Biography

Britain born, Sheridan moved to the U.S. to be a model in the early 1980s but soon began acting. She had a handful of small TV and film roles under her belt when she rocketed to stardom as a manipulative beauty on the prime-time soap Knots Landing in 1986. Real-life romances with Scott Baio, Michael Bolton and a brief marriage to Harry Hamlin served to keep her in the tabloids. After the series ended in 1993, Sheridan continued to work, mostly in TV-movies. But she returned to the spotlight as a serial divorcée on Desperate Housewives in 2004. When not working, Sheridan is an avid equestrian.

Fast Facts

  • Met former teen idol Leif Garrett when she was 15 and later lived with him in his mother's home; the two dated for six years.
  • Has also been romantically linked with Scott Baio, James Woods and Michael Bolton; was engaged to Swedish personal trainer Niklas Soderblom but called off their engagement in 2005.
  • An avid equestrian, she began riding at the age of 3.
  • Was named one of People magazine's 50 Most Beautiful People in the 1990 inaugural edition of the annual feature.
  • Caused some commotion when she appeared in a 2004 Monday Night Football promotional skit with the Philadelphia Eagles' Terrell Owens. Clad only in a towel and a come-hither grin, she raised the ire of the FCC by dropping the towel and leaving the rest up to viewers' imaginations.
  • Edie Britt, the character she portrayed on the hugely successful ABC comedy-drama Desperate Housewives, was killed off in the fifth season of the series' run.

Awards

  • 2004, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: Winner
  • 2007, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2005, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: Winner
  • 2005, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: Nominee
  • 2008, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2006, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: Nominee

Relationships

  • Sally Sheridan — Mother
  • Michael Bolton — Ex-fiancé
  • Telly Savalas — Stepfather
  • Arthur — Father
  • Leif Garrett — Ex-significant Other
  • Nick Savalas — Half Brother
  • Niklas Soderblom — Ex-fiancé
  • Harry Hamlin — Ex-husband

Details

  • Birth Place: Worthing, West Sussex, England
  • Birthday: November 21, 1963, Scorpio
  • Profession: Actor, Model
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