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Actress “Katie Holmes” was born as Kate Noelle Holmes on December 18, 1978, in Toledo, Ohio. Katie’s father, Marty, is a lawyer, and her mother, Kathleen, is a homemaker. She is the youngest of five children, with three older sisters and one older brother. Though her family is incredibly athletic, Katie admits that she has always been horrible at sports.

Katie got her start in acting on the stage, mostly in plays at her all girls Catholic high school in Toledo, “Notre Dame Academy.” She never thought she had a real shot at acting, living in the Midwest, until attending a modeling convention in New York. While she was there, a talent agent convinced her to travel to Los Angeles for another convention. While in LA, Katie auditioned for several casting directors, and won her first role in the independent film, “The Ice Storm,” a coming of age movie that took place in the sexual revolution of the 1970’s and starred Christina Ricci and Elijah Wood.

Katie, who currently stars as “Joey Potter” in the hit television series, “Dawson’s Creek,” initially passed up the audition in order to be in her high school production of “Damn Yankees,” which she thought to be more important. Luckily the casting directors ended up letting her reschedule, and she was chosen for the role. Kevin Williamson, who is the writer for the series, was so impressed with her that he even cast her as “Leigh Ann Prescott” in his movie, “Teaching Mrs. Tingle,” alongside Barry Watson of “7th Heaven.” Katie was even offered the role of “Buffy,” who is played by Sarah Michelle Gellar, in the television series “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.”

Besides “The Ice Storm” and “Teaching Mrs. Tingle,” Katie has been in the movies “Go!,” “Disturbing Behavior” and “Wonder Boys.” She even had a cameo in “Muppets From Space.” Awards that Katie has won include being named one of “Seventeen” magazine's “Ten Most Beautiful People,” and making EW’s 1998 “It” list.

Katie currently resides in Wilmington, North Carolina while filming her television series, “Dawson’s Creek.” When she is not working, she attends Colombia University in New York.