Katherine McNamara

Katherine McNamara

Katherine McNamara - Clary Fray, Shadowhunters


Shadowhunters is an American supernatural series developed by Ed Decter, based on the book series "The Mortal Instruments" written by Cassandra Clare. It follows the young Clary Fray who, on her eighteenth birthday, discovers that she comes from a long line of shadowhunters, human-angel hybrids who hunt demons, and must then face her new identity as well as struggle with a forbidden love.


Clarissa Adele Fairchild, nicknamed Clary Fray, is a shadow hunter who was raised among mundanes without knowing her true heritage. Her simple, quiet life is turned upside down when her mother is kidnapped, forcing her to take action. Drawn into a journey of self-discovery in the dangerous, magical and unpredictable Shadow World, the secrets of her past are revealed as she begins to embrace her newfound powers.

Tenacious, stubborn and feisty, intelligent and creative, she loves her mother and friends deeply and is loyal to them above all else. Not having been raised with the typical Shadowhunter prejudices and rules, she often disagrees with them, especially the more traditional ones like Alec and Lydia. Unlike most Shadowhunters, who defend the innocent out of a sense of duty, Clary does so without hesitation because she wants to.


Katherine McNamara is an American actress, best known for her roles as Clary Fray in the series "Shadowhunters" (2016-2019) and Mia Smoak in the series "Arrow". She began her acting career on stage in Kansas City, then participated in several film productions shot in her area, such as the film "Matchmaker Mary" in 2008 and the short film "Get Off My Porch". In 2010, she appeared in the Broadway revival "A Little Night Music", alongside Catherine Zeta-Jones and Angela Lansbury.

On television, she participated in multiple series such as "Kickin' it" (2012-2013), "Glee" (2012), "Transformers: Rescue Bots" (2014-2016), "Happyland" (2014), "The Fosters" (2015) or "The Stand" (2021). In film, she has appeared in the romantic comedy "New Year's Eve" (2011), the drama "A Sort of Homecoming" (2015), the dystopian science fiction film series "Maze Runner" (2015 and 2018), and the thriller "Trust" (2021).

Since 2022, she has played Abby Walker in the western action series "Walker: Independence", a role that earned her a nomination for Best Actress in an Action Series at the Critics Choice Super Awards. She also received a Teen Choice Award and a People's Choice Award for her work in "Shadowhunters".

In addition to film, she has also been involved in singing and has recorded a few songs used in films and television series. She notably wrote and sang "Chatter" for the movie "Contest" and "My Heart Can Fly" in the movie "Little Savages". Her song "Ember" was performed during the 20th episode of the second season of "Shadowhunters". In 2019, she lends her voice to the singer Sally Jessup in the special Christmas episode of the Dreamworks’ animated series "Spirit Riding Free: Spirit of Christmas". In 2020 and 2021, she releases several songs on digital music platforms, "What Do We Got to Lose", "Making a Monster Out of Me" and "Love Me Like That", songs that she recorded several years earlier, as she was building a music portfolio.

A dedicated activist, she has been involved in anti-bullying efforts in schools and has worked with the Lollipop Theater Network for children confined to hospitals due to the severity of their illnesses. In 2017, she recorded her song "Glass Slipper" for the United Nations "Girl Up" charity campaign. In 2020, proceeds from her song "Just Like James" were donated to the World Health Organization (WHO) for Covid-19 relief efforts.


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