Carrie Bradshaw Carrie Bradshaw born October 10, , is the literal voice of the show, as each episode is structured around her train of thought while writing her weekly column, "Sex and the City", for the fictitious newspaper, The New York Star.
A self-proclaimed shoe fetishist, she focuses most of her attention and finances on designer footwear, primarily Manolo Blahnik , though she has been known to wear Christian Louboutin and Jimmy Choo. She often goes on shopping sprees, and pays much attention to her evolving and bold dress style, which is not fettered by professional dress codes.
To some viewers, her lack of shoe-shopping self-control and overall seemingly immature spending might be a flaw,[ citation needed ]and her money management misadventures follow her through a few episodes.
However, her priorities are later brought into perspective when she is forced to buy her once rent-controlled apartment to avoid moving out when the building goes co-op; she acquires a mortgage by supplementing her income with other writing assignments, and takes a sizeable loan from Charlotte in the form of Charlotte's engagement ring to Trey. Her apartment is her home for the entire series and is another source of pride; it is an open-planned studio in an Upper East Side brownstone that is enviable for its stabilized rent, space, large closet, and good location.
She eventually purchases back the apartment from Aidan in the fourth season. In later seasons, her essays are collected as a book, and she begins taking assignments from other publications, like Vogue and New York , as well.
Charlotte York Goldenblatt Charlotte York born May, , is an art dealer and graduate of Smith College with a wealthy Connecticut blue-blooded upbringing. She is the most conservative and traditional of the group, the one who places the most emphasis on emotional love as opposed to lust, and is always searching for her "knight in shining armor".
As the youngest of the group, she is also the most idealistic about romance and love. Presenting a more straightforward attitude about relationships, usually based on "the rules" of love and dating, she often scoffs at the lewder, more libertine antics that the show presents primarily by way of Samantha , but despite her conservative outlook, she makes concessions while married that even surprise her sexually freer girlfriends such as her level of dirty talk, oral sex in public and "tuchus-lingus".
She gives up her career soon after her first marriage, divorces upon irreconcilable differences around in vitro fertilization and receives a Park Avenue apartment in the divorce settlement. She eventually remarries to her less than perfect, but good-hearted divorce lawyer, Harry Goldenblatt, after converting to Judaism.
In the final episode, they adopt a daughter from China, Lily, and in the first movie, Charlotte gives birth to daughter Rose, with Harry proclaiming, "now we have a Lily and a Rose!
Miranda Hobbes Miranda Hobbes born July, , is a career-minded lawyer with extremely cynical views on relationships and men. A Harvard University graduate from Philadelphia, she is Carrie's confidante and voice of reason. In the early seasons, she is portrayed as masculine and borderline misandric, but this image softens over the years, particularly after she becomes pregnant by her on again-off again boyfriend, Steve Brady, whom she eventually marries.
The birth of her son, Brady, brings up new issues for her Type A, workaholic personality, but she soon finds a way to balance career, being single and motherhood. Of the four women, she is the first to purchase an apartment, an indicator of her success , which she leaves in the final season, and moves to a tenement apartment in a nearby Downtown neighborhood. She is separating from Steve, after he admits to having cheating once recently.
Samantha Jones Sex and the City Samantha Jones born April 28, , the oldest of the group, is an independent publicist and a seductress who avoids emotional involvement at all costs, while satisfying every possible carnal desire imaginable.
She believes that she has had "hundreds" of soulmates and insists that her sexual partners leave "an hour after I climax. Over the course of the show, she does have a handful of real relationships, but they are more unconventional than those of her friends, including a lesbian relationship with Brazilian painter played by Sonia Braga.
They first meet in season one but then have a nasty break up because he doesn't say what she wants to hear 'You're the one'. In season two they start to date again but it, again, ends badly due to Mr Big moving to Paris with work and not telling Carrie until a few days prior.
When Big returns, Carrie discovers that, whilst in Paris, he got engaged to a year-old woman named Natasha, whom he later married. In season 3 she meets Aidan Shaw see below who she cheats on with Big while he is still with Natasha. The relationship is on and off through all the 6th season and in the final series, Carrie is in Paris with Aleksandr Petrovsky see below and Big declares his love for her and chases her down.
He finds her in the hotel after her fight with Aleksandr and they go back to NY together. They go on to marry at the end of the first film. He is a sweet, good-natured furniture designer and Mr. At first Carrie questions their seemingly perfect relationship, but over time accepts his sincerity. However, Aidan ends their relationship after her confession of an affair with Big.
They get back together six months later at Carrie's urging, eventually moving in together. When her apartment building goes co-op, he buys the apartment and proposes. Despite her initial misgivings, she accepts his marriage proposal but then becomes panicked and feels suffocated by the relationship, and realizes he still does not fully trust her, given her past affair with Big, and they break up for good.
Six years later, Carrie runs into Aidan in Abu Dhabi at a market. Aidan is there to buy some samples for his furniture company. They resolve to meet for dinner to catch up. It's revealed that Aidan has married Kathy, a fellow furniture designer and has three sons: Homer, Wyatt, and Tate. In a moment of passion, they kiss. Carrie stops herself and runs away. After this, Aidan is not seen again. Hailing from Downer's Grove, Carrie first meets him when he walks into a meeting between her and her publisher.
