Actress. Born Katherine Noelle Holmes on December 18, 1978 in Toledo, Ohio. One of five children raised in a tight-knit Roman Catholic household, Holmes was a straight-A student who participated in several extracurricular activities, most notably acting. She first achieved fame for her performance as Joey Potter on The WB teen drama Dawson’s Creek from 1998 to 2003.
Her critically acclaimed girl-next-door performance on the hit show led to several big-screen roles, from independent films like The Ice Storm, Pieces of April and Thank You for Smoking to big-budget blockbusters like Batman Begins and Phone Booth.
Holmes received increased scrutiny into her personal life after she began a highly publicized relationship with actor Tom Cruise in 2005. She became engaged to Cruise just two months after they met and gave birth to their baby girl, Suri, in April 2006.