Katherine Moennig

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Katherine Moennig
BornKatherine Sian Moennig
(1977-12-29) December 29, 1977 (age 34)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Other namesKate Moennig
Years active1999—present
RelativesGwyneth Paltrow (cousin)
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Katherine Moennig
BornKatherine Sian Moennig
(1977-12-29) December 29, 1977 (age 34)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Other namesKate Moennig
Years active1999—present
RelativesGwyneth Paltrow (cousin)

Katherine Sian Moennig (Pronounced meh-nig; born December 29, 1977)[1][dead link] is an American actress known for her role as Shane McCutcheon on The L Word, as well as Jake Pratt on Young Americans. In 2009, she starred as Dr. Miranda Foster on CBS Three Rivers.


Personal life

Moennig was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to Broadway dancer Mary Zahn and violin maker William H. Moennig III. Moennig has a half-sister and a half-brother from the first marriage of her father.[2][dead link] Moennig is also the half-niece of actress Blythe Danner (who is the half sister of Moennig's father) and the cousin of actress Gwyneth Paltrow and director Jake Paltrow.[3] Moennig is of German, Scottish and Irish descent.[citation needed]


Moennig moved to New York City at the age of 18 to study at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.[4]

In 1999, she had the central role in the Our Lady Peace video "Is Anybody Home?".[citation needed] She also took a role in a Fleet Bank commercial,[5] and appeared in a Red Cross Campaign benefitting victims of Hurricane Katrina.[citation needed] Moennig was a presenter at the 17th annual GLAAD awards and appeared at the 10th annual Ribbon of Hope Celebration.[6]

Her first major role was in the television series Young Americans, playing Jake Pratt.[citation needed]

Moennig has played lesbian roles - Shane McCutcheon in The L Word, "Jilly" in Everybody's Fine and the lesbian lover of Sophia Myles' character in Terry Zwigoff's 2006 Art School Confidential. She has also pursued transgender roles, auditioning for the part of Brandon Teena in Boys Don't Cry,[citation needed] and playing Cheryl Avery, a young transsexual woman in the Law & Order: Special Victims Unit episode "Fallacy".

On April 12, 2006, Moennig made her Off Broadway debut as "American Girl", opposite Lee Pace, in Guardians, by Peter Morris. The story is loosely based on that of Lynndie England.[7]

In 2007, the documentary My Address: A Look At Gay Youth Homelessness in New York was launched with Moennig in cooperation with the Hetrick-Martin Institute (HMI), directed by Gigi Nicolas.[citation needed]

In 2009, Moennig joined the cast of the TV series Three Rivers. Moennig played Dr. Miranda Foster, a surgical fellow with a rebellious streak and fiery temper.[8] On November 30, 2009, it was announced that CBS had pulled Three Rivers from the schedule, with no plans to return it.[citation needed]

In 2010, Moennig played a tattoo artist in the Dexter episode "First Blood".[citation needed]

In 2011, she played the small role of Gloria, a drug-addicted prostitute, in the film The Lincoln Lawyer.

In 2012, she played a Det. role called Erica Lonsdale in the film Gone.



2000The Ice PeopleWanja Kasczinksy
2001The Shipping NewsGrace Moosup
Love the Hard WayDebbie
2004Invitation to a SuicideEva
2006Art School ConfidentialCandace
2009Everybody's FineJilly
2011The Lincoln LawyerGloria
2012Man on a LedgeUnnamed detective
2012GoneErica Lonsdale


2000Young AmericansJacqueline "Jake" Pratt8 episodes
2001Law & OrderMelissa Cobin1 episode (For Love or Money)
2003Law & Order: Special Victims UnitCheryl AverySeason 4 Episode 21 (Fallacy)
2004The L WordShane McCutcheon70 episodes, 2004 – 2009
2008CSI: MiamiMary Landis1 episode (Rock and a Hard Place)
2009Three RiversDr. Miranda Foster10 episodes
2010Dexter[9]Michael Angelo1 episode ("First Blood")


2006GuardiansAmerican Girl
-As You Like ItShepherdess
-The Theory of Total BlameCheryl Avery
-Comedy of ArtIsabella
-Morning in the City NolanKaren
-Love LettersDr. Melissa
-The Shadow BoxFelicity
-The Murder of LidiceByeta
-Two Gentlemen of VeronaLucetta
-A Late ShowPat
-Burn ThisAnna
-Alone at the BeachChris
-Anna KAnna[10]


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