She may not be returning to the Sex and the City revival with her fellow co-stars, but that didn't stop many Kim Cattrall fans jumping on social media to show appreciation for her on her 65th birthday. While she may have started her film and TV career in the 1970s, it wasn't until hitting her 40s that she truly found fame with her role of Samantha in Sex and The City, which gained her a whole new fanbase and career.
Kim Cattrall was born in Liverpool in the UK, but her family moved to Canada when she was just three months old. While she returned to Liverpool when she was eleven, mainly due to her grandmother being sick, she returned to Canada again a year later, and moved to New York when she turned 16 to take on her first acting role. After graduation from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, Cattrall signed a five year deal with movie director Otto Preminger, and found her debut role in his action thriller Rosebud in 1975. The following year, her contract was bought out by Universal, which led to her being cast in a number of TV guest roles in big shows of the time such as Columbo and Starsky and Hutch.
Towards the end of the 70s she appeared in two mini-series based on the novels of John Jakes, and appeared in The Incredible Hulk in 1979 as Dr Gabrielle White, a character who would be remembered as one of the only people who knew the secret of Bruce Banner. While her work in TV was not where her ambition lay, Cattrall's numerous TV roles began to pay off as the 1980s arrived when she secured movie roles in Tribute, alongside Jack Lemmon and Ticket to Heaven.
Into the 80s Cattrall saw her movie career take a leap forward as she found herself appearing in a number of hit comedies and action films. Her biggest comedy roles of the 80s came as Miss Honeywell, a PE Teacher in the sex comedy Porkies, as one of the many hapless recruits of Police Academy in the original 1984 movie when partnered her up with Steve Guttenberg, and of course her lead role in cult comedy Mannequin, which is still referenced in many ways in TV today. She also scored a hit role when playing Kurt Russell's love interest in John Carpenter's Big Trouble In Little China, and joined the Trekkie crew in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, in which she helped design and name her character Lieutenant Valeris.
In 1997, she was revealed as one of the feisty female leads of new series , Sex and The City alongside Sarah Jessica Parker, Kristin Davis and Cynthia Nixon. The series ran for six seasons between 1998 and 2004,and she reprised her role of Samantha Jones in two movies based on the series in 2008 and 2010. In total, she was nominated for five Emmy awards and four Golden Globe awards, winning one of them.
In the last decade, Cattrall has continued to appear in numerous movies and TV shows, and also took to the stage in the UK, appearing the West End in the revival of Noel Coward's Private Lives, and in her birth town of Liverpool in a production of Antony and Cleopatra. She has also been the recipient of a star on Canada's Walk of Fame, and most recently was honored with the Icon Award at the 2020 Atlanta TV Festival for her role in the Fox drama, Filthy Rich.
We join her fans in wishing her a happy birthday, and you can check out what some of them had to say below.