Carey Lowell was born on February 11, 1961, in Huntington, New York. She spent much of her childhood travelling with James Lowell, her father, who was a geologist. With her father, she travelled to Libya, Holland, Virginia and Texas most frequently. Immediately after graduating from high school, Lowell was signed by the Ford Modelling Agency. While attending the University of Colorado for a year before transferring to York University, Lowell modelled for clients such as Ralph Lauren and Calvin Klein. Soon after her modelling stint, however, Lowell turned to acting. Lowell’s first theatre experience was with New York’s Neighbourhood Playhouse. She made her film debut in “Club Paradise” and then “Dangerously Close,” in 1986. In the following year, she appeared in “Downtwisted” and met her future husband, Griffin Dune, while shooting the comedy “Me and Him” (1988).
In 1989 Lowell was cast as the sixteenth Bond girl. She played the tough, confrontational CIA agent Pam Bouvier, opposite Timothy Dalton as Bond in “Licence to Kill.” Lowell gained a leading role following her Bond movie casting, in William Friedkin’s silly horror film “The Guardian” in 1990. Her next film was a romantic comedy, “Road to Ruin,” which came and went without any buzz at all. Soon after, Lowell returned to modelling, for Revlon, but continued to win small roles. She appeared in the big-budgeted movie, “Love Affair,” starring Warren Beatty and Annette Bening, in 1994, and in Mike Figgis’ acclaimed film, “Leaving Las Vegas” (1995). Lowell’s other notable roles include, her part as Assistant District Attorney, Jamie Ross, on the television drama “Law & Order.” She gained this part after experiencing a bout of bad luck with getting movie roles, and deciding to enrol at New York University. However, her luck turned around and on the first day of her classes, she withdrew from school to take the part in “Law & Order.” She subsequently reprised the role of Jamie Ross, on the “Law & Order” spinoff, “Law & Order: Trial by Jury.”
Lowell has had three marriages, her first husband being, fashion photographer John Stember, to whom she was married to from 1984 to 1988. She next wed actor griffin Dunne from 1988 to 1995, and has a daughter, Hannah Dunne, born on April 1990, from that marriage. Lowell’s current husband is Richard Gere, whom she married on November 9, 2002, after having dated for several years. The couple have a son, Homer James Jigme Gere, who was born in February 2000. Like her husband, Richard Gere, Lowell is a devoted supporter of preserving the culture of Tibet and practices Tibetan Buddhism.