When she first hit TV screens as PR executive Samantha Jones on Sex And The City in 1998, Kim Cattrall showed 40-something women the world over they could still be both sassy and sexy. And she's continued to exude sex appeal in the years since, having no qualms about showing off her still-stunning 51-year-old figure for the series' big-screen outing ten years later. "Hopefully (I) can change the idea of what 'sexy' is for more decades to come!" she says.
Born in Liverpool, England, on August 21, 1956, Kim moved to Vancouver Island, British Columbia, when she was three months old. She was raised there by her construction engineer father, Dennis, and part-time secretary mother, Shane, along with her older sister and two younger siblings.
The family was forced to return to England for a period when Kim was 11 to look after her ailing grandmother. And it was there Kim was bitten by the acting bug, after seeing her first play - Oscar Wilde's The Importance Of Being Earnest
- in London's West End. To pursue her dream, she took drama courses at the London Academy Of Music And Dramatic Art and began getting parts in local theatre productions.
She continued her progress upon returning to Canada aged 16, studying at the Banff School of Fine Arts, before moving to the Big Apple after graduating in 1972. There she furthered her drama studies by winning a scholarship to New York's American Academy of Dramatic Arts and landed her first role in director Otto Preminger's 1975 flick Rosebud
, alongside Peter O'Toole.
In 1977, she married Canadian writer Larry Davis, but they divorced two years later and Kim relocated to Los Angeles. She landed small parts in Seventies' TV series The Incredible Hulk
and Charlie's Angels
, before winning several film roles and starring in the mini-series Scruples
In 1982, Kim wed German architect Andre Lyson, having previously been linked with Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau. The same year she got her next big break in the hit comedy Porky's
. Roles in other successful comedies followed, including Police Academy
in 1984 and Mannequin
in 1988, while in 1991 she joined Captain Kirk and crew in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country
The film and TV roles kept coming, but it was seven years later in 1998 that Kim was offered her most memorable part that of sultry Samantha Jones on the hit HBO series Sex And The City
. The show ran for six years, ultimately winning the gorgeous blonde a Golden Globe and two Screen Actors Guild awards.
The series' end in 2004 put her career in transition at a moment when her personal life was also changing. After splitting from her second husband in 1989, she had married executive Mark Levinson in 1998, but this came to an end six years later. After that, Kim vowed she would never walk down the aisle again.
"There's no reason to
we have such a great time as we are," she says of her Canadian chef boyfriend Alan Wyse, whom she started dating in late 2004. "I am happier than I have ever been, and I want it to stay that way."
Four years after the series ended, SATC
was bigger than ever, its success having spread around the world, and the timing seemed perfect for Kim and her three fabulous co-stars to make their return.
"It's not just about high-heeled shoes and the glamour of New York," she says of finally shooting the much-anticipated Sex And The City
movie. "It felt like a fairytale."