Katharine Towne is a Hollywood actress who has enjoyed quite a successful career. Even though she still has a lot to accomplish if she must be recognized as an authority in the competitive industry. She has appeared in several movies and TV series that generated some buzz, including Buffy the Vampire Slayer, What Lies Beneath, and Evolution.
Those who do not know her for any of the characters she has thus far played, know her for what she had with Charlie Hunnam. The actress was once married to the English actor vastly admired for his role in Sons of Anarchy. Their union was only able to withstand a few years which Hunnam has described as not only terrible but painful and expensive.
The two are no longer together but their marriage and why it packed up continue to command the interest of many as much as people are curious about biographical facts that surround Towne’s existence.
Katherine Towne Was Raised In a Family of Entertainers
Katharine Payne Towne was born on the 17th of July 1978 in Hollywood Los Angeles, California. She spent her formative years in tinsel town and completed her education there.
Katharine hails from a family that can rightly be described as Hollywood royalty. Her father Robert Towne is an accomplished Hollywood screenwriter as well as a filmmaker. He wrote the scripts for movies such as Mission Impossible as well as the 1974 film, Chinatown. Chinatown is regarded as one of the greatest films of all times and fetched him an Oscar for best original screenplay.
Towne’s mom is named Julie Payne. She is an actress and has appeared in several movies and TV shows between 1959 and 1967. Katharine Towne also boasts of some accomplished grandparents. Her maternal grandfather John Payne, and her maternal grandmother Shirley Anne, were both accomplished actors. Shirley even received an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress, this was for her role in the 1937 movie, Stella Dallas.
Still trying to process this & make it real. I wish I had ever gotten to know the woman in these photos. I wish so many things. I didn’t find out until last Tuesday that she was dying. pic.twitter.com/nwErOAmfk1
— Katharine Towne (@KatharineTowne) June 10, 2019
She Started Gaining Attention as an Actress After She Played Sunday in Buffy the Vampire Slayer
As Towne’s parents were both involved in the movie industry, it is easy to see why she settled for a career in Hollywood. At first, she aspired to be a screenwriter and focused on that direction. She, however, realized early that her passion lay in acting and switched directions.
Katharine Towne honed her skills in acting classes and soon landed a minor part in the 1998 movie, Without Limits. This marked her official Hollywood debut. She was also seen in Girl that year. Since then, she has featured in several movies and TV series. But she first gained people’s attention when she appeared as Sunday in a 1999 episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer series titled The Freshman. That same year, Katharine was seen in works like She’s All That, Go, Mulholland Dr., The Bachelor, and But I’m a Cheerleader.
2000 was a busy year for the actress. She played Riley Veatch in several episodes of the TV series, M.Y.O.B. Katharine also portrayed characters like Sal, Morgan, and Caitlin Spencer respectively on The Near Future, The In Crowd, and What Lies Beneath. The following year was even busier for Towne who was a part of at least six projects, including Close to Home, Town & Country, Undeclared, Mulholland Drive, and Evolution. 2002 came and the actress played Jody in The Anarchist Cookbook and Samantha in Scream at the Sound of the Beep.
As the years rolled by, she has played more significant roles like a sex addict in Blades of Glory and Mason in Tell Me You Love Me. You will find Towne as Erin Parker in Beauty and the Least: The Misadventures of Ben Banks, Dr. Eva Mudlark in The Aquabats! Super Show!, Sarah in Blur, Tessa James in CSI: NY, and Diane in To Love.
Katherine Towne Met Her Ex-husband During an Audition for Dawson’s Creek in 1999
It is no secret that Katharine Towne was previously married to Charlie Hunnam, an English actor, and model.
Hunnam has appeared in movies such as Green Street, The Ledge, Deadfall, The Lost City of Z, and King Arthur: Legend of the Sword. He has also appeared in TV series such as Queer as Folk, Young Americans, Undeclared, and Sons of Anarchy where he played the role of the protagonist, Jax Teller.
Towne first met her ex-husband in 1999 at an audition for Dawson’s Creek. She was 20 at the time while he was 18 years of age. They quickly fell in love with each other and spent the next three weeks in a whirlwind romance. Their love was so strong and intoxicating that they decided to get married after just three weeks together.
The duo promptly headed to Las Vegas and got married at the Silver Bell Wedding Chapel. Given their story, one would have thought that their love would endure forever but that was not the case.
The Union Failed Because They Psyched Themselves into it
The couple were married for just three years and divorced in 2002. Hunnam later described their three-year union as a terrible experience that was painful and expensive.
The actor has nothing positive to say about the union and based on what he related, the union collapsed because they were not supposed to get married in the first place. According to him, he never really thought he would be getting married to Towne and it was more like a mischievous adventure. But then, they psyched themselves into it and began a marriage that shouldn’t have existed.
Since the divorce, both parties have moved on with their lives. Hunnam is now in a long-term relationship with jewelry designer, Morgana McNelis: they have been together since 2005 and he is super passionate about her. He once publicly demanded of his female fans to stop bullying McNelis online.
Just like her ex-husband, Katharine Towne has moved on with her love life. It has been reported in some quarters that she was once in love with actor Ethan Embry. It is said that they were even engaged to be married but called off their engagement in 2014.