Birth Date: November 21, 1963
Birth Place: Worthing, Sussex, England, UK
Height: 5' 9"
Quote: "I grew up feeling like the ugly duckling, and things have not changed that much. For some reason, Hollywood seems to have painted me as a gorgeous vixen at times or the sweet girl. I don't get it."
It is difficult to say with certainty when actress Nicolette Sheridan became famous. Prior to her notorious role as the manipulative Paige Matheson on the long-running primetime soap “Knots Landing” (CBS, 1979-1993), Sheridan dated bubble gum pop star Lief Garrett for six years. Born in England, and raised in London and Los Angeles, Sheridan decided at age 15 to live with Garrett in his mom’s house—as a minor—immediately thrusting her into the limelight. Though her relationship with the former Tiger Beat cover boy began in 1980, it would take another four years for her to appear onscreen and begin establishing a name of her own.
One of her first appearances was a small role in an episode of the short-lived “Scene of the Crime” (NBC, 1984-85), a mystery series hosted by Orson Welles and centered around the gimmick that the audience solve a crime based on clues from the episode. She advanced to a more standard drama with her first regular role, playing Taryn Blake on “Paper Dolls” (ABC, 1984), an equally short-lived series based on a 1982 television movie. Despite the all-star cast—which included Morgan Fairchild, Lloyd Bridges and Lauren Hutton—the show suffered under the weight of multiple characters and convoluted plotlines, and was summarily canceled. Sheridan made the jump to feature films with “The Sure Thing” (1985), director Rob Reiner’s follow-up to “This Is Spinal Tap” (1984). As the titular character, Sheridan played the object of desire to a young John Cusack, who goes on a road trip with a college buddy to find the girl of his dreams. The movie did well at the box office and became a minor classic.
In 1986, Sheridan joined the cast of the already successful “Knots Landing”, a spin-off from another popular CBS primetime soap opera, “Dallas” (1978-1991). Depicting the shenanigans of the Gary Ewing sect of the Ewing family, the show featured Sheridan as the illegitimate daughter of Mack MacKenzie and Anne Matheson (Kevin Dobson and Michelle Phillips). In the course of seven seasons, her character killed Peter Hollister (Hunt Block) and got away with it, thwarted her mother’s attempts to steal her inheritance, was ditched at the alter by fiancé Tom Ryan (Joey Gian), and diffused a bomb meant for former lover Greg Sumner (William Devane) in the two-hour series finale. Her run on the show marked the height of Sheridan’s celebrity at the time—she was named one of People Magazine’s 50 Most Beautiful People in 1990 and graced the cover of TV Guide in 1994.
While starring on “Knots Landing”, Sheridan kept the gravy train rolling and appeared in several made-for-TV movies: “Dark Mansions” (ABC, 1986), a gothic drama about a Seattle shipbuilding family haunted by the supernatural; “Agatha Christie’s Dead Man’s Folly” (CBS, 1986), a detective mystery featuring Belgian private eye Hercule Poirot (Peter Ustinov); “Deceptions” (Showtime, 1990), an erotic thriller bordering on soft core porn co-starring former husband Harry Hamlin; and “Somebody’s Daughter” (ABC, 1992), in which she played a Hollywood stripper who gets sucked into a police scandal involving several murders. After her stint on “Knots Landing”, Sheridan’s celebrity began to diminish despite continuing to work. A string of long-forgotten MOWs dotted Sheridan’s resume in the mid-1990’s: “A Time to Heal” (NBC, 1994), about a woman suffering a stroke after the birth of a child; “Shadows of Desire” (CBS, 1994), in which she was the center of a love triangle pitting two brothers against each other; “The People Next Door” (CBS, 1996), a melodramatic thriller about a seemingly helpful couple who kidnap her three children; and “Dead Husbands” (1998), a dark comedy-cum-thriller co-starring former television funny man John Ritter.
Sheridan also starred in a couple of features, and though not forgotten, Sheridan probably wishes they were. She played Russian agent Veronique Ukrinksy (a.k.a. 3.14) opposite Leslie Nielson in “Spy Hard” (1996), a slapstick spoof in the world of spy vs. spy. In "Beverly Hills Ninja" (1997), she urges Chris Farley—a fat, white ninja from Japan—to come back to America and protect her from her mob boyfriend. Sheridan, meanwhile, made a few guest appearances on television shows, including “Becker” (CBS, 1998-2004), in which she whispered sweet-nothings into Ted Danson’s ear on a six-hour flight to Las Vegas, and “Will & Grace”, where she played Dr. Danielle Morty, who threatened Grace's idyllic marriage, in the 2003 season finale.
