NCIS’ Jessica Knight star Katrina Law had a ‘unique’ childhood

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NCIS season 20 continues to air every Monday night with an almost entirely new cast from when the CBS drama first started almost two decades ago. Agent Jessica Knight (played by Katrina Law) joined the team in series 19 after her own NCIS team was disbanded following several deaths. She has grown to be a key member of NCIS with a blossoming romance with chief medical examiner Jimmy Palmer (Brian Dietzen).

WARNING: This article contains spoilers from NCIS.

What is NCIS star Katrina Law’s nationality?

NCIS actress Katrina Law is of American nationality, as she was born on September 30, 1985, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and raised in South Jersey.

But the star actually has a mixed cultural heritage thanks to her parents.

Her dad served in the US armed forces during the Vietnam War where he met Law’s mum who worked as a bartender.

He was Catholic and of Geman and Italian origin, whereas Law’s mum was a Buddhist of Taiwanese origin. 

Law opened up about her “unique” childhood back in 2010 with Why So Blu?

“It wasn’t until I was older that I finally started to realise just how different my childhood was from many of my friends,” she said.  

“For me, it was normal to celebrate New Year on two different days.  

“It was totally acceptable and fine that there were two Gods who at the end of the day were basically saying the same thing.  

“I also didn’t realise how ‘progressive’ it was for my dad to marry interracially when he did and I wasn’t aware of how unique it was for an American child to speak two languages.

“But times have changed and I think that my ‘unique’ childhood is now becoming the norm as the world gets smaller and smaller, people travel more and colour lines get blurred.”

Prior to her stint on NCIS, Law was already a well-known actress to a wide range of TV viewers.

She is known for playing Mira in Starz’ Spartacus: Blood and Sand and Spartacus: Vengeance, Nyssa al Ghl on The CW series Arrow and Karen Beach on the Sony Crackle series The Oath.

Action fans may also associate Law best with her time on the CBS drama Hawaii Five-0 as Quinn Liu.

She was in the show for one year before joining the cast of NCIS in 2021.

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Jessica became part of the NCIS team fans all know and love after members of her Regional Enforcement Action Capabilities Training Team (REACT) were killed in an explosion.

So she was given a transfer and has since fitted in perfectly with her colleagues including Agent Nick Torres (Wilmer Valderrama) and Agent Timothy McGee (Sean Murray).

Over the past series, fans have loved to see sparks flying between her and Jimmy whose wife Breena Palmer (Michelle Pierce) died of coronavirus.

The colleagues are now dating, with their romance blossoming in every episode.

NCIS returns for season 20, episode eight, Turkey Trot which will see gunshots and an explosion go off at a Thanksgiving event.

It is initially thought that they were aimed at an Admiral but upon closer inspection of the footage, it seems as if they were trying to attack Jessica.

At the end of the episode promo, a mysterious figure is seen pointing a gun at Agent Knight but who could want to kill her?

NCIS season 20 continues every Monday on CBS in the USA. A UK release date hasn’t been announced.

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