Paige Matheson

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Paige Matheson
Paige Matheson-Nicollette Sheridan.jpg
Knots Landing character
Portrayed byNicollette Sheridan
Duration1986–1993, 1997
First appearanceMay 8, 1986
(Episode: "Thicker Than Water")
Last appearanceMay 9, 1997
(Knots Landing: Back to the Cul-de-Sac)
Created byDavid Jacobs
OccupationCEO of Sumner Group
Former Executive at Tidal Energy
Former Executive at Sumner Group
Personal Assistant to Greg Sumner at Sumner Group
Former Art Dealer
Former Hostess at Lotus Point

Paige Matheson is a fictional character from the CBS soap opera Knots Landing, a long-running serial about middle class life on the fictional cul-de-sac known as Seaview Circle in Los Angeles, California. She was played by actress Nicollette Sheridan between 1986 and 1993. She debuted in the penultimate episode of the seventh season and remained in the series until the final episode in 1993. The character made her last television appearance in 1997, when she appeared in the Knots Landing reunion miniseries Knots Landing: Back to the Cul-de-Sac.


Sheridan debuted on Knots Landing in 1986, also playing her character's mother, Anne Matheson, in flashbacks.[1] She stayed with the series until its cancellation in 1993.[2] Sheridan made a cameo appearance as Paige in part one of the reunion miniseries Knots Landing: Back to the Cul-de-Sac, which aired on May 7, 1997.[3]


Paige arrives in Knots Landing in 1986 on the MacKenzies' doorstep, claiming to be Mack's daughter.[4] She moves in with the MacKenzies, and has an affair with her stepbrother Michael. It is later discovered by Mack's wife Karen that Paige had fled from her wealthy grandparents and mother Anne by faking her death. Anne turns up to reunite with her daughter and to get Mack back into her life, but she fails. Out of spite, she tells Mack and Paige that Greg Sumner is Paige's real father. However, a paternity test later confirms that her father is Mack. Paige is employed at Lotus Point, where she meets Peter Hollister and they began a relationship. During an argument, Paige accidentally stabs Peter and kills him.[5] Paige begins to work for Greg and they have an affair. She falls in love with him, but is crushed when Greg marries Abby Cunningham.[6] Paige meets corrupt cop Tom Ryan and their relationship results in a marriage proposal. However, on their wedding day, Paige is left at the altar. Unknown to her, Greg had blackmailed Tom to leave Paige.[7] When Paige discovers this, she and Tom briefly rekindle their relationship.[8] Paige later meets Pierce Lawton, and they work with Gary Ewing on a tidal energy project. This relationship takes a scary turn when Pierce shoots Paige and later kidnaps her after she had recovered. During this time, she and Greg fall in and out of love again.[9] A while later, Greg leaves shares of the Sumner Group to Paige, Karen, and Mack (in trust for his daughter Meg), and to his sister Claudia Whittaker. Paige and Claudia often fight over control of the company. Eventually, Claudia sells her shares back to Greg, and Mack gives Meg's shares to Paige, giving her majority control of the company.[10] Paige and Greg finally get back together, but after a few years they break up once again when Greg refuses to have children. Paige moves to New York.[11]



Group Category Year Result Ref.
Soap Opera Digest Award Outstanding Lead Actress: Prime Time 1990 Won [12]
Soap Opera Digest Award Outstanding Heroine: Prime Time 1991 Won


  1. ^ Sonsky, Steve (September 17, 1986). "New Season Also Brings Changes To Old Standbys". Toledo Blade. p. P-4. Retrieved December 4, 2017 – via
  2. ^ Hart, Marla (May 9, 1993). "Knots Core Characters Return for Twist-Filled Finale". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved October 29, 2018.
  3. ^ Glusker, Anne (May 7, 1997). "Knots Landing: Not Quite Up to Fluff". The Washington Post. Retrieved October 30, 2018.
  4. ^ "Season 7". Retrieved May 4, 2013 – via
  5. ^ "Season 8". Retrieved May 4, 2013 – via
  6. ^ "Season 10". Retrieved May 4, 2013 – via
  7. ^ "Season 11". Retrieved May 4, 2013 – via
  8. ^ "Season 12". Retrieved May 4, 2013 – via
  9. ^ "Season 13". Retrieved May 4, 2013 – via
  10. ^ "Season 14". Retrieved May 4, 2013 – via
  11. ^ "Reunion". Retrieved May 4, 2013 – via
  12. ^ "The Soap Opera Digest Awards History". Soap Opera Digest. Archived from the original on April 15, 2016. Retrieved October 30, 2018 – via
  • Curran, Barbara A. (2005). Dallas: The Complete Story of the World's Favorite Prime-Time Soap. Cumberland House Publishing. ISBN 978-1581824728.

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