Kelly Carlson

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Kelly Carlson
ETalk2008-Kelly Carlson.jpg
BornKelly Lee Carlson
(1976-02-17) February 17, 1976 (age 38)
Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
OccupationActress, model
Years active2001–present
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Kelly Carlson
ETalk2008-Kelly Carlson.jpg
BornKelly Lee Carlson
(1976-02-17) February 17, 1976 (age 38)
Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
OccupationActress, model
Years active2001–present

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


Carlson is originally from Bloomington, Minnesota, and attended the Academy of Holy Angels in Richfield, Minnesota. In addition to acting, she has also modeled, including ad campaigns with Miller Lite, Rembrandt, and Oliver Peoples sunglasses.[1] She appeared in the August 2004 issue of Maxim magazine and on the cover of the October issue of Stuff Magazine.

She is a spokesperson for the Smile Network,[1] 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 the age of 7, Carlson lobbied for 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.[2]

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]. She also appeared as an extra in the film 3000 Miles to Graceland. In 2003, Carlson booked a guest role in the pilot of the FX 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, remaining with the series until it wrapped in March 2010.

Outside of Nip/Tuck, Carlson has appeared in several feature films, including Paparazzi, The Marine, the direct-to-video sequel Starship Troopers 2: Hero of the Federation and a supporting role in the mainstream comedy Made of Honor alongside Patrick Dempsey. She has also made guest spots on Everwood, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, CSI: Miami, Monk and The Finder. She now is working on her first project as Producer.

She was initially cast in the 2007 horror movie Dead of Winter (later retitled Killer Movie) alongside stars like 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.[3] After completing work on the final episodes of Nip/Tuck in 2009, Carlson segued into a recurring role on the CW update of Melrose Place, playing a Hollywood madam. She also had a short appearance in the television movie Degrassi Goes Hollywood. She can next be seen in Ghostfacers, an online spin-off the of the CW series Supernatural.[4]

In 2001, she was listed on Tear Sheet Magazine's 50 Most Beautiful list.[1] Carlson was also listed at #43 on Maxim magazine's Hot 100 of 2005 list ranked #41, and ranked #94 on their Hot 100 of 2007 list.

Personal life[edit]

Carlson is trained in Kali.[5] She is also a sponsor and volunteer for several organizations, including LongRun Thoroughbred Retirement Society and Wounded Warriors.[6]


20013000 Miles to GracelandMotorcycle Gang Member
2003–2010Nip/TuckKimber Henry82 episodes
2004EverwoodAdaEpisode: "Unspoken Truths"
2004Starship Troopers 2: Hero of the FederationPvt. Charlie SodaVideo
2005Head CasesPatty KnightEpisode: "Pilot"
2006EverwoodAdaEpisode: "The Land of Confusion"
Episode: "Truth"
2006CSI: Crime Scene InvestigationSallyEpisode: "Bang-Bang"
2006Break-InMarlaTV movie
2006Marine, TheThe MarineKate Triton
2007ShadowboxSandyShort film
2007CSI: MiamiLaurie AthertonEpisode: "Just Murdered"
2008Made of HonorChristie Bailey
2008Player 5150Lucy
2009MonkLolaEpisode: "Mr. Monk Is Someone Else"
2009–2010Melrose PlaceWendi Mattison4 episodes
2010CastleEllie MonroeEpisode: "The Late Shaft"
2010SupernaturalJanet Myers (uncredited)Episode: "Hammer of the Gods"
2010GhostfacersJanet Myers7 episodes
2012The FinderFBI agent Gail McHottieEpisode: The Conversation
2013JimmyEllen Mitchell


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