Kim Cattrall

born on 21/8/1956 in Liverpool, North West England, United Kingdom

Kim Cattrall

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Kim Cattrall

Kim Cattrall, 2008
Born Kim Victoria Cattrall
August 21 1956
Mossley Hill, Liverpool, England
Occupation Actress
Years active 1975present

Kim Victoria Cattrall ( /ktræl/; born 21 August 1956)[1] is an English[2][3][4] actress. She is known for her role as Samantha Jones in the HBO comedy/romance series Sex and the City, and for her leading roles in the 1980s films Police Academy, Big Trouble in Little China, Mannequin, and Porky's. For her role as Samantha Jones, she won a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress in 2002 and received four nominations for the role. Her success in Sex and the City also led her to receive two Screen Actors Guild Awards out of seven nominations (including two for Outstanding Female Actress in a Comedy Series) and five Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series. In September and October 2011, she appeared in a production of Noël Coward's Private Lives in Toronto, Canada co-starring Paul Gross;[5] the production then moved to Broadway where it opened for previews 6 November 2011.[6]

Early life

Cattrall was born in Mossley Hill, Liverpool, England.[7][8] Her mother, Gladys Shane (née Baugh), was a secretary, and her father, Dennis Cattrall, was a construction engineer.[9] When she was three months old, her family immigrated to the Canadian city of Courtenay, British Columbia. At 11, she returned to England when her grandmother became ill. She took a number of acting examinations with the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA),[10] before returning to Canada at age 16 to finish high school.


Cattrall began her career after graduating from high school in 1972, when she left Canada for New York City. There, she attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and upon her graduation, signed a five-year movie deal with director Otto Preminger. She made her film debut in Preminger's Rosebud in 1975. A year later, Universal Studios bought out that contract and Cattrall became one of the last participants in the contract player system of Universal (also referenced as MCA / Universal during this period) before the system ended in 1980. The Universal system's representative in New York, Eleanor Kilgallen (sister of Dorothy Kilgallen), cast Cattrall in numerous TV guest-star roles. One of the first jobs Kilgallen got her was in a 1977 episode of Quincy, M.E. starring Jack Klugman, whom Kilgallen also represented. In 1978, Cattrall played the female lead in a two-hour episode of Columbo. In 1979, she played the role of Dr. Gabrielle White in The Incredible Hulk and would go down in TV Hulk lore as one of the few characters who knew David Banner (alter ego of the titular character) was alive and was the creature. Her work in television paid off and she quickly made the transition to cinema. She starred opposite Jack Lemmon in his Oscar-nominated movie Tribute in 1980, and in Crossbar, the film about a high jumper who loses his leg and still participates in the Olympic trials, with Catrall's help. The following year, she starred in the critically acclaimed Ticket to Heaven.

In 1982, Cattrall played P.E. teacher Miss Honeywell (Lassie) in Porky's, followed two years later by a role in the original Police Academy. In 1985, she starred in three movies: Turk 182, City Limits, and Hold-Up, the latter with French star Jean-Paul Belmondo. In 1986, she played Kurt Russell's brainy flame in the action film Big Trouble in Little China. In 1987, her lead role in Mannequin proved a huge success with audiences. One of her best-known film roles is that of Lieutenant Valeris in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country. Near the end of filming, Cattrall had a photographer shoot a roll of film on the Enterprise bridge set, in which she wore nothing but her Vulcan ears. After finding out about the unauthorized photo session, Leonard Nimoy had the film destroyed.[11]

Aside from her film work, Cattrall is also a stage and theatre actress, with performances in Arthur Miller's A View from the Bridge and Anton Chekhov's Three Sisters and Wild Honey to her credit. In 1997, she was cast in Sex and the City, Darren Star's series which was broadcast on HBO. As Samantha Jones, Cattrall gained international recognition. She capitalized on her success by appearing in steamy television commercials promoting Pepsi One. She also signed a publishing deal to write a book about sex with her third husband, Mark Levinson. In addition, she can be heard reading the poetry of Rupert Brooke on the CD Red Rose Music SACD Sampler Volume One.

Her film work continued during Sex and the City when she appeared in Britney Spears' first film venture, Crossroads. Sex and the City ended as a weekly series in spring 2004 with 10.6 million viewers. Cattrall reprised the role of Samantha Jones in the Sex and the City film, released on 30 May 2008. She also appeared in the sequel released in May 2010. She was nominated for 5 Emmy Awards[12] for her role in the show.

