List of Sex and the City characters
Sex and the City is an American cable television program based on the book of the same name by Candace Bushnell. It was originally broadcast on the HBO network from 1998 until 2004. Set in New York City, the show focuses on the sex lives of four female best friends, three of whom are in their mid-to-late thirties, and one of whom is in her forties. Along with these four women, there were numerous minor and recurring characters, including their current and ex-boyfriends/husbands/lovers, as well as many cameo appearances.
- 1 Main characters
- 2 Significant others
- 2.1 Significant others of Carrie Bradshaw
- 2.2 Significant others of Samantha Jones
- 2.3 Significant others of Charlotte York
- 2.4 Significant others of Miranda Hobbes
- 3 Recurring characters
Carrie Bradshaw (born October 10, 1966), is the literal voice of the show, as each episode is structured around her train of thought while writing her weekly column, "Sex and the City", for the fictitious newspaper, The New York Star. A member of the New York glitterati, she is a club/bar/restaurant staple known for her unique fashion sense;yoking together various styles into one outfit (she often pairs inexpensive vintage clothing with high-end couture). A self-proclaimed shoe fetishist, she focuses most of her attention and finances on designer footwear, primarily Manolo Blahniks, though she has been known to wear Christian Louboutin and Jimmy Choo. She often goes on shopping sprees, and pays much attention to her evolving and bold dress style, which is not fettered by professional dress codes. Although her only income is from her freelance weekly newspaper column, she is often overspends her limit and maxes out her credit card in a single shopping trip. To some viewers, her lack of shoe-shopping self-control and overall seemingly immature spending might be a flaw,and her money management misadventures follow her through a few episodes. However, her priorities are later brought into perspective when she is forced to buy her once rent-controlled apartment to avoid moving out when the building goes co-op; she acquires a mortgage by supplementing her income with other writing assignments, and takes a sizeable loan from Charlotte in the form of Charlotte's engagement ring to Trey. Her apartment is her home for the entire series and is another source of pride; it is an open-planned studio in an Upper East Side brownstone that is enviable for its stabilized rent, space, large closet, and good location. The apartment, which she eventually purchases back from Aidan in the fourth season. In later seasons, her essays are collected as a book and she begins taking assignments from other publications, like Vogue and New York Magazine, as well.
Charlotte York (born May, 1967), is an art dealer and graduate of Smith College with a wealthy Connecticut blue-blooded upbringing. She is the most conservative and traditional of the group, the one who places the most emphasis on emotional love as opposed to lust, and is always searching for her "knight in shining armor". As the youngest of the group, she is also the most idealistic about romance and love. Presenting a more straightforward attitude about relationships, usually based on "the rules" of love and dating, she often scoffs at the lewder, more libertine antics that the show presents (primarily by way of Samantha), but despite her conservative outlook, she makes concessions (while married) that even surprise her sexually freer girlfriends (such as her level of dirty talk, oral sex in public and "tuchus-lingus"). She gives up her career soon after her first marriage, divorces upon irreconcilable differences around in vitro fertilization and receives a Park Avenue apartment in the divorce settlement. She eventually remarries to her less than perfect, but good-hearted divorce lawyer, Harry Goldenblatt, after converting to Judaism. In the final episode, they adopt a daughter from China, Lily, and in the first movie, Charlotte gives birth to daughter Rose, with Harry proclaiming, "now we have a Lily and a Rose!".
Miranda Hobbes (born July, 1966), is a career-minded lawyer with extremely cynical views on relationships and men. A Harvard University graduate from Philadelphia, she is Carrie's confidante and voice of reason. In the early seasons, she is portrayed as masculine and borderline misandric, but this image softens over the years, particularly after she becomes pregnant by her on again-off again boyfriend, Steve Brady, whom she eventually marries. The birth of her son, Brady, brings up new issues for her type A, workaholic personality, but she soon finds a way to balance career, being single and motherhood. Of the four women, she is the first to purchase an apartment, (an indicator of her success), which she gives up in the final season when she moves into a Brooklyn townhouse to make room for her growing family.
