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"Nathan Drake. Are you worthy of the name? Earn this - as Francis earned it from Elizabeth. Prove your greatness."
— Katherine Marlowe's last words

Katherine Marlowe
Kate Render
Biographical information
Born: 1947
Died: 2011 (age 63)
Nationality: British
Gender: Female
Status: Deceased
Affiliates: Talbot
Rameses (formerly) †
Victor Sullivan (formerly)
Physical description
Height: 5'7
Hair color: Blonde
Eye color: Blue
Series information
Appears in: Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception
Uncharted 4: A Thief's End (multiplayer only)
Occupation: Leader of the Hermetic Order
Voiced by: Rosalind Ayres
Mo-capped by: Rosalind Ayres

Katherine "Kate" Marlowe is a British woman who acts as the leader of an over 400-year old Hermetic Order. A ruthless and manipulative woman, Marlowe is also the leader of a highly-trained and well-armed group of agents who act as the combat section of her order.

Marlowe serves as a central character and the secondary antagonist of Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception, competing with protagonists Nathan Drake and Victor Sullivan towards finding the lost city, the Atlantis of the Sands. In addition, she has also appeared as a playable skin in the multiplayer modes of Drake's Deception and Uncharted 4: A Thief's End.

In all of her appearances, Marlowe is voiced and mo-capped by Rosalind Ayres.



Marlowe first appears after Nathan Drake and Victor Sullivan defeat her men in a bar room brawl in London, but are cornered outside. After an ugly banter between the three, she forcibly takes what she thinks is Sir Francis Drake's ring, though it turns out later to be a fake. As she goes to leave, Drake and Sully try to follow, but are seemingly shot and knocked unconscious by Charlie Cutter, who is left behind as punishment.

In a flashback to 20 years earlier, it is revealed that Marlowe commissioned Sully in Cartegena to steal the ring, along with the cipher disk it unlocks. However, a young Nathan Drake steals both before they get to it. He is cornered by Marlowe and her men, who take back the cipher disk; however, he escapes with the ring with the help of Sully who takes him under his wing.

Back in the present, Drake, Sully, Chloe Frazer, and Cutter, who is actually an old friend of Sully's, and acting as a double agent, follow Marlowe's trail to her underground lair, where they retrieve the cipher disk, learn that she's looking for Iram of the Pillars, a quest previously undertaken by Sir Francis and T.E. Lawrence, and use the disk to search for clues to its location. They find two separate locations: a chateau in France and a citadel in Syria.


In Syria, they learn that Marlowe is head of a secret Hermetic organization dating back to Sir Francis' time which specializes in intimidation. While leaving the citadel, Cutter is confronted by Marlowe and Talbot, Marlowe's right-hand man. Angered by Cutter's treachery, Marlowe sets the platform he's on ablaze, causing him to jump and break his leg. While this scares Cutter and Chloe into leaving the quest, Drake and Sully continue onto the next stop in the quest: Yemen.


"Beneath that cocky exterior, you’re still the same scared, filthy little runaway, aren’t you?"
— Marlowe intimidates Drake.
The Ring

The ring.

Soon after arriving, Drake is drugged and captured by Talbot, whilst drugged, Marlowe is able to pry much information from him, including the fact that Sullivan had memorised the constellation she needed to locate the Atlantis of the Sands but not what she truly needs, the current location of Victor Sullivan. Once Drake awakens, Marlowe toys with him, speaking of his mothers suicide, how he subsequently ended up in an orphanage and even that fact that Drake isn‘t truly his name. She presses him for Sullivan‘s whereabouts, threatening Elena Fisher in the process and stating that “Victor is only ever in it for Victor”. Allowing Drake to think about what she has said, Marlowe is informed by Talbot, that they have located Sullivan. Talbot takes his leave, whilst Marlowe breaks the news to Drake that he has been “Removed from the equation”. Temporarily escaping, Drake takes off after Talbot, but is knocked out by Rameses, a pirate captain she has hired. As she now had Sullivan, she instructs Rameses to kill Drake, eliminating the “filthy little stray” that had delayed her for 20 years.

Believing Drake to be dead Marlowe sets off in a convoy across the Rub' al Khali toward Iram, but soon learns that not only was Drake alive, he had also destroyed her supply plane. Leaving some of her men behind at the ghost town, Drake once again escapes, and with the aid of Salim, takes out most of her convoy to save Sullivan. Through all of the destruction however, Marlowe makes it to her destination.