In 2005, she appeared in the Disney picture Ice Princess, in which she played ice skating coach Tina Harwood of the film's lead character. She portrayed Claire, a paralyzed woman who wants to die, in the West End drama revival of Whose Life Is It Anyway?. In October 2006, she appeared in a West End production of David Mamet's The Cryptogram at the Donmar Warehouse in London. Since late 2005, she has appeared in a number of British television commercials for Tetley Tea.[13] In July 2006, a commercial for Nissan cars, which featured Cattrall as Samantha Jones, was withdrawn from New Zealand television, apparently because of complaints about its innuendo.[14] In 2006, she starred alongside Brendan Gleeson in John Boorman's 2006 film The Tiger's Tail, a black comedy that focuses on the impact of the Celtic Tiger economy on Irish people. On ITV, she starred alongside David Haig, Daniel Radcliffe, and Carey Mulligan in My Boy Jack, the story of author Rudyard Kipling's search for his son lost in World War I.

In early 2009, Kim Cattrall played Amelia Bly in Roman Polanskí's well received The Ghost Writer, which was released in 2010. On 16 June 2009, it was announced that Cattrall would receive a star on Canada's Walk of Fame in Toronto. The induction ceremony was held on 12 September 2009.[15] In November 2009 whilst filming Sex and the City 2 in Marrakech, she took part in an seminar, 'Being directed' with Director John Boorman as part of the 3rd Edition of the Arts in Marrakech Festival.[16]

On 24 February 2010, Cattrall began a critically acclaimed run in the West End of London at The Vaudeville Theatre as leading lady, Amanda, opposite Matthew Macfadyen, almost twenty years her junior, in a revival of Noël Coward's play Private Lives. She performed until 3 May 2010.

Cattrall played Cleopatra in a production of Antony and Cleopatra, directed by Janet Suzman, opposite Jeffery Kissoon as Anthony, in Liverpool at the Playhouse[17] in October 2010. Also scheduled for release is her movie Meet Monica Velour, in which Cattrall plays an out-of-shape former adult star.[18]

In 2010, Cattrall was named an Honorary Fellow of Liverpool John Moores University in recognition of her contributions to the dramatic arts.[19]

In 2011, Cattrall reprised her role as Amanda in the revival of Noël Coward's play Private Lives opposite Canadian actor Paul Gross in Toronto and on Broadway.

Personal life

Cattrall has been married three times. Her 1977 to 1979 marriage to Larry Davis was annulled. Her second marriage was from 1982 to 1989 to Andre J. Lyson; with him, she lived in Frankfurt and learned to speak German fluently, but admits she has forgotten a lot over the years.[20][21][22]

From 1998 to 2004, she was married to audio designer Mark Levinson. The two co-wrote the 2002 book Satisfaction: The Art of the Female Orgasm.[23]

Cattrall has also been linked with former Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau, actor Daniel Benzali, musician Gerald Casale of the New Wave group Devo, French public intellectual Bernard-Henri Lévy, and her Whose Life Is It Anyway? co-star Alexander Siddig.[24] She currently resides in New York City and in an East Hampton, New York, waterfront home.

In 2007, Cattrall revealed that, in December 1988, she had been booked on Pan Am Flight 103, the plane which crashed in Lockerbie, Scotland, after a terrorist bomb was detonated during the flight. She cancelled her booking on the flight at the last minute to complete some Christmas shopping in London.[25]

She holds dual British and Canadian citizenship. In a 2011 interview on the Canadian radio show "Q", Cattrall stated that reports that she became a U.S. citizen in 2008 are incorrect.[26]

In August 2009, Cattrall took part in the BBC TV show Who Do You Think You Are?, where she discovered some uncomfortable facts about her grandfather, George Baugh. Baugh, who disappeared in 1938, having abandoned his family including Cattrall's then 8-year-old mother and two younger sisters turned out to have bigamously married his new wife Isabella Oliver the following year in Tudhoe, County Durham, and subsequently had another four children. In 1961, he immigrated to Australia, where he became a postmaster, retiring in 1972 and dying in 1974.[27] Cattrall's mother and aunts had known nothing of their father's life after he left until they heard what the Who Do You Think You Are? researchers had discovered, nor had the family previously seen a clear photograph of him. An edited version of the episode was later shown as a part of the U.S. series of the same name.