Samantha Jones (born April 28, 1958), the oldest by far of the group, is an independent publicist and a seductress who avoids emotional involvement at all costs, while satisfying every possible carnal desire imaginable. She believes that she has had "hundreds" of soulmates and insists that her sexual partners leave "an hour after I climax." In Season 3, she moves from her full-service Upper East Side apartment to an expensive loft in the then-burgeoning Meatpacking District. Over the course of the show, she does have a handful of real relationships, but they are more unconventional than those of her friends, including a lesbian relationship with Brazilian painter played by Sonia Braga.
Significant others of Carrie Bradshaw
John James Preston (Mr.Big)
Mr Big (Chris Noth) is Carrie's central relationship. They first meet in season one but then have a nasty break up because he doesn't say what she wants to hear ('You're the one'). In season two they start to date again but it, again, ends badly due to Mr Big moving to Paris with work and not telling Carrie until a few days prior. When Big returns, Carrie discovers that, whilst in Paris, he got engaged to a 26 year old woman called Natasha, whom he later married. In season 3 she meets Aidan Shaw (see below) who she cheats on with Big whilst he is still with Natasha. The relationship is on and off through all the 6th season and in the final series, Carrie is in Paris with Aleksandr Petrovsky (see below) and Big declares his love for her and chases her down. He finds her in the hotel after her fight with Aleksandr and they go back to NY together. They go on to marry at the end of the first film.
Aidan Shaw (John Corbett) is one of Carrie's long-term boyfriends. He is a sweet, good-natured furniture designer and Mr. Big's emotional opposite. At first Carrie questions their seemingly perfect relationship, but over time accepts his sincerity. However, Aidan ends their relationship after her confession of an affair with Big. They get back together six months later at Carrie's urging, eventually moving in together. When her apartment building goes co-op, he buys the apartment and proposes. Despite her initial misgivings, she accepts his marriage proposal but then becomes panicked and feels suffocated by the relationship, and realizes he still does not fully trust her, given her past affair with Big, and they break up for good. It is later revealed that Aidan marries and has three sons with his wife Kathy: Homer, Wyatt, and Tate.
Jack Berger (Ron Livingston) is Carrie's intellectual counterpart, a sardonic humorist writer. Theirs is a relationship of witty banter and common thoughts, and honesty. Berger's advice to Miranda when she questions the lack of a phone call after a first date, "He's just not that into you," became a pop culture catchphrase. Berger's and Carrie's relationship is then strained by their career issues; a book deal of his falls through just as her columns are being published as such. He memorably breaks up with her on a Post-It: "I'm sorry, I can't, don't hate me."
Aleksandr Petrovsky (Mikhail Baryshnikov), referred to by Carrie occasionally as "The Russian" or "My Lover" is a famous conceptual artist who becomes Carrie's lover in the final season. He sweeps her off her feet with huge romantic gestures and shows her the foreign pockets of New York that she has never seen before. Her relationship with him brings up all sorts of questions in Carrie's mind about finding love past "a certain age" and whether or not she wants children. When he's preparing to return to Paris for a solo exhibit he invites Carrie to come live with him, which, after several deliberations (and one fight) with her friends, she does. After spending some time with him in Paris, she realizes that he will never reciprocate the level of emotional involvement that she offers because his life and career will always come first. (Casting Baryshnikov as Petrovsky was noteworthy because in real life, Candace Bushnell, the author on whom Bradshaw is based, married real life ballet dancer Charles Askegard of the New York City Ballet.)
Significant others of Samantha Jones
James (James Goodwin) is a man Samantha meets while out by herself at a jazz club. She makes a conscious effort to not sleep with him until she gets to know him first. When they finally do have sex, she discovers that he is under-endowed to the point that she cannot enjoy herself (his fully erect penis is 3 inches long.) She begins pulling away physically and cannot bring herself to tell him – until she is faced with the prospect of couples counseling.
