Kate Mulgrew

Kate Mulgrew

Mulgrew in 2009
Born Katherine Kiernan Maria Mulgrew
(1955-04-29) April 29, 1955
Dubuque, Iowa, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1975–present
Religion Roman Catholicism[1]
Spouse(s) Robert H. Egan (m. 1982–93)
Tim Hagan (m. 1999–2014)[2]
Children 3[3]

Katherine Kiernan Maria "Kate" Mulgrew (born April 29, 1955) is an American actress with a career spanning four decades. She first came to attention for the role of Mary Ryan on the daytime soap opera Ryan's Hope and is probably best known for the roles of Captain Kathryn Janeway on Star Trek: Voyager and Galina "Red" Reznikov on Orange Is the New Black. She has performed in many television shows, theater productions, and films, earning a variety of awards for her acting, including an Obie Award, a Golden Satellite Award and a Saturn Award, as well as a Golden Globe Award and Primetime Emmy Award nomination. Mulgrew is an active member of the Alzheimer's Association National Advisory Council and the voice of Cleveland's MetroHealth System.

Early life

Mulgrew was born in 1955 in Dubuque, Iowa, into an Irish Catholic family,[4] to Thomas James "T.J." Mulgrew II, a contractor, and Joan Virginia Mulgrew (née Kiernan), an artist and painter. She attended Wahlert High School in Dubuque.[5]

Aged 17, she was accepted at the Stella Adler Conservatory of Acting in conjunction with New York University in New York City. Mulgrew left NYU after one year.[6] During this time, to earn money while in New York, Mulgrew was employed as a waitress at Friar Tuck, a now defunct restaurant previously at 914 Third Avenue.[7]


Earlier career (1975–1995)

Her early career included portraying Mary Ryan for two years on the ABC soap Ryan's Hope (1975). She became a fan favorite and is still associated with the show long after its cancellation. Mulgrew remains friends with former co-star Ilene Kristen and presented a special Soap Opera Digest Award to Ryan's Hope creator Claire Labine in 1995. While in Ryan's Hope she also played the role of Emily Webb in the American Shakespeare Theatre production of Our Town in Stratford, Connecticut. In 1979, she played Kate Columbo in Mrs. Columbo, a spin-off of the popular detective series, created specifically for her, which lasted 13 episodes.

In 1981, Mulgrew costarred with Richard Burton and Nicholas Clay in the Arthurian love triangle Lovespell as Irish princess Isolt who casts a spell on Mark, King of Cornwall, and his surrogate son, Tristan.

In 1985 she appeared in Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins in the role of Major Fleming.

In 1986, she appeared on Cheers as Janet Eldridge. In 1992, Kate appeared on Murphy Brown as Hillary Wheaton, a Toronto-based anchorwoman brought in to replace Murphy Brown during her maternity leave, but who turned out to have the same problem with alcoholism as Brown had previously dealt with at the beginning of the series. Also in 1992, she played a guest starring role as a soap opera star who kills her husband and tries to cover it up, on "Murder She Wrote", episode #170, titled Ever After.

Star Trek: Voyager (1995–2001)

In 1995, Mulgrew's divorce from her husband became final. She was on the verge of selling her house and moving into a less-expensive apartment in Westwood when she received a call to take the part of Captain Kathryn Janeway in Star Trek: Voyager.

Mulgrew auditioned for the role of the captain, originally named Elizabeth Janeway, when producers announced casting for Star Trek: Voyager. She initially submitted a videotaped audition, which she made in New York City in August 1994. However, she was unhappy with this audition and auditioned in person a few weeks later. That day, film actress Geneviève Bujold was selected to play Janeway, but left the role after only two days of filming, after realizing that the amount of work required for an episodic television show was too demanding for her. Mulgrew was then offered the role, which she accepted.[8]

Mulgrew made history in the Star Trek franchise when she became the first female captain as a series regular in a leading role. Voyager was the first show broadcast on the new UPN channel, the only series renewed after the channel's first programming season, and its only show to run for seven seasons, making it UPN's longest running. Mulgrew won the Saturn Award for "Best TV Actress" in 1998 for her performances as Janeway.

Mulgrew also voiced the character of Janeway for various Star Trek video games: Star Trek: Captain's Chair, a virtual-reality tour of various Starfleet vessels for home computers; the Star Trek: Voyager - Elite Force series, and Star Trek: Legacy.

About her years on Voyager, Mulgrew said:

I'm proud of it. It was difficult; it was hard work. I'm proud of the work because I think I made some little difference in women in science. I grew to really love Star Trek: Voyager, and out of a cast of nine, I've made three great friends, I managed to raise two children. I think, "It's good. I used myself well."

