Katharine McPhee

Katharine McPhee

Highest Rated: 43% The House Bunny (2008)

Lowest Rated: Not Available

Birthday: Mar 25, 1984

Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, USA

With her soulful voice and striking looks, season five runner-up Katharine McPhee emerged as one of the most memorable and promising artists ever to emerge from the hit reality competition series, "American Idol" (Fox, 2002-16). She was born on March 25, 1984 in Los Angeles to Peisha Arten, a cabaret singer and vocal coach, and Daniel McPhee, a television producer. McPhee began performing in musicals and plays at Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks, CA, from which she graduated in 2002. After high school, McPhee trained at the Boston Conservatory of Music before heading back to L.A. to jumpstart her singing and acting career. She appeared in a number of musicals in 2005, including productions of both "Annie Get Your Gun" and "The Ghost and Mrs. Muir." In the fall of 2005, McPhee tried out for season five of "American Idol," where she wowed the judges with her soulful rendition of Billie Holliday's "God Bless the Child" (1942) and advanced to the semi-finals round in Hollywood. With her beauty queen looks and stellar voice, McPhee was pegged as one of the frontrunners early on in the competition. She consistently made strong impressions through her performances, including her much discussed rendition of K.T. Tunstall's hit single "Black Horse and the Cherry Tree" (2005), for which she sang on her knees. McPhee made it all the way to the finals, but in the end, she lost to the silver-haired blues singer, Taylor Hicks. Shortly after "American Idol" wrapped, McPhee made headlines after she revealed to People magazine that she struggled with bulimia for five years, almost destroying her vocal chords, and admitted that she decided to stop and control her eating disorder only after she made it on "Idol." Yet, the controversy surrounding McPhee did not end there. She missed the opening dates of the requisite "American Idol" Tour, which sparked rumors that she wanted to distance herself from the show that had made her a household name. McPhee, however, claimed that she missed the first few weeks due to laryngitis and bronchitis. Boosted by the exposure she received on "Idol," McPhee nabbed a featured role in the comedy feature, "The House Bunny" (2008), in which she appeared as a pregnant sorority girl. She also guest starred on the drama series "CSI: NY" (CBS, 2004-2013) as a singer and crime victim who resorts to murder as revenge, and appeared on the hit comedy show "Community" (NBC/Yahoo, 2009-2015) as the daughter of Chevy Chase's character. While McPhee dabbled in acting, she did not stop making music. In 2007, she released her self-titled debut album featuring the single "Over It," which peaked at No. 29 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Her sophomore album, Unbroken, suffered from mediocre sales, but it still drew attention for featuring the previously brunette singer sporting a platinum shag on the cover. In February 2011, McPhee was cast opposite Debra Messing in Steven Spielberg's NBC pilot, "Smash" (NBC 2011-13), about aspiring singers who stage a Broadway musical inspired by their silver screen icon, Marilyn Monroe. When the series was canceled after the second season, McPhee joined the cast of the action comedy series "Scorpion" (CBS 2014- )

Highest rated movies

The House Bunny Bayou Caviar
Shark Night
The Tiger Rising
You May Not Kiss the Bride




17% 73% The Tiger Rising Caroline Horton (Character) $835.2K 2022
No Score Yet No Score Yet Silent Night: A Song for the World Self - 2020
No Score Yet No Score Yet Intensive Care Kate Richards (Character) - 2018
20% 47% Bayou Caviar Shelly (Character) - 2018
No Score Yet 64% The Lost Wife of Robert Durst Kathie (Character) - 2017
No Score Yet 33% In My Dreams Natalie Russo (Character) - 2014
0% 33% You May Not Kiss the Bride Masha Nikitin (Character) - 2011
19% 22% Shark Night Beth (Character) $18.9M 2011
43% 50% The House Bunny Harmony (Character) $48.2M 2008


No Score Yet No Score Yet Dr. Phil Guest 2022
No Score Yet No Score Yet Home & Family Guest 2021
No Score Yet 50% The Kelly Clarkson Show Music Performer 2021
57% 87% Country Comfort Bailey (Character) 2021
No Score Yet No Score Yet I Can See Your Voice Music Performer 2020
68% 0% American Idol Music Performer 2013 2016 2020
No Score Yet No Score Yet Great Performances Music Performer 2019
No Score Yet 66% The Chew Guest 2018
61% 77% Scorpion Paige Dineen (Character) 2014-2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet Soundstage Music Performer 2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet Harry Music Performer 2017
No Score Yet 0% The Talk Music Performer,
2014-2015 2017
No Score Yet 45% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert Guest 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet Lip Sync Battle Contestant 2016
No Score Yet 100% Hollywood Game Night Guest 2015
No Score Yet 26% The Late Late Show With James Corden Guest 2015
No Score Yet 87% Conan Music Performer 2014
No Score Yet 75% Late Show With David Letterman Guest 2014
68% 79% Smash Karen Cartwright (Character) 2012-2013
No Score Yet 20% Late Night With Jimmy Fallon Guest 2012-2013
No Score Yet 0% The Ellen DeGeneres Show Guest 2012
No Score Yet 63% Family Guy Mother Maggie (Guest Voice) 2012
88% 88% Community Amber (Guest Star) 2010
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Wendy Williams Show Music Performer 2010
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Bonnie Hunt Show Guest 2010
No Score Yet 10% Jimmy Kimmel Live! Music Performer,
2008 2010
No Score Yet 80% CSI: New York Gavin Skidmore (Guest Star) 2009
No Score Yet No Score Yet Rachael Ray Guest 2007
97% 78% Ugly Betty Herself (Guest Star) 2007