Maria Diega Reyes
Maria Diega Reyes (Sônia Braga) is a Brazilian sensual lesbian artist that Samantha meets at a solo exhibit while admiring her work. Maria is immediately attracted to her, but since Samantha doesn't believe in relationships they try to maintain a friendship. The chemistry proves to be too strong and it isn't too long before Samantha is introducing her lesbian lover to her stunned friends. At first, Samantha has a great time "getting an education" as Maria teaches her about lesbian sex and how to make an emotional connection while making love. Unfortunately, Samantha begins to grow uncomfortable when the relationship talk starts to replace the sexual activity and Maria is equally uncomfortable with Samantha's sexual history, and they separate.
Richard Wright (James Remar) is a successful hotel magnate who doesn't believe in monogamy until he meets Samantha. He seduces her, and when their no-strings-attached sexual relationship begins to escalate, both parties struggle to keep their emotional distance. Eventually, they give in and attempt exclusivity, but Samantha becomes suspicious that he is cheating on her. When she does catch him cheating, after putting on a wig and spying on him, she breaks up with him, but eventually takes him back after he begs for her forgiveness. In the end, Samantha still has her doubts about his fidelity, and she breaks up with him, saying "I love you Richard, but I love me more." Towards the end of the series, Richard re-surfaces, admitting that Samantha was the best thing that ever happened to him. But after having sex with him again, she realizes how empty his emotions are and she rejects him for Smith Jerrod.
Jerry Jerrod/Smith Jerrod (Jason Lewis) is a young waiter Samantha seduces in a trendy restaurant called "Raw." She tries to maintain her usual sex-only relationship with him, but he slowly pushes for something more. He is a wannabe actor whose career Samantha jump starts using her PR connections (including changing his name from "Jerry Jerrod" to "Smith Jerrod"), getting him a modeling job that turns into a film role. Just when she thinks Smith's age and experiences aren't enough for her, he gives her unconditional support during her fight with breast cancer. In the final episode, Smith flies back from a film set in Canada just to tell her that he loves her, which she counters with "You have meant more to me than any man I've ever known," which, for Samantha, is a far greater statement.
Significant others of Charlotte York
Dr. Trey MacDougal (Kyle MacLachlan) is Charlotte's knight in shining armour archetype. It was a fairytale beginning when Trey's cab screeched to a stop in the street to avoid hitting her as she was fleeing a bad date. Charlotte was a damsel in distress, he, a knight in a yellow cab.
Trey is a Park Avenue cardiologist with blue blood and deep brown eyes. With his pedigree comes social status, a country house and lots of money. Add to that chiseled chin his perfectly coiffed hair and he is the stuff that dreams (especially Charlotte's) are made of. He also has exceptional manners and is always considerate in an old-fashioned way. However, despite Trey being exactly the perfect model of what Charlotte looks for in a husband, she finds the reality to be quite different. While on the surface, Trey seems Charlotte's perfect match, behind closed doors the couple faces some real-life problems: Trey is impotent, and his overbearing mother tries to maintain her power over Trey and drive a wedge between the married couple. They try to work things out, and do succeed in conquering his sexual dysfunctions. But when they start to have problems conceiving, Trey ultimately becomes too overwhelmed. On the day when Charlotte succeeds in projecting the ultimate in connubial bliss—a photo spread in a magazine featuring her Park Avenue apartment—she and Trey split up and he moves back in with his mother.
Harry Goldenblatt (Evan Handler) is Charlotte's divorce lawyer and second love, helping bring an end to her marriage to Trey. When beginning divorce proceedings, she found herself unable to be cold-blooded and severe around her extremely attractive lawyer, so she asks to switch to a different lawyer in the same firm: Harry Goldenblatt, the antithesis of what she seeks in a man. He was bald, pudgy, messy, sweaty, crude, had poor manners, and had an excess of body hair. But Harry was very attracted to Charlotte, and seduced her. She declared it "the best sex of my life" and began what she thought to be a meaningless sexual affair with him. However, she began falling for him. Initially, she tried to change him to suit her image of what a man should be, but ultimately she accepted him as he was and the two were married.
