‘Brothers & Sisters’ Calista Flockhart

Calista Flockhart : Kitty Walker

Date Of Birth: November 11th, 1964  City: Freeport, Illinois

Calista Flockhart, a classically trained stage actress who has been critically acclaimed for her classic and contemporary work on stage and lavishly praised for some challenging film roles, gained overnight fame as she endeared herself to millions as the provocative and controversial Ally McBeal.

Flockhart successfully returned to television last year in ABC's drama, "Brothers & Sisters." Prior to that, she revisited her theatre roots to star in Neil LaBute's highly praised play entitled "bash," for which she received unanimous and unequivocal reviews. Flockhart appeared on Broadway as the evil and narcissistic Natasha in Scott Elliot's production of "The Three Sisters," and made her Broadway debut opposite Julie Harris in "The Glass Menagerie," for which she received the Theatre World Award and the Clarence Derwent Best New Talent Award. Additional New York theater credits include Warren Leight's "The Loop," which landed her the role of Gene Hackman's daughter in Mike Nichols' "The Birdcage," "Sophistry" and "Sons and Fathers," both opposite Ethan Hawke and written by Jonathan Marc Sherman; "Wrong Turn at Lungfish," written and directed by Gary Marshall; "All for One," with Liev Schreiber, and Caryll Churchill's "Mad Forest."

Regionally, Flockhart was Juliet in "Romeo and Juliet" at The Hartford Stage, Cordelia in "King Lear" at The Actors Theater in Louisville, Irina in "The Three Sisters" at the Goodman Theater in Chicago and Emily in "Our Town," directed by the legendary Jose Quintero. Summers at the Williamstown Theater Festival and the Berkshire Theater Festival featured Flockhart in "Death Takes a Holiday," opposite Christopher Reeve, and "Jitta's Atonement," opposite Dianne Wiest.

Flockhart will next be seen in the independent thriller "Fragile," directed by Jaume Balaguero. In the role she portrays a nurse who desperately tries to keep her patients safe from a plague of random, mysterious attacks in a rundown children's hospital. Flockhart also starred in Rodrigo Garcia's "Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at Her," with Glenn Close and Cameron Diaz. Additional movie credits include FOX Searchlight's "A Midsummer Night's Dream," co-starring Kevin Kline, Michelle Pfeiffer and Rupert Everett, "Drunks," "The Birdcage," which received the Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Ensemble, and "Telling Lies in America," scripted by Joe Esterhas and co-starring Kevin Bacon and Brad Renfro.

"Ally McBeal," created by David E. Kelley, marked Flockhart's debut in a network television series. In the sophisticated hybrid, she portrayed Harvard grad Ally McBeal, a woman who finds success in the courtroom but fumbles outside the firm in pursuit of personal happiness. Flockhart's ability to move effortlessly from farcical comedy into poignant and emotionally raw drama earned her a Golden Globe Award in 1997, a People's Choice Award in 1999, as well as nominations in 1998, 1999 and 2001 for an Emmy Award, People's Choice Award, SAG Award, TV Guide Award and an American Comedy Award. Additionally, she received nominations in 1998, 1999, 2000 and 2001 for a Golden Globe Award. She has also received many international awards for best actress in a television series.