Who Is Tara Lynn Wilson? What to Know About Chris Noth’s Wife
Together for 20 years, and married for more than a decade, Tara Wilson and Chris Noth’s life got bumpy when the Sex and the City actor was accused of sexual assault.
December 2021 had begun with a bang for Chris Noth and wife Tara Lynn Wilson, with the premiere party for the new HBO series And Just Like That…, the follow-up to the hit Sex and the City. Noth co-starred in Sex, and had a featured role in the revival as “Mr. Big,” husband of Sarah Jessica Parker’s Carrie Bradshaw.
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Noth and Wilson appeared happy at the premiere, but all of that changed a little more than a week later, when two women accused Noth of sexually assaulting them in separate incidents, one in 2004 and another in 2015.
Chris Noth Was Accused of Sexual Assault
The 67-year-old Noth denied the sexual-assault allegations, calling them “categorically false” and describing the encounters as “consensual.”
“It’s difficult not to question the timing of these stories coming out,” said the Law & Order veteran. “I don’t know for certain why they are surfacing now, but I do know this: I did not assault these women.”
But over the next several weeks, three more women came forward to claim Noth had sexually assaulted them, too.
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The fallout took a professional toll on Noth. He was fired from his co-starring role on the CBS television drama The Equalizer, and was removed from the And Just Like That… finale. Additionally, a company that had planned to purchase Noth’s tequila brand, Ambhar, for a reported $12 million, backed out of the deal.
And then there is the personal side of allegations, which land squarely on Noth and Wilson, his wife of more than 10 years, with whom he shares two children.
Who Is Chris Noth’s Wife, Tara Lynn Wilson?
Tara Lynn Wilson was born in 1979, in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. She moved to the United States with her family when she was young, and was crowned Miss West Virginia in 2000. Not long after, she pursued an acting career, and attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City.
Wilson made her acting debut in the 2001 drama Piñero, starring Benjamin Bratt, and then appeared in 2004 on an episode of Law & Order: Criminal Intent. Interestingly, the Canadian actress hit the small screen one year prior to Noth reprising his earlier Law & Order role as NYPD Detective Mike Logan on the spinoff series.
Later, she appeared in a small role in the independent drama Frame of Mind, which co-starred Noth.
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Wilson met her future husband in 2001, while she was working as a bartender at New York City’s The Cutting Room, a lounge and music club co-owned by North. The two reportedly hit it off instantly, but kept their romance on private for years.
“Actors can be chameleons,” Wilson said. “If you want stability, I’d say a [go with a] businessman. If you want passion, then actors. But I’ve got two in one.”
The couple welcomed their first child, a boy named Orion Christopher, in January 2008. Noth and Wilson were engaged that same year, and then married Hawaii in April 2012, 11 years after they met.
“At the beginning, I’d say we broke up every two weeks,” Wilson said of their eight-year courtship. “Then it was every two months. Then it was every six months.”
Tara Lynn Wilson Is a Mother, Wife and Playwright
They had their second child, a son named Keats, in February 2020, before Noth began production on And Just Like That... It was at that time that Wilson, an aspiring playwright, reportedly began final drafts of what would become her first produced theatrical play, titled B.R.O.K.E.N. Code B.I.R.D. Switching. It was mounted briefly in a small theater in Los Angeles.
An intense drama about a Black woman lawyer in a troubled marriage who is tasked with representing a teenager accused of murder, the play had its world premiere at the Berkshire Theatre Group’s Unicorn Theatre in Stockbridge, Massachusetts in June 2022.
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The limited-run play received mixed reviews, but a healthy endorsement from Noth and their 14-year-old son, who attended the premiere. Noth took to his Instagram page to proclaim, “Orion and I are so proud of Tara’s new play — come see this beautiful production!!!”
The Sex and The City veteran also posted a photo of his wife, son and himself at the premiere in what was the first mention of Wilson since the December 2021 assault allegations.
Are Chris Noth and Tara Lynn Wilson Still Together?
There was a strong sense the assault allegations would be the undoing of Chris Noth and wife Tara Wilson’s marriage. One source informed the New York Post that Wilson had removed her wedding ring. “Tara is upset and things are hanging by a thread,” the anonymous source said. “She just wants to protect the kids. That is her number one priority.”
Although Noth insisted his encounters with his accusers “consensual,” it’s difficult to ignore the assertions they happened while he was married to Wilson.
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The news and entertainment media were all over the story when the allegations first surfaced. However, since then, Chris Noth and wife Tara Wilson have been seen together at the premiere of her play in Massachusetts.
Tara Lynn Wilson and Chris Noth have shared two decades together, building a family, as well as a seemingly loving and supportive relationship. That the media don’t know what is going on between the two makes it clear the couple wants to move on without the spotlight disrupting the prioritization of their relationship and finding a path forward.