Hailed from Minneapolis, Minnesota, model and actress Kelly Carlson is celebrated for her role as the emotionally unstable model Kimber Henry on the critically acclaimed show “Nip/Tuck” (2003-2006). Her film credits include 3000 Miles to Graceland (2001), Paparazzi (2004), and more recently The Marine (2006), in which she starred with the WWE superstar John Cena. As a model, Carlson has appeared in dozens of ad campaigns, including for Oliver People Sunglasses, Miller Lite and Rembrandt, and in Maxim magazine as well as Stuff Magazine.
5’ 5” tall Carlson was voted as one of Tear Sheet Magazine’s “50 Most Beautiful” in 2001 and one of Maxim magazine’s “Hot 100 of 2005.” Off camera, she is a passionate humanitarian that has given much of her time to charitable causes. The good friend of actress Molly Sim, Carlson, becomes the spokesperson for The Smile Network, a Minnesota-based charitable organization that grants life altering reconstructive surgeries and related healthcare services to impecunious children and young adults in developing countries.
Childhood and Family:
In Minneapolis, Minnesota, Kelly Lee Carlson was born on February 17, 1976. As a child, she put her sight on riding horses, a passion she began practicing at age 4, but, once she grew up, Kelly shifted gears to acting by participating in small-time productions in Minnesota. After a while, she progressed to modeling, while trying to continue acting in theatrical productions. She was educated in Academy of Holy Angels in Richfield, Minnesota.
A talented equestrian as a child, Kelly Carlson turned to acting once she grew up and took parts in minor plays in her hometown of Minnesota. She went on to appear in such theatrical productions as “Cheaters,” “Can’t Trust the Man,” “Girl’s Guide to Chaos,” “Vanitie” and “Charlotte’s Web.” Aside from acting, Carlson found herself starring in numerous ad campaigns, including for Rembrandt, Oliver People Sunglasses and Miller Lite. Later, she relocated to Los Angeles to chase a career in acting.
In 2001, Carlson broke to the cinematic industry with a bit part as motorcycle gang member in the action comedy 3000 Miles to Graceland, which starred such luminaries as Kurt Russell, Kevin Costner, Courteney Cox and Christian Slater. She, however, did not attract Hollywood’s attention until 2003 when she was cast as Kimber Henry, a model looking for plastic surgery on the pilot of the popular show “Nip/Tuck.” Her impressive performance won the heart of audiences and became an immediate hit. As a result, she was invited to return to the series on many occasions, becoming the love interest of the dodgy Dr. Christian Troy (Julian McMahon).
With her eminence she got from “Nip/Tuck,” Carlson’s movie career started to gain impetus. In 2004, she undertook a costarring role opposite Bill Brown and Richard Burgi in Starship Troopers 2: Hero of the Federation, the direct-to-video installment of the 1997 sci-fi slaughter-fest, and had a small role as Kristin in the drama/thriller Paparazzi, which starred Robin Tunney and Cole Hauser. The same year, the pretty girl also appeared on Maxim magazine and on the cover of Stuff magazine.
Carlson then was seen as Patty Knight on the pilot of the comedy/drama series “Head Cases” (2005), starring Chris O’Donnell, and appeared in the two episodes of the drama series “Everwood” (2006), as Ada, a role she once had in 2004. She also guest starred in a 2006 episode of “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” playing Sally, and starred with Todd Babcock in Break-In (2006), a made-for-TV film helmed by Michael Nankin.
Carlson’s most recent film is the John Bonito-directed action The Marine (2006), the first feature production by Vince McMahon’s WWE Films that was released in October. There, she stars as Kate, the kidnapped wife of a Marine, played by WWE superstar John Cena. At the same time, Carlson made her return to the season four of “Nip/Tuck” to cause more trouble for its plastic surgeon stars.
“I know I’m coming back. I know there will be some monstrosities of a situation that will happen to me.” Kelly Carlson