In 2004, Sheridan made a triumphant return to regular series work with the hit, “Desperate Housewives” (ABC, 2004- ). A black comedy about the secret lives of five bored housewives in the same cul-de-sac as told by a friend who committed suicide, “Desperate Housewives” went from an unwanted spec script written by Marc Cherry (“The Golden Girls”) to the hottest show on television. Playing serial divorcee, Edie Britt, Sheridan breathed new life into her fading career. Though not in every episode, Sheridan made enough of an impact to receive a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actress. Meanwhile, she generated controversy after appearing in a promo for the show on “Monday Night Football” (ABC, 1970- ). In the ad, she stood before Philadelphia Eagles’ wide receiver Terrell Owens in a towel and, after shedding said towel, convinced the Pro Bowler to skip the game for sex and jumped naked into his arms when he agreed. Outrage poured in from viewers, forcing the FCC to take action and ABC to publicly apologize. Meanwhile, “Desperate Housewives” continued to be a ratings juggernaut for the once-floundering network.
Nicollette Sheridan Filmography
Fly Me to the Moon (2007) (voice) .... Nadia
Code Name: The Cleaner (2007)
"Desperate Housewives" .... Edie Britt (2004 - )
The Karate Dog (2004) (voice) .... White Cat
Deadly Visions (2004) (TV) .... Ann Culver
... aka Deadly Visions (USA)
- A First Class Flight (2003) TV Episode .... Anna
"Will & Grace"
- 24 (2003) TV Episode .... Dr. Danielle Morty
Lost Treasure (2003) .... Carrie
- Toys in the Hood (2003) TV Episode (voice) .... Darcy/Miss Moore
Deadly Betrayal (2003) (TV) .... Donna Randal
... aka Trahison mortelle (Canada: French title)
Tarzan & Jane (2002) (V) (voice) .... Eleanor
Haven't We Met Before? (2002) (TV) .... Eliza/Kate/Emily Winton
... aka Mary Higgins Clark's 'Haven't We Met Before?' (Canada: English title)
... aka Mary Higgins Clark: Vous souvenez-vous? (Canada: French title)
.com for Murder (2002) .... Misty Brummel
The Spiral Staircase (2000) (TV) .... Helen Capel
... aka Secret du manoir, Le (Canada: French title)
Raw Nerve (1999) .... Izabel Sauvestre
Dead Husbands (1998) (TV) .... Alexandra Elston
... aka Last Man on the List
I Woke Up Early the Day I Died (1998) .... Ballroom Woman
... aka Ed Wood's I Woke Up Early the Day I Died
... aka I Awoke Early the Day I Died (USA)
"Knots Landing: Back to the Cul-de-Sac" (1997) (mini) TV Series (uncredited) .... Paige Matheson
Murder in My Mind (1997) (TV) .... Callain Pearson
Beverly Hills Ninja (1997) .... Allison Page/Sally Jones
The People Next Door (1996) (TV) .... Anna Morse
Spy Hard (1996) .... Veronique Ukrinsky, Agent 3.14
Indictment: The McMartin Trial (1995) (TV) .... Grace
Virus (1995) (TV) .... Marissa Blumenthal
... aka Formula for Death
... aka Robin Cook's 'Formula for Death' (UK)
... aka Robin Cook's Outbreak (Canada: English title)
... aka Robin Cook's Virus
Silver Strand (1995) (TV) .... Michelle Hughes
Shadows of Desire (1994) (TV) .... Rowena Ecklund
... aka The Devil's Bed (Canada: English title)
A Time to Heal (1994) (TV) .... Jenny Barton
... aka Jenny's Story
Somebody's Daughter (1992) (TV) .... Sara
Noises Off... (1992) .... Brooke Ashton/Vicki
... aka Guns of Paradise (USA: new title)
- Twenty-Four Hours (1991) TV Episode .... Lily
"Lucky/Chances" (1990) (mini) TV Series .... Lucky Santangelo Richmond Stanislopolous Golden
... aka Jackie Collins' Lucky/Chances (USA: complete title)
Deceptions (1990) (TV) .... Adrienne Erickson
"Knots Landing" .... Paige Matheson (1986-1993)
Dark Mansions (1986) (TV) .... Banda Drake
Dead Man's Folly (1986) (TV) .... Hattie Stubbs
... aka Agatha Christie's 'Dead Man's Folly'
The Sure Thing (1985) .... The Sure Thing
"Paper Dolls" (1984) TV Series .... Taryn Blake
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