She may be known best as the saucy and sexy Samantha Jones from Sex and the City, (both the hit HBO TV series and the movies) but Kim Cattrall has had an extensive acting career that spans film, stage and television. The comedic timing and dramatic depth that brought so much to the famous stories of four New York women's love lives has been in evidence since the late seventies.
"At the beginning of my career I hoped that I'd have longevity as an actress," says Cattrall. "I felt I'd made it when I booked my first job! I was thrilled when I got the call about receiving a star on the Walk of Fame. Canadians can be real tough on each otherthere is an inherent national pride in bringing you down to earth. I have a double dose of this being a Liverpudlian/Canadian, so when I do receive acknowledgement in my home country, it means a lot."
In 2008, Cattrall reprised her award-winning role as Samantha Jones, in Sex and the City: The Movie. She was recognized for her television portrayal of this generation's most famous femme fatale with a Golden Globe and two Screen Actors Guild Awards. She's also received four Emmy Award nominations and three Screen Actors Guild nominations for her work on the series. Other recent filmwork has included John Boorman's The Tiger's Tail, as well as My Boy Jack, opposite Daniel Radcliffe and David Haig.
Kim is equally at home on stage and was classically trained at LAMDA and the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City. In the '70s, she was a part of the Canadian Underground Theatre' scene working in productions at Factory Theatre Lab in Toronto and City Stage in Vancouver. She made her Broadway debut opposite Sir Ian MacKellen in Anton Chekov's Wild Honey' with the National Theatre Of England and most recently her London West End debut in Sir Peter Hall's critically acclaimed production of Whose Life Is It Anyway'. In 2006, she starred in David Mamet's play The Cryptogram' at London's Donmar Warehouse, for which she received rave reviews.
2009 should be just as eventful. Cattrall just wrapped filming the titular role in Meet Monica Velourto be released later this yearas well as work on the political thriller, The Ghost, directed by Oscar winning filmmaker Roman Polanski. To cap it all off, much to the delight of its many obsessive fans, she will begin shooting Sex and the City 2 this fall.
On television Cattrall starred opposite Jamie Lee Curtis in the TNT television adaptation of Wendy Wasserstein's Pulitzer Prize-winning play The Heidi Chronicles and in Oliver Stone's miniseries Wild Palms for ABC. She has also appeared in a host of Hollywood blockbusters, including Police Academy, Porky's, Mannequin, Masquerade, Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, John Carpenter's cult classic Big Trouble in Little China, Disney's The Ice Princess, and Brian De Palma's infamous Bonfire of the Vanities.
But she's not just a big screen kind of girl, her performance as Jamie in the independent 1995 feature Live Nude Girls earned her rave reviews at numerous indie film festivals. Cattrall was also nominated for a Genie for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role for the critically acclaimed 1981 film Ticket to Heaven. In 2009, she received the NBC Universal Award of Distinction.
Not content to just give voice to other people's words, Cattrall is also a busy writer. She's penned several books, including the national best seller Sexual Intelligence, Being a Girl: Navigating the Ups and Downs of Teenage Life, and Satisfaction: The Art of the Female Orgasm, a New York Times best seller. And since she doesn't sound busy enough, Cattrall is also the founder of Fertile Ground Productions, a Canadian-based production company. Their first project was Sexual Intelligence, a feature-length HBO documentary based on her book of the same name. That project resulted in yet another nomination, this time for a Gemini as Best Host or Interviewer in a General/ Human Interest or Talk Program or Series.
She may be a multi-tasking honorary New Yorker today, but Cattrall has never forgotten her Canadian roots. "My first thought when I found out I was getting a star on the Walk of Fame was to call my best friend, Jacqueline Green, back in my home town of Courtenay, B.C.," Cattrall recalls. "She is my oldest friend and biggest supporter. In 1996, she suffered a massive stroke that left her handicapped, and she now devotes her time to volunteer work and has started a homegrownversion of honouring once-local residents who have done well in their chosen fields called Walk Of Achievement'. Whatever I accomplish, I share with Jackie."