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Katherine Langford, the Netflix darling of 13 Reasons Why, is back in a Games of Thrones-esque series Cursed

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Katherine Langford standing next to a body of water: Perth-born Katherine Langford is slaying in Cursed. Photo: Netflix Perth-born Katherine Langford is slaying in Cursed. Photo: Netflix

If you still haven't seen Netflix's original series Cursed, then you should probably set aside a weekend to binge it. It's not exactly Game of Thrones, but your medieval fix of magic, knights in shining armours, pirates, mythical creatures and everything in between will surely be satisfied. This is a story we have all come to love, the story of King Arthur, only told from the perspective of the Lady of the Lake, Nimue.

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Who better to play Nimue, who also happens to be of fey heritage, than Katherine Langford? Most of you know her as Hannah Baker in the controversial Netflix series, 13 Reasons Why.

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That breakout role seems made for her - the casting director didn't even have to meet her in person, recruiting Langford after only Skype auditions. And because of this, she had 10 days to file her O-1 visa for entry to the US.

Katherine Langford talking on a cell phone: Katherine Langford as Hannah Baker in a scene from the series 13 Reasons Why. Photo: AP © Provided by South China Morning Post Katherine Langford as Hannah Baker in a scene from the series 13 Reasons Why. Photo: AP

That's because she is from Perth, Australia. Yes, you read that right. Katherine Langford is Australian and her American accent is just for show.

For this role, she was nominated in 2017 for a Golden Globes in the category of best performance by an actress in a television drama. Even Selena Gomez couldn't help but say praises.

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While it's true that playing Hannah Baker opened up the road to stardom for her, she has otherworldly talents such as singing, playing the piano and composing. In fact, she sang a song that is on the Cursed official soundtrack.

Because music flows in her veins - long before finding screen fame, Langford was writing her music, with three original songs still live for anyone to view on YouTube, posed on her personal account in April 2013. She entitled the songs, 3 Words, Young & Stupid, and I've Got a Crush on Zoe Bosch.

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But playing Hannah Baker is not her only claim to fame. She starred alongside Chris Evans, Daniel Craig, Jamie Lee Curtis and other big Hollywood names in Knives Out.

Jaeden Lieberher, Don Johnson, Daniel Craig, Chris Evans posing for a photo: Stars of Knives Out: Jaeden Martell, Don Johnson, Jamie Lee Curtis, Rian Johnson, Ana de Armas, Chris Evans, Michael Shannon and Katherine Langford. Photo: AP © Provided by South China Morning Post Stars of Knives Out: Jaeden Martell, Don Johnson, Jamie Lee Curtis, Rian Johnson, Ana de Armas, Chris Evans, Michael Shannon and Katherine Langford. Photo: AP

Another one of her films that has made reverberations online, in the real world and to the book community is Love, Simon, where she played the awesome Leah Burke.

Nick Robinson, Katherine Langford standing in front of a crowd posing for the camera: Alexandra Shipp, Nick Robinson and Katherine Langford from Love, Simon. Photo: handout © Provided by South China Morning Post Alexandra Shipp, Nick Robinson and Katherine Langford from Love, Simon. Photo: handout

And who would've thought that she has a sister who is as talented as she is? Josephine Langford, who is known to film-goers and bookworms as Tessa Young from the book-to-movie adaptation After, by Anna Todd. The movie is also available to stream on Netflix. The second instalment of it, After We Collided, is coming out in theatres this September.

And as if this isn't enough, she also is a good swimmer. She was a part of her high school swimming team and you can watch her showing of this skill in one of her earlier Australian films, Misguided.

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