"Kathleen Gati is a powerhouse actress who brings a richness and depth to every role she tackles,” says Emmy-nominated series creator Michael Caruso. “She is so much more than a traditional villain. She really embodies all the layers required for a role like this. She is really going to turn up the heat in this role. All of us are dying to work with her."
Gati was born and raised in Canada by Hungarian immigrants and was brought up in an artistic environment. Her father was a symphony conductor and her mother an opera singer, so performing was in her blood. She started acting at the age of three, wrote, directed and starred in her first play at the age of eight. Studied ballet and acting till the age of eighteen, when she moved to New York to pursue her career. After performing in dozens of plays both on and Off Broadway, as well as working in numerous roles on television and in film, Gati traveled to Hungary to film Goldberg Variations, for which she won the Hungarian Best Supporting Actress Award. She subsequently stayed on in Hungary for several years, during which time she starred in multiple films, television series and MOWs, winning additional awards along the way. Her performance in Hungary's biggest hit of the ‘90s, We Never Die (Sose Halunk Meg), made her an extremely popular actress in Eastern and Central Europe. She returned to the states and has worked continuously in New York, Los Angeles and Canada.
Her film credits include Sunshine, The Future, Transformers: Dark Of The Moon, American Dream, Trade, Igby Goes Down, ZigZag, The Future, Meet The Fockers, House Bunny, Little Birds and numerous others.
On television, Gati is best known for her recurring roles on General Hospital as Dr. Liesl Obrecht, the Chief Of Staff of General Hospital; two seasons on 24 as Anya Suvarov; Alphas, series regular on both the Drugstore (Hungary) and in the animation series, Me Eloise with Tim Curry and Lynn Redgrave. She has also guested on Fairly Legal, Leverage, Covert Affairs, The Mentalist, Desperate Housewives, Cold Case, The League, Lie To Me, and many more.
She also has a recurring role on BET channel’s Being Mary Jane (airing in February), a lead in feature, A Play On Words, a series regular role in the pilot Contingency, and the lead in film, Lifeline.
Winterthorne begins three weeks of production in late March, both in and outside of the Los Angeles area. Gati joins previously announced cast members Martha Madison (Days of Our Lives), Michael Caruso (DeVanity), Linda Gray (Dallas), Gordon Thomson (Dynasty, Santa Barbara) and Josh Thrower (90210, The Young and The Restless).