MINDS and OZ. After her teen debut as a recurring character on the popular Canadian TV series STUDENT BODIES, Winnick - who hails from Toronto, Ontario - was selected from among thousands of young actors to be documented as one of the next ones to have “it” in Bravo’s groundbreaking show, THE “IT” FACTOR. She currently holds a third-degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do, a second-degree Black Belt in Karate, and is a licensed bodyguard to boot.

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