Kate Mulgrew

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Kate Mulgrew at the 2009 Metropolitan Opera season opening in New York City

Katherine "Kate" Kiernan Mulgrew (born April 29, 1955 in Dubuque , Iowa ) is an American actress . Mulgrew is best known for her appearance in US television series. Her best-known role is that of Kathryn Janeway , who she impersonated for seven years in the series Star Trek: Spaceship Voyager .


Katherine Kiernan Mulgrew was born on April 29, 1955, the second child of Irish Catholic immigrants. Kate grew up with a total of seven siblings in Dubuque . Father Thomas James Mulgrew was a building contractor and mother Joan, herself an artist, promoted her daughter's ambitions from an early age. At the age of 17, Kate moved to New York City to attend the New York University to study acting.

While at Ryan's Hope , Kate Mulgrew became pregnant and decided to put the child up for adoption. An abortion was never an option for Mulgrew, so her pregnancy was built into the series. Their daughter was born in 1977 and in 2001 they met for the first time.

In 1982 Kate Mulgrew married director Robert H. Egan. They have two sons. After twelve years, the couple separated and divorced in 1995. In her second marriage, the actress was married to the Democratic US politician Tim Hagan (* 1946) since 1999. He brought his two daughters into the family. This marriage also ended in divorce.

In the social field, Mulgrew is active as a spokesperson and fundraiser for the Alzheimer's Association after her mother, Joan Mulgrew, fell ill with Alzheimer's disease and died of it on July 27, 2006. The actress is also an outspoken and active opponent of abortion and the death penalty .



At the age of 20, Kate Mulgrew received a leading role in the television series Ryan's Hope . She played Mary Ryan from 1975 until she left the soap opera at her own request in 1978. Then she had various small roles, including at the theater and in an episode of the television series Dallas . In 1979 she got her own series: Mrs. Columbo , in which she played Kate Columbo , the wife of the inspector of the same name who was often mentioned but never shown in the series Columbo . The series only ran for two years, but Mulgrew was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for its performance . This was followed by guest appearances in successful series such as Mord ist ihr Hobby or Cheers . In addition, Mulgrew was also seen in movies from the 1980s on, like Remo - unarmed and dangerous , Throw mom off the train! or Danielle Steel's: Fathers . From 1988 to 1989 she again played a leading role in the hospital series Heartbeat - Heartbeat of Life .

Star Trek: Spaceship Voyager

Kate Mulgrew at FedCon XVI in Bonn, 2007.

The actress applied for the role of Kathryn Janeway in the science fiction series Star Trek: Voyager in 1995 on the advice of her good friend John de Lancie , who is known as "Q" in the Star Trek series. In the auditions, however, she could not prevail against the film actress Geneviève Bujold . When Bujold left the set of the series a few days after filming began, the main role was cast in a new casting with Kate Mulgrew. Mulgrew played the first female captain of a spaceship to be the center of the plot in a Star Trek series, and followed in the footsteps of William Shatner and Patrick Stewart .

After Star Trek

After the end of Star Trek: Spaceship Voyager in 2001, Mulgrew successfully began touring the United States with the one-woman play Tea at Five . She portrays the life of her character, actress Katharine Hepburn , in monologues . The play in general, and Mulgrew's portrayal in particular, has received numerous praise in the US press. She also plays successfully on Broadway. So she stood in the 2007 season together with Daniel Radcliffe and Richard Griffiths in the play Equus as Hesther Saloman on stage. From 2009 to 2010 Mulgrew was seen in the television series Mercy, which was canceled after a season . She also plays in the 30-minute film The Response by Adam Rodgers . The short film was on the shortlist for the Academy Awards.

For the 2009 computer game Dragon Age: Origins , Kate Mulgrew's appearance was integrated into the game as the character Flemeth . In the original English version, Mulgrew lends her virtual alter ego her voice. From 2011 to 2013 she played the lead role as the one-eyed leader of an anti-terrorist unit in the television series NTSF: SD: SUV :: .

In 2013, Mulgrew took on the role of Galina "Red" Reznikov in the Netflix production Orange Is the New Black . Both the series and Mulgrew received awards for this at the 2014 Critics' Choice Television Awards .

In April 2015, she published her memoir , entitled Born with Teeth: A Memoir .

