Sex & the City
“She’s really very funny. I would never describe Charlotte as a prude, maybe at the start, but that was in comparison to the other girls. She wasn’t willing to do the stuff they were doing, and I mean, thank goodness! I think she has some themes, like wanting security that many women relate to. That’s what’s so great about our show, plus it shows the different choices that women have.” Kristin Davis on her character Charlotte on “Sex and The City”
An attractive, dark-haired performer with an outdoorsy, elegant appeal, Kristin Davis became famous and received appreciation while portraying innocent “girl next door” Charlotte York in the HBO worldwide hit and acclaimed comedy series “Sex & the City” (1998-2004), in which she nabbed Screen Actors Guild Awards, as well as an Emmy and Golden Globe nomination. She is also well-remembered for her role as Brooke Armstrong in the Fox primetime soap “Melrose Place” (1995-96). The gifted American actress has also demonstrated her versatility by playing roles in films like Take Me Home: The John Denver Story (2000, TV), Blacktop (2000), Someone to Love (2001, TV), Three Days (2001, TV), Soccer Moms (2005, TV) and Robert Rodriguez’s The Adventures of Shark Boy & Lava Girl in 3-D (2005). After starring with Tim Allen in the family comedy The Shaggy Dog (2006), Davis is scheduled to play a role in the forthcoming John Whitesell’s comedy Deck the Halls (2006).
Off screen, former Maybelline spokesmodel Davis was listed the 42nd of Stuff magazine’s “102 Sexiest Women in the World” (2002). A humanitarian, she has used her celebrity status to support charities such as the B-List, which raises money for female candidates running for public office. As for her private life, ex-alcoholic Davis has been romantically involved with actors like Alec Baldwin (dated in summer 2001), Jeff Goldblum (reportedly dating as of spring 2002) and comedian Steve Martin.
Childhood and Family:
On February 23, 1965, Kristin Landen Davis was born in Boulder, Colorado. An only child, her parents separated shortly after her birth and she was adopted by her psychology professor stepfather after he married Kristin’s mother in 1968. When she was 8, Kristin and her family relocated to Columbia, South Carolina, when her stepfather was transferred to a local university.
Growing up in South Carolina, she attended A.C. Flora High School and completed her studies in 1982. Upon graduation, Kristin moved to New Jersey where she was educated at Rutgers University. Receiving her BFA in theater in 1987, Kristin made her way to New York to chase her childhood dream of becoming an actress.
As for her personal life, 5’ 6” Kristin enjoys hiking, spinning, running and baking, as well as listening to a wide variety of music, from Dave Matthews, to Brazilian music, to Joni Mitchell-type folk music to Mozart. She also likes yoga, a hobby that once led her to operate a yoga studio in Los Angeles.
Colorado-born, South Carolina-raised Kristin Davis was interested in theater from an early age. When she was a little girl, her family frequently brought her to New York to watch theatrical performances. As a 10-year-old girl, Davis knew she wanted to become a performer following a performance in a community production of “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.” A New Jersey Rutgers University graduate student, she moved to New York to begin her professional career in acting.
Armed with a BFA degree in theater, Davis focused her work on classical and contemporary theater, although she sporadically took on commercial jobs. Just like many struggling actresses, Davis also faced hard times while looking for work during her early career. She soon found confidence in a local production of “Much Ado about Nothing.” She got her first film role with a supporting turn as Jane in the low-budget horror comedy Doom Asylum (1987), which starred Patty Mullen and Ruth Collins .
Davis followed her on screen debut by joining the cast of ABC’s long-running daytime soap “General Hospital” (1991) in the recurring role of Betsy Chilson, R.N. and made her TV movie debut with a small role in CBS’s film N.Y.P.D. Mounted, that same year. However, it wasn’t until two years later that Davis began to make an impact on TV audiences with her memorable guest appearance on “The Larry Sanders Show” (1993). She continued with another impressive guest stint in an episode of ”Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman” in the next year.
In 1995, she made an appearance in an episode of “ER” before playing a small, but pivotal, role as a hairless, alien in the Fox sci-fi film Alien Nation: Body and Soul. She also made a cameo appearance in the Hugh Grant comedy Nine Months. The same year, she was enlisted as one of regular cast members of the cult favorite primetime drama “Melrose Place.” As cool, sophisticated, conniving maniac Brooke Armstrong Campbell, Davis’ part was originally written for several episodes, but she provided such an impression that the producers landed her a permanent gig for the 1995-1996 seasons. With the role, Davis earned lots of recognition. She, however, had to deal with disappointment when the producers didn’t renew her contract, apparently because Melrose Place admirers hated her character so much.
After the departure, the appealing actress starred opposite Michael Murphy in the NBC drama The Ultimate Lie (1996), had a lead as a woman whose psychic aptitudes permit her to forecast violent crimes in the TV-film thriller A Deadly Vision (1997) and guest starred in such sitcoms as “The Single Guy” and “Seinfeld.” Davis returned to the wide-screen in 1998 when she teamed up with “Seinfeld” creator Larry Davis in Sour Grapes. The comedy film starred Jack Burns, Viola Harris and Scott Erik.
Davis’ next big breakthrough also arrived in 1998 when she began her six-season portrayal of Charlotte York, a naive and tremendously talented art dealer who continually struggles with the New York single scene, in the HBO sitcom “Sex & the City” (1998-2004). The show, which also starred Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon and Kim Cattrall, became an international hit and won a number of accolades, including an Emmy and a Golden Globe for Best Comedy Series. As for Davis, she and the cast took home Screen Actors Guilds for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series in 2002 and 2004.
Additionally, after years of eye-witnessing her costars multiply nominations for Emmys, the admirable actress was garnered with her first nomination in 2004. The same year, she was also nominated for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series at the Golden Globes.
While working on the acclaimed series, Davis was also seen pursuing other projects. She shared the screen with Rob Lowe in the NBC TV action movie Atomic Train (1999), portrayed Annie Denver in the biopic television film Take Me Home: The John Denver Story (2000), starred with Meat Loaf in the T.J Scott-helmed thriller Blacktop (2000) and guest starred in an episode of the hit sitcom “Friends” (2000). 2001 saw roles in the television movies Someone to Love (2001, opposite Kelly Ripa and Adam Frost) and Three Days (2001).
After Sex and the City came to an end in 2004, Davis worked with Matthew Modine in the TNT movie The Winning Season (2004), provided the voice of Miss Spider in the animated series “Miss Spider’s Sunny Patch Friends” (2004) and made a guest appearance as Nadine, the best friend of Will’s new boyfriend Vince, in an episode of “Will and Grace.” The same year, she also became the new celebrity spokesperson for TV and print ads for the renowned cosmetic company Maybelline. In 2005, she was paired with Gina Torres to star as two uptown moms who moonlight as private detectives in the made-for-TV film Soccer Moms and had a supporting role as David Arquette’s wife in The Adventures of Shark Boy & Lava Girl in 3-D, a family film helmed by Robert Rodriguez and written by his son Racer Rodriguez.
Recently starring with Tim Allen in the family comedy The Shaggy Dog (2006), Davis is set to play a role opposite Danny DeVito, Matthew Broderick, Kelly Aldridge and Sabrina Aldridge in the upcoming comedy Deck the Halls (2006) for director John Whitesell.
- Screen Actors Guild: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series, Sex and the City, 2004
- Screen Actors Guild: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series, Sex and the City, 2002
- Lucy Award: Women in Film, 1999