The youngest of five siblings, Kate Noelle Holmes, known worldwide as Katie Holmes, was born on December 18, 1978 in Toledo, Ohio. She was raised in the Roman Catholic faith. At age 14, Holmes began taking modeling classes. She also acted in musical theater at her Catholic school. In 1997, Holmes auditioned for and was cast in her first movie, The Ice Storm. Holmes’ mother helped her film an audition tape for Dawson’s Creek in their basement. They sent it in, and Katie was chosen to receive a lead role as Joey Potter on the teen drama which aired from 1998 to 2003.