Kim Cattrall's 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 Kim's grandmother became ill, she returned to England at the age of
11. During this time
Kim Cattrall took lessons at the London Academy of Music
and Dramatic Art (LAMDA).
Kim began her career at age 16 when she left home to live alone in New York City. There, Kim Cattrall 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 Kim became one of the last participants of the Universal Contract Player System. During Kim's time with Universal, she guest starred in numerous television programmes of varying style and genre. Kim Cattrall's work in television paid off, and she quickly made the transition to cinema. Kim Cattrall 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, Kim 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 Kim's most well-known film roles is that of Lieutenant Valeris in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country.
Aside from Kim Cattrall's 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, Kim Cattrall was cast in S-- and the City, Darren Star's series that was broadcast on HBO. As Samantha Jones, Cattrall gained international recognition. Kim Cattrall capitalized 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 s-- 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.
Kim Cattrall's film work continued during S-- 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 S-- and the City, but whatever the cause, Kim played Samantha for the last time in Spring 2004. In 2005 she appeared in the Disney picture Ice Princess, where she played the character of Tina Harwood, the ice skating coach of the film's lead character. Unfortunately, Ice Princess was not a financial success. Kim Cattrall also portrayed Claire, a paralyzed woman who wants to die, in the West End drama revival of Whose Life Is It Anyway. In early 2006 it was reported that Kim will soon join the cast of Desperate Housewives, playing Edie's (Nicollette Sheridan) wild sister. She is currently appearing in a West End production of The Cryptogram. 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 S-- and the City, was withdrawn from New Zealand television, apparently because of complaints about the innuendo. In 2006 Kim Cattrall stared alongside Brendan Gleeson in John Boorman's 2006 film The Tiger's Tail, a black comedy which focuses on the impact of the Celtic Tiger economy on Irish people.
Preparations are already underway for a S-- 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
Kim has been married three times: to Larry Davis; Andre J. Lyson, whom she divorced in 1989; and Mark Levinson, whom she divorced in 2004. Kim Cattrall was previously engaged to actor Daniel Benzali. At age 25, she briefly dated the former Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau. She dated the much-younger Canadian chef Alan Wyse (over two decades her junior) from the summer of 2004 to 2005. Kim Cattrall is currently 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.
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