Iram of the PillarsEdit

"What are the roots that clutch, what branches grow out of this stony rubbish? Son of man, you cannot say, or guess, for you know only a heap of broken images, where the sun beats, and the dead tree gives no shelter, the cricket no relief, and the dry stone no sound of water. Only there is shadow under this red rock, come in under the shadow of this red rock, and I will show you something different from either your shadow at morning striding behind you or your shadow at evening rising to meet you; I will show you fear in a handful of dust."
— Marlowe's voice in Nathan's head while he is hallucinating in the desert

Once Drake and Sullivan arrive at the lost city of Iram, Sullivan is seeemingly shot dead by Talbot with Marlowe at his side. However, it's later revealed that this was a hallucination caused by Drake's inadvertent consumption of the true treasure of Iram and Marlowe's goal: a powerful hallucinogenic agent hidden in the city's water supply. As Marlowe is on the verge of retrieving the urn containing the agent, Drake shoots the winch lifting it. The ensuing explosions cause serious structural damage to the city, causing the city to fall apart around them.


Marlowe's last moments.

As she makes her way out with Talbot they run into Drake and Sullivan, but before the inevitable confrontation the floor collapses beneath them, throwing Marlowe, Talbot and Drake into the quicksand below. Drake and Talbot are able to get onto solid ground but Marlowe is unable to free herself. As Talbot pleas for Drake to save her, Marlowe persuades Drake to earn his name by saving her, holding out Sir Francis' ring. Drake throws her his bandoleer but she fails to get a decent grip and sinks to her death, taking the ring with her.

Behind the ScenesEdit

Marlowe is played by Rosalind Ayres. In an interview, lead game designer Richard Lemarchand said, "We are extremely lucky to be working with her. "She has brought a tremendous amount to this character. At Naughty Dog, we feel that a big part of the success of the Uncharted games is due to the effort that we put into our performance capture process where we work with the actors, improvising scenes with them and very often some of the best lines come straight from the actors, the things they invent while we are rehearsing with them and Ros has been fantastic in helping us in developing Marlowe's character."


Katherine Marlowe Multiplayer Skin

Marlowe in multiplayer

Marlowe appears as a multiplayer skin in Uncharted 3. To get her you must reach level 20 on multiplayer. You can also play as young Katherine Marlowe but to get her you must reach level 65.


  • She is the first female major antagonist introduced in the Uncharted series.
  • Sully calls her Kate during the cutscene she first appears in.
  • She is shown to be a believer in and reader of tarot cards, as before attempting to kill Charlie on top of the tower she says "As if it were in the cards all along", referring to his betrayal of her. He is then found to have a tarot card in his pocket called "The Tower", which represents crisis, downfall, ruin, etc.
    • In addition, Cutter's notebook (and via gameplay mechanics Drake's journal) contains pictures of two tarot cards: "The High Priestess", with Marlowe's name written under it, and "The Magician", with Talbot's name written above it. This denotes her leadership role in the secret order.
      • Her use of the cards ties in with the hermetic/occultic nature of her organization.
  • Marlowe shares her last name with famous playwright Christopher Marlowe, who was also a spy for Queen Elizabeth. She may be a descendant of his, however this is speculation.
  • Marlowe is far-sighted; she puts on reading glasses when she is reading Nathan Drake's file.
  • There was a lot of Internet speculation that the famous British actress Helen Mirren would be playing the role of Marlowe based on their similarities in appearance and voice. However, this was not the case. It is plausible, however, that she was an inspiration for the game's developers, Naughty Dog.
  • Contrary to popular belief, it's actually Marlowe that drives their getaway car after she makes her appearance in the game (a Jaguar XJ, which is seen outside the Pelican Inn and parked in the London Underground). Talbot clearly gets out of the passenger's side of the car (the left side), while Marlowe gets out of the right side (remember that in the U.K, the right side is the driver's side of the vehicle). It appears that Talbot gets into the car first and starts the ignition so that Marlowe may drive (so it is she, not Talbot, that nearly runs Cutter over). When the player finds Marlowe's vehicle later on in the Underground, these facts can be confirmed.
  • Drake jokes that Marlowe may melt in the rain without her umbrella, like a witch. It's ironic that this is almost her end. The appearance of melting in the quicksand.
  • Marlowe was significantly older looking in early versions of cutscenes with more wrinkles on her neck and face than the final game.



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