Kim Cattrall is an English-born Canadian actress best known for her role as Samantha Jones in the television comedy/romance series Sex and the City, from 1998-2004.
The role earned her an Emmy Award nomination and a Golden Globe Award.
Her mother, Shane Cattrall, was a housewife; her father, Dennis Cattrall, was a construction worker. Cattrall has three siblings.
When she was less than a year old, her family emigrated to Courtenay, British Columbia, Canada. When her grandmother became ill, she returned to England at the age of 11. During this time she took lessons at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA).
Cattrall began her career at age 16 when she left home to live alone in 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.
A year later, Universal Studios bought out that contract and Cattrall became one of the last participants of the Universal Contract Player System.
During her time with Universal, she guest starred in numerous television programmes of varying style and genre. 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 that knew David Banner 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. The following year, she starred in the critically acclaimed Ticket to Heaven.
In 1982, Cattrall played Miss Honeywell in Porky's, followed two years later with a role in the original Police Academy. During 1985, she starred in three movies: Turk 182, City Limits and Hold-Up.
In 1987, her lead role in Mannequin proved a huge success with audiences. One of her most well-known film roles is that of the traitor Lieutenant Valeris in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country.
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.
In 1997, she was cast in Sex and the City, Darren Star's series that was broadcast on HBO. As Samantha Jones, Cattrall gained international recognition.
She capitalised on her success as Samantha by appearing in steamy television commercials promoting the Pepsi product 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 starred as Caroline in Britney Spears' first film venture, Crossroads.
Reports claim that Cattrall's high financial demands and a strained relationship with co-star Sarah Jessica Parker are responsible for the end of Sex and the City, but whatever the cause, Cattrall played Samantha for the last time in Spring 2004.
In 2005, she appeared in the Disney picture Ice Princess, in which she played the character of Tina Harwood, the ice skating coach of the film's lead character. Ice Princess was not a financial success.
She also portrayed Claire, a paralysed woman who wants to die, in the West End drama revival of Whose Life Is It Anyway.
In October of 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.
In July 2006, a commercial for Nissan cars, which featured Kim in her Samantha character from Sex and the City, was withdrawn from New Zealand television, apparently because of complaints about the innuendo.
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.
In 2007, she will star 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 WWI.
Preparations are already underway for a Sex and the City feature film. HBO is currently in negotiations with executive producer Michael Patrick King and the cast from the TV series of the same name, including Cattrall.
Cattrall will reprise her role of Samantha Jones for the upcoming Sex and the City movie.
Cattrall has been married three times: to Larry Davis; Andre J. Lyson, whom she divorced in 1989; and audio designer Mark Levinson, whom she divorced in 2004. She was previously engaged to actor Daniel Benzali.
At age 25, she briefly dated the former Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau. She dated Houston Rockets star Cuttino Mobley in 2003. She dated Canadian chef Alan Wyse (over two decades her junior) from the summer of 2004 to 2005.
She has been involved with her Whose Life is it Anyway? co-star Alexander Siddig, best known for his role as Dr. Julian Bashir on the television series Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.