Cattrall is an avid supporter of Liverpool FC.[28]


Year Title Role Notes
1975 Rosebud Joyce Donnovan
1976 Deadly Harvest Susan Franklin
1977 Good Against Evil Linday Isley Television
1977 Quincy, M.E. Joy DeReatis Television; 1 episode
1977 Logan's Run Rama II Television; 1 episode
1978 Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries, TheThe Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries Marie Claire Television; 2 episodes
1978 Columbo: How to Dial a Murder Joanne Nicholls Television; 1 episode
1978 Switch Captain Judith Pierce Television; 1 episode
1978 Starsky and Hutch Emily Harrison Television; 1 episode
1978 Paper Chase, TheThe Paper Chase Karen Clayton Television; 1 episode
1978 Family Susan Madison Television; 1 episode
1979 Incredible Hulk, TheThe Incredible Hulk Dr. Gabrielle White Television; 1 episode
1979 How the West Was Won Dolores Television; 1 episode
1979 Vega$ Princess Zara Television; 1 episode (197778)
1979 Charlie's Angels Sharon Television; 1 episode
1980 Tribute Sally Haines
1980 Scruples Melanie Adams Miniseries
1981 Ticket to Heaven Ruthie
1982 Porky's Honeywell
1982 Trapper John, M.D. Television; 2 episodes
1983 Tales of the Gold Monkey Whitney Bunting Television; 1 episode
1984 Police Academy Karen Thompson
1985 Turk 182 Danny Boudreau
1985 City Limits Wickings
1985 Hold-Up Lise
1986 Big Trouble in Little China Gracie Law
1987 Mannequin Ema 'Emmy' Hesire
1988 Masquerade Brooke Morrison
1988 Midnight Crossing Alexa Schubb
1989 Return of the Musketeers, TheThe Return of the Musketeers Justine de Winter
1990 Honeymoon Academy Chris
1990 Bonfire of the Vanities, TheThe Bonfire of the Vanities Judy McCoy
1991 Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country Lieutenant Valeris
1992 Double Vision Caroline / Lisa Television film
1992 Split Second Michelle
1992 Miracle in the Wilderness Dora Adams
1992 Breaking Point Allison Meadows
1993 Wild Palms Paige Katz Miniseries
1994 Dream On Jeannie Television; 1 episode
1994 Two Golden Balls Sydnie Television
1995 Above Suspicion Gail Cain
1995 Live Nude Girls Jamie
1996 Unforgettable Kelly
1996 Where Truth Lies Racquel Chambers
1997 Exception to the Rule Carla Rainer
1997 Outer Limits, TheThe Outer Limits Rebecca Highfield Television; 1 episode
1997 Invasion Dr. Sheila Moran Television; 1 episode
1997 Rugrats Melinda Finster Television; 1 episode, voice role
1997 Duckman Tami Margulies Television; 1 episode, voice role
1998 Creature Dr. Amanda Mayson
1998-2004 Sex and the City Samantha Jones Main role
1999 Baby Geniuses Robin
2000 Sex and the Matrix Samantha Jones Television mini-movie
2001 15 Minutes Cassandra
2002 Crossroads Caroline Mother of Lucy Wagner
2004 The Devil and Daniel Webster Constance Hurry
2005 Ice Princess Tina Harwood Teen Film/TV Series International Awards for Best Comedy Actress or Drama Support Role
Teen Film/TV Series International Awards for Outstanding Casting for a Film (shared with cast)
Teen Film/TV Series International Awards for Outstanding Casting for a Film Comedy or Drama (shared with cast)
Nominated Teen Film/TV Series International Awards for Best Film Actress: Support Role
2006 Tiger's Tail, TheThe Tiger's Tail Jane O'Leary
2007 My Boy Jack Caroline Kipling Television film
2007 Sunday Night Project, TheThe Sunday Night Project Guest Host Television; 1 episode
2008 Sex and the City: The Movie Samantha Jones
2009 Simpsons, TheThe Simpsons Chloe Talbot Television; 2 episodes 2004 and 2009, voice role
2009present Producing Parker Dee Television; 26 episodes, voice role
2009 Who Do You Think You Are? Herself Television documentary
2010 Ghost Writer, TheThe Ghost Writer Amelia Bly
2010 Sex and the City 2 Samantha Jones
2010 Meet Monica Velour Linda Romanoli
2010 Any Human Heart Gloria Television film

