When the new MTV series "Finding Carter" premieres on Tuesday, July 8, its title character will discover that the woman she believes is her mother actually abducted her many years earlier from her biological parents. Conveniently, Kathryn Prescott, who plays the teenage Carter, is no stranger to the world of drama.
After a single appearance on "Doctors" alongside her twin sister in 2008, London-born Kathryn landed a role on the hit UK series "Skins." From 2009 to 2010, she played gay teenager Emily Fitch, who often felt overshadowed by her sister and struggled to find acceptance from her family. Emily's relationship with her girlfriend Naomi was a hugely popular storyline, but in the show's 2013 follow-up special, Emily returned home after an internship in New York and discovered Naomi was dying of cancer.
"There were a lot of dramatic storylines on 'Skins,'" the 23-year-old recently told MTV News. But, she added, her most prominent memories involve a lighter tone. "We shot a party scene for 'Finding Carter' that really reminded me of the 'Skins' parties that they used to have."
After subsequent roles on shows including "Bedlam" and "Being Human," Kathryn landed a spot on her first prime-time US series, "Reign," last fall. The show features a fictional account of the life of Mary, Queen of Scots; Kathryn's recurring character is a kitchen servant who winds up royalty after winning a contest to become queen for a day. Fun fact: On the show, she appeared alongside Adelaide Kane, who played Cora on Season 3 of "Teen Wolf."
And when Kat's not in front of the camera, you can find her behind it. The actress is also a talented photographer who told us that when she's seeking a new image for her portfolio, she's most inspired by passersby captured in candid, sincere moments (you can check back here soon for more on her picture-perfect skills).
Photo: Rene Cervantes