Speaking about the best and worst part about playing a Star Trek captain, she said:

The best thing was simply the privilege and the challenge of being able to take a shot at the first female captain, transcending stereotypes that I was very familiar with. I was able to do that in front of millions of viewers. That was a remarkable experience—and it continues to resonate. The downside of that is also that it continues to resonate, and threatens to eclipse all else in one's long career if one does not up the ante and stay at it, in a way that may not ordinarily be necessary. I have to work at changing and constantly reinventing myself in a way that probably would not have happened had Star Trek not come along. I knew that going in, and I think that all of the perks attached to this journey have been really inexpressively great. So the negatives are small.[9]

During Voyager, Mulgrew also played the role of Titania in the animated series Gargoyles (along with fellow Star Trek actors Marina Sirtis and Jonathan Frakes) and Victoria Riddler in Riddler's Moon, a made-for-TV movie.

After Voyager and her subsequent Star Trek appearances finished, Mulgrew has continued to appear at various Star Trek conventions and events around the world.

After Voyager (2001–2012)

Mulgrew (l.) with early photograph in Prague

After Voyager came to the end of the full seven seasons, Mulgrew returned to theater, and in 2003 starred in a one-woman play called Tea at Five, a monologue reminiscence based on Katharine Hepburn's memoir Me: Stories of My Life. Tea at Five was a critical success and Mulgrew received two awards, one from Carbonell (best actress) and the other from Broadway.com (Audience Award for Favorite Solo Performance). Mulgrew also kept active in doing voice-over work for video games, most notably in 2009 voicing the mysterious Flemeth in the Dragon Age video game series, a role she described as "delicious".[10]

Mulgrew returned to television in 2006, guest starring in an episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. Mulgrew also performed in The Exonerated at the Riverside Studios in London, England.

In the spring of 2007, she appeared in the NBC television series The Black Donnellys as Helen Donnelly which lasted for one season. She also performed the lead role in an off-Broadway production called Our Leading Lady written by Charles Busch in which she earned a nomination from the Drama League for her performance.[11] Also in that year, Mulgrew played Clytemnestra in New York for Charles L. Mee's Iphigenia 2.0. She won the Obie Award for outstanding performance.

In June 2008, Mulgrew appeared in Equus on Broadway, playing Hesther Saloman, a public official who is empathetic toward the play's central character. The play opened on September 5, 2008 for a strictly limited 22-week engagement through February 8, 2009.[12] Also in 2008, Mulgrew filmed the 30-minute courtroom drama The Response which is based on actual transcripts of the Guantanamo Bay tribunals. It was researched and fully vetted in conjunction with the University of Maryland School of Law and was shot in three days. Mulgrew portrays Colonel Sims and she, the other cast members and crew agreed to defer their salaries to cover the production costs. The film has been screened at a number of sites and is available on DVD.[13]

In 2009, Mulgrew returned to television in the NBC medical series, Mercy playing the recurring role of Jeannie Flanagan (the mother of the show's lead, Veronica).[14] Due for release in 2010 is the film The Best and the Brightest, a comedy based in the world of New York City's elite private kindergartens. Mulgrew will play The Player's wife. Also in development is the film The Incredible Story of Joyce McKinney and the Manacled Mormon.

Mulgrew with Patrick Stewart appearing at Destination Star Trek London in 2012.
Mulgrew with Patrick Stewart appearing at Destination Star Trek London in 2012.

In 2010, Kate Mulgrew starred as Cleopatra in William Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra at Hartford Stage.

In 2011, Mulgrew appeared in the feature-length documentary The Captains. The film, written and directed by William Shatner, follows Shatner as he interviews each of the other actors who played a Starfleet captain within the Star Trek franchise.[15] During that same year, on another science-fiction series, she began a recurring guest-starring role on the third season of the series "Warehouse 13," as the mother of one of the main characters.

As of July 2011, Mulgrew has appeared as a main cast member on Adult Swim's NTSF:SD:SUV:: as Kove, the leader of the titular terrorism-fighting unit and ex-wife of series lead Paul Scheer's character.

Orange Is The New Black (2013–present)

From 2013, Mulgrew stars as Galina "Red" Reznikov in the Netflix original series Orange Is the New Black, the role for which she was nominated for her first Primetime Emmy Award in 2014. The popular character was re-signed for seasons two, three and four. On working in the series she was reunited with her Mercy co-star Taylor Schilling.

