Katharine McPhee stars in "Smash" on NBC as the talented-but-green Karen Cartwright. Newly arrived from Iowa in pursuit of her Broadway dream, Karen must learn to navigate the shark-infested waters of the professional theater to win the role of a lifetime against her competition, stage veteran Ivy Lynn (Megan Hilty), all while maintaining her integrity.

McPhee rose to fame as a contestant on Season 5 of FOX's reality singing competition series "American Idol." She ended the season as the runner-up to winner Taylor Hicks.

McPhee recently appeared on the big screen in Relativity Media's "Shark Night 3D." She also co-starred in the Adam Sandler comedy "House Bunny."

Recently on television, McPhee co-starred in episodes of "CSI: NY," NBC's "Community" and "The Family Guy." She was also featured on two hit PBS specials, "Foster and Friends" and "Chris Botti in Boston," alongside Sting, Andrea Bocelli and John Mayer.

McPhee spent 2010 touring the country with her album "Unbroken," which included the hit single "Had It All." She released her first Christmas album in 2010, covering the yuletide classics, featuring an original Christmas song, "It's Not Christmas Without You," and climbed the charts with the top-five holiday hit "I'll Be Home for Christmas."

McPhee's self-titled debut album exploded onto the Billboard 200 chart in 2007 and landed at #2. It was also the best chart debut for a female artist in two years. Her first single, "Over the Rainbow/My Destiny," debuted at #2 on Billboard's Hot Singles Sales chart. The album went gold in 2008, and in 2009, she garnered a Young Hollywood Award for Best Female Vocalist.

In addition to her acting and singing career, McPhee is a passionate philanthropist. She also has served as the face of Sexy Hair and a spokesperson for Neutrogena.

McPhee was exposed at an early age to the joy of singing by her mother, a vocal coach. After high school, she attended the prestigious Boston Conservatory for one semester and majored in musical theater.




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Age: 33 years old
Birthday: March 25, 1984
Height: 5' 8"
Nickname: Kat
Full Name / Real Name: Katharine Hope Mcphee
Birthplace: Los Angeles, CA
Husband: Nick Cokas (2/2/2008)


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