Theirs is a relationship of witty banter and common thoughts, and honesty. Berger's and Carrie's relationship is then strained by their career issues; a book deal of his falls through just as her columns are being published as such. He memorably breaks up with her on a Post-It: He sweeps her off her feet with huge romantic gestures and shows her the foreign pockets of New York that she has never seen before.
Her relationship with him brings up all sorts of questions in Carrie's mind about finding love past "a certain age" and whether or not she wants children.
When he's preparing to return to Paris for a solo exhibit he invites Carrie to come live with him, which, after several deliberations and one fight with her friends, she does. After spending some time with him in Paris, she realizes that he will never reciprocate the level of emotional involvement that she offers because his life and career will always come first.
Casting Baryshnikov as Petrovsky was noteworthy because in real life, Candace Bushnell , the author on whom Bradshaw is based, married real life ballet dancer Charles Askegard of the New York City Ballet. Significant others of Samantha Jones[ edit ] James[ edit ] James James Goodwin is a man Samantha meets while out by herself at a jazz club. She makes a conscious effort to not sleep with him until she gets to know him first.
When they finally do have sex, she discovers that he is under-endowed to the point that she cannot enjoy herself his fully erect penis is 3 inches long. She begins pulling away physically and cannot bring herself to tell him — until she is faced with the prospect of couples counseling.
Maria is immediately attracted to her, but since Samantha doesn't believe in relationships they try to maintain a friendship. The chemistry proves to be too strong and it isn't too long before Samantha is introducing her lesbian lover to her stunned friends. At first, Samantha has a great time "getting an education" as Maria teaches her about lesbian sex and how to make an emotional connection while making love. Unfortunately, Samantha begins to grow uncomfortable when the relationship talk starts to replace the sexual activity and Maria is equally uncomfortable with Samantha's sexual history, and they separate.
Richard Wright[ edit ] Richard Wright James Remar is a successful hotel magnate who doesn't believe in monogamy until he meets Samantha. He seduces her, and when their no-strings-attached sexual relationship begins to escalate, both parties struggle to keep their emotional distance. Eventually, they give in and attempt exclusivity, but Samantha becomes suspicious that he is cheating on her.
When she does catch him cheating, after putting on a wig and spying on him, she breaks up with him, but eventually takes him back after he begs for her forgiveness.
In the end, Samantha still has her doubts about his fidelity, and she breaks up with him, saying "I love you Richard, but I love me more. But after having sex with him again, she realizes how empty his emotions are and she rejects him for Smith Jerrod. He is a wannabe actor whose career Samantha jump starts using her PR connections including changing his name from "Jerry Jerrod" to "Smith Jerrod" , getting him a modeling job that turns into a film role.
Just when she thinks Smith's age and experiences aren't enough for her, he gives her unconditional support during her fight with breast cancer. In the final episode, Smith flies back from a film set in Canada just to tell her that he loves her, which she counters with "You have meant more to me than any man I've ever known," which, for Samantha, is a far greater statement. It was a fairytale beginning when Trey's cab screeched to a stop in the street to avoid hitting her as she was fleeing a bad date.
Charlotte was a damsel in distress, he, a knight in a yellow cab. Trey is a Park Avenue cardiologist with blue blood and deep brown eyes. With his pedigree comes social status, a country house and lots of money.
Add to that chiseled chin his perfectly coiffed hair and he is the stuff that dreams especially Charlotte's are made of. He also has exceptional manners and is always considerate in an old-fashioned way.
However, despite Trey being exactly the perfect model of what Charlotte looks for in a husband, she finds the reality to be quite different. While on the surface, Trey seems Charlotte's perfect match, behind closed doors the couple faces some real-life problems: Trey is impotent, and his overbearing mother tries to maintain her power over Trey and drive a wedge between the married couple. They try to work things out, and do succeed in conquering his sexual dysfunctions.
But when they start to have problems conceiving, Trey ultimately becomes too overwhelmed. On the day when Charlotte succeeds in projecting the ultimate in connubial bliss—a photo spread in a magazine featuring her Park Avenue apartment—she and Trey split up and he moves back in with his mother.
Harry Goldenblatt[ edit ] Harry Goldenblatt Evan Handler is Charlotte's divorce lawyer and second love, helping bring an end to her marriage to Trey. When beginning divorce proceedings, she found herself unable to be cold-blooded and severe around her extremely attractive lawyer, so she asks to switch to a different lawyer in the same firm: Harry Goldenblatt, the antithesis of what she seeks in a man.
He was bald, pudgy, messy, sweaty, crude, had poor manners, and had an excess of body hair. But Harry was very attracted to Charlotte, and seduced her. She declared it "the best sex of my life" and began what she thought to be a meaningless sexual affair with him. However, she began falling for him. Initially, she tried to change him to suit her image of what a man should be, but ultimately she accepted him as he was and the two were married.
From the moment they meet, Skipper is enamored of her, but Miranda is unimpressed and irritated by him, calling him "Skippy". They date for a short time, before Miranda breaks up with him due to their "being in different places".