In 2014, Mulgrew narrated a documentary film, The Principle, which explores the Copernican principle. Mulgrew said that she was misinformed as to the purpose of the documentary, going on to say "I am not a geocentrist, nor am I in any way a proponent of geocentrism... I do not subscribe to anything Robert Sungenis has written regarding science and history and, had I known of his involvement, would most certainly have avoided this documentary."[16][17]

Personal life

Mulgrew married Robert H. Egan in 1982. They have two children. The couple separated in 1993. The divorce became final in 1995.[18][19]

In April 1999, Mulgrew married politician Tim Hagan, a former Ohio gubernatorial candidate and a former commissioner of Cuyahoga County, Ohio.[20] In an interview on April 15, 2015, Mulgrew stated she and Hagan were divorced, something she regrets.[2]

Mulgrew is a member of the National Advisory Committee of the Alzheimer's Association. Mulgrew's mother, Joan Mulgrew, died on July 27, 2006, after a long battle with the disease.[21]

Mulgrew is an opponent of abortion and capital punishment. She received an award from Feminists for Life, a pro-life feminist group. She is quoted as saying "Execution as punishment is barbaric and unnecessary," "Life is sacred to me on all levels," and "Abortion does not compute with my philosophy."[22] In her 2015 memoir Born with Teeth, referring to her being born with a full set of neonatal teeth, Mulgrew tells the story of being raped at knifepoint, being an unmarried mother who gave up her daughter for adoption during the start of her career, their reunion in 2001, and "the costs and rewards of a passionate life".[23][24]

Mulgrew is Catholic.[1]



Year Title Role Notes
1981 Lovespell Isolt
1982 Stranger Is Watching, AA Stranger Is Watching Sharon Martin
1985 Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins Maj. Rayner Fleming
1987 Throw Momma from the Train Margaret Donner
1992 Round Numbers Judith Schweitzer
1994 Camp Nowhere Rachel Prescott
1995 Captain Nuke and the Bomber Boys Mrs. Pescoe
2002 Star Trek: Nemesis Admiral Kathryn Janeway
2004 Star Trek: The Experience - Borg Invasion 4D Admiral Kathryn Janeway
2005 Perception Mary
2008 Response, TheThe Response Colonel Simms Short film
2010 Best and the Brightest, TheThe Best and the Brightest The Player's Wife
2012 Flatland 2: Sphereland Over-Sphere
2013 Drawing Home Edith Morse Robb
2014 The Principle Narrator Documentary


Year Title Role Notes
1975 Wide World of Mystery, TheThe Wide World of Mystery Susan Episode: "Alien Lover"
1975–1978 Ryan's Hope Mary Ryan Fenelli 408 episodes
1976 American Woman: Portraits of Courage, TheThe American Woman: Portraits of Courage Deborah Sampson Television movie
1978 The Word Tony Nicholson Television movie
Dallas Garnet McGee Episode: "Triangle"
1979 Jennifer: A Woman's Story Joan Russell Television movie
1979–1980 Mrs. Columbo Kate Callahan Columbo 13 episodes
1980 Time for Miracles, AA Time for Miracles Mother Elizabeth Bayley Seton Television movie
1981 Manions of America, TheThe Manions of America Rachel Clement 3 episodes
1984 Jessie Maureen McLaughlin Episode: "McLaughlin's Flame"
1986 St. Elsewhere Helen O'Casey 2 episodes
Cheers Janet Eldridge 3 episodes
Carly Mills Carly Mills Television movie
My Town Laura Adams Television movie
1987 Roses Are for the Rich Kendall Murphy Television movie
Hotel Leslie Chase Episode: "Reservations"
Murder, She Wrote Sonny Greer Episode: "The Corpse Flew First Class"
1988 Roots: The Gift Hattie Carraway Television movie
1988–1989 HeartBeat Dr. Joanne Halloran[25] 18 episodes
1991 Daddy Sarah Watson Television movie
Fatal Friendship Sue Bradley Television movie
1991–1992 Man of the People Mayor Lisbeth Chardin 10 episodes
1992 Murphy Brown Hillary Wheaton Episode: "On the Rocks"
Murder, She Wrote Joanna Rollins Episode: "Ever After"
1992–1995 Batman: The Animated Series Red Claw (voice) 3 episodes
1992 Pirates of Dark Water, TheThe Pirates of Dark Water Cressa (voice) 4 episodes
1993 For Love and Glory Antonia Doyle Television movie
1994 Murder, She Wrote Maude Gillis Episode: "The Dying Game"
Mighty Max Isis (voice) Episode: "The Mommy's Hand"
1994–1995 Aladdin Queen Hippsodeth (voice) 2 episodes
1995–2001 Star Trek: Voyager Kathryn Janeway 172 episodes
1996 Gargoyles Titania / Anastasia Renard (voice) 3 episodes
Gargoyles: The Goliath Chronicles Titania (voice) Episode: "For It May Come True"
2006 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Donna Geysen Episode: "Web"
2007 Black Donnellys, TheThe Black Donnellys Helen Donnelly 9 episodes
2009–2010 Mercy Mrs. Jeannie Flanagan 10 episodes
2011–2013 Warehouse 13 Jane Lattimer 6 episodes
2011–2013 NTSF:SD:SUV:: Kove 33 episodes
2013–present Orange Is the New Black Galina "Red" Reznikova 50 episodes
2015 American Dad! June Rosewood Episode: "A Star Is Reborn"
I Live with Models Joanna Vermouth Episode: "Editor"
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles General Zera (voice) Episode: "Half Shell Heroes: Blast to the Past"


