Nicollette Sheridan was born as Colette Sheridan on November 21, 1963 in Rustington, West Sussex, England. She is the daughter of British actress Sally Sheridan. She has a distant Punjabi-Indian connection through her great grandmother and her father has never been identified. She emigrated to the United States after attending school at Millfield in Somerset.
Sheridan's big break came in 1986 when she joined the cast of the CBS prime time soap Knots Landing, although her debut was in the short-lived soap opera Paper Dolls in 1984. Her character of Paige Matheson in Knots Landing was well received by US viewers. Although her role was not permanent, she started as a regular in the 1989-90 season. She won the Soap Opera Digest award for "Outstanding Lead Actress" for her brilliant performance in the TV series, which ended in 1993, but by that time, Sheridan had become a well-known actress. She then got a few Hollywood offers and didn't think twice before accepting them. The result was two movies she acted in, namelySpy Hard and Beverly Hills Ninja.
She got the role of sexy divorcee Edie Britt in ABC's Desperate Housewives in 2004 which brought her to media attention again. This soap opera won many television awards including Emmy, Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award, and for her performance Sheridan was nominated for the Golden Globe award for 'Best Supporting Actress'. However, it was her Monday Night Football show-preceding controversial act, in which she was shown dropping a towel to attract the attention of football player Terrell Owens, that got her the most attention in November 2004. The act was designed to boost the television rating of ABC's show Desperate Housewives. The act was condemned by many but it was successful for ABC as it got the highest number of viewers in the next episode, which is a record till date.
Sheridan had many romances but they were not successful. She dated the then teen idol Leif Garrett when she was only 15. She even lived with him in his mother's home while she was still a minor. As an adult, Garrett got into drug abuse and she made an unsuccessful attempt to end his abuse. She found a perfect partner in Harry Hamlin soon after and married him in 1991. The couple was married until 1993, when they broke their marriage. Thereafter she has dated Nicklas Soderblom, a Swedish personal trainer and Michael Bolton, to whom she was engaged in 2006. She, along with Bolton, posed nude for a London Fog charity ad in March 2008. As of now, she is dating Steve Pate.
- Chosen by the People magazine as one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the world in 1990
- Cited as the worst dressed celebrity in 2004, by fashion critic Mr Blackwell
- Lost the part of Grace Adler in Will & Grace to Debra Messing in auditions
- Is a vegetarian
- Has been riding horses since she was 3 years of age
- Has a golden retriever named Oliver
- Knows Greek well