Kate Walsh

Kate Walsh , After spending her childhood between California and Arizona, Walsh honed her acting skills at the prestigious Piven Theatre Workshop in Chicago. She garnered acclaim for her performances in Shakespearean plays like "Born Guilty," "Moon Under Miami," and "Troilus and Cressida," while also appearing in independent films such as Normal Life in 1996 and Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer 2 in 1998.
Seeking further opportunities, she moved to New York to study comedy and improvisation, landing recurring roles in "The Diary of a Married Man" and "The Drew Carey Show." In 2003, Walsh made a significant leap into mainstream cinema with her role in "Under the Tuscan Sun," where she portrayed Sandra Oh's girlfriend. This marked her entry into big-budget productions, followed by roles in "Catch Me If You Can," "Kicking & Screaming," "Inside Out," and "Bewitched."
Her breakthrough to international fame came in 2005 when she took on the role of Dr. Addison Montgomery-Shepherd in "Grey’s Anatomy." Initially slated for a few episodes, her portrayal resonated with producers and viewers alike, leading to her character's becoming a series regular. Two years later, Shonda Rhimes and ABC launched the successful spin-off "Private Practice," centered around Walsh's character, Addison Montgomery.