Kate Walsh is widely known for her starring role as Dr. Addison Montgomery on the ABC drama “Private Practice,” a spin-off of the hit show “Grey’s Anatomy” where Walsh made her first appearance in 2005. The enormous success of her character on “Grey’s” led ABC, along with writer and creator Shonda Rimes, to create a spin-off based solely on her character, Addison. “Private Practice” also starred Amy Brenneman, Taye Diggs and Paul Adelstein. The show premiered in September of 2007 as the highest-rated new series of the season, and debuted as the #1 show on Wednesday evenings. The show continued for six seasons.
During her two seasons on “Grey’s Anatomy,” the show received a SAG award for “Best Ensemble” in 2007, and received ensemble nominations from both the Screen Actors Guild and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association in 2006 and 2008, respectively. “Grey’s” won the Golden Globe for “Best Television Series Drama” in 2007 and was nominated again the following year. The show also received Emmy nominations for “Outstanding Drama Series” in 2006 as well as in 2007 and received three consecutive NAACP Image Awards for “Outstanding Drama Series” in 2006-2008.
In the summer of 2010, Walsh returned to her theatre roots and appeared in an off-Broadway production of “Dusk Rings A Bell” alongside Paul Sparks and directed by Sam Gold. The play opened to rave reviews at New York's Atlantic Stage 2 and ran for approximately six weeks.
In November of 2010, Walsh launched her own self-financed beauty company, Boyfriend®. In a partnered launch with the Home Shopping Network (HSN), Boyfriend® sold out in a record breaking 30 minutes. In February 2011, Walsh launched Boyfriend® with Sephora stores nationwide as the exclusive retail partner, where it climbed the ranks to become a Top 10 seller. Her second fragrance, Billionaire, launched on HSN and in Sephora February 2012.
In 2013, Walsh starred in DirecTV’s 10-episode drama series “Full Circle,” opposite Tom Felton, Minka Kelly, and Billy Campbell and also made a cameo in “Scary Movie 5,” a part of the American comedy franchise. Additionally, Walsh was seen in Summit Entertainment’s “The Perks of Being a Wallflower,” starring opposite Paul Rudd, Emma Watson and Logan Lerman.
Walsh began her acting career in Chicago where she studied at the renowned Piven Theatre Workshop. Walsh then starred in multiple theatre productions at the Shakespeare Repertory, including the critically acclaimed “Born Guilty,” “Moon Under Miami” and “Troilus and Cressida.”
Walsh then moved to New York and appeared on various shows, including series regular roles on “The Mike O’Malley Show” (ABC), “Mind of a Married Man” (HBO) and “The Drew Carey Show” (ABC).
On the big screen, Walsh was seen in the supernatural thriller “Legion” starring opposite Paul Bettany and Dennis Quaid and “Angels Crest” opposite Thomas Dekker, Mira Sorvino and Jeremy Piven.
Last fall, Walsh executive produced and starred in NBC’s “Bad Judge” which chronicled the personal life of a tough-as-nails judge serving on the Los Angeles County Circuit Court, whose time off the bench is spent partying and displaying reckless behavior. Additionally Walsh had a four episode arc on FX’s critically acclaimed series “Fargo,” alongside Billy Bob Thorton, Colin Hanks and Bob Odenkirk. The series went on to win three Primetime Emmy Awards and two Golden Globes including Outstanding Miniseries.
Kate will be making her return to the television screen with the new Netflix series “Thirteen Reasons Why” from executive producer Selena Gomez.
Walsh can most recently be seen alongside Seann William Scott and Olivia Thirlby in Courteney Cox’s directorial debut, “Just Before I Go.” Other film credits include “Under the Tuscan Sun,” “After the Sunset,” and “The Family Man.” She most recently wrapped work on the drama “Felt” from director Peter Landesman where she stars along side Liam Neeson and Diane Lane. She is currently filming the feature film comedy “Girls Trip” with Jada Pinkett Smith, Queen Latifah and Regina Hall.
Walsh is currently developing a half hour comedy with Adam McKay & Gary Sanchez Productions and a talk show with comedienne and actress Arden Myrin.
Walsh resides in Los Angeles, California.