Kate Walsh grew up in San Jose and Tucson, Arizona, later
attending the University of Arizona, where she got involved in
regional theater. She later moved to Chicago where she began
working with the Piven Theatre Workshop and later the Chicago
Shakespeare Repertory. Kate performed on National Public Radio
in the production of the radio play Born Guilty. Walsh later
moved to New York City and joined the comedy troupe Burn
Manhattan, performing in a number of Off-Broadway plays.
Walsh's first major television appearance came on The Drew Carey Show when she portrayed Niki Fifer, Drew's girlfriend and a woman struggling with her weight. She went on to portray Carol Nelson in HBO's The Mind of the Married Man television series, and played Norm MacDonald's romantic interest in the sitcom The Norm Show. She continued to appear on television programs in supporting or bit parts until she was cast in the ABC hit, Grey's Anatomy, a primetime success, as intriguing Dr. Addison Shepherd.
Kate Walsh in "Peppermills".Walsh has exhibited her talents on the big screen as well, with the crime drama Normal Life marking her film debut, playing the sister of bank robber Luke Perry, then starring as a kleptomaniac in Peppermills, and in the cult underground B-movie, Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer, Part 2, in the role as the s--y "Cricket". She had her first significant role in a major hollywood production as Will Ferrell's wife in the family comedy, Kicking & Screaming, alongside Robert Duvall and Mike Ditka.
A tall, thin, blue-eyed blonde, Kate Walsh has been compared to French icon Catherine Deneuve (in an episode of Grey's Anatomy a patient compared her character Dr. Shepard to Deneuve.) Her quirky demeanor is featured best in comedic roles, but she continues to develop her skills in drama as well.
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