Significant others of Miranda Hobbes
Skipper Johnston (Ben Weber) is a geeky, sensitive twenty-something web designer whom Carrie introduces to Miranda. From the moment they meet, Skipper is enamored of her, but Miranda is unimpressed and irritated by him, calling him "Skippy". They date for a short time, before Skippy breaks up with her due to their "being in different places".
Dr. Robert Leeds (Blair Underwood) is a sports medicine doctor who moves into Miranda's building during season six. He is the seemingly perfect man: successful, sexy, attentive to Brady, and utterly devoted to her. Robert and Miranda have lots of fun and great chemistry, but when the time comes she is unable to declare her love for him, in part because she still loves Steve.
Stanford Blatch (Willie Garson), often referred to as the show's "Fifth Lady," is Carrie's best friend outside of the three women. A gay talent agent from an aristocratic family with a sense of style paralleled only by Carrie's, viewers receive the impression that they have a long-standing relationship built within their younger, wilder days in the New York City club and bar scene in the 1980s. He had said that they have been friends since Carrie was riding the subways and wearing Candie's. The only supporting character to receive his own storylines on occasion, Stanford represents the show's most constant gay point of view to sex on the show, generally based around the physical insecurities and inadequacies of someone who does not "have that gay look." In the last two seasons of the show, he is partnered with Broadway dancer Marcus Adente (Sean Palmer). We are led to believe this relationship does not last, however, as in the film he arrives at a New Year's party alone and has no one else to kiss except long-time rival Anthony Marentino, whom he weds in the sequel.
Anthony Marentino (Mario Cantone) is a Sicilian-American event planner who becomes close to Charlotte after styling her first wedding — he goes on to style Charlotte's H&G photo shoot, her second wedding and Carrie's book release party. He is not self-effacing like Stanford and freely doles out blunt, sometimes bawdy, advice to Charlotte. (For instance: Upon hearing that she hadn't had sex since her divorce, he exclaims: "If you don't put something 'in there' soon, it'll grow over!"). In Season 4, Episode 2, Charlotte tries to set up Anthony and Stanford. Anthony snubs Stanford, which results in resentment and competition ensues for the entire show run. However, in the first film, the two are seen kissing at a New Year's Eve party, and then get married in the sequel, with Anthony proclaiming at their wedding that Stanford is "the first man to accept me for the man that I actually am."
Magda (Lynn Cohen), the Ukrainian housekeeper/nanny who was introduced in the third season becomes an ersatz mother figure and a thorn in Miranda's side. Her attempts to push traditional marriage/motherhood attitudes on Miranda are both subtle (buying her a rolling pin "To make pies. It's good for a woman to make pies.") and intrusive (replacing her vibrator with a statuette of The Virgin Mary). She is friendly to Steve even before he and Miranda are back together, and adores Brady to the point of making a collage of his pictures. Magda comes to accept Miranda's lifestyle choices and continues working for Miranda, even when she and Steve move to Brooklyn. Although Miranda is reluctant to accept help, Magda makes life manageable for Miranda after the birth of Brady by serving as both a housekeeper and a nanny.
Bitsy von Muffling
During the last episode of Season 5, the girls meet aging socialite Bitsy von Muffling (Julie Halston) right before and during her Hamptons wedding to flamboyant, and presumably gay, cabaret entertainer Bobby Fine (Nathan Lane). We see her again in the middle of Season 6 pregnant with Bobby's baby. She advises Charlotte, who's also had trouble becoming pregnant, to try acupuncture like she did. In the movie, we do see a brief reappearance of Bitsy, seated halfway down the table (right next to Stanford) during the dinner party.
