Stana Katic of 'Castle'

Stana Katic stars as NYPD Det. Kate Beckett on ABC's "Castle." She was born to a Croatian mother and a Serbian father in Winona, Ontario, Canada (near Toronto), but as a youngster moved to Aurora, Ill., where her parents ran a furniture store. After graduating from West Aurora High School in 1996, she studied acting at the Goodman School of Drama in Chicago.

( Bob D'Amico / ABC / July 8, 2013 )

Stana Katic stars as NYPD Det. Kate Beckett on ABC's "Castle." She was born to a Croatian mother and a Serbian father in Winona, Ontario, Canada (near Toronto), but as a youngster moved to Aurora, Ill., where her parents ran a furniture store. After graduating from West Aurora High School in 1996, she studied acting at the Goodman School of Drama in Chicago.

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