Katherine Evelyn Anita Cassidy (formerly Rodgers) (born November 25, 1986) is an American actress. Following several minor television roles, she came to attention as a scream queen after starring in the horror films When a Stranger Calls (2006), as Kelli Presley in Black Christmas (2006) and as Ruby in the third season of the horror series Supernatural (2007-2008). +more Following a supporting role in the action film Taken (2008), Cassidy played leading roles in the mystery horror series Harper's Island (2009) and the remake of the drama series Melrose Place (2009-2010). She starred as Kris Fowles in the slasher film remake A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010) and had a recurring role as Juliet Sharp during the fourth season of the teen drama Gossip Girl (2010-2012).

Cassidy had her breakthrough in 2012, after being cast as Laurel Lance / Black Canary, on The CW television series Arrow. Cassidy has reprised her role in the Arrowverse series The Flash and Legends of Tomorrow, as well as voicing the character in the animated web series Vixen. +more Following her character's death in season four of Arrow, Cassidy began playing Laurel Lance / Black Siren, an antagonistic version of the character from a parallel universe, originating on The Flash and continuing on to Arrow.

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Early life and family

Cassidy was born on November 25, 1986, in Los Angeles. She is the child from the short-lived relationship of actor and singer David Cassidy and fashion model Sherry Williams. +more Cassidy's paternal grandparents were actors Jack Cassidy and Evelyn Ward and she is the niece of teen idol and television producer Shaun Cassidy and actor Patrick Cassidy and Ryan Cassidy. Cassidy has a younger half-brother named Beau, born in 1991, from her father's third marriage to Sue Shifrin.

After Cassidy's parents ended their relationship, she was raised by her mother and stepfather Richard Benedon. David Cassidy spoke of his absence from Katie's life, saying in February 2017: "I've never had a relationship with her. +more I wasn't her father. I was her biological father but I didn't raise her. She has a completely different life. I'm proud of her. She's very talented. It's hard for me to even accept how old she is now. " In her youth, Cassidy was on the competitive cheerleader team the California Flyers. A resident of Bell Canyon, California, she attended Calabasas High School. During her time there, she signed a recording contract, releasing a cover of "I Think I Love You", a song which had been a hit for her biological father as part of the soundtrack to his TV show The Partridge Family.

Acting career

In 2003, Cassidy made her television and acting debut appearing in an episode of the Lifetime drama series The Division. Cassidy has continued to guest appear in television shows such as Celebrity Apprentice 4, Listen Up! and New Girl. +more In 2005, Cassidy appeared in a recurring role on The WB's series 7th Heaven over the course of four episodes. That same year, she also appeared on the UPN teen drama series Sex, Love & Secrets.

In 2006, Cassidy made her film debut as Tiffany Madison in the horror film When a Stranger Calls. Cassidy has gone on to have notable supporting roles in films Click, Taken and Live!.

In February 2006, Cassidy was cast as Kelli Presley in the Dimension Films horror-slasher film Black Christmas, a remake of the 1974 film. The film centers on an escaped maniac who returns to his childhood home on Christmas Eve, which is now a sorority house, and one by one kills all of the sorority sisters. +more The film was released on December 15, 2006 to negative reviews from critics. The film was a moderate success, making over $50 million worldwide.

In 2007, Cassidy appeared on The CW's supernatural drama series +more_TV_series)'>Supernatural. Cassidy played the role of Ruby, a demon. Making her debut in the show's third season, Cassidy appeared in six episodes. In 2008, though her character returned for the show's fourth season, Cassidy was replaced by actress Genevieve Cortese.

In October 2008, Variety announced Cassidy had been cast on the CBS horror mystery limited series Harper's Island. Cassidy portrayed the role of Patricia "Trish" Wellington, a bride-to-be. +more The series centered on a group of family and friends who gather for a wedding on an island known for its sinister past full of gruesome murders. In each episode, at least one character is killed off. Cassidy and her fellow cast members were not told about their characters' deaths until the day they received a script. The series premiered on April 9, 2009 to 10. 21 million viewers. Despite ratings failing to maintain the pilot's success, CBS aired the remainder of the series with the series finale airing on July 11, 2009.

In February 2009, The CW cast Cassidy as a lead in the drama series Melrose Place, a reboot of the 1990s series of the same name. Cassidy portrayed the role of Ella Simms, a publicist who resides in a West Hollywood apartment complex and centers on its residents. +more The series premiered on September 8, 2009 to 2. 31 million viewers. Despite mixed reviews, Cassidy's performance was praised by critics and was cited as "the best thing about the Melrose reboot" by New York magazine. The CW canceled the series in May 2010 due to low ratings.

In April 2010, Cassidy appeared in another remake; this time the horror classic A Nightmare on Elm Street, originally released in 1984 of the same name. Cassidy portrays the false protagonist Kris Fowles; a high school student who becomes a victim to Freddy Krueger. +more Filming began in Chicago with the film earning over $31 million in its opening weekend. Cassidy was nominated for a Teen Choice Award in the Horror/Thriller Actress category for her role, which she lost to Megan Fox. Cassidy's work in the horror genre has led to her being labelled a Scream Queen.

