At 40 years old, Kate McKinnon has this physical status:
Kathryn McKinnon Berthold (born January 6, 1984) is an American actress and comedian best known as a regular cast member of The Big Gay Sketch Show (2007–2010) and Saturday Night Live (2012–present).
She is also known for her film appearances as Dr. X.
Jillian Holtzmann in the supernatural comedy Ghostbusters (2016), Mary Winetoss in the comedy Office Christmas Party (2016), Pippa in the comedy Rough Night (2017), and Morgan in the action comedy The Spy Who Dumped Me (2018). McKinnon is best known for her character work and celebrity appearances of pop singer Justin Bieber, comedian television presenter Ellen DeGeneres, and scores of politicians, including Hillary Clinton, US Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Senator Lindsey Graham, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Senator Elizabeth Warren, Robert Mueller, Angela Merkel, and Rudy Giuliani.
She has been nominated for seven Primetime Emmy Awards, including one for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics and six for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series, which she has received in 2016 and 2017.
McKinnon was born and raised on Long Island, New York, to Laura Campbell, a parent educator, and Michael Thomas Berthold, an architect. She has a younger sister, comedian Emily Lynne, with whom she has worked on the Audible series Heads Will Roll and the animated series Notary Publix. McKinnon's father died when they were 18 years old.
McKinnon was a child in the United States and played many instruments. She learned to play the piano when she was five years old, the cello at age 12, and she taught herself how to play the guitar at 15.
When she was in fifth grade, McKinnon's knack for accents began. She auditioned to be "the queen of reading week" and used an English accent. "I think the root of my entire life, if not the smiles I elicited doing this British accent," she says in a Rolling Stone interview. I've been hunting this dragon for as long as I can remember."
She graduated from North Shore High School in 2002 and Columbia University in 2006 with a degree in theatre. There, she co-founded Tea Party, a comedy group that concentrated on musical improv comedy. She appeared in three Varsity performances: V109 Dial D for Deadline, V110 Off-Broadway, and V111 The Sound of Muses. Jenny Slate and Grace Parra, film producer Tze Chun and Greta Gerwig, and Onion managing editor Peter Koechley were among her cast members and crewmates. She was also a member of Prangstgrüp, a student comedy group that developed and filmed elaborate college pranks.
McKinnon was in a tense friendship with photographer and actress Jackie Abbott. When presenting Ellen DeGeneres with the Carol Burnett Award at the 2020 Golden Globe Awards, McKinnon talked about being a lesbian and thanked DeGeneres for making it less intimidating for her to reveal her sexual orientation while watching her favorite television sitcom Ellen. Bari Weiss, a future journalist, was dated while attending Columbia University.
Nino Positano, McKinnon's name after a pizza restaurant where he was discovered, is a cat that is affectionately referred to as her son. Nino appeared in a "Whiskers R Us" sketch filmed from McKinnon's house as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, playing the role of all the cats up for adoption.
She does not have a social media page for fear of misrepresenting [her] authentic feelings."
McKinnon was one of the original cast of Logo TV's The Big Gay Sketch Show in 2007, where she appeared as a cast member for all three seasons.
She has appeared at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in New York City regularly since 2008. She has appeared on television shows as a voice-over actress, and for series including The Venture Bros., Robotomy, and Ugly Americans. McKinnon was named as the Best Rising Comic in 2009 by the Logo NewNowNext Award. In 2010, she was nominated for an ECNY Emerging Comic Award. In 2014, she was in the Kennedy Center Honors as part of a tribute to Lily Tomlin. Kristen Wiig and Leslie Jones, Melissa McCarthy, and Melissa McCarthy appeared in the reboot Ghostbusters in 2016.
McKinnon has appeared in television series like The Simpsons (as Hettie in "Gal of Constant Sorrow") and Family Guy (as Karen / Heavy Flo in season 14, episode 6 "Peter's Sister"), and in other films such as Finding Dory, The Angry Birds Movie, Ferdinand, and the DC League of Super-Pets. Fiona Frizzle appeared in The Magic School Bus Rides Again, a continuation of the Magic School Bus children's story from 2017 to 2020, McKinnon recalled Fiona Frizzle. In addition to singing Squeeks the Mouse in the PBS Kids film Nature Cat, she also sang of Squeeks the Mouse alongside fellow SNL cast members Taran Killam and Bobby Moynihan.
Following a March 28, 2012 article of her being recruited, McKinnon joined Saturday Night Live as a featured participant on April 7, 2012. In season 39, she was promoted to repertory status.
In 2013, McKinnon was nominated for the Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actress, Comedy. McKinnon received the American Comedy Award for Best Supporting Actress, TV, in 2014 for her appearance on SNL. She was nominated for the Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series, as well as for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics with four of her coworkers in 2014 for the song "Do It On My Twin Bed." For the second time in 2015, she was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series. She became the first SNL actress to win the award since Dana Carvey in 1993.
McKinnon debuted on the series leading up to the 2016 presidential race as Hillary Clinton. During the show's season 41 premiere, the real Clinton appeared alongside her in a sketch. McKinnon has said that her impression of Hillary Clinton comes from a deep admiration and that she "unequivocally want[ed] her to win" the 2016 presidential election. With a solo performance of "Hallelujah" by Leonard Cohen, she regained control of the show on November 12, 2016. After the election, McKinnon began to impersonate Kellyanne Conway as Donald Trump, alongside Alec Baldwin. During Weekend Update and Jeff Sessions in the cold open on February 11, 2017, she unveiled her interpretation of Elizabeth Warren.
McKinnon is best known for her character development and celebrity impressions of pop singer Justin Bieber, comedian television host Ellen DeGeneres, and a number of political figures, including US Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Senator Lindsey Graham, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Warren, Bennett, Rudy Mueller, and Rudy Giuliani. She has been nominated for seven Primetime Emmy Awards, including one for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics and six for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series, which she has received in 2016 and 2017.
McKinnon's return to season 46 made her the show's longest serving female cast member, outlasting her coworkers Cecily Strong and Aidy Bryant by five episodes. After season 47, Bryant and McKinnon resigned from the show. McKinnon's record will be surpassed after Strong returns to SNL for season 48.
Aside from SNL, McKinnon co-created and co-starred in the web series Notary Publix with her sister Emily Lynne. Beck Bennett, Jay Pharoah, and SNL writer Paula Pell all co-starred in the six-episode first season of the web series, in addition to Aidy Bryant (who appears in the film).
Heads Will Roll, a fantasy-comedy audio book, was also created and launched by McKinnon and Lynne, which premiered in May 2019. Meryl Styep, Peter Dinklage, Audra McDonald, Bob the Drag Queen, Queer Eye's Fab Five, and Tim Gunn have all appeared on the program. In addition, several of McKinnon's SNL co-stars, including Aidy Bryant, Alex Moffat, Heidi Gardner, and Chris Redd are among others.
McKinnon appeared in a number of Ford Focus commercials in 2015.
McKinnon co-hosted the 31st Independent Spirit Awards with Kumail Nanjiani in 2016.
In 2019, she appeared in the film Yesterday.
Carole Baskin, the 47th season of Saturday Night Live, was due to her appearance in the Peacock miniseries Joe vs. Carole. It debuted on March 3, 2022, 2022.