As Sex and the City gained popularity, a number of celebrities had cameo appearances on the show, some playing themselves and some playing characters. These include the following:
- Timothy Olyphant as Sam in Valley of the Twenty Something Guys
- Donald Trump as himself in "The Man, The Myth, The Viagra"
- Tamara Tunie as Eileen in The Cheating Curve
- Carrie Preston as Madeline Dunn in The Chicken Dance
- Dan Futterman as Stephan in Evolution
- Matthew Morrison as Young Busboy in "They Shoot Single People, Don't They?"
- Will Arnett as Jack in "La Douleur Exquise!"
- Jon Bon Jovi as Seth in "Games People Play"
- John Slattery as Bill Kelley in "Politically Erect" and "Where There's Smoke..."
- Sarah Michelle Gellar as Debbie in "Escape from New York"
- Matthew McConaughey as himself in "Escape from New York"
- Vince Vaughn as Keith Travers in "Sex and Another City"
- Carrie Fisher as herself in "Sex and Another City"
- Hugh Hefner as himself in "Sex and Another City"
- Margaret Cho as Lynn Cameron in "The Real Me"
- Alan Cumming as O in "The Real Me"
- Heidi Klum as herself in "The Real Me"
- Ed Koch as himself in "The Real Me"
- Tony Hale as Tiger in "The Real Me"
- Kevyn Aucoin as himself in "The Real Me"
- Domenico Dolce as himself in "The Real Me"
- Stefano Gabbana as himself in "The Real Me"
- Anthony DeSando as Siddhartha in "The Drought"
- Chris Tardio as Matt in "Boy, Girl, Boy, Girl"
- Lucy Liu as herself in "Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda"
- Ron Rifkin as Julian in "A 'Vogue' Idea"
- Chandra Wilson as police officer in "Anchors Away"
- Candice Bergen as Enid Mead (later changed to Enid Frick) in "A "Vogue" Idea", "Plus One is the Loneliest Number" and "Splat!"
- Amy Sedaris as Courteney Masterson in "Unoriginal Sin", "Cover Girl", "Plus One is the Loneliest Number" and "Pick-a-Little, Talk-a-Little".
- Molly Shannon as Lily Martin in "Unoriginal Sin", "Cover Girl", and "The Big Journey"
- Isaac Mizrahi as himself in "Plus One is the Loneliest Number"
- Heather Graham as herself in "Critical Condition"
- Nathan Lane as Bobby Fine in "I Love a Charade"
- Jennifer Coolidge as Victoria in "The Perfect Present"
- Tatum O'Neal as Kyra in "A Woman's Right to Shoes"
- Linda Evangelista as Saleswoman in A Woman's Right to Shoes
- La La as herself in "The Post-it Always Sticks Twice"
- Michael Showalter as Billy in "The Post-it Always Sticks Twice"
- David Duchovny as Jeremy in "Boy, Interrupted"
- Geri Halliwell as Phoebe in "Boy, Interrupted"
- Julia Sweeney as Nun in "Catch-38"
- Michael Patrick King as Mental Patient in "Boy, Interrupted"
- Kristen Johnston as Lexi Featherston in "Splat!"
- Wallace Shawn as Martin Grable in "Splat!"
- Carole Bouquet as Juliette in "An American Girl in Paris, Part Deux"
- Cécile Cassel as Chloe in "An American Girl in Paris Part Une"
- Alanis Morissette as Dawn, who makes out with Carrie, in "Boy, Girl, Boy, Girl"
- Bradley Cooper as Jake in "They Shoot Single People Don't They?"
- Miley Cyrus as herself in Sex and the City 2
- Kelli O'Hara as wedding guest in Sex and the City 2
- Liza Minnelli as herself in Sex and the City 2
- Kat Dennings as Jenny Brier in Hot Child In The City
- Eddie Cahill as Sean in Boy, Girl, Boy, Girl