Kate Noelle “Katie” Holmes (born December 18, 1978) is an American actress and model who first achieved fame for her role as Joey Potter on The WB television teen drama Dawson’s Creek from 1998 to 2003. She appeared in 1998’s Disturbing Behavior, a thriller, which won her an MTV Movie Award for Best Breakthrough Performance. In 2000 Holmes featured in Wonder Boys which got positive attention from many leading critics. Holmes hosted Saturday Night Live on February 24, 2001.
Holmes had a starring role in 2003’s Pieces of April, a gritty comedy about a dysfunctional family on Thanksgiving. Many critics and audiences agreed that Holmes had given her best performance in the film as April. In the 2005 film Batman Begins, the most successful film of her career to date, she played Rachel Dawes, an attorney in the Gotham City district attorney’s office and the childhood sweetheart of the title character. She also appeared in art house films such as The Ice Storm, horror films such as Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark and thrillers including Abandon. She has also played on Broadway in a production of Arthur Miller’s All My Sons and had numerous guest roles on television programs such as How I Met Your Mother.
Her marriage to actor Tom Cruise (2006–2012) led to a great deal of media attention, with the pair being called a supercouple and given the nickname “TomKat”.
Holmes was born in Toledo, Ohio. She is the youngest of five children born to Kathleen, a homemaker and philanthropist, and Martin Joseph Holmes, Sr., an attorney. She has three sisters and one brother. Holmes was baptized a Roman Catholic and attended Christ the King Church in Toledo.
She graduated from the all-female Notre Dame Academy in Toledo (also her mother’s alma mater), where she was a 4.0 student. At St. John’s Jesuit and St. Francis de Sales, nearby all-male high schools, Holmes appeared in school musicals, playing a waitress in Hello, Dolly! and Lola in Damn Yankees. She scored 1310 out of 1600 on her SAT and was accepted to Columbia University (and attended for a summer session); her father wanted her to become a doctor.
At age 14, she began classes at a modeling school in Toledo run by Margaret O’Brien, who took her to the International Modeling and Talent Association (IMTA) Competition held in New York City in 1996. Eventually, Holmes was signed to an agent after performing a monologue from To Kill a Mockingbird. An audition tape was sent to the casting director for the 1997 film The Ice Storm, directed by Ang Lee. She was cast in the role of Libbets Casey, in the film which starred Kevin Kline and Sigourney Weaver.
Holmes was annually named by both the British and American editions of FHM magazine as one of the sexiest women in the world from 1999 onward. She was named one of People’s “50 Most Beautiful People” in 2003; its sibling Teen People declared her one of the “25 Hottest Stars Under 25” that year; and in 2005, People said she was one of the ten best dressed stars that year.
She has appeared in advertisements for Garnier Lumia haircolor, Coach leather goods, and clothing retailer Gap.
In November 2008, it was confirmed that she would be the new face of the spring 2009 campaign for the high-end fashion line Miu Miu. In 2008, Holmes started a high fashion clothing line called Holmes & Yang with longtime stylist Jeanne Yang. Model Heidi Klum is a fan of the line. In July 2009, Holmes, Nigel Lythgoe, Adam Shankman, and Carrie Ann Inaba announced the launch of a dance scholarship fund called the Dizzy Feet Foundation.
Beginning January 2011, she became the new face of Ann Taylor Spring 11 collection. In April 2011, she ranked 6th in People magazine’s annual 100 Most Beautiful issue. Holmes & Yang presented their fashion line at New York Fashion Week for the first time in September 2012. Holmes will act as the face for the Bobbi Brown Cosmetics brand in spring 2013 and Holmes will have her own capsule collection of color cosmetics in fall of that year. In 2013, she also did an ad campaign for IRIS Jewelry. In January 2013, Holmes was announced as the brand ambassador and co-owner of Alterna Haircare.
In early March 2011, Holmes filed a $50-million libel lawsuit against Star magazine following a cover story which insinuated that she took drugs. The suit was settled on April 27, 2011, when Star wrote a public apology in the May 6, 2011, issue along with an undisclosed “substantial” “donation” to Holmes’ charity, Dizzy Feet Foundation.
In June 2011, Holmes received the Women in Film Max Mara Face of the Future Award.
In 2005, TV Guide ranked Holmes No. 38 on its “50 Sexiest Stars of All Time” list.
|1997||The Ice Storm||Libbets Casey||First professional role|
|1998||Disturbing Behavior||Rachel Wagner||MTV Movie Award for Best Breakthrough Performance
Nominated–Saturn Award for Best Performance by a Younger Actor
|1999||Teaching Mrs. Tingle||Leigh Ann Watson||First lead role
Nominated–MTV Movie Award for Best Kiss
Nominated–Teen Choice Award for Film – Choice Chemistry
|2000||Wonder Boys||Hannah Green|
|2000||The Gift||Jessica King|
|2003||Phone Booth||Pamela McFadden|
|2003||The Singing Detective||Nurse Mills|
|2003||Pieces of April||April Burns||Nominated–Satellite Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy|
|2004||First Daughter||Samantha Mackenzie|
|2005||Batman Begins||Rachel Dawes||Nominated–Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated–Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Supporting Actress
|2005||Thank You for Smoking||Heather Holloway|
|2008||Mad Money||Jackie Truman|
|2010||The Extra Man||Mary Powell|
|2010||The Romantics||Laura||Also executive producer|
|2011||Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark||Kim|
|2011||The Son of No One||Kerry White|
|2011||Jack and Jill||Erin Sadelstein||Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Screen Couple/Ensemble
Nominated–Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Supporting Actress
|2013||Days and Nights||Alex|
|2014||Miss Meadows||Miss Meadows|
|2014||The Giver||Jonas’ Mother|
|2015||Woman in Gold||Pam|
|2015||Touched with Fire||Carla|
|2015||Underdogs||Older Laura||English voice-dub|
|1998–2003||Dawson’s Creek||Joey Potter||Lead role; 128 episodes
Nominated–Teen Choice Award for TV – Choice Actress (1999, 2000, 2001, 2002 & 2003)
|2001||Saturday Night Live||Host (Herself)||Episode: “Katie Holmes/Dave Matthews Band”|
|2008||Eli Stone||Grace||Episode: “Grace”|
|2011||The Kennedys||Jackie Kennedy||Lead role; 8 episodes|
|2011, 2013||How I Met Your Mother||Slutty Pumpkin (Naomi)||Episode: “The Slutty Pumpkin Returns” and “The Poker Game”|
|2015||Ray Donovan||Paige Finney||Recurring role (season 3)|
|2016||The Kennedys: After Camelot||Jackie Kennedy||Lead role; 4 episodes|
|2005||Batman Begins||Rachel Dawes||Voice|