Kelly Lee Carlson
February 17, 1976
Carlson was raised in Bloomington, Minnesota, and attended the Academy of Holy Angels in Richfield, Minnesota. In addition to her acting career, she has also modeled, including the advertisement campaigns for Miller Lite, Rembrandt, and Oliver Peoples sunglasses. She appeared in the August 2004 issue of Maxim Magazine and on the cover of the October 2004 issue of Stuff Magazine.
Carlson is the spokesperson for Smile Network International, 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 since age seven, Carlson lobbied 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. In 2001, Carlson was listed on Tear Sheet Magazine's 50 Most Beautiful list and also appeared as an extra in the film 3000 Miles to Graceland. In 2003, she booked a guest role in the pilot episode of the FX drama 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. She remained with the series until it wrapped up production in March 2010.
Outside of Nip/Tuck, she has appeared in several feature films, including Paparazzi (2004), The Marine (2006), the direct-to-video sequel Starship Troopers 2: Hero of the Federation (2004), and a supporting role in the comedy film Made of Honor (2008) alongside Patrick Dempsey and Michelle Monaghan. She has also made guest spots on Everwood, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, CSI: Miami, Monk, and The Finder. She was also listed at #43 on Maxim magazine's Hot 100 of 2005 list ranked at #41, and ranked at #94 on their Hot 100 of 2007 list.
She was initially cast in the 2007 film Dead of Winter (later retitled Killer Movie) alongside 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 sequel of Melrose Place, playing a Hollywood madam. She also had a short appearance in the 2009 Canadian television film Degrassi Goes Hollywood. She was next seen in Ghostfacers, an online spin-off of The CW dark fantasy series Supernatural.
|2001||3000 Miles to Graceland||Motorcycle Gang Member|
|2006||The Marine||Kate Triton|
|2008||Made of Honor||Christie Bailey|
|2003–2010||Nip/Tuck||Kimber Henry||54 episodes|
|2004||Starship Troopers 2: Hero of the Federation||Private Charlie Soda||Television film|
|2005||Head Cases||Patty Knight||Episode: "Pilot"|
|2006||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Sally||Episode: "Bang-Bang"|
|2007||CSI: Miami||Laurie Atherton||Episode: "Just Murdered"|
|2009||Degrassi Goes Hollywood||Herself||Television film|
|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"|
|2012||The Finder||FBI Agent Gail McHottie||Episode: "The Conversation"|
|2013||Jimmy||Ellen Mitchell||Television film|
|2010||Ghostfacers||Janet Myers||6 episodes|
- "Nip/Tuck's Kelly Carlson Reveals She Left Acting to Support Her Husband's Navy Career".
- "The Kelly Carlson Picture Pages". SuperiorPics.com. 2013. Retrieved January 15, 2019.
- Rettig, Jessica; Bedard, Paul (January 27, 2010). "Humane Society and Celebs Go to the Hill for Horses". US News. Archived from the original on August 9, 2013. Retrieved July 10, 2017.
- Johnson, Cheryl (May 15, 2007). "Indie film "Dead of Night" lives on, but without Kelly Carlson". Star Tribune.[permanent dead link]
- De Leon, Kris (January 26, 2010). "'Supernatural' Spin-Off in the Works". BuddyTV. Archived from the original on September 5, 2017. Retrieved December 20, 2016.
- Cerilli, John (October 12, 2006). "Kelly Carlson: Putting the Mmmmmm... in 'The Marine'". WWE. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved June 7, 2018.
- McCalmont, Keith (July 31, 2009). "triple dead heat: Nip/Tuck Actress Kelly Carlson Steps Up For LongRun". TripleDeadHeat.ca. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved May 25, 2016.
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