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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".

Early life

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.

Career

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.

Film

Year Title Role Notes
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
2003 Lost Treasure Carrie Direct-to-video
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
2012 Jewtopia Betsy O'Connell
2014 Let's Kill Ward's Wife Robin Peters Cameo

Television

Year Title Role Notes
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

Appearances

Trivia

  • 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.

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