Kelly Carlson

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Kelly Carlson
Kelly Carlson at the eTalk Festival Party in September 2008
Carlson at the eTalk Festive Party during the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2008
Kelly Lee Carlson

(1976-02-17) February 17, 1976 (age 46)
OccupationActress, model
Years active2001–present
Spouse(s)Dan Stanchfield[1]

Kelly Lee Carlson (born February 17, 1976) is an American actress and model. She is best known for her role as Kimber Henry in the FX drama series Nip/Tuck.


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.[2] 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,[2] 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.[3]

Carlson started out in theater, performing in productions of Vanities, Cheaters, Girls Guide to Chaos, Charlotte's Web, and Can't Trust the Mate.[citation needed] In 2001, Carlson was listed on Tear Sheet Magazine's 50 Most Beautiful list[2] 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.[4] 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.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Carlson is trained in Kali.[6] She is also a sponsor and volunteer for several organizations, including LongRun Thoroughbred Retirement Society and Wounded Warriors.[7]



Year Title Role Notes
2001 3000 Miles to Graceland Motorcycle Gang Member
2004 Paparazzi Kristin
2006 The Marine Kate Triton
2007 Shadowbox Sandy Short film
2008 Made of Honor Christie Bailey
2008 Player 5150 Lucy
2020 The Reason Kaitlyn


Year Title Role Notes
2003–2010 Nip/Tuck Kimber Henry 54 episodes
2004–2006 Everwood Ada 3 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"
2006 Break-In Marla Television film
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


Year Title Role Notes
2010 Ghostfacers Janet Myers 6 episodes


  1. ^ "Nip/Tuck's Kelly Carlson Reveals She Left Acting to Support Her Husband's Navy Career".
  2. ^ a b c "The Kelly Carlson Picture Pages". 2013. Retrieved January 15, 2019.
  3. ^ 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.
  4. ^ Johnson, Cheryl (May 15, 2007). "Indie film "Dead of Night" lives on, but without Kelly Carlson". Star Tribune.[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ 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.
  6. ^ 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.
  7. ^ McCalmont, Keith (July 31, 2009). "triple dead heat: Nip/Tuck Actress Kelly Carlson Steps Up For LongRun". Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved May 25, 2016.

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