Awards and nominations

Year Award Result Category Work
1980 Genie Award Nominated Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role Ticket to Heaven
1999 Women in Film Crystal+ Lucy Awards Won Lucy Award Recipient along with the rest of the cast of Sex & The City in recognition of excellence and innovation on the show for enhancing the perception of women through the medium of television[29]
2003 Golden Globe Award Won Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television Sex & the City
2006 Gemini Award Nominated Best Host or Interviewer in a General/Human Interest or Talk Program or Series Kim Cattrall: Sexual Intelligence
2008 Banff World Television Festival Won NBC Universal Award of Distinction
2010 Gemini Award Won Best Performance in an Animated Program or Series Producing Parker
2010 Razzie Award Won Worst Actress (shared with film co-stars)[30] Sex & the City 2


  1. Index entry. FreeBMD. ONS. Retrieved on 12 August 2009.
  2. Kim gets her kit off for art's sake
  3. 'Who do you think you are' BBC 12/8/09.
  4. Who Do You Think You Are? with Kim Cattrall | BBC One | TV previews and reviews | Orange UK. Retrieved on 2010-12-31.
  5. Private Lives. Mirvish Productions. Retrieved on 2011-10-19.
  6. Kim Cattrall wrapped up in 'Private Lives'. Newsday (2011-12-01). Retrieved on 2011-12-26.
  7. Sex And The City star Kim Cattrall: Why I'm so proud to be a Scouser. Retrieved on 24 May 2009.
  8. Kim Cattrall beams in blue as she is awarded honorary university fellowship, Daily Mail, 12 July 2010. URL accessed on 12 July 2010.
  9. England & Wales, Marriage Index, JulAugSep 1953, Liverpool, Lancashire, 10d, 1172.
  10. Kim Cattrall Supports Tomorrows Stars At Benefit Evening. Retrieved on 17 August 2009.
  11. Altman, Mark A. (Summer 1992). "Hollywood's Most Voluptuous Vulcan" 1 (1).
  12. Kim Cattrall Emmy Nominated
  13. Bowers, Simon "The decline of the British cuppa", The Guardian, 27 September 2005.
  14. NineMSN "Kim Cattrall ad too saucy for Kiwis", 21 July 2006.
  15. The Stars Align at the 12th Annual Canada's Walk of Fame. Canada's Walk of Fame (16 June 2009). Retrieved on 16 June 2009.
  16. AiM Festival/AiM Biennale, Riad El Fenn, Marrakech :: Home. Retrieved on 2010-12-31.
  17. Everyman and Playhouse Theatre, Liverpool - Everyman and Playhouse. Retrieved on 2010-12-31.
  18. Kim Cattrall Reveals Weight Gain for New Film. National Ledger (2 May 2010). Retrieved on 5 May 2010.
  19. Shonagh Wilkie. Kim Cattrall to receive Honorary Fellowship. Retrieved on 2010-12-31.
  20. Kim Cattrall speaking German at the Life Ball 2008. (21 May 2010). Retrieved on 2011-04-25.
  21. Bunte: Kim Cattrall im Interview (German) Catrall was in Frankfurt from 1982 to 1985.
  22. Gala: Kim Cattrall lived in Frankfurt with Andre J. Lyson in the eighties.
  23. SATC's Samantha & Husband Write Female Orgasm Book. New York Times (27 January 2002). Retrieved on 2011-04-25.
  24. Cattrall finds love with co-star. Retrieved on 2011-04-25.
  26. | Q | Past Episodes Sept. 28, 2011. Retrieved on 29 September 2011.
  27. Sex And The City star Kim Cattralls tragic roots. Wales Online. Western Mail (12 August 2009). Retrieved on 12 August 2009.
  28. Kim Cattrall is a Scouse in the City as she goes back to her English roots to cheer on Liverpool FC. Daily Mail (8 November 2010). Retrieved on 2010-11-08.
  30. King, Susan, The Razzie Awards: "The Last Airbender" is the best winner, er, loser, 26 February 2011. URL accessed on 6 March 2011.

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