Katherine Langford (born 29 April 1996) is an Australian Actress. She is known for playing Hannah Baker in the 2017 Netflix series 13 Reasons Why, based on the novel of the same name.
Katherine Langford was born in Perth, Australia.Raised in Applecross, a riverside suburb of Perth, Langford is the daughter of doctors, Elizabeth and Stephen Langford, director of medical services at the Royal Flying Doctor Service. She began voice lessons in 2005, and received classical, jazz, and contemporary vocal training. She attended Penrhos College for her primary years and commenced secondary schooling at St Hilda’s. She was offered a place at Perth Modern School, a public school for the gifted and talented, located in Subiaco, Western Australia, for her senior high years. Here she studied music and drama, was sports captain and a nationally ranked swimmer.Early on in her high school career, Langford was interested in medicine and politics, in addition to musical theater. However, in 2012, when Langford was 16, she attended Lady Gaga’s concert, the Born This Way Ball, which inspired her to learn how to play the piano and quit the swimming team. For her final year at Perth Modern, Langford stopped swimming and switched her focus to music and performance. She was successful in a number of musical eisteddfods and drama competitions. Langford appeared in the school’s production of Hotel Sorrento in 2013 and graduated in 2014.
After graduating high school, Langford was determined to become an actor. However, she was rejected from every acting school she applied to, on the grounds she was too young and didn’t have enough life experience. This lead her to begin enrolling in acting classes and workshops in Perth, juggled three part-time jobs, and later found herself an agent.From 2014 to 2015, Langford studied at the Principal Academy of Dance & Theatre Arts, majoring in Music Theatre. While there, she appeared in a production of Godspell, where she played Morgan. She was then one of five selected to participate in the National Institute of Dramatic Arts (NIDA) Advanced Actors Residency in 2015.Also in 2015, she trained at Nicholson’s Academy of Screen Acting. During this time, she also portrayed the role of Juan Perón’s mistress in the 2015 production of Evita at the Koorliny Arts Centre in Perth. In late 2015, Langford was offered a position in the Bachelor of Arts program in Acting at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) and intended to begin studies in 2016.However, she never enrolled and instead pursued professional roles.
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