Shortly after the release of A Nightmare on Elm Street, Variety announced Cassidy had been cast in the adventure comedy film Monte Carlo. The film, which also stars Leighton Meester and Selena Gomez, follows three friends who pose as wealthy socialites while on holiday in Monte Carlo. +more Production began in May 2010 with filming taking place in Monaco, Budapest, Paris, and Texas. The film was released on July 1, 2011 and received mixed to negative reviews from critics, and went on to gross $39 million worldwide.

In June 2010, The CW announced Cassidy would have a major recurring arc in the fourth season of the teen drama series Gossip Girl. Cassidy portrayed Juliet Sharp, who attends Columbia University and sets out to ruin the life of the show's central character Serena van der Woodsen. +more Cassidy made her first appearance in the season premiere and went on to appear in over 11 episodes of the season.

In May 2012, Cassidy was cast as the title character in the film adaptation of the graphic novel The Scribbler, alongside Eliza Dushku, Michelle Trachtenberg and Gina Gershon. She plays Suki, a young woman with dissociative identity disorder.

In March 2011, Cassidy was cast in the ABC drama pilot Georgetown as Nikki, a smart and quick-witted junior staffer in the White House Communications Office with connections to the First Lady. The pilot was created by Gossip Girl executive producers Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage. +more The series was not picked up by ABC.

In February 2012, Cassidy landed the main cast role of Laurel Lance / Black Canary in The CW's series Arrow, which is based on the Green Arrow comic books. The series premiered on October 10, 2012. +more Cassidy left the show as a series regular after her character was killed off in episode 18 of the fourth season on April 6, 2016. On May 17, 2016, she guest-starred in the Arrow verse spin-off series The Flash for the second time, but as the metahuman Black Siren, Laurel's Earth-2 doppelgänger, in the second-season episode "Invincible". On July 23, 2016, it was announced that Cassidy had signed a deal with Warner Bros. to appear across multiple CW Arrowverse shows. On March 27, 2017, it was announced that Cassidy would return to Arrow as a series regular for season 6; reprising the role of Black Siren. She continued in that role for the remaining duration of the show. The season 8 episode "Leap of Faith" marked her directorial debut.

In 2016, Cassidy portrayed the character of Sharon (a character inspired by late fashion model and actress Sharon Tate) in the direct-to-digital-HD horror film Wolves at the Door, loosely based on the Manson Family's murders.

Cassidy also stars in the 2017 PS4 game Hidden Agenda.

Personal life

Cassidy is a spokeswoman for the charity H.E.L.P. Malawi.

In 2016, Cassidy began dating Matthew Rodgers. The couple announced their engagement on June 5, 2017. +more Cassidy and Rodgers wed on December 8, 2018. Cassidy filed for divorce on January 8, 2020 in Los Angeles. The divorce was finalized on March 22, 2021 and it became public on March 26.

Filmography

Film

YearTitleRoleNotes
2006When a Stranger CallsTiffany Madison
2006The LostDee Dee
2006ClickSamantha Newman at 27 years old
2006Black ChristmasKelli Presley
2007SpinApple
2007Live!Jewel
2007Walk the TalkJessie
2008TakenAmanda
2010A Nightmare on Elm StreetKris Fowles
2011Monte CarloEmma Perkins
2013Kill for MeAmanda Rowe
2014The ScribblerSuki
2016Wolves at the DoorSharon
2018GraceDawn Walsh
2018Cover VersionsJackie
2021I Love UsLaura FentonAlso executive producer
2022Agent GameMiller

Television

YearTitleRoleNotes
2003The DivisionYoung Candace "CD" DeLorenzoEpisode: "Oh Mother, Who Art Thou?"
2005Listen Up!RebeccaEpisode: "Snub Thy Neighbor"
20057th HeavenZoe4 episodes
2005Sex, Love & SecretsGabrielle2 episodes
2007-2008+more_TV_series)'>SupernaturalRubyMain role (season 3)
2009Harper's IslandPatricia "Trish" WellingtonMain role
2009-2010Melrose PlaceElla SimmsMain role
2010-2012Gossip GirlJuliet SharpRecurring role (season 4); guest star (season 6)
2011New GirlBrookeEpisode: "Wedding"
2012-2020ArrowLaurel Lance / Black Canary / Black SirenMain role (seasons 1-4; 6-8); special guest star (season 5)
2015-2018The FlashLaurel Lance / Black Canary / Black Siren3 episodes
2015Superhero Fight ClubLaurel Lance / Black CanaryThe CW short
2016Whose Line Is It Anyway?HerselfEpisode: "Katie Cassidy"
2016-2017Legends of TomorrowLaurel Lance2 episodes
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Music videos

YearArtistTitleNotes
2004Eminem"Just Lose It"
2005Jesse McCartney"She's No You"

Other media

YearTitleRoleNotes
2016VixenLaurel Lance / Black CanaryWeb series; voice role; 3 episodes
2017Hidden AgendaBecky MarneyVideo game; voice/motion capture role

As a director

Arrow - episode: "Leap of Faith" (2019)

Awards and nominations

YearAwardCategoryNominated workResult
2010Fright Meter AwardBest Supporting ActressNominated
2010Teen Choice AwardsChoice Movie Actress: Horror/ThrillerNominated
2013Teen Choice AwardsChoice TV Actress: Fantasy/Sci-FiNominated
2015PRISM AwardPerformance in a Drama Series Multi-Episode StorylineWon
2018FirstGlance Film Fest PhiladelphiaBest Actress (Feature)Won

Notes

Living people