- Richest Celebrities › Actors
- Net Worth:
- $30 Million
- Date of Birth:
- Nov 24, 1978 (44 years old)
- Place of Birth:
- West End
- 5 ft 8 in (1.75 m)
- Actor, Film Producer, Model, Television producer
- United States of America
What is Katherine Heigl's Net Worth and Salary?
Katherine Heigl is an Emmy-winning American actress and producer who has a net worth of $30 million. Katherine Heigl is best known for her role as Dr. Izzie Stevens on the hit ABC medical drama "Grey's Anatomy," which she starred on from 2005 to 2010. Like a surprising number of Hollywood stars, Katherine Heigl began her professional career as a child model, and eventually made the shift to acting when she was in her late teens. After starring and co-starring roles in various films and television movies, such as "That Night", "Under Siege 2: Dark Territory", "Prince Valiant", and "Wish Upon a Star", she became a household name appearing on the sci-fi romance "Roswell" on the fledging WB network. She remained with the show for all three seasons, and then went back and forth between film and television work throughout the early 2000s. In 2005, she was cast in a new series called, "Grey's Anatomy". She went on to win multiple awards for her work on the show, including an Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actress. Her choice to leave the production to focus on a film career, was met with some resistance by fans of the series, and the show's staff, as well, but move on she did. She has become the "go-to" girl for romantic comedies over the last few years, starring in such films as, "Knocked Up", "27 Dresses", "The Ugly Truth", "Life as We Know It", "New Year's Eve", and "One for the Money".
Katherine Heigl was born Katherine Marie Heigl in Washington, D.C., on November 24, 1978. She grew up in New Canaan, Connecticut, with mother Nancy (a personnel manager), father Paul (an accountant and financial executive), and older siblings Jason, Meg, and Holt. Sadly, Jason passed away in September 1986, a week after sustaining injuries in a car accident; his tragic death inspired Nancy, a Lutheran, and Paul, a Catholic, to convert to Mormonism, and Heigl was raised in the religion from the age of 8.
Katherine started modeling at 9 years old after her aunt sent pictures of her to Wilhelmina Models. She began appearing in magazine ads and Sears and Lord & Taylor catalogs, and TV commercials and films soon followed. While attending New Canaan High School, Heigl sometimes had to miss up to three months of school to film movies, but she tried to fit her film and modeling work into weekends and holidays when possible. In 1996, Katherine's parents split up, and Nancy was diagnosed with breast cancer; after undergoing nine months of chemotherapy, she became Katherine's manager. The following year, Heigl and her mother moved to Los Angeles, and she finished high school there
Katherine made her big screen debut in 1992's "That Night" and followed it with 1993's "King of the Hill." In 1994, she co-starred with Gérard Depardieu in "My Father the Hero," which earned her a Young Artist Award nomination, then appeared in box office hit ($105 million) "Under Siege 2: Dark Territory" in 1995. Heigl then starred in television movies "Wish Upon a Star" (1996) and "The Tempest" (1998) and tried her hand at horror in 1998's "Bride of Chucky." In 1999, she was cast in the science fiction TV series "Roswell," appearing in 61 episodes over the show's 3-season run. Her performance as alien-human hybrid Isabel Evans earned Katherine nominations from the Saturn Awards and Teen Choice Awards. While starring on "Roswell," Heigl filmed the movies "100 Girls" (2000) and "Valentine" (2001). Katherine had a very busy 2003, appearing in made-for-TV movies "Critical Assembly," "Love Comes Softly," "Evil Never Dies," and "Wuthering Heights" as well as the film "Descendant," and she soon starred in "Love's Enduring Promise" (2004), "Romy and Michele: In the Beginning" (2005), and "The Ringer" (2005).
Grey's Anatomy and Film Success
In 2005, Heigl was cast as Dr. Isobel "Izzie" Stevens on "Grey's Anatomy," which was a success with critics and audiences. She left the show in 2010 after appearing in 120 episodes.
During her time on "Grey's Anatomy," Katherine filmed several movies, including Judd Apatow's "Knocked Up" and romantic comedies "27 Dresses" and "The Ugly Truth," which were all hits at the box office, grossing $219.9 million, $162.7 million, and $205.3 million, respectively.
She reportedly earned $300,000 for "Knocked Up" and $6 million for "27 Dresses," and she was paid $12 million for 2010's "Killers" and "Life as We Know It." After leaving "Grey's Anatomy," Heigl starred in the movies "New Year's Eve" (2011), "One for the Money" (2012), and "Home Sweet Hell" (2015) and lent her voice to animated films "The Nut Job" (2014) and "The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature" (2017). She also took on a few more TV projects, starring on NBC's "State of Affairs" (2014–2015), CBS' "Doubt" (2017), and USA's "Suits" (2018–2019), and she served as an executive producer on "The Ugly Truth," "Life as We Know It," "One for the Money," and "State of Affairs."
Katherine married singer Josh Kelley on December 23, 2007; the two met when Heigl appeared in his 2005 music video "Only You." The couple adopted daughter Naleigh from South Korea in 2009 and daughter Adalaide from America in 2012, Katherine gave birth to son Joshua in December 2016. Naleigh was born with a congenital heart defect, but she had open-heart surgery to repair it before leaving South Korea. Heigl and her mother founded the Jason Debus Heigl Foundation, an animal welfare charity, in 2008. Katherine received the ASPCA's Presidential Service Award in 2010, and she was honored by the American Cancer Society and the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute in 2012.
Awards and Honors
In 2007, Heigl won an Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for "Grey's Anatomy." The show also earned her People's Choice Awards for Favorite Female TV Star (2008) and Favorite TV Drama Actress (2010) as well as a ShoWest Award for Female Star of the Year (2010), and she shared a 2007 Screen Actors Guild Award and 2006 Satellite Award with her castmates. The Character and Morality in Entertainment Awards honored the cast of "Love Comes Softly" and "Love's Enduring Promise" with Camie Awards in 2003 and 2005, respectively.
In 2007, Katherine and Josh paid $2.55 million for a 4-bedroom home in the Los Feliz area of Los Angeles. She sold this home for $2.622 million in 2013. Heigl also owned a smaller Los Feliz home, which she purchased for $1.5 million in 2006 and put on the market for $1.75 million in 2008.
At the prime of her career, Katherine was one of the highest-paid actresses on the planet. After earning $6 million for both "27 Dresses" and "The Ugly Truth", her salary doubled to $12 million for "Killers" and "Life as we Know It". For the 2012 movie "One for the Money" she earned a career-high $15 million.
From these five roles alone, Katherine earned $51 million in base salaries.