Kate Noelle "Katie" Holmes is an American actress and model who first achieved fame for her role as Joey Potter on The WB television teen drama Dawson's Creek from 1998 to 2003.
She appeared in 1998's Disturbing Behavior, a thriller, which won a MTV Movie Award for Best Breakthrough Performance for the role.
The year 2000 saw Holmes feature in two film roles.
The first was in Wonder Boys which got positive attention from many leading critics.
She also appeared in The Gift, a Southern Gothic story directed by Sam Raimi and starring Cate Blanchett.
Holmes hosted Saturday Night Live on February 24, 2001.
Holmes had a starring role in 2003's Pieces of April, a gritty comedy about a dysfunctional family on Thanksgiving.
Many critics and audiences agreed that Holmes had given her best performance in the film as April.
In the 2005 film Batman Begins, the most successful film of her career to date, she played Rachel Dawes, an attorney in the Gotham City district attorney's office and the childhood sweetheart of the title character.
She also appeared in art house films such as The Ice Storm, horror films such as Don't Be Afraid of the Dark and thrillers including Abandon.