Canadian-born and Australian-breed actress Kimberley Joseph began her career in such Australian TV series as "Paradise Beach" (1993), "Home and Away" (1988), and "Tales of the South Seas" (1998-2000). She also co-hosted the Australian version of the TV game show "Gladiators."
Kimberley became known in the United Kingdom during 2001 to 2003 when she played Jo Ellison on the popular British comedy drama television series "Cold Feet." As for in America, she was best remembered as Cindy Chandler (2004-2007), the flight attendant who was abducted by the Others, on the critically-acclaimed ABC survival drama series, "Lost."
A former model, Kimberley, who has only ever been in one film, “Fight Night” (2005), will next be seen in the upcoming Ron Howard's drama film based upon the play by Peter Morgan, "Frost/Nixon," starring Frank Langella and Michael Sheen. She will also appear in another Ron Howard's upcoming film, "Angels & Demons," starring Tom Hanks.
Childhood and Family:
Born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, on August 30, 1973, Kimberley Joseph moved with her family at the age of 3 to Australia's Gold Coast, where she attended St Hilda's School for the next nine years. Her father, Joe, a Canadian businessman, met her mother, Wendy, an Australian air hostess, while she was in Canada.
Kimberley and her family subsequently traveled extensively in Europe, and she attended a private school in Montreux, Switzerland for four years. While there, she learned to speak French and Spanish fluently.
Returning to Australia, Kimberley attended Bond University in Queensland, majoring in Arts/Commerce. She later studied acting at New York's prestigious Atlantic Theater Company, which was co-founded by William H. Macy and where her “Lost” (2004) co-star Matthew Fox also trained.
Kimberley is also an accomplished ballet dancer and a photographer. She also has campaigned to expose Soviet nuclear testing in Kazakhstan and visited the area with Struan Stevenson in 2003, where she photographed victims of radiation poisoning.
As of 2006, Kimberley lived in Los Angeles with a blind cocker spaniel that she rescued off the streets.
In 1993, then 19-year-old Kimberley Joseph left the university to play Cassie Barsby, sister of Tom (played by Robert Coleby) and Nick (played by Andrew McKaige), in the short-lived Australian soap opera starring “Paradise Beach,” alongside Isla Fisher. Following the show's demise in 1994, she co-hosted the Australian version of the TV game show “Gladiators” from 1995 to 1997.
Meanwhile, Kimberley played drug dealer Joanne Brennan (1996) in the Logie Award-winning, long-running Australian soap opera "Home and Away," which has been produced in Sydney by the Seven Network since July 1987. She then co-starred as Clare Devon on the Australian TV show "Tales of the South Seas" (1998-2000), alongside William Snow and Rachel Blakely.
During this time, Kimberley played nemesis in two episodes of the syndicated/USA Network television series filmed in New Zealand, "Hercules: The Legendary Journeys." She was also spotted as a guest in an episode of the Australian TV police drama "Water Rats," which was broadcast on the Nine Network from 1996 to 2001, and the Australian police drama series "Murder Call," which aired on the Nine Network between 1997 and 2000.
From 2001 to 2003, Kimberley replaced Fay Ripley playing the regular role of Jo Ellison, one of Rachel's (played by Helen Baxendale) co-workers and the new love interest for Pete (played by John Thomson), on the popular British comedy drama television series produced by Granada Television for ITV, "Cold Feet," although she had previously appeared as a recurring character.
Following the demise of "Cold Feet," Kimberley played the recurring role of Dr. Grace Connelly (2004) on the Australian medical drama series "All Saints." She also appeared in the very first scene of the critically-acclaimed ABC survival drama series “Lost” (2004) to be produced, in the scene which her character Cindy Chandler, the flight attendant, confronted Charlie (played by Dominic Monaghan) seconds before the plane crashed. Kimberley, who spoke the very first lines of the show's production, would play the Australian Oceanic Airlines stewardess until 2007. When her character crashes with the tail-section survivors, she is taken by the Others in the second season during the journey to the fuselage survivors' camp and has since lived comfortably with them.
Meanwhile, Kimberley co-starred in the sexy, witty romantic comedy TV movie "Go Big" (2004; starring Justine Clarke), and in Luke Rivett's 6-minute short comedy film "Fight Night" (2005). She was also featured as a mother of an Italian family in a commercial for Barilla pasta noodles in 2007.
Kimberley will soon be seen portraying Evonne Goolagong, a former World No. 1 Australian female tennis player, in the upcoming Ron Howard's drama film based upon the play by Peter Morgan, "Frost/Nixon," starring Frank Langella and Michael Sheen. The film that has its world premiere on October 15, 2008 as the opening film of the 52nd annual London Film Festival will be released in selected theaters in the United States on December 5, 2008 before a wider national release.
Kimberley will play an Australian reporter in "Angels & Demons," an upcoming film adaptation of Dan Brown's bestselling mystery novel of the same name, due for release on May 15, 2009. The film is also being directed by Ron Howard and stars Tom Hanks.