Life Before Fame: 'Sex and the City's' Kim Cattrall

Kim Cattrall in the 2008 film version of Sex and the City

15. August 2019 - 18:24 Uhr / Cynthia Springer

Actress Kim Cattrall is best known for her role as "Samantha Jones" in the classic series, Sex and the City. Yet, what most people don't know is that she's been acting since 1975! What was her life before fame? Find out more on Cattrall's successful and stylish career here!

Many people may think of her as a downtown Manhattan fashionista, but Kim Victoria Cattrall was actually born in Liverpool, England on August 21st, 1956. Her parents weren't involved in the entertainment at all - her mother was a secretary and her father was a construction engineer.

Kim Cattrall pictured in 1979

But, by the time she was 3 years old, her family made a big move all the way to Canada! At age 11, the family temporarily moved back to England to help with her ill grandmother. It was there where she found her calling of acting, through Oscar Wilde's The Importance Of Being Earnest - the first play she ever saw. Soon after, she enrolled in drama courses at the London Academy Of Music And Dramatic Art.

Kim Cattrall: Young and Ready

By the time she was 16, Cattrall moved back to Canada to finish her high school degree at the Banff School of Fine Arts. After finishing her degree, she moved to New York City to further pursue her acting dreams.

A young Kim Cattrall

In New York, she was fortunate enough to have received a scholarship to Manhattan's very own American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Three years of being in New York, Cattrall landed her first role in the 1975 film, Rosebud, starring alongside Peter O'Toole.

Kim Cattrall: Set in Motion

The mid-70's proved to be a busy year for Cattrall! She acted in various television series, such as Starsky & Hutch, Colombo, The Bastard and The Incredible Hulk. One of her more successful comedy roles was in 1984's Police Academy with Steve Guttenberg. The film grossed around $150 million worldwide and would spark an additional six more films to be created in the Police Academy saga.

Steve Guttenberg and Kim Cattrall in the 1984 film, Police Academy

Kim Cattrall: Personal Years

Like many stars, Cattrall had her fair share of marriages. Canadian writer Larry Davis was her first husband in 1977, but they divorced two years later and she moved to Los Angeles. By 1982, she married German architect Andre Lyson, which lasted seven years. Her third and final marriage was with Mark Levinson in 1998 and ended in 2004. She vowed never to walk down the aisle again! 

Kim Cattrell at the season 3 premiere of Sex and the City, March 2000

Kim Cattrall's Big Hit

With or without marriage, Cattrall proved to be a strong, independent working woman of the '80s and '90s. Her golden year was 1997 - the year she was cast as "Samantha Jones" in the hit series, Sex and the City. The show successfully ran for six seasons, gaining international recognition.

The cast of the HBO original series, 'Sex and the City'

Cattrall was nominated for five Emmy Awards and four Golden Globes, winning one for Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Miniseries, or Motion Picture Made for Television in 2003. Cattrall and the rest of the cast - Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon, and Kristin Davis - would then star in 2008's Sex and the City film, as well as the 2010 sequel to the movie. The series is loved by fans today, as it continues to appear on streaming services like Netflix. Perhaps we'll even see a Manhattan reunion of the ladies someday!

Kristin Davis, Cynthia Nixon, Kim Cattrall and Sarah Jessica Parker at the premiere of Sex and the City in London, 2008.