Kate McKinnon
Chris Haston/NBC
United States
2019

Kate
McKinnon

Actor / Comic

McKinnon has been a tour de force since joining the cast of “Saturday Night Live” in 2012, but she has become indispensable since the 2016 presidential election with her portrayal of Hillary Clinton, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and just about every member of Trump’s administration, capturing them to astounding perfection. Breaking into television in 2007 on Rosie O’Donnell’s “The Big Gay Sketch Show,” she has earned seven Emmy nominations for “SNL,” taking home two trophies. After flicks “The Spy Who Dumped Me,” “Rough Night” and 2016’s female-led “Ghostbusters” reboot, McKinnon is pivoting to dramatic roles, executive producing and starring as disgraced Theranos wunderkind Elizabeth Holmes in “The Dropout” for Hulu and appearing alongside Nicole Kidman, Charlize Theron and Margot Robbie in the Roger Ailes saga “Bombshell.”

Career

  • ROUGH NIGHT
  • THE SPY WHO DUMPED ME
  • SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE

Education

  • Columbia University (NY, USA)

Variety Honors

  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
  • Comedy Impact
  • Comedy Leaders
  • New Power of New York
  • Variety Power of Pride
  • Variety Power of Women
  • Women's Impact
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'Saturday Night Live': Kate McKinnon's Greta Thunberg Tells Trump to 'Grow Up' (Watch)

'Saturday Night Live': Kate McKinnon's Greta Thunberg Tells Trump to 'Grow Up' (Watch)

With the December holidays upon us, "Saturday Night Live" took a brief detour from its usual parodies of political press conferences and the impeachment hearings to instead begin its Dec. 14 episode with a sketch about average families discussing the state of the world over dinner -- with a special message from Greta Thunberg (as played by Kate McKinnon).The first family consisted of "SNL" cast members Melissa Villasenor, Cecily Strong, Bowen Yang and Kyle Mooney discussing Donald Trump. They were...

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