Kristin Davis

Active - 1988 - 2021  |   Born - Feb 23, 1965 in Boulder, Colorado, United States  |   Genres - Comedy, Drama

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Biography by Sarah Sloboda

Kristin Davis first earned recognition as the pretentiously rich "schemer" she played on Fox's Melrose Place in the mid-'90s. As Brooke, she was constantly creating problems for the more regular characters, and just a year after gaining full-time character status, she had to be written off the show because of viewer dissatisfaction. However, doe-eyed Davis would find an abundance of work on television and in film, and demonstrate more versatility than she had as the "meanie" on Melrose. She was born on February 24, 1965, in Boulder, CO. After moving to Columbia, SC, with her family, she attended Rutgers University. She then moved to New York City, where she worked in theater and commercials for some time. In order to work on Melrose Place, starting in 1994, she relocated to Los Angeles. Davis made many television miniseries and movie appearances after her bout with Melrose Place, including appearances on ER and General Hospital. She had a bit part in Nine Months in 1995, and was featured in a TNT made-for-TV movie, The Heidi Chronicles, also starring Jamie Lee Curtis, that same year. In 1998, she had a small part in Sour Grapes, a comedy by Seinfeld writer Larry David. She then starred in two television motion pictures: Atomic Train in 1999, as Megan Seger, and Take Me Home: The John Denver Story in 2000, as Annie Denver, and co-starring with Chad Lowe. Also in 2000, she starred in the feature film Blacktop, and in 2001, appeared in a TV movie called Three Days with comedian Tim Meadows.

When Sex and the City came to an end, she appeared in a handful of films including The Shaggy Dog and Deck the Halls before next appearing in the big-screen version of her iconic HBO series. She then appeared in Couples Retreat before taking part in the Sex and the City movie sequel. In 2012 she was the clueless mother in the family adventure movie Journey 2: The Mysterious Island.

On the HBO series Sex and the City, starring Sarah Jessica Parker, Davis played the innocent and adorable Charlotte York, a sweet and sensitive counterpart to the more blunt crassness of the program's three other female main characters. A striking contrast to the role she played on Melrose Place, Charlotte has provided Davis with a more diverse character range within the genre of drama-comedy on television.

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  • After graduating from the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers in 1987 with a BFA in acting, she moved to New York to pursue her dreams--and waited tables for three years.
  • Met her biological father, a psychologist, for the first time in 1995.
  • Joined the cast of Melrose Place in 1995, but her character (Brooke Armstrong) was written out. Darren Star remembered her when casting for Sex and the City.
  • Has been involved with Revlon Run/Walk for Women, which promotes breast-cancer awareness, since 1997.
  • Is an ambassador for Oxfam, an international organization that helps fight hunger and poverty. 
  • Helped rescue an orphaned baby elephant (later named Chaimu) while on a 2009 safari in Kenya; Davis returned to Kenya in 2010 to visit Chaimu at a wildlife reserve.