Kristen Johnston garnered Emmy Awards in 1997 and 1999, as well as numerous Golden Globe, SAG and American Comedy Award nominations, for her portrayal of Sally Solomon on the hit NBC series 3rd Rock from the Sun.
Johnston also received an Emmy Award nomination in 1998. Johnston recently branched into feature films with a co-starring role as a villainous ex-KGB agent, Russian supermodel in the box-office hit Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me. She made her feature film debut in The Debt, winner of the Best Short Award at the Cannes Film Festival in 1993.
Born in Washington D.C. and raised in Milwaukee, Johnston earned her BFA degree at New York University and appeared in college stage productions before making her professional stage debut with the Atlantic Theater Company, founded by playwright David Mamet. During her long association with the theater company, she was featured in such productions as Overruled, As you Like It, Portrait of a Woman and Rosemary for Remembrance.
While living in New York, Johnston found non-stop work in theater, sometimes performing three different plays at three different theaters in a single evening. Some of her more memorable roles included a New Jersey serial killer in the year-long Naked Angels production of Hot Keys. Johnston also received a Drama Desk Award nomination for the Lincoln Center production of The Lights, which brought her to the attention of a Carsey-Warner executive who recommended her for the role of Sally.
Johnston was most recently seen on the stage in Central Park in the New York Shakespeare Festival's production of Skin of Our Teeth, opposite John Goodman.
She has also performed in The Naked Angels Theater production of The Stand In, the New York Stage and Film production of Kim's Sister and the Playwrights Horizon production of Baby Anger.