Kimberly Williams-Paisley

Kimberly Williams-Paisley

Born: September 14, 1971
Age: 52
Birthplace: Rye, New York, U.S.
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Kimberly Payne Williams-Paisley (born September 14, 1971) is an American actress. She is known for her co-starring roles on According to Jim and Nashville, as well as her breakthrough performance in Father of the Bride (1991), for which she was nominated for several awards, and its sequel, Father of the Bride Part II (1995).

Throughout her acting career, she has guest-starred on TV shows including Tales From The Crypt, George Lopez and Less Than Perfect. She is also known for her roles in made-for-TV movies, including Safe House, The Christmas Shoes, and Lucky 7, and also her role as Laura Parker in Shade, a short film that she also wrote and directed. Williams is married to country musician Brad Paisley, with whom she has two sons; actress Ashley Williams is her sister.


Early life

Williams-Paisley was born in Rye, New York, the daughter of Linda Barbara (née Payne), a fund-raiser, and Gurney Williams III, a health and science writer. She has a sister, Ashley, also an actress, and a brother, Jay. Williams has been in show business since the age of 13. In 1989 she directed the Rye High School Musical Revue. She left Northwestern University during her sophomore year to appear in the 1991 film version of Father of the Bride but returned to complete her degree in drama. While there she was a sister of the Alpha Phi sorority.


Williams-Paisley's breakthrough role was Annie Banks in Father of the Bride (1991) and Father of the Bride Part II (1995), with Steve Martin and Diane Keaton. She later appeared in Indian Summer (1993), Coldblooded (1995), The War at Home (1996), and in 1996 landed to lead role in ABC drama series Relativity. She won critical acclaim for her performance, but the series was canceled after 17 episodes due to low ratings. In 2000, Williams-Paisley starred as Virginia in the fantasy miniseries The 10th Kingdom.

From 2001 to 2008, Williams-Paisley played the role of Dana in the ABC sitcom According to Jim, opposite Jim Belushi and Courtney Thorne-Smith. She left the show after its 7th season, but she came back for the show's final episode in 2009. On stage, Williams-Paisley replaced Arija Bareikis as Sunny in The Last Night of Ballyhoo, written by Alfred Uhry (of Driving Miss Daisy fame) sometime later in the play's February 1997 to June 1998 run. In 2000s, she also starred in number of made for television movies, and also guest starred on Less than Perfect, Boston Legal, and Royal Pains. In film, she starred opposite Matthew McConaughey in 2006 drama We Are Marshall.

In 2012, Williams-Paisley began starring in the recurring role of Peggy Kenter in the ABC drama series, Nashville. In March 2015, Williams-Paisley was cast in Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip.

Personal life

In March 2003 Williams married country music singer Brad Paisley. In February 2007, she gave birth to their first child, a son named William Huckleberry Paisley, also known as "Huck," in Nashville, Tennessee. In April 2009, they welcomed their second son, Jasper.



Year Title Role Notes
1991 Father of the Bride Annie Banks
1992 Porco Rosso Fio Voice role
1993 Samuel Beckett Is Coming Soon Kim
1993 Indian Summer Gwen Daugherty
1995 Coldblooded Jasmine
1995 Father of the Bride Part II Annie Banks-MacKenzie
1996 War at Home, TheThe War at Home Karen Collier
1998 Safe House Andi Travers
1998 Just a Little Harmless Sex Allison
1999 Elephant Juice Dodie
1999 Simpatico Young Rosie
2002 Ten Tiny Love Stories Five
2003 Shade Laura Parker Short film; also producer, director, writer
2003 How to Go Out on a Date in Queens Amy
2006 How to Eat Fried Worms Mom
2006 We Are Marshall Sandy Lengyel
2012 Eden Court Bonnie Duncan
2014 Ask Me Anything Margaret Spooner
2015 Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip Samantha


Year Title Role Notes
1990 ABC Afterschool Special Vanessa Episode: "Stood Up!"
1994 Tales from the Crypt Hiley Zeller Episode: "The Bribe"
1996 Jake's Women Molly TV movie
1996 Relativity Isabel Lukens Series regular (17 episodes)
2000 10th Kingdom, TheThe 10th Kingdom Virginia Lewis Miniseries
2001 Follow the Stars Home Dianne Parker- McCune Movie
2001-09 According to Jim Dana Series regular (165 episodes); also directed 3 episodes
2002 The Christmas Shoes Maggie Elizabeth Andrews Movie
2003 Lucky 7 Amy Myer Movie; also co-producer
2004 Identity Theft: The Michelle Brown Story Michelle Brown Movie; also co-producer
2004 George Lopez Vanessa Brooks Episode: "E.I.? E.I. OH"
2005 Less than Perfect Laura Episode: "Get Away"
2008 Wonder Pets Mama Armadillo (voice) Episode: "Save the Armadillo"
2008 Boston Legal Attorney Elisa Brooks Episode: "Last Call"
2010 Amish Grace Ida Graber Movie
2012 Royal Pains Sam Chard Episode: "Business and Pleasure"
2012-13 Nashville Peggy Kenter Recurring role; 20 episodes
2014 Two and a Half Men Gretchen Recurring role; 6 episodes

As producer, writer, and/or director

Year Title Notes
2003 Lucky 7 Co-producer
2004 Identity Theft: The Michelle Brown Story Co-producer; also played the lead character
2006 Shade Producer, director, writer
2006/07/08 According to Jim Director; 3 episodes
2007 Numero Dos Director, writer
2010 When Mom's Away Executive producer

Awards and nominations

Year Association Category Work Result
1992 MTV Movie Awards Best Breakthrough Performance Father of the Bride Nominated
1996 Satellite Awards Best Performance by an Actress in a Dramatic Television Series Relativity Nominated
2006 Heartland Film Festival Crystal Heart Award for Best Dramatic Short Film Shade Won
Vision Award for Best Short Film Shade Won
Sedona International Film Festival Outstanding Acting & Directing Shade Won

Kimberly Williams-Paisley supports the following charitable cause: AIDS.

[ Source: Wikipedia ]

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