Kate Noelle Holmes (born December 18, 1978) is an American actress, producer, and director.
She first achieved fame as Joey Potter on the television series Dawson’s Creek (1998–2003).
She made her feature film debut in Ang Lee’s The Ice Storm in 1997. Subsequent film roles include: Go, Teaching Mrs. Tingle (both 1999), Wonder Boys, The Gift (both 2000), Abandon (2002), Phone Booth, The Singing Detective, Pieces of April (all 2003), Batman Begins (2005), Thank You for Smoking (2006), Mad Money (2008), Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark, Jack and Jill (both 2011), Miss Meadows (2014), Woman in Gold, Touched with Fire (both 2015), and Logan Lucky (2017).
In 2008, she made her Broadway theatre debut in a production of Arthur Miller’s All My Sons. In 2011, she played Jacqueline Kennedy in the TV miniseries The Kennedys, a role she reprised in The Kennedys: After Camelot (2017). She made her directorial debut with the 2016 film All We Had, in which she also starred.
Her marriage to actor Tom Cruise, which lasted from 2006 to 2012, led to a great deal of media attention, with the pair being called a supercouple and being given the nickname “TomKat” in various countries.
Returning to television in 2008, Holmes appeared in an episode of Eli Stone as Grace, a lawyer, and her singing and dancing was praised by Tim Stack of Entertainment Weekly. Holmes made her Broadway debut in the revival of Arthur Miller’s All My Sons in October 2008. She opened to mixed reviews. Ben Brantley of The New York Times claimed “the neophyte Ms. Holmes” is a “sad casualty” of director Simon McBurney’s “high concept approach” to the play. He adds that “Ms. Holmes delivers most of her lines with meaningful asperity, italicizing every word.” Clive Barnes of the New York Post was similarly unimpressed by Holmes – and had few compliments for her co-stars. He wrote, “John Lithgow starts in a sunny, benign fashion, but eventually finds himself screeching alongside Holmes, looking tough under a glossy wig.” However, the New York Daily News’ Joe Dziemianowicz took a more positive view of her stage debut, writing, “Holmes, a TV and film vet, makes a fine Broadway debut. Her rather grand speech pattern takes getting used to, but she seems comfortable and adds a fitting glint of glamour.” In 2009, Holmes appeared in the National Memorial Day Concert on the Mall in Washington, D.C. in a dialogue with Dianne Wiest celebrating the life of an American veteran seriously wounded in Iraq, José Pequeño.
In early July 2009, Holmes began filming a remake of the 1970s ABC telemovie Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark; the film was released in August 2011. Also in 2011, Holmes played the role of Jackie Kennedy in the TV miniseries The Kennedys. In October 2011, she also portrayed “Slutty Pumpkin” (Naomi), in the TV show How I Met Your Mother, episode “The Slutty Pumpkin Returns”.
In late 2012, Holmes appeared in Theresa Rebeck’s new comedy Dead Accounts on Broadway. Holmes and Chace Crawford were reportedly cast as the leads in the romantic comedy Responsible Adults, to begin shooting in Los Angeles in “Fall 2011”. In 2015, Holmes joined the third season of Ray Donovan.
Holmes directed a short 2015 documentary for ESPN about Olympic gymnast Nadia Comăneci entitled, Eternal Princess, that premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival.
In 2017, Holmes starred in the heist comedy Logan Lucky, and in 2018, she appeared in the satirical comedy Dear Dictator, opposite Michael Caine.
In a September 2016 Elle interview, Holmes stated that she is in the process of adapting the Kathleen Tessaro novel Rare Objects into a screenplay and will direct the film. It was announced Holmes will also be leading a feature film based around the self-help book, The Secret, by Rhonda Byrne.