Kat Graham is an actress, singer, dancer and producer. Working across a variety of genres in film, television and music, she is one of most accomplished and versatile young talents working today.
Graham was most recently seen starring as the lead in Netflix’s 2020 holiday hit film “Operation Christmas Drop” opposite Alexander Ludwig. The film follows a congressional aid, played by Graham, on a mission to shut down the Christmas Drop mission.
Previously Graham starred as the female lead in RZA’s “Cut Throat City” starring Ethan Hawke, Wesley Snipes, Terrence Howard, and Eiza Gonzalez. The film tells the story of a heist set in New Orleans’ lower ninth ward after Hurricane Katrina. Graham also stars in Mark Amin and Reggie Hudlin’s period drama “Emperor” with Dayo Okeniyi, Bruce Dern and James Cromwell. The film follows the true tale of Shields Green, a runaway slave who helped spark the civil war. The period drama was also released in 2020.
Graham can be seen in Netflix’s “How It Ends”. The film follows a man (Theo James) and his estranged father-in-law’s (Forest Whitaker) desperate race to save his pregnant wife, Samantha, after a mysterious apocalypse. Graham stars in the 70s period crime thriller “The Poison Rose” opposite Morgan Freeman and John Travolta. Graham plays Freeman’s daughter, a club owner and singer suspected of murder, while Travolta plays a hard-drinking L.A. private eye who takes the case. Graham can also be seen as the lead in Netflix’s holiday hit film “The Holiday Calendar” with Quincy Brown.
Graham made history lending her voice to Nickelodeon’s animated television show, “Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” as the first African-American April O’Neil. In addition to the “Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” series and accompanying Netflix 2021 film, Graham’s 2020 animation releases also include Dreamwork’s and Hulu’s “Trollstopia”, as well as “Robot Chicken”.
Graham starred as Jada Pinkett in the highly anticipated Tupac Shakur biopic “All Eyez on Me,” released by Lionsgate. She has also starred in Lionsgate’s “Where’s the Money?” a comedy about a guy who must pledge a fraternity to recover a stash of stolen money, both released in 2017.
Graham made her television debut in 2002 on Disney Channel’s popular teen comedy “Lizzie McGuire.” She starred as Bonnie Bennett, considered to be her breakout role, in the CW’s “The Vampire Diaries.” The show premiered in 2009 and her award winning performances throughout the series received praise from fans and critics alike. The supernatural drama ran for eight seasons. She also appeared on a number of hit television shows for Disney, Fox, CBS and ABC. Other notable film credits include “17 Again”, “The Roommate,” “Addicted”, and the starring role in “Honey 2.”
Graham has also produced and sold multiple film and television projects including the docu-web series “Breaking the Record” with Disney’s Maker Studios. She is set to star in and produce a biopic about iconic Motown singer Tammi Terrell produced with Brad Krevoy. She is currently producing “The Consciousness Collective”, a docu-series and podcast presented by Deepak Chopra, slated for 2021.
A talented singer and music producer, Graham released her second album, “Love Music, Funk Magic,” in 2017 which she worked on with Babyface and Prince. She released her debut EP “Against the Wall” in May 2012 after signing with A&M/Octone/Interscope records, and her first single, “Put Your Graffiti On Me”, reached over 7 million views on VEVO and hit #5 on the Billboard Dance Chart. She has had multiple Billboard/Chart top fives including “Sometimes”, and the Prince penned “If Eye Could Get UR Attention”. Her debut album “Roxbury Drive,” which included her single “Secrets” featuring Babyface, was released in 2015. Graham, who has a degree in recording engineering, produced the 90s-inspired album with Jean-Yves “Jeeve” Ducornet and co-wrote the entire album with Babyface.
A trained dancer, Graham has appeared in music videos for a myriad of artists including Grammy winners Pharrell, Missy Elliot, John Legend, Nelly, Diddy and Usher. She has also performed on tracks with Snoop Dogg and Will.I.Am, touring with the Black Eyed Peas on their 2007 world tour as Will.I.Am’s artist.
Graham has served as the face of many campaigns and endorsements for brands such as Wet ‘N Wild, Degree, Samsung, Avon, Bing, Ford, Aquafina, Abercrombie, Nivea, Armani Exchange and Fanta. Graham is currently a L’Oreal ambassador, the face of Foster Grant and the new Dior campaign.
Graham is a United Nations Goodwill Ambassador for Refugees. Born in Geneva, Switzerland, Graham is a strong advocate for human rights. Graham is particularly passionate about the plight of refugees worldwide. As such, Graham became a High Profile Supporter of the UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner of Refugees) in 2013 and named Goodwill Ambassador for the agency in 2020. Her PSA short film for Black Lives Matter landed her an Emmy nomination for best PSA short. In 2019, she became a Goodwill Ambassador for Rotary International, an organization providing key support and services on the global stage. In addition to her work with refugees, Graham is a council member for GLAAD (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation), Governor for the Recording Academy’s Atlanta Chapter, as well as co-founder of the Modern Nirvana Wellness Group.