Kim Victoria Cattrall (pronounced /kəˈtræl/, rhyming with shall; born 21 August 1956) is a Golden-Globe award winning English-Canadian actress. She is known for role as Samantha Jones in the HBO comedy/romance series Sex and the City, and for her leading roles in the 1980s films Police Academy and Mannequin.
Cattrall is one of seven children and was born in Mossley Hill, Liverpool, England. Her mother, Teri, was a secretary, and her father, Malcolm, a construction engineer. When she was less than a year old, her family emigrated to the Canadian city of Courtenay, British Columbia. At 11, she returned to Cheshire when her grandmother became ill, and she studied at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA), before returning to Canada at 16 where she finished her final year of secondary school.
Cattrall began her career before graduating from high school in 1972 when she left Canada for America. There, she attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and upon her graduation signed a five-year movie deal with director Otto Preminger, making her film debut in Preminger's Rosebud in 1975. A year later, Universal Studios bought out that contract and Cattrall became one of the