Bio

 



    Award winning actress Kimberly J. Brown began acting in commercials while modeling for the Ford Agency in New York City at the age of five. She appeared in her first Broadway show by age 7, (there would be a history-making three by age nine), in John Guare’s Four Baboons Adoring the Sun, where she played "Robin," James Naughton and Stockard Channing’s daughter. She also sang solo as "Young Cosette" in Les Miserables, and later landed a role in the Tony winning revival of Showboat, appearing with such notables as Elaine Strich, Lonette McKee and Marilyn McCoo.

 

     Brown earned her Emmy nomination at age eleven for her portrayal of "Marah Lewis" on TV's longest running daytime drama, “Guiding Light (GL)”, where she played the emotional child of popular soap couple Robert Newman (Josh) and Kim Zimmer (Reva). She appeared in People magazine (among others) after gaining national attention for juggling her history-making Broadway career while receiving several award nominations for her role on GL. Brown won Best Actress in a Daytime Drama, from Hollywood’s Young Artists Awards (YAA), and also scored a Best Actress nomination from the Hollywood Reporter’s, Young Star Awards (YSA).

 

     The energetic star has also appeared in Hallmark Hall of Fame’s, Ellen Foster (which earned her a Best Supporting Actress nomination by YAA), The Babysitters Club and skit performances for Saturday Night Live, Late Show w/ David Letterman, & Conan O’Brien. The young actress played the lead role of "Gabby," working along side Paul Sorvino in his TV sitcom, Burning Down the House. She had several appearances with the Olsen Twins on their TV sitcom, Two Of A Kind, and has been seen in numerous commercials including spots with Bill Cosby & Olympic gold medalist Bonnie Blair. She has also appeared on Unhappily Ever After, Touched By An Angel, and Law and Order: SVU.

 

     Uttering the immortal "Silly Rabbit, Trix are for Kids," Brown has lent her voice to many of General Mills animated commercials, and Disney’s animated feature, A Bug’s Life where she uses her vocals in the role of an ant. She also voices the animated characters "Miyu" in Tokyopop's Miyu: The Vampire Princess and "Lena" in WB's Little Polar Bear. It is also Brown narrating (with a North Carolinian accent) Dancing in the Cadillac Light, a book on tape by Kimberly Willis Holt. 

 

     Brown is best known with the tween set for her highly rated Disney Channel movies including Halloweentown I, II (Kalabar’s Revenge) and III (Halloweentown High), where she stars with the legendary Debbie Reynolds as “Marnie," a teenage witch who discovers she has magical powers. She also starred Quints; all earning her critical praise from YAA. 

 

     The New York Times labeled Brown's coming of age role in the Indie film Tumbleweeds: "...the child performance of the year,"  where she appeared with Golden Globe winner and Oscar nominee, Janet McTeer. Tumbleweeds debuted in the Dramatic Competition at the Sundance Film Festival in January ‘99, winning the Filmmaker’s Trophy for director Gavin O’Connor.  Numerous critics placed Brown on the short list for Oscar and Golden Globe nominations and she later went on to win the Independent Feature Project's (IFP)  Independent Spirit Award {often regarded as the "Oscars" of the Indie film market} for Best Debut Performance. Additionally, Brown received the Hollywood Women's Press Golden Apple Award for Youth Discovery of the Year with Haley Joel Osment. Brown was also recognized as The National Theater Associations' Star of Tomorrow (ShoEast), joining past notable recipients Minnie Driver, Claire Danes, Cameron Diaz, and Nicole Kidman. 

 

     Brown later appeared in two TV rating winners: Stephen King's mini-series Rose Red as "Annie," an autistic and gifted telekinetic; and Hallmark Hall of Fame's  My Sister's Keeper, as "Christine," a 16-year old manic-depressive schizophrenic acting opposite Lynn Redgrave, also starring Kathy Bates & Elizabeth Perkins.


     Later taking a comic turn in the feature film Bringing Down the House, Brown won the role of Steve Martin's daughter "Sarah," a good girl wanna be bad girl. The comedy, also starring Queen Latifah and Eugene Levy, reigned number one at the box office for three consecutive weeks.

   

  Brown was recently seen as a punked-out music industry assistant in Be Cool, the  sequel to John Travolta’s Get Shorty.  The film stars Travolta, Uma Thurman, Vince Vaughn, Andre 3000. 

      

    The versatile actress can currently be seen starring in Universal’s horror feature “Big Bad Wolf” with Richard Tyson and Clint Howard. She just wrapped the feature film “Friendship” for Sony due for release in Spring 2010. Look for Brown in her upcoming project “Slot King.”