Kate Walsh
General Information
Birth Name: Kathleen Erin Walsh
Birthday: October 13, 1967
Birth Place: San Jose, California
Age: 48
Spouses: Alex Young (2007-2010)
Character Information
Role: Addison Forbes Montgomery
Seasons: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Kate Walsh is an American actress, best known for her role as Addison Montgomery on Grey's Anatomy.

Early Life Edit

Kathleen Erin Walsh was born on October 13, 1967 in San Jose, California, to Angela Bochetto and Joseph Walsh. She grew up Roman Catholic in Tucson, Arizona. Her father is Irish and her mother is Italian. Angela lives in Nevada. She has four siblings, two sisters and two brothers, Sean and Joe.

She attended Catalina Magnet High School and Rincon High School. She studied at the University of Arizona.

She worked at Burger King and Dairy Queen. She moved to Chicago and worked at the Piven Theatre Workshop. She later moved to New York City.

Career Edit

Early Career Edit

She began as a model in Japan in the 1980s and taught English. She performed on National Public Radio in the production of the radio play Born Guilty. After moving to New York City, she joined the comedy troupe Burn Manhattan on June 27, 1987 and performed in a number of Off-Broadway plays.

Television Roles Edit

In 1996, she starred in Homicide: Life on the Street and Law & Order. In 1997, she appeared on The Drew Carey Show. In 2001, she appeared on the HBO's The Mind of the Married Man and The Norm Show. She also appeared in sketches on Late Night with Conan O'Brien. In 2003, she had a recurring role on Karen Sisco. In 2004, she guest starred on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.

In 2005, she was cast in her breakout role on Grey's Anatomy as Dr. Addison Montgomery. In February 2007, it was announced that her character would be in a spin-off of Grey's Anatomy that began airing in September 2007. Taye Diggs, Tim Daly, Amy Brenneman, Chris Lowell, Audra McDonald and along her were cast in the spin-off, Private Practice. She returned to Grey's Anatomy as a special guest star in seasons 4 through 8.

On June 12, 2012, she announced that season six of Private Practice would be her last. She also mentioned that she'd be open to reprise her role in Grey's Anatomy for a few guest appearances.

In 2013, she appeared in Full Circle. In 2014, she had a supporting role in FX's television series, Fargo. She also appeared on Hulu's original series The Hotwives of Orlando and in the NBC's series Bad Judge.

Film Roles Edit

Later that year, she made her film debut in Normal Life and appeared in Henry: Portrait of A Serial Killer, Part 2. She also appeared in the film Peppermills. In 2003, she appeared in Under the Tuscan Sun. In 2004, she appeared in Wake Up, Ron Burgundy: The Lost Movie. In 2010, she starred in the biblical horror film Legion. In 2012, guest starred in The Perks of Being a Wallflower.

Theatre Edit

In 2005, she starred in Kicking & Screaming and Bewitched. In 2010, she made her off-broadway debut in Dusk Rings a Bell. She also appeared in Happy Birthday Wanda JuneThe DanubeMoon Under Miami and Troilus and Cressida.

Fashion Edit

In September 2007, she appeared in television commercials for the 2008 Cadillac CTS. She is the current spokeswoman for Caress' Exotic Oil Infusions.

In 2010, she founded Boyfriend LLC, a beauty and lifestyle company. It launched its first product in November 2010: a perfume called "Boyfriend".

Personal Life Edit

She resides in Los Angeles, California.

In April 2007, she began dating Alex Young, an 20th Century Fox executive. He proposed to her during a trip to San Francisco, California. They married on September 1, 2007 at the Ojai Presbyterian Church. On November 22, 2008, he filed for divorce. The divorce was finalized on February 5, 2010.

Filmography Edit

Film Edit

Year Title Role
1996 Normal Life Cindy Anderson
1997 Peppermills Lena
1997 Night of the Lawyers Pressie Brooks
1998 Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer, Part II Cricket
1998 Three Below Zero Moirat
1998 Heaven Diner
2000 The Family Man Jeannie
2002 Anatomy of a Breakup Lorra
2002 A Day in the Life of Nancy M. Pimental Kate
2003 Under the Tuscan Sun Grace
2004 After the Sunset Shelia
2004 Wake Up, Ron Burgundy: The Lost Movie Sue
2005 Kicking & Screaming Barbara Weston
2005 Inside Out Tyne
2005 Bewitched Sexy Waitress
2009 One Way to Valhalla Raina
2010 Legion Sandra Anderson
2011 Angels Crest Roxanne
2012 The Perks of Being a Wallflower Mrs. Kelmeckis
2013 Scary Movie 5 Mal Colb
2014 Dermaphoria Morell
2015 Just Before I Go Kathleen Morgan
2015 Staten Island Summer Danny's Mom
2017 Felt

Television Edit

Year Title Role Episode
1996 Homicide: Life on the Street Cathy Buxton 1 episode
1996 Swift Justice Paula "Paulie" Goddard 1 episode
1997 Law & Order Lt. Kirstin Blair 1 episode
1997-01 The Drew Carey Show Nicki Fifer 21 episodes
1998 Cupid Heidi 1 episode
1999 Turks Terry
1999 The Mike O'Malley Show Marcia
2000 Cursed Stace 1 episode
2000-01 The Norm Show Jenny 5 episodes
2001 The Fugitive Agent Eve Hilliard 3 episodes
2001 The Mind of the Married Man Carol Nelson 3 episodes
2003-04 Karen Sisco Marley Novak 2 episodes
2004 Joint Custody Florence
2004 The Men's Room Karen 3 episodes
2004 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Mimosa 1 episode
2004 Complete Savages Maggie 1 episode
2005 Bobby Cannon London
2005 Eyes Kendall Judd 1 episode
2005-12 Grey's Anatomy Dr. Addison Montgomery Seasons 1-8
2007-13 Private Practice Dr. Addison Montgomery Seasons 1-6
2008 Upright Citizens Bridage: Asssscat Guest Monologist
2009 King of the Hill Kat Savage 1 episode
2011 Comedy Central Roast of Charlie Sheen Roaster 1 episode
2013 Full Circle Trisha
2014 Fargo Gina Hess 4 episodes
2014-15 Bad Judge Rebecca Wright 13 episodes
2015 Undateable Customer 1 episode

Awards Edit

Year Award Category Work Result
2006 Satellite Awards Best Ensemble, Television Grey's Anatomy Won
2006 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Grey's Anatomy Nominated
2007 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Grey's Anatomy Won
2008 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Grey's Anatomy Nominated
2011 People's Choice Awards Favorite TV Drama Actress Private Practice Nominated
2012 San Diego Film Critics Society Awrds Best Ensemble Performance The Perks of Being a Wallflower Won
2012 Awards Circuit Community Awards Best Cast Ensemble The Perks of Being a Wallflower Nominated

Trivia Edit