Cynthia Nixon is best known for her role as Miranda Hobbes, the no-nonsense lawyer on the TV series Sex and the City.
Born Cynthia Ellen Nixon in New York City on April 9, 1966, her father was a radio journalist and her late mother an actress.
Nixon has worked on the stage and screen since her adolescence.
The natural blonde made her film debut in the 1980 movie Little Darlings, but she is just as widely known for her acting on Broadway.
Her numerous on-stage performances have included productions such as David Rabe’s Hurlyburly, Tom Stoppard’s The Real Thing and Indiscretions, for which she earned a Tony nomination.
Throughout the 1980s Nixon appeared in films such the Oscar-winning Amadeus and Robert Altman’s Tanner ’88.
She went on to win a Theatre World Award for her performance in The Philadelphia Story in 1981 as well as a Los Angeles Drama Critics Award for her role in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Nixon landed the most widely recognised role of her career to date, as the hilariously caustic Miranda, on Sex and the City in 1998.
Co-starring alongside Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, and Kristin Davis, Nixon has won numerous awards and nominations for the role.
After the show went off air in 2004, Nixon has lived a full but sometimes hard life.
She won her first Tony for her part in Rabbit Hole in 2006 and started dating education activist Christine Marinoni after the end of her long marriage.
In 2008, she announced she had fought breast cancer two years before.
So dedicated was she to her work that she scheduled her surgery on a Sunday so she wouldn’t miss a rehearsal for the play she was in at the time.
She starred in the Sex and the City movie in 2008 and its sequel in 2010.
Nixon has a daughter and son with her former husband Danny Mozes.
In 2011, Nixon and Marinoni had a baby boy, Max.