About Kate Walsh

Kathleen Erin Walsh, also known as Kate Walsh in short, is an American actress/businesswoman. She is widely recognized for her role as Addison Montgomery in “Grey’s Anatomy,” Olivia Baker in “13 Reasons Why” and as The Handler in “The Umbrella Academy.” She is also the owner of Boyfriend LLC. In her acting career, the fifty-two-year-old actress has appeared in thirty-four movies, twenty-nine television series, and a few theatres acts.

Quick Info
Full NameKathleen Erin Walsh
Date of Birth13th October 1967
Birth PlaceSan Jose, California, U.S.
Parent(s)Joseph P. Walsh (Father)
Angela C. Bochetto (Mother)
OccupationActress, Business Woman
Spouse(s)Alex Young
​(m. 2007; div. 2010)
Net WorthUS $20 Million

Early Life

Kate Walsh was born on 13th October 1967 to Joseph P. Walsh and Angela C. Bochetto in San Jose. She is one of the three children of the family. She spent her youth days in Tucson, where she attended Catalina Magnet High School but later moved to Rincon High School and completed her high school studies from there. She had also attended the University of Arizona for studying acting but dropped later. She moved to New York, where she joined a comedy troupe and started waitressing. She also worked at the Burger King and Dairy Queen before starting as a model.

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In Television

Kate Walsh started her television career from an episode of “Homicide: Life on the Street” as Cathy Buxton. She then worked as a Navy Lieutenant in the episode “Navy Blues” of “Law & Order” before making a breakthrough from “the Drew Carey Show” as Nicki Fifer; love interest of Drew Carey. She then worked in the HBO series “The Mind of the Married Man” as Carol Nelson and in the sitcom “The Norm Show.” She appeared as a guest actor in the series “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” as Mimosa. She had a recurring role in “Late Night with Conan” and also in the 2003 series “Karen Sisco” as Detective Marley Novak.

Her next big appearance was in the 2005 series “Grey’s Anatomy,” where she portrayed the role of Dr. Addison Montgomery. She reprised her role in the spin-off of “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Private Practice,” in 2007. She was also seen in the TV commercial for Cadillac CTS. She was seen in the 10-episode drama “Full Circle” by Neil LaBute.

She was then seen in series, including “Frago,” “The Hotwives of Orlando,” “Bad Judge,” “13 Reasons Why,” and in the 2019 Netflix original series “The Umbrella Academy.”

In film

Kate Walsh made her debut in the film industry from the 1995 crime drama “Normal Life,” where she portrayed the role of the bank robber’s sister. She was also seen in “Peppermills” as a kleptomaniac. She was also seen in the cult film “Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer, Party II.” Her major attention-getting role was in the family comedy “Kicking & Screaming” as the wife of Will Ferrell’s character. She was then seen in movies like “Bewitched,” “Wake Up, Ron Burgundy: The Lost Movie,” “Under the Tuscan Sun,” “1408”, “Legion” and “The Perks of Being a Wallflower.”

In Theatre

She was first seen in theatre from the 2010 off-Broadway play “Dusk Rings a Bell” and also “Happy Birthday Wanda June,” “The Danube,” “Moon Under Miami,” and “Troilus and Cressida.”

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In Fashion

She founded the beauty and lifestyle brand Boyfriend, LLC, in 2010. Its initial product was a perfume titled Boyfriend. To promote her company, Kate Walsh has launched several commercials via social media platforms, which has a total view count of over 200,000.

As an Activist

Kate Walsh has been working to create awareness against narcolepsy through Narcolepsy Network, where she is a spokesperson. She was also a part of the Democratic Presidential campaign for Barack Obama in 2008. She has also worked for dog adoption campaigns and has been working with Oceana for the conservation of sea turtles. She was also a candidate for the Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s Board of Advocates in 2005.




In her career of over 20 years, she has been nominated for ten award functions and has won four awards, which include the “Westfield International Film Festival” in 2019, Screen Actors Guild Awards in 2007, Satellite Awards in 2006 and  San Diego Film Critics Society Awards in 2012.


Personal Life

Kate Walsh dated 20th Century Fox executive Alex Young since April of 2007, and the couple got married in September of the same year at Ojai Presbyterian Church in Ojai. They were together for just fifteen months until Alex filed for divorce in December of 2008. They were officially divorced in February of 2010.

Welsh was diagnosed with benign meningioma in 2015, which she revealed publicly in 2017. The tumor was removed successfully, and Kate took a break of nine months. She also did a hip replacement in 2019.

Kate has a mixed ancestry of Irish and Italian. She is five feet, eight inches in height, and weighs 63 kgs. She has nicknames; Katie, K-Town, and Katiekat. For her role in “The Drew Carey Show,” she had to wear a fat suit.

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Net Worth

According to celebritynetworth.com, Kate Walsh has an estimated net worth of $20 million. She was paid a salary of $250,000-$275,000 per episode in “Private Practice” and $175,000 per episode in “Bad Judge,” according to IMDb.