10 Things You Didn’t Know About SATC Star Kim Cattrall
Kim Cattrall is most well recognized for her long-time role as Samantha Jones on the hugely successful HBO series, Sex and the City. She maintained the role for six years until the show’s end and appeared in both spin off feature films. Cattrall has been acting since the ’70s, but it wasn’t until she got this particular role that her career really took off. She’s received five Emmy nominations, four Golden Globe nominations and even won a Golden Globe! It’s safe to say playing this character was the peak of her career, but it wasn’t the end. Cattrall has continued to act and even land lead roles in other series and take on the stage in Broadway productions — she’s had one of the most fruitful careers of all her SATC co-stars since the show ended. Kim currently stars on and produces a critically acclaimed Canadian comedy series called Sensitive Skin. Fans of the show know everything there is to know about Samantha Jones (and lots that they don’t need to know), but not much is known about the actress who played her, so here’s 10 things you probably didn’t know about Kim Cattrall:
Kim Cattrall was born in Liverpool, England in 1956, but when she was only 3-months old she moved out west to British Columbia with her parents. Her mother Gladys Shane was a secretary and her father, Dennis Cattrall was a construction engineer. Cattrall returned to her roots in London to attend the London Academy for Music and the Dramatic Arts when she was 11-years-old. During this time she was cast in her first play called, “The Importance of Being Earnest” and took numerous acting examinations. She reunited with her family in Canada for high school and later attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts on scholarship. On her Twitter bio she describes herself as a “Liverpool-born, Canadian-raised New Yorker.”
9. Acting Career
Kim was offered her first real acting gig before she even entered adulthood. She got the offer while attending the American Academy of Dramatic Arts when she was spotted by a director, Otto Preminger and subsequently cast in the film Rosebud in 1975. It took a while for her career to really gain much traction, but since then she’s appeared in over 50 films! She mostly focused on television appearances throughout the ’70s and then shifted over to movies in the ’80s. In the early ’80s she landed starring roles in the films, Porky, Police Academy and Mannequin. Cattrall’s big break came after two decades of acting in the biz when she was offered the role of Samantha Jones, a promiscuous publicist living in New York on the HBO series, Sex and the City. At first she turned down the role and it took numerous meetings with producers to convince her that Samantha wasn’t a two-dimensional character until she finally agreed to take it on. It proved to be worth it in the end because in 2002 she won a Screen Actors Guild Award and in 2003 a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress. Since the show took off she has become an international celebrity.