Known to many as Kimber Henry on the FX surgery drama Nip/Tuck, Kelly Carlson is a model-turned-actress who was born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota. An alumna of the Academy of Holy Angels in Richfield, Minnesota, Kelly began her acting career performing in small local stage productions. She then entered the modeling world, appearing in ad campaigns for products such as Miller Lite, Oliver People Sunglasses, Rembrandt, to name a few. During her early years in the acting business, she also did photoshoots for a couple of men's magazines.
In 2001, Carlson made her screen debut with a bit part as a biker babe in 3000 Miles to Graceland. It wasn't until 2003 that Kelly caught the biggest break of her career as she was tapped to portray a Miami model/porn star in the pilot episode of Nip/Tuck. For the show's first two years, she held on to a recurring role as the girlfriend of Dr. Christian Troy, played by Julian McMahon. She then became a series regular as the third season began. Kelly also made guest appearances on other TV shows, namely Everwood, CSI, and CSI: Miami.
During her stint on the FX drama series, Carlson also took on movie projects -- playing Pvt. Charlie Soda in the direct-to-video sequel, Starship Troopers 2: Hero of the Federation (2004) and the onscreen wife of WWE superstar John Cena in The Marine (2006). While promoting their movie together, Kelly made several appearances on various events for the World Wrestling Entertainment franchise. In 2008, she was also seen in the Patrick Dempsey romantic comedy, Made of Honor.