|Born||Kelly Lee Carlson
February 17, 1976
Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.
Carlson is originally from Bloomington, Minnesota, and attended the Academy of Holy Angels in Richfield, Minnesota. In addition to acting, she has also modeled, including ad campaigns with Miller Lite, Rembrandt, and Oliver Peoples sunglasses. She appeared in the August 2004 issue of Maxim magazine and on the cover of the October issue of Stuff Magazine.
She is a spokesperson for the Smile Network, a Minnesota-based humanitarian organization that provides reconstructive surgeries and related health care services to impoverished children and young adults in developing countries. An enthusiastic Equestrian rider since the age of 7, Carlson lobbied for a bill to prevent both inhumane transport of American horses to slaughterhouses in Mexico and Canada as well as roundups of wild horses by government authorities in January 2010.
Carlson started out in theater, performing in productions of Vanities, Cheaters, Girls Guide to Chaos, Charlotte's Web and Can't Trust the Mate. She also appeared as an extra in the film 3000 Miles to Graceland. In 2003, Carlson booked a guest role in the pilot of the FX series Nip/Tuck. Her character, Kimber Henry, quickly became popular with audiences, and she appeared in several episodes of the first and second seasons, eventually becoming a regular in the show's third season, remaining with the series until it wrapped in March 2010.
Outside of Nip/Tuck, Carlson has appeared in several feature films, including Paparazzi, The Marine, the direct-to-video sequel Starship Troopers 2: Hero of the Federation and a supporting role in the mainstream comedy Made of Honor alongside Patrick Dempsey. She has also made guest spots on Everwood, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, CSI: Miami, Monk and The Finder.
She was initially cast in the 2007 horror movie Dead of Winter (later retitled Killer Movie) alongside stars like Leighton Meester and Kaley Cuoco, but was replaced by former Pussycat Doll turned actress Cyia Batten before filming began, due to creative differences with the director. After completing work on the final episodes of Nip/Tuck in 2009, Carlson segued into a recurring role on the CW update of Melrose Place, playing a Hollywood madam. She also had a short appearance in the television movie Degrassi Goes Hollywood. She can next be seen in Ghostfacers, an online spin-off the of the CW series Supernatural.
Her mother is a hairdresser, her late father was a high school football coach.
She is a sponsor and volunteer for the LongRun Thoroughbred Retirement Society that helps former racehorses.
|2001||3000 Miles to Graceland||Motorcycle Gang Member|
|2003–2010||Nip/Tuck||Kimber Henry||82 episodes|
|2004||Everwood||Ada||Episode: "Unspoken Truths"|
|2004||Starship Troopers 2: Hero of the Federation||Pvt. Charlie Soda||Video|
|2005||Head Cases||Patty Knight||Episode: "Pilot"|
|2006||Everwood||Ada||Episode: "The Land of Confusion"
|2006||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Sally||Episode: "Bang-Bang"|
|2006||The Marine||Kate Triton|
|2007||CSI: Miami||Laurie Atherton||Episode: "Just Murdered"|
|2008||Made of Honor||Christie Bailey|
|2009||Monk||Lola||Episode: "Mr. Monk Is Someone Else"|
|2009–2010||Melrose Place||Wendi Mattison||4 episodes|
|2010||Castle||Ellie Monroe||Episode: "The Late Shaft"|
|2010||Supernatural||Janet Myers (uncredited)||Episode: "Hammer of the Gods"|
|2010||Ghostfacers||Janet Myers||7 episodes|
|2012||The Finder||FBI agent Gail McHottie||Episode: The Conversation|
- "Humane Society and Celebs Go to the Hill for Horses". US News.
- ""Dead of Night" lives on, but without Kelly Carlson". Star Tribune.
- Kris De Leon. "'Supernatural' Spin-Off in the Works". BuddyTV.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to: Kelly Carlson|
- Kelly Carlson at the Internet Movie Database
- Interview 9/20/2004 by Stuff Magazine
- Interview by Scott Juba, 9/20/2004, The trades ezine