Jaime King (also credited as James King) is an American actress and fashion model best known to television audiences for her starring role as Tanya in the sitcom Kitchen Confidential, from 2005-2006.
She also starred as Lemon Breeland in the comedy-drama series Hart of Dixie, a fish-out-of-water story about a New York City doctor adjusting to life in a small Southern town after she inherits a local medical practice, from 2011-2015.
She also had a recurring role as Palmer in The Class, appearing in 6 episodes from 2006-2007.
King was born in the suburbs of Omaha, Nebraska and she is reputed to be named after Jaime Sommers of the 1970s television series, The Bionic Woman.
She was discovered at the age of 14 while attending a school for modeling. After being spotted at her graduation fashion show, by New York model agent Michael Flutie, King was invited to New York to begin modeling professionally.
She later dropped out of high school in 1995 to pursue a modeling career in New York and later enrolled in a home-study program.
In a magazine interview, she said she was studying for her GED via a correspondence course at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln.
King had a successful early career as a fashion model and by age 15 she had modeled in Vogue, Mademoiselle, Allure, and Seventeen. At 16, King had graced the pages of Glamour and Harper's Bazaar.
She was also featured on the New York Times Magazine cover story published on February 4, 1996 and had walked the runway for Chanel and Christian Dior.
By 1997, despite her growing modeling career, King was a heroin addict and alcoholic, but following the death of her boyfriend, younger brother of Mario Sorrenti, fashion photographer Davide Sorrenti (who at age 21 died of a kidney ailment that was thought to have been brought on by excessive heroin use) she became sober.
By 1998 she was co-hosting MTV's fashion series House of Style with fellow model turned actress Rebecca Romijn.
Since 1998, King has been featured in numerous advertisements, including Bebe, Revlon, Cesare Paciotti, Express Jeans, Coach, Armani Exchange, and Matsuda.
In 2006 King was hand chosen by Jay-Z himself to be the new face of Rocawear, and her advertisements can be currently seen for the Winter Season.
In 1999 King began her acting career and made her debut in the film Happy Campers which was screened at the Sundance Film Festival in 2001.
The same year King followed that role with one in the film Blow as Johnny Depp's character's daughter and also appeared in the World War II epic romance Pearl Harbor, as 17-year-old nurse Betty.
The following year she had a leading role in the action film Bulletproof Monk along side Chow Yun-Fat and Seann William Scott.
2005 saw King in the film adaptation of Frank Miller's graphic novel titled Sin City as twins Goldie and Wendy. King was one of the few in the black and white film to appear in colour and was featured in the segment The Hard Goodbye opposite Mickey Rourke.
Also that year she acted in the family comedy Cheaper by the Dozen 2.
Apart from big-budget films in 2005, she had appeared in a supporting role in the independent black comedy Pretty Persuasion and was a series regular on the sitcom Kitchen Confidential.
In 2006, she appeared on the sitcom The Class for several episodes and filmed the horror film The Tripper, directed by David Arquette.
She returned in 2007 for the sequel to Sin City, Sin City 2.
She also starred in Gavin Degraw's music video for "Chariot" and Filter's music video for "Take a Picture".
In 2010 she was a main cast member of the short-lived mockumentary television series My Generation.