American actress Kat Foster is perhaps best recognized to television audiences as Steph Woodcock on the Fox sitcom “'Til Death,” a role she played from 2006 to 2008. Commenting about the series, she said, “I think we just have a really good time. I feel like the writing is fantastic and is getting better and better and more quirky and specific and it's a great show.”
Foster was recently seen as Detective Eddie Alvarez's wife, Nicole, on the ABC sitcom “The Unusuals” (2009).
A classically trained dramatic actress, Foster previously guest starred in such television series as “The Education of Max Bickford,” “Law & Order” and “Law & Order: Criminal Intent.” She has also appeared off-Broadway and in regional plays.
Childhood and Family:
Kat Foster was born on May 17, 1978, in Oakland, California, where her father managed bands. Kat attended The College Preparatory School in Oakland and after graduation, moved to New York City to study acting at the prestigious New York University Tisch School of Arts. As a child, she danced “The Nutcracker” with the San Francisco Ballet.
From 1998 to 2007, Kat moved more than 10 times. She now divides her time between New York and Los Angeles.
“It'd be so nice. I sometimes think if I could just move to a nice neighborhood far away from New York or Los Angeles and marry an amazing guy and write a book or take care of our children.” Kat Foster
Kat Foster launched her career on stage performing off-Broadway and in regional productions. Her theater highlights include “The Democracy Project” and “Final Countdown,” from which she netted a Best Actress honor at the 2003 New York International Fringe Festival.
In 2001, Foster landed the small role of Jackie Kramer in an episode of the CBS short-lived series “The Education of Max Bickford” called “Herding Cats,” which aired in September that year. Three years later, she appeared as Nadine in “Thanksgiving,” a 13 minute short directed by Tom Donahue and written by Sean Gullette. The film also featured veteran actor Seymour Cassel as a character named Del.
2005 saw Foster star as Assistant District Attorney Rachel Abramowitz in the TV unsold pilot “N.Y.-70,” opposite Donnie Wahlberg, Bobby Cannavale and Tony Lo Bianco. She also received guest roles in “Law & Order” and its spin-off “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” where she portrayed Justine and Kelly West, respectively. She went on to play Michelle Hedley in one episode of the controversial series “The Book of Daniel” (2006), which starred Aidan Quinn in the title role.
However, Foster did not experience a big break until she was cast in the regular role of Steph, Jeff Woodcock's (played by Eddie Kaye Thomas) wife, in the comedy series “'Til Death,” which starred Brad Garrett and Joely Fisher as an older married couple with newlywed next door neighbors. Premiering on the Fox Network in September 2006, she was on the show from the pilot episode until October 2008. Telling about her character on the sitcom, she stated, “I'm really out there and I see, you know, just crazy stuff everywhere. And I'm, I don't know, just promiscuous and I've had such a breadth of experience that's kind of wild and crazy.” She added, “But more and more it seems that I am actually like Steph in real life. Or maybe it's just that Steph is becoming more like me and I don't mind that. So, Steph and I both have had some wild times. I don't regret anything and neither would she. But I'd always add that even though Steph was nothing like me in real life, she was actually in some ways living my secret fantasy life.”
Recently, Foster joined the cast of the ABC new series “The Unusuals,” which premiered on April 8, 2009. In the show, she plays Nicole Brandt, the wife of Detective Eddie Alvarez (played by Kai Lennox). The series stars Amber Tamblyn, Jeremy Renner, Harold Perrineau, Adam Goldberg, Terry Kinney, Joshua Close and Lenox.
“I will not ever do a reality TV show. Not that I don't watch them.” Kat Foster
New York International Fringe Festival: Best Actress, 2003