Nicollette Sheridan (born November 21, 1963) is an English actress, former model, producer, and writer. Known best for her roles as Paige Matheson in Knots Landing and Edie Britt in Desperate Housewives, as well as partaking in a handful of films, she was cast as Alexis Carrington in The CW's Dynasty, a role she played until the episode "Motherly Overprotectiveness".
Born in Worthing, Sussex, England, Sheridan was the daughter of sixteen year old actress Sally Savalas (née Adams) and a father whom left her when she was less than a year old. After her mother remarried, Sheridan emigrated to the United States when she was ten.
Sheridan began her career as a fashion model, appearing in the pages of Vogue and on the cover of Cosmopolitan, shot by Francesco Scavullo. In 1984, she made her acting debut in the short-lived ABC primetime soap opera Paper Dolls. The series was cancelled after single season, and the following year, Sheridan was cast as the title character in the romantic comedy film The Sure Thing. Later that year, Sheridan was cast in the another ABC prime time soap, Dark Mansions, playing opposite Joan Fontaine, Michael York, Melissa Sue Anderson, and Linda Purl. Produced by Aaron Spelling, it was supposed to be Dynasty meets Dark Shadows, but was never ordered to series and was aired as television movie in 1986.
In 1986, Sheridan joined the cast of the CBS prime time soap opera Knots Landing as manipulative vixen Paige Matheson. She started in a recurring role, but had become a series regular by the 1988–89 season. Sheridan remained with the series for seven seasons until its end in 1993.
After Knots Landing, Sheridan went to star in a number of television movies. In 1990 she starred in Deceptions and played Lucky Santangelo in the television adaptation of Jackie Collins' Lucky Chances. The following years she had star-billed roles in Somebody's Daughter (1992), Silver Strand (1995), Murder in My Mind (1997), Dead Husbands (1998), Deadly Betrayal (2003) and more. Despite her television lead roles, her film career was limited. In 1992, she co-starred opposite Carol Burnett and Michael Caine in the comedy Noises Off, and later had only two studio movies: Spy Hard (1996) opposite Leslie Nielsen, and Beverly Hills Ninja (1997) starring Chris Farley. In 1998, she auditioned for the role of Grace Adler on Will & Grace, though the role ultimately went to Debra Messing. However, Sheridan did make a guest appearance on the show in 2003.
In 2004, Sheridan was cast as Edie Britt in the ABC comedy-drama series Desperate Housewives. The character was originally written as a recurring role in the series. Sheridan, who originally auditioned for Bree Van de Kamp, one of the series' more prominent roles. On November 15, 2004, Sheridan (in character as Britt) appeared with NFL wide receiver Terrell Owens in an introductory skit to that evening's Monday Night Football episode. Some observers condemned the skit as sexually suggestive, and ABC later apologized for airing it. On 14 March 2005, the Federal Communications Commission ruled that the skit did not violate decency standards, because it contained no outright nudity or foul language.
In February 2009, during the show's fifth season, Sheridan announced her departure from Desperate Housewives. Her exit episode aired in April 2009 when Edie Britt was killed off. Unlike the other main characters who had been killed off over the years on Desperate Housewives, Sheridan did not make an appearance in the show's final episode which aired in May 2012. Instead, Sheridan was busy filing a $20 million lawsuit against series creator/producer Marc Cherry and ABC Television, alleging that she was assaulted by Cherry on the set of the show and was then fired when she reported the alleged abuse to the network. In her lawsuit, Sheridan claimed wrongful termination, assault and battery, gender violence, discrimination based on sex, sexual orientation and age, and intentional infliction of emotional distress. The show's stars, Teri Hatcher, Felicity Huffman, Marcia Cross and Eva Longoria, pledged their support to help Cherry in his battle against Sheridan's allegations, and despite years of fighting, the court ultimately ruled in Cherry's favor.
In 2010, Sheridan was cast in an untitled CBS comedy pilot as a mother who battles with her British ex-husband (playing Paul Kaye) to get her teenaged daughter to stardom, but the show was not picked up. In September 2010, Sheridan starred in the Hallmark Channel film, Honeymoon for One, which was set in Ireland. The film premiered on the Hallmark Channel on 13 August 2011. In 2013, she starred and co-produced another Hallmark movie, called The Christmas Spirit. In an interview in November 2013, Sheridan announced that she was hoping to find a network for a half-hour comedy series that she is currently writing herself. She also co-starred in two independent comedy movies, Jewtopia (2012) and Let's Kill Ward's Wife (2014). In 2016, she filmed one more Hallmark movie, called All Yours.