Awards and nominations

Primetime Emmy Award

Golden Globe Award

Screen Actors Guild Award

Critics' Choice Television Award

Saturn Award

  • 1998 : Award as Best TV Actress for Star Trek: Voyager
  • 1999 : Nomination for Best TV Actress for Star Trek: Spaceship Voyager
  • 2000 : Nomination for Best TV Actress for Star Trek: Spaceship Voyager
  • 2001 : Nomination for Best TV Actress for Star Trek: Spaceship Voyager

Filmography (selection)

  • 1975: The Wide World of Mystery (TV series, episode Alien Lover )
  • 1975–1989: Ryan's Hope (TV series, 408 episodes)
  • 1978: The Word (miniseries)
  • 1978: Dallas (TV series, episode)
  • 1979–1980: Mrs. Columbo (TV series, 13 episodes)
  • 1980: A Time for Miracles (TV movie)
  • 1981: Lovespell
  • 1981: The Manions of America ( The Manions of America , miniseries, 3 episodes)
  • 1982: A Stranger is Watching
  • 1985: Remo - unarmed and dangerous (Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins)
  • 1986: Cheers (TV series, three episodes)
  • 1987: Throw mom off the train! (Throw Momma from the Train)
  • 1987–1994: Murder is her hobby ( Murder, She Wrote , TV series, 3 episodes)
  • 1988: Roots : The Gift , Movie made for TV
  • 1988–1989: Heartbeat of Life - Goddesses in White ( Heartbeat , TV series, 18 episodes)
  • 1991: Danielle Steel's: Fathers ( Daddy , TV movie)
  • 1992: Round Numbers - Four get the curve (Round Numbers)
  • 1993: The Flames of War ( For Love and Glory , Movie made for TV)
  • 1994: Vacation Totally Crazy (Camp Nowhere)
  • 1995: The Bomber Boys (Captain Nuke and the Bomber Boys)
  • 1997: Trekkies (documentary)
  • 1998: Riddler's Moon: Im Banne des Mondes ( Riddler's Moon , TV movie)
  • 1995–2001: Star Trek: Raumschiff Voyager ( Star Trek: Voyager , TV series, 172 episodes)
  • 2002: Star Trek: Nemesis (Star Trek Nemesis)
  • 2005: Perception
  • 2006: Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (TV series, 1 episode)
  • 2007: The Black Donnellys (TV series, 9 episodes)
  • 2008: The Response (short film)
  • 2009–2010: Mercy (TV series, 10 episodes)
  • 2011–2013: NTSF: SD: SUV :: (TV series, 33 episodes)
  • 2011-2014: Warehouse 13 (TV series)
  • 2012: Flatland 2: Sphereland
  • 2013: Drawing Home
  • 2013–2019: Orange Is the New Black (TV series, 84 episodes)
  • 2014: The Principle
  • 2015: American Dad (voice, 1 episode)
  • 2015: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (voice, 1 episode)
  • 2015: I Live with Models (TV program, 1 episode)
  • 2017: Stretch Armstrong and the Flex Fighters (voice)
  • 2019: Mr. Mercedes (TV series, 10 episodes)


Web links

Commons : Kate Mulgrew  - Collection of Images

Individual evidence

  1. Kate Mulgrew. In: starpulse.com. Retrieved December 7, 2009 .
  2. http://1701news.com/node/491/kate-mulgrew-will-tell-life-story-memoir.html
  3. Star Trek Voyager Kate Mulgrew. In: Voyagerview. Retrieved December 8, 2009 .
  4. Entry at filmreference.com
  5. a b Interview with Kate Mulgrew from April 2015 (English), accessed on November 28, 2015
  6. Charity. In: totallykate.com. Retrieved December 7, 2009 .
  7. Tale of Two Kates. In: blogcritics.org. Retrieved December 7, 2009 .
  8. Kate Mulgrew with Daniel Radcliffe in Equus. In: TREKNews.de. Archived from the original on August 24, 2010 ; Retrieved December 7, 2009 .
  9. Star Trek veteran Kate Mulgrew joins Mercy. In: reuters.com. Retrieved December 7, 2009 .
  10. Kate Mulgrew Short Film Makes the List of Academy Awards. In: TrekWeb.com. Archived from the original on January 1, 2010 ; Retrieved December 7, 2009 .
  11. Kate Mulgrew talks Dragon Age: Origins. In: GameSpot.com. Archived from the original on May 14, 2010 ; Retrieved December 7, 2009 .
  12. ^ " Executive in series: Kate Mulgrew " in: TV Spielfilm, issue 24/2015, page 198
  13. ^ Maria Gruber: Orange Is the New Black - Review, Season 1 . In: myFanbase . January 1, 2015. Retrieved January 25, 2015.