Kim became an international celebrity when she was cast as the scandalously promiscuous Samantha Jones in HBO’s award-winning comedy series Sex and the City. For her role as Samantha, she won a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress in 2002 and received four nominations for the role. Her success in Sex and the City also led her to receive two Screen Actors Guild Awards out of seven nominations (including two for Outstanding Female Actress in a Comedy Series) and five Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series.
While studying on scholarship at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, she was spotted by director Otto Preminger, who cast her in Rosebud in 1975.
In 1978, Cattrall played the female lead in a two-hour episode of Columbo. 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 who knew David Banner (alter ego of the titular character) was alive and was the creature.
Kim Cattrall made several television appearances throughout the 1970s and worked mostly in movies in the 1980s. Her films ranged from a starring role opposite Jack Lemmon in Tribute, to the lowbrow comedy of Police Academy and Mannequin.
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 and Wild Honey to her credit.
In 2003, Sex and the City decided to call it quits, much to the disappointment of its legions of fans. The show, however, returned as an original theatrical film in 2008.
Later Career & Recognition
In 2005, she appeared in the Disney film Ice Princess, in which she played ice skating coach Tina Harwood of the film’s lead character.
Cattrall was named an Honorary Fellow of Liverpool John Moores University in recognition of her contributions to the dramatic arts.
In September and October 2011, she appeared in a production of Noël Coward’s Private Lives in Toronto, Canada co-starring Paul Gross; the production then moved to Broadway where it opened for previews 6 November 2011.