On November 28, 2017, it was announced that Sheridan was cast in The CW revival of Dynasty as Alexis Carrington, a role played by Joan Collins in the original series. Then on May 15, 2018, shortly after the season one finale, Sheridan was promoted to the main cast starting in season 2 of the series.
|1985||The Sure Thing||The Sure Thing|
|1989||Dirty Tennis||Herself|| Direct-to-video short film|
with Dick Van Patten
|1992||Noises Off||Brooke Ashton/Vicki|
|1996||Spy Hard||Veronique Ukrinsky, Agent 3.14|
|1997||Beverly Hills Ninja||Allison Page/Sally Jones|
|1998||I Woke Up Early The Day I Died||Ballroom Woman||Cameo|
|2000||Raw Nerve||Izabel Sauvestre|
|2002||.com for Murder||Misty Brummel||Direct-to-video|
|2002||Tarzan & Jane||Eleanor||Direct-to-video, Voice|
|2007||Code Name: The Cleaner||Diane|
|2008||Fly Me to the Moon||Nadia||Voice|
|2009||Noah's Ark: The New Beginning||Zenna||Direct-to-video, Voice|
|2011||XXIT||Nikki Williams||Short film|
|2014||Let's Kill Ward's Wife||Robin Peters||Cameo|
|1984||Paper Dolls||Taryn Blake||Series regular, 13 episodes|
|1985||Scene of the Crime||Liza||Season 1, episode 4: "Murder on the Rocks"|
|1986–1993||Knots Landing||Paige Matheson|| Series regular, 181 episodes|
Soap Opera Digest Award for Outstanding Lead Actress: Prime Time (1990)
Soap Opera Digest Award for Outstanding Heroine – Prime Time (1991)
|1986||Dead Man's Folly||Hattie Stubbs||TV movie|
|1986||Dark Mansions||Banda Drake||TV movie|
|1990||Deceptions||Adrienne Erickson||TV movie|
|1990||Lucky/Chances||Lucky Santangelo||TV mini-series|
|1991||Paradise||Lily||Episode: "Twenty-Four Hours"|
|1992||Somebody's Daughter||Sara||TV movie|
|1994||A Time to Heal||Jenny Barton||TV movie|
|1994||Shadows of Desire||Rowena Ecklund||TV movie|
|1995||Virus||Marissa Blumenthal||TV movie|
|1995||Indictment: The McMartin Trial||Grace||TV movie, uncredited|
|1995||Silver Strand||Michelle Hughes||TV movie|
|1996||The People Next Door||Anna Morse||TV movie|
|1997||Murder in My Mind||Callain Pearson||TV movie|
|1997||Knots Landing: Back to the Cul-de-Sac||Paige Matheson||TV mini-series, uncredited|
|1998||Dead Husbands||Alexandra Elston||TV movie|
|2000||The Spiral Staircase||Helen Capel||TV movie|
|2001||The Legend of Tarzan||Eleanor||Voice, 26 episodes|
|2003||Static Shock||Darcy/Miss Moore||Episode: "Toys in the Hood"|
|2002||Haven't We Met Before?||Eliza/Kate/Emily Winton||TV movie|
|2003||Deadly Betrayal||Donna Randal||TV movie|
|2003||Will & Grace||Dr. Danielle Morty||Episode: "24"|
|2003||Becker||Anna||Episode: "A First Class Flight"|
|2004||Deadly Visions||Ann Culver||TV movie|
|2004||The Karate Dog||White Cat||TV movie|
|2004–2009||Desperate Housewives||Edie Britt|| Series regular, 92 episodes (Season 1-5)|
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series (2005-06)
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film (2005)
Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series (2007-09)
Nominated — Gold Derby Award for Best Comedy Supporting Actress (2005, 2007)
|2011||Honeymoon for One||Eve Parker||TV movie|
|2013||The Christmas Spirit||Charlotte Hart||TV movie, also executive producer and co-wrote the story|
|2016||All Yours||Cass||TV movie, also executive producer|
|2018–2019||Dynasty||Alexis Carrington||Series regular (Season 2), Recurring role (Season 1); 22 episodes|
|Dynasty: Season 1 (7/22)|
|"I Hardly Recognized You":||"Spit It Out":||"Guilt is for Insecure People":||"Private as a Circus":||"Company Slut":||"I Exist Only For Me":||"A Taste of Your Own Medicine":||"The Best Things In Life":||"Rotten Things":||"A Well-Dressed Tarantula":||"I Answer to No Man":|
|"Promises You Can't Keep":||"Nothing But Trouble":||"The Gospel According to Blake Carrington":||"Our Turn Now":||"Poor Little Rich Girl":||"Enter Alexis":||"Don't Con a Con Artist":||"Use or Be Used":||"A Line From the Past":||"Trashy Little Tramp":||"Dead Scratch":|
|Dynasty: Season 2 (15/22)|
|"Twenty-Three Skidoo":||"Ship of Vipers":||"The Butler Did It":||"Snowflakes in Hell":||"Queen of Cups":||"That Witch":||"A Temporary Infestation":||"A Real Instinct for the Jugular":||"Crazy Lady":||"A Champagne Mood":||"The Sight of You":|
|"Filthy Games":||"Even Worms Can Procreate":||"Parisian Legend Has It...:||"Motherly Overprotectiveness":||"Miserably Ungrateful Men":||"How Two-Faced Can You Get":||"Life is A Masquerade Party":||"This Illness of Mine":||"New Lady in Town":||"Thicker Than Money":||"Deception, Jealousy, and Lies":|
- In the mini-series Lucky Chances, the adaptation of Jackie Collins' books Chances and Lucky, Nicollette Sheridan played the titular role of Lucky Santangelo and shared the scene with Grant Show who played her lover Marco. Three original Dynasty cast members Michael Nader, Stephanie Beacham and Leann Hunley also starred in the mini-series, respectively as her godfather, her stepmother and her rival.
- Just like her predecessor Joan Collins, Sheridan is a native British born. However, unlike Collins, Sheridan doesn't use a British accent for the role since her most notably roles were Americans.