Year Title Role Notes
1975 Our Town Emily Webb American Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford, Connecticut
1976 Absurd Person Singular Eva Jackson
1977 Uncommon Women and Others Kate Quin Eugene O'Neill Theater Center
1978 Othello Desdemona Hartman Theater Company
1980 Chapter Two Jennie Malone Coachlight Dinner Theater
1981–1982 Another Part of the Forest Regina Hubbard Seattle Repertory Theatre
1982 Major Barbara Major Barbara Undershaft Seattle Repertory Theatre
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof Margaret Syracuse Stage, New York
1983 Ballad of Soapy Smith, TheThe Ballad of Soapy Smith Kitty Strong Seattle Repertory Theatre
1984 Philadelphia Story, TheThe Philadelphia Story Tracy Lord Alaska Repertory Theatre
Misanthrope, TheThe Misanthrope Celimene Seattle Repertory Theatre
1985 Measure for Measure Isabella Center Theatre Group, Los Angeles
1986 Hedda Gabler Hedda Gabler Center Theatre Group, Los Angeles
Real Thing, TheThe Real Thing Charlotte Center Theatre Group, Los Angeles
1987 Film Society, TheThe Film Society Nan Sinclair The Los Angeles Theater Center
1989 Titus Andronicus Tamora New York Shakespeare Festival
1990 Aristocrats Alice Center Theater Group, Los Angeles
1992 What the Butler Saw Mrs. Prentice La Jolla Playhouse
1993 Black Comedy Clea Roundabout Theatre Company, New York
2002 Dear Liar Mrs. Patrick Campbell Youngstown State University
2003 Tea at Five Katharine Hepburn
2004 Tea at Five Katharine Hepburn
Mary Stuart Mary Stuart Classic Stage Company, New York
2005 Tea at Five Katharine Hepburn
2006 Exonerated, TheThe Exonerated Sunny Jacobs Riverside Studios, London, England
2007 Our Leading Lady Laura Keene Manhattan Theatre Club at New York City Center
Iphigenia Clytemnestra Signature Theatre Company
2008 Farfetched Fables and The Fascinating Foundling Anastasia Project Shaw Reading - The Players Club - New York
American Dream and The Sandbox, TheThe American Dream and The Sandbox Mommy Cherry Lane Theatre, New York
2008–2009 Equus Hesther Saloman Broadhurst Theatre, New York

Video games

Year Title Role Notes
1997 Star Trek: Captain's Chair Capt. Kathryn Janeway
2000 Star Trek: Voyager - Elite Force Capt. Kathryn Janeway
2002 Run Like Hell Dr. Mek
2003 Lords of EverQuest Lady Kreya
2003 Star Trek: Elite Force II Capt. Kathryn Janeway
2006 Star Trek: Legacy Admiral Kathryn Janeway
2009 Dragon Age: Origins Flemeth
2011 Dragon Age II Flemeth
2014 Dragon Age: Inquisition Flemeth

Awards and nominations

Year Association Category Nominated work Result
1980 Golden Globe Awards Best Actress – Television Series Drama Mrs. Columbo Nominated[26]
1992 Tracey Humanitarian Award Herself Murphy Brown Won
1998 Satellite Awards Best Actress – Television Series Drama Star Trek: Voyager Won
Saturn Awards Best Actress on Television Won
1999 Nominated
2000 Nominated
2001 Nominated
2003 Broadway.com Audience Award for Favorite Solo Performance Tea at Five Nominated
Outer Critics Circle Outstanding Solo Performance Tea at Five Nominated
Lucille Lortel Awards Outstanding Lead Actress Tea at Five Nominated
2004 Carbonell Awards Best Actress (Touring, Independent Production - Cuillo Centre) Tea at Five Won
2007 Drama League Award Distinguished Performance Our Leading Lady Nominated
2008 Obie Award Outstanding Performance Iphigenia 2.0 Won
2014 Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Orange Is the New Black Won
Satellite Awards Best Cast – Television Series Won
Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Nominated
2015 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Won[27]
2016 Won[28]


Mulgrew, Kate (2015-04-14). Born with Teeth: A Memoir. Little, Brown and Company. ISBN 978-0316334310. 


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