Samantha Wheeler
played by Katherine Heigl
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Katherine Heigl stars in Season 8 of USA Network’s legal drama Suits as Samantha Wheeler – a talented new Partner at Specter Litt who challenges the status quo and will either become the firm’s greatest ally or most powerful enemy.

Katherine Heigl stars as Samantha Wheeler.

Heigl is a two-time Golden Globe nominee and Emmy Award winning actress, as well as a producer. She is best known for her starring roles in the feature films The Ugly Truth, 27 Dresses and Knocked Up, as well as her work on ABC’s critically acclaimed drama Grey’s Anatomy. For her performance as Dr. Isobel “Izzie” Stevens on the series, she won an Emmy and earned two Golden Globe nominations for Best Actress in a Drama Series. 

On the big screen, Heigl starred in Judd Apatow’s smash hit comedy, Knocked Up, followed by a starring turn with Ed Burns and James Marsden in the romantic comedy 27 Dresses. She then starred opposite Gerard Butler in the romantic comedy The Ugly Truth, which she also executive produced. These roles earned Heigl “Female Star of the Year” honors at the 2010 ShoWest awards. In 2017, Heigl starred in the Warner Brothers’ thriller Unforgettable.

Additional film credits include The Big Wedding, New Year’s Eve, Life as We Know It, Killers, The Ringer and Steven Soderbergh’s critically acclaimed depression-era drama King of the Hill. Her first feature-film leading role was in My Father the Hero, starring opposite Gerard Depardieu. 

She was part of an all-star cast, including Will Arnett, Liam Neeson and Brendan Fraser, lending their voices to the animated comedy feature The Nut Job and the recently released sequel The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature.

Outside of film and television, Heigl co-founded along with her mother, Nancy, the Jason Debus Heigl Foundation in honor of her older brother, who died much too young in an automobile accident and whose strong, compassionate nature and great love of animals was the cornerstone of their endeavors. 

The foundation funds pet education programs, actively supports spay/neuter programs, pet adoption programs and funds and supports small dog transport from local kill shelters to both no-kill shelters and rescues facilities throughout the country. To date, the foundation has helped countless animals in need and funded more than 25,000 spay/neuter surgeries, the transport of over 8,000 animals out of high-kill shelters to areas where they are rapidly adopted and an overwhelming variety of adoption and training programs intently focused on improving the plight of our pets.

Heigl also actively supports Donate Life, the organ donation foundation.

Heigl is married to singer-songwriter Josh Kelley and the couple have three children, daughters Nancy Leigh Mi-Eun and Adalaide Marie Hope, and son Joshua Bishop Kelley Jr. Heigl resides in Utah with her family.