Kate Luyben is a Canadian-born actress who has slowly but steadily made a name for herself in Hollywood. She has appeared in popular TV series such as Criminal Minds, Two and a Half Men, True Blood, and Castle. On the big screen, she has featured in movies such as the unforgettable Steve Carell comedy, The 40-year-old virgin, Shanghai Noon (featuring the likes of Jackie Chan) and Intolerable Cruelty (starring Catherine Zeta-Jones and George Clooney). Apart from her career, the beautiful Luyben also has an interesting love life. Get to know more about her here…
Kate Luyben Bio
Kate Luyben (Katherine Luyben) was born on the 30th of June 1972 in Canada. Her exact place of birth is not known to the public. Also, not much information is available about her early life, parents’ name, and educational background. It is however known that she completed her high school education and grew up with some siblings. Also, her nationality is Canadian while her ethnicity is Caucasian.
Kate Luyben aspired to be an actress from a young age, and on leaving school, she started pursuing these lofty dreams. She commenced her acting career in her twenties. Her first movie role came in 1998 as a nurse in the popular series, The X-Files. X-files is a long-running sci-fi show which follows a group of FBI agents as they try to solve mysterious cases. Luyben gave a good account of herself in the series and was subsequently rewarded with roles in the horror film, Misbegotten (1998) and TV series, First Wave (1999).
Kate Luyben landed a career-defining role in 2000 when she played the role of Fifi in the western comedy/martial arts movie – Shanghai Noon. The movie featured the likes of Jackie Chan, Owen Wilson, and Lucy Liu. It grossed over a $100 million at the box office and was praised by critics.
Following her successful outing in Shanghai Noon, Kate Luyben has not rested on her oars. Rather, she has acquired an impressive filmography in a career spanning over two decades. She has appeared in TV shows such as Criminal Minds (2006), Arrested Development (2006), Two and a Half Men (2007), Eagleheart (2012), Franklin & Bash (2011) and Femme Fatales (2012). On the big screen, she has appeared in movies such as My 5 Wives (2000), Intolerable Cruelty (2003), The 40-year-old virgin (2005), Miss March (2009), Dead in the Water (2006), and more.
Kate’s Boyfriend and Son
Kate Luyben is in a relationship with Jim Jefferies. Jefferies is an Australian born stand-up comic, actor, and writer who is renowned for his outspokenness on political issues. The relationship between Luyben and Jefferies commenced in mid-2011. They have one son together named Hank Jefferies. He was born on the 7th of November 2012.
Luyben and her beau often collaborate professionally. She appeared in two episodes of his TV sitcom, Legit. The sitcom basically chronicled the life and struggles of a comedian and premiered on FX in 2013. It received high praise from critics but did not attract high ratings. It was subsequently canceled after the first season. Prior to her relationship with Jefferies, Luyben dated Nathan Fillion. Nathan Fillion is a fellow Canadian and has appeared in many TV series and movies. He is most popular for his role as Richard Castle on the ABC series, Castle. Disregarding that, he is also famous for his role as Captain Reynolds on the Fox series, Firefly. Luyben and Fillion started dating in 2010 and broke up in 2011.
Her Net worth and Salary
Luyben has a modest net worth estimated at $3 million. There is certainly no doubt that the Canadian movie star has done well for herself. She made her fortune from her illustrious movie career. This actress reportedly earns at least half a million dollars for each TV/movie role. Luyben has also raked in a decent amount from TV commercials, Ads etc. Her beau, Jim Jefferies, has a slightly higher net worth of $5.5 million. He made his fortune from a successful comedy career that has seen him release many specials on HBO and Netflix as well as on DVDs. He also has his own show on Comedy Central. Even though Luyben and Jefferies have not yet made things official, they live together with their son in Los Angeles.