Katharine McPhee, an accomplished actress and singer, first burst onto the scene during a storied run on Season 5 of American Idol (2006). She is well-known to television audiences for starring in the CBS drama series Scorpion (2014-2018), and also as one of the leads in the NBC musical drama Smash (2012-2013), executive produced by Steven Spielberg.
McPhee’s additional television credits include the ABC/Hallmark Hall of Fame television film, In My Dreams (2014), and Lifetime original movie, The Lost Wife of Robert Durst (2017). She has also guest-starred in the series CSI: NY, Community, and Family Guy.
McPhee’s feature film credits include The House Bunny, Shark Night 3D, You May Not Kiss the Bride, and Bayou Caviar.
Also renowned for her powerhouse presence and show-stopping performances, McPhee possesses a singing voice for the ages. In 2006, her first single, “Somewhere Over the Rainbow/My Destiny,” debuted at #2 on Billboard’s Hot Singles Sales chart. Propelled by the gold-certified single, “Over It,” her 2007 self-titled album debuted at #2 on the Billboard Top 200.
2010 saw the release of two records, Unbroken and Christmas is the Time To Say I Love You, which covered many yuletide classics and featured an original Christmas song, “It’s Not Christmas Without You.” That year, her rendition of “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” also climbed the charts as a top-five holiday hit. She went on to independently release 2015’s Hysteria to much fan praise.
In 2017, McPhee reimagined, recharged, and reinvigorated a host of timeless standards on her fifth full-length album, I Fall In Love Too Easily, produced by jazz musician, Don Was. The album debuted at #2 on the Billboard Jazz Albums chart.
In Spring 2018, McPhee made her Broadway debut starring as Jenna in the hit musical Waitress, featuring music and lyrics by Sara Bareilles. She then moved on to originate the leading role in the West End production of the show in London from February through June 2019. She later returned to star in the show one final time during its final weeks on Broadway from November 2019 through its closing on January 5, 2020.
A sought-after performer, Katharine has taken the stage for various PBS broadcasts throughout the years, including Foster and Friends, Chris Botti In Boston, and headlining her own SoundStage special.
McPhee was born and raised in Los Angeles. Her birth date is March 25.