1. Actress Kim Victoria Cattrall was born on August 21, 1956, in Liverpool, England.
2. Raised in Vancouver, Canada, Cattrall returned to England at age 11 to attend the London Academy for Music and the Dramatic Arts. It was there that she saw her first play, The Importance of Being Earnest.
3. After high school, she attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.
4. While studying on scholarship at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, she was spotted by director Otto Preminger, who cast her in Rosebud in 1975.
5. She made several television appearances throughout the 1970s and worked mostly in movies in the 1980s.
6. Her films ranged from a starring role opposite Jack Lemmon in 1980’s Tribute, to the lowbrow comedy of Porky’s, Police Academy and Mannequin.
7. In 1998, Cattrall became an international celebrity when she was cast as the scandalously promiscuous Samantha Jones in HBO’s award-winning comedy series Sex and the City.
8. She played a lead role in the 1984 comedy Police Academy, but didn’t reprise her role in any of the film’s six sequels.
9. She earned a Golden Globe for her role in 2003, the same year the show decided to call it quits, much to the disappointment of its legions of fans.
10. The show, however, returned as an original theatrical film in 2008.
11. As of 2014 she stars as Davina Jackson in HBO Canada’s Sensitive Skin.
12. She was married to Larry Davis from 1977 to 1979, Andre J. Lyson from 1982 to 1989 and Mark Levinson from 1998 to 2004.
13. Her mother, Gladys Shane (née Baugh), was a secretary, and her father, Dennis Cattrall, was a construction engineer.
14. When she was three months old, her family migrated to Canada, settling in the city of Courtenay in British Columbia.
15. At 11 she returned to England when her grandmother became ill.
16. She took a number of acting examinations with the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA), before returning to Canada at age 16 to finish high school.
17. In 2010, Cattrall was named an Honorary Fellow of Liverpool John Moores University in recognition of her contributions to the dramatic arts.
18. In 2011, Cattrall reprised her role as Amanda in a production of Noël Coward’s Private Lives opposite Canadian actor Paul Gross in Toronto, Canada and on Broadway.
19. That year, Cattrall also appeared in “Uptown Downstairs Abbey”, the Comic Relief parody of the critically acclaimed historical television dramas Downton Abbey and Upstairs, Downstairs. Playing Lady Grantham, she starred alongside Jennifer Saunders, Joanna Lumley, Victoria Wood, Harry Enfield, Patrick Barlow, Dale Winton, Olivia Colman, Tim Vine, Simon Callow, Michael Gambon and Harry Hill.
20. From June to August 2013, Cattrall was scheduled to star in the Old Vic’s production of Tennessee Williams’s Sweet Bird of Youth, directed by Olivier Award-winner Marianne Elliott.
21. On 17 July 2015, Cattrall was cast in the title role of the play Linda, written by Penelope Skinner and directed by Michael Longhurst, which is set to debut on 25 November at the Royal Court Theatre in London.
22. She holds dual British and Canadian citizenship.
23. In August 2009, Cattrall took part in the BBC One documentary series Who Do You Think You Are?, where she discovered some uncomfortable facts about her grandfather, George Baugh. Baugh, who disappeared in 1938, having abandoned his family – including Cattrall’s then 8-year-old mother and two younger sisters – turned out to have bigamously married his new wife, Isabella Oliver, the following year in Tudhoe, County Durham, and subsequently had another four children. She was told that in 1961 he emigrated to Australia, where he became a postmaster, retiring in 1972 and dying in Sydney in 1974. Cattrall’s mother and aunts had known nothing of their father’s life after he left until they heard what the “Who Do You Think You Are?” researchers had discovered, nor had the family previously seen a clear photograph of him. An edited version of the episode was later shown as a part of the U.S. series of the same name.
24. Cattrall is an avid supporter of Liverpool F.C.
25. In a 2011 interview on the Canadian radio show Q, Cattrall stated that reports that she became a US citizen in 2008 are incorrect. In a 2010 interview with British journalist Sophy Grimshaw, Cattrall also stated, “It’s been falsely reported on the net many times that I became an American citizen, which I have not. I love America, I love New York, but I will never give up who I am. I’m not an American.”