Kim Delaney was born and raised in the Roxborough area of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She began her modeling career with the Elite Agency while in high school, and moved to New York City after graduation to study acting with William Esper and got her first role in All My Children as Jenny Gardner. She has been nominated for many acting awards, winning an Emmy for her role in NYPD Blue. She has continued to star in both television and theater, as well as in films like Mission to Mars. She lives in Los Angeles, California.