Sarah Jessica Parker (born March 25, 1965) is an American actress, producer, and designer. She is known for her leading role as Carrie Bradshaw on the HBO television series, Sex and the City (1998–2004). She won two Emmy Awards for the show: one for Outstanding Comedy Series (as producer) in 2001 and another for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series in 2004. For this role, she also won four Golden Globe Awards for Best Actress in a Comedy Series and three Screen Actors Guild Awards.
She reprised the role in the films, Sex and the City (2008) and Sex and the City 2 (2010). Parker made her Broadway debut at the age of 11 in the 1976 revival of The Innocents, before going on to star in the title role of the Broadway musical, Annie, in 1979. She appeared in the 1984 films Footloose and Firstborn, and returned to Broadway in the 1989 play,
The Heidi Chronicles. Other film roles include: L.A. Story (1991), Honeymoon in Vegas (1992), Hocus Pocus (1993), Ed Wood (1994), The First Wives Club (1996), The Family Stone (2005), and Failure to Launch (2006).
In 2012, Parker returned to television for the first time since Sex and the City, portraying Isabelle Wright in three episodes of the FOX series Glee. She is set to star in the upcoming HBO series, Divorce (2016).
Parker was romantically involved with actor Robert Downey, Jr. from 1984 until 1991. They met on the set of Firstborn. Downey had a drug problem, which affected their relationship.
Parker has said, “I believed I was the person holding him together.” She later briefly dated John F. Kennedy Jr.
before meeting and eventually marrying Matthew Broderick. Matthew Broderick and Parker in 2009 On May 19, 1997, she married actor Matthew Broderick, to whom she was introduced by one of her brothers at the Naked Angels theater company, where they both performed.
The couple married in a civil ceremony in a historic synagogue on the Lower East Side in Manhattan. The couple’s son, James Wilkie Broderick, was born in 2002. Parker and Broderick’s twin daughters, Marion Loretta Elwell and Tabitha Hodge, were delivered via surrogate in June 2009.
Their middle names of “Elwell” and “Hodge” are from Parker’s mother’s family, which she discovered while researching her ancestry for the first episode of Who Do You Think You Are?
As of 2009, she lives in New York City with her husband, son, and daughters. They also spend considerable time at their second home near Kilcar, a village in County Donegal, Ireland, where Broderick spent summers as a child.
According to a March 2013 interview with the Net-a-Porter online magazine The Edit: “Parker runs her own production company, is on the board of The New York City Ballet, is a UNICEF Ambassador and fundraises for New York schools.”
Parker appeared in the premiere episode of the U.S. version of Who Do You Think You Are? on March 5, 2010, where she discovered she had ancestors involved in the California Gold Rush of 1849–50 and in the Salem Witch Trials of 1692.