She is most known for her role as Samantha Jones on HBO’s “Sex and the City,” although she has had a long and successful career in cinema and television, particularly during the 1980s. Her significant film roles include “Police Academy” from 1984, “Big Trouble in Little China” from 1986, “Mannequin” from 1987, and “Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country” from 1991.
Kim Victoria Cattrall was born in Liverpool’s Mossley Hill neighborhood on August 21, 1956. She is the daughter of Gladys Shane, a secretary, and Dennis Cattrall, a construction engineer. Her family immigrated to Canada when she was three months old and settled in British Columbia. When her grandma became ill when she was 11, she returned to Liverpool.
She studied acting at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) for a year before returning to Canada. Cattrall graduated from Georges P. Vanier Secondary School early in 1972, and at the age of 16, she travelled to New York City to begin her acting career.
Career in Front of the Camera
Cattrall studied acting at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York. She signed a five-year film agreement with director Otto Preminger after graduating. Her debut film role was in the 1975 action thriller “Rosebud,” before Universal Studios bought out her contract.
A 1977 episode of “Quincy, M.E.” featuring Jack Klugman was one of her first projects with Universal. She went on to appear in a number of television episodes, including “Columbo” and “Starsky and Hutch.” Following that, she appeared in two miniseries: “The Bastard” and “The Rebels.” Cattrall subsequently went on to star in the TV series “The Incredible Hulk” before starring in the Oscar-nominated 1980 film “Tribute” alongside Jack Lemmon.
Following that, she starred in the films “Crossbar” and “Ticket to Heaven.” Kim rose to prominence in 1982 when she starred as P.E. teacher Miss Honeywell in the teen sex comedy “Porky’s.” She got a role in the first “Police Academy” two years later. In the action thriller “Big Trouble in Little China,” she played Kurt Russell’s fling in 1986. Cattrall rose to prominence after playing in the 1987 film “Mannequin.”
When Cattrall was cast as Samantha Jones on the hit HBO series “Sex and the City” with co-stars Sarah Jessica Parker, Kristin Davis, and Cynthia Nixon, she already had a long list of TV and film credits. This was her most well-known job to date, and it rocketed her to fame. For her portrayal of the sultry Samantha, she was nominated for five Emmy Awards and four Golden Globes.
She won the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series in 2002. She repeated her role in the 2008 film adaptation of “Sex and the City” and in the 2010 sequel “Sex and the City 2.” The show aired for a total of six seasons.
Cattrall starred as Tina Harwood in the Disney film “Ice Princess” in 2005. She went on to appear in films such as “The Tiger’s Tail,” “My Boy Jack,” and “Ghost Writer.” She received a star on Canada’s Walk of Fame in Toronto in 2009. Cattrall starred in and executive produced the HBO Canada series “Sensitive Skin” from 2014 to 2016. For her work, she was nominated for a Canadian Screen Award for Best Actress in a Comedy Series. She starred in the web TV series “Tell Me a Story” in 2018.
Career on the Stage
The Golden Globe winner has also had a great theater career, having made her Broadway debut in Michael Frayn’s “Wild Honey” in 1986. In 2006, Cattrall starred in a revival of “Whose Life Is It Anyway?” on the West End. Later same year, she appeared in David Mamet’s “The Cryptogram,” another West End production.
In 2010, she performed in the Liverpool Playhouse productions of “Miss Julie” and “Antony and Cleopatra.” From February to May 2010, Cattrall featured in “Private Lives” at the Vaudeville Theatre alongside Matthew Macfadyen. She appeared on Broadway in 2011 in “Private Lives” and at The Old Vic in 2013 in Tennesee Williams’ “Sweet Bird of Youth.”
Earnings from Sex and the City
Kim Cattrall earned $350,000 each episode during the height of the show’s popularity. That sum was one-third of Sarah Jessica Parker’s per-episode fee of $1 million at the time.
Kim received $7 million for the first Sex and the City film, while Sarah received $13 million. The second picture made Kim $10 million. The cast members were under a lot of stress as a result of the money irregularities. After the second film, Kim and Sara Jessica Parker famously had a huge falling out. Kim was not invited to feature in the 10-episode revival series “And Just Like That…” in 2021 since their relationship was so terrible. Kim was not involved in the revival at all and was written off as having died, despite her former cast colleagues earning $1 million every episode.
Kim Cattrall is a three-time married woman with no children. From 1977 until 1979, she was married to Larry Davis. Andre J. Lyson was her second husband from 1982 till 1989. Kim learnt to speak fluent German when living with her ex-husband in Frankfurt. “Satisfaction: The Art of the Female Orgasm,” a book she co-wrote with her third husband, audio designer and jazz bassist Mark Levinson, is about her sex life. From 1998 to 2004, they were married. Cattrall dated former Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau for a short time.
The die-hard Liverpool F.C. supporter divides her time between New York and the East Hamptons. She is a British and Canadian citizen who became an American citizen in August 2020.
Cattrall was scheduled to go from London to New York on Pan Am flight 103 on December 21, 1988. She missed her flight because she decided on the spur of the moment to go shopping at Harrods for a teapot for her mother. She rebooked herself on a flight that left Heathrow 45 minutes after Pan AM 103 had taken off. When she arrived in New York, she found that her original flight had been shot down over Lockerbie, Scotland, by a terrorist bomb, killing all 259 persons on board.
In February 2018, Cattrall appealed to the public for assistance via Twitter. Christopher, her brother, had vanished in Alberta, Canada. He was found dead, having committed suicide, few hours later.
Purchasing Real Estate
Kim purchased a beachfront home in East Hampton, New York, for $420,000 in 1998. Kim advertised this home for $3.25 million in October 2020.
Kim Cattrall has a net worth of $40 million and is an English-Canadian actress.