Nicollette Sheridan (born Colette Sheridan nominated on November 21, 1963) is a Golden GlobeBritish actress and has appeared on soap operas, movies and television. She is best known for her roles as Paige Matheson on Knots Landing and as Edie Britt on Desperate Housewives.
Sheridan made her debut in Paper Dolls, but her breakthrough came in 1986, when she joined the cast of the CBS night-time soap Knots Landing as “Paige Matheson”. She started out as a recurring role, but proved to be so popular that she was a regular during the 1988-89 season. For her performance in the role, she won the 1990 Soap Opera Digest Award for “Outstanding Lead Actress: Prime Time” and the 1991 Soap Opera Digest Award for “Outstanding Heroine: Prime Time”. The same year, she was named one of People Magazine’s “50 Most Beautiful People”. After the series ended in 1993, she appeared in several made-for-TV movies and the films Spy Hard and Beverly Hills Ninja and auditioned for the role of Grace Adler on Will & Grace (on which she would later guest-star).
In 2004, Sheridan’s role as sexy divorcee Edie Britt in ABC’s Desperate Housewives brought her renewed media attention. She was nominated for a 2005 Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress and was named #48 on Maxim’s 2006 List. Less positively, she was named 2004’s “worst dressed” by Mr. Blackwell. Mr. Blackwell’s citation probably resulted from the colourful and boldly-cut gown Sheridan wore as a presenter at the American Music Awards on November 14, 2004 but he had earlier (TV Guide, July 22, 1989) praised her fashion sense: “daring … with her panache, she brings it off without a hitch. For the adventurer in all of us, she’s the one to watch”. She also faced media speculation that she had undergone extensive plastic surgery.