"Do any of you have a competely remarkable friend or maybe a houseplant I could go to dinner with on Saturday night?"
- Miranda Hobbes
|First appearance|| Pilot|
|Last appearance||Sex and the City 2|
|Created by||Candace Bushnell|
|Portrayed by||Cynthia Nixon|
|Date of birth||August 10th 1966|
Miranda Hobbes is a fictional character on the American HBO television comedy series Sex and the City and subsequent movies. She is portrayed by actress Cynthia Nixon.
Character history Edit
Miranda Hobbes (Cynthia Nixon) is a career-minded lawyer with extremely cynical views on relationships and men. In the series it is said that she graduated Harvard Law School in 1990, yet in SATC2, Carrie explains that she met Miranda in 1986/1987 in New York, when she heard Miranda crying in the next changing room at a department store (an allusion to her earlier masculine and questionable fashion sense). As Harvard Law School is located in Cambridge, Massachusetts it is unlikely she yet lived in NYC three hours away, unless she was simply in New York at the time and was friends with Carrie during her last year of college. It is more likely a mistake of the writing. Miranda is from the Philadelphia area, and is Carrie's best friend, confidante, and voice of reason. In the early seasons, she is portrayed also as masculine, 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. She is also very promiscuous, but is a long way from the promiscuity of Samantha Jones. At one point, Miranda admits that she had already slept with 42 different men. The birth of her son, Brady Hobbes, brings up new issues for her Type A, workaholic personality, but she eventually 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 gives up when she moves into a Brooklyn townhouse in the final season to make room for her growing family.
Skipper Johnston (Ben Weber) is a twenty-seven-year-old website designer with whom Miranda enters into a tentative relationship in the first season. His age is revealed in Season One, Episode Four. Originally introduced through Carrie, Miranda finds Skipper young and immature, and becomes somewhat annoyed with his romantic view of life and love, which contrasts sharply with her cynical outlook on life. Although she occasionally engages in an on-again, off-again sexual relationship with Skipper, she never truly wishes to be with him. In contrast, Skipper is terribly smitten with Miranda from the start, even going so far as to break up with a girl in mid-intercourse after Miranda calls, as he believes it means that "the woman he loves most" wants to be with him. Skipper eventually disappears from the show in later seasons with little explanation and no mention of him again.
Dr. Robert LeedsEdit
Dr. Robert Leeds (Blair Underwood) is a successful sports medicine doctor for the New York Knicks, whom Miranda meets while interviewing him with fellow members of her building's tenant board to occupy a vacant apartment. Upon Robert's arrival, Miranda is instantly charmed by him, and somewhat hijacks the interview in order to learn more about him. Robert is eventually approved to move in, and in time the two begin a short but lively romantic relationship (Miranda's eagerness to experience an interracial relationship stemmed from her fanatical obsession with a fake BBC drama, Jules and Mimi). Despite Miranda and Robert's sparks of chemistry, Miranda cannot control her longing for her current on-again, off-again boyfriend, Steve Brady. Eventually, at her son's first birthday party, Miranda professes her love to Steve, and her relationship with Robert is ended off-screen. After a few awkward encounters, Robert overcomes his anger towards Miranda and Steve.
Steve Brady (David Eigenberg) and Miranda meet during the second season when Miranda is waiting for Carrie at the bar where Steve works. Although Miranda simply sees Steve as a one-night stand after they meet, Steve senses a strong connection, and he asks to see her again. Miranda refuses at first, but they become a couple after she realizes her strong attraction for Steve. The couple's difference in economic status creates tension in their relationship, and they eventually break up. However, they remain on friendly terms, often leading to a sexual relationship between the two. After Steve loses one of his testicles to cancer, Miranda sympathizes with him, and ends up sleeping with him so that he could feel like a "man," so-to-speak. This results in her pregnancy. She initially decides to have an abortion and to keep Steve from ever finding out that she was pregnant. At the clinic, she changes her mind, and decides to keep the baby. Miranda tells Steve she is pregnant and will take on full responsibility, including raising the child and providing all the related finances, but Steve can "visit" whenever he wants. Steve later proposes to Miranda, which prompts her to yell at him that she doesn't want to marry him, to which Steve responds that he doesn't really want to marry her. Miranda gives birth to Brady Hobbes (an homage to their respective surnames), and the two try to raise him together as platonic partners. Miranda eventually realizes that she loves Steve, but when she attempts to admit her feelings for him, she discovers he is now seeing another woman, Debbie. Eventually, at Brady's first birthday party, Miranda ends up blurting out her love for Steve and, to her delight and surprise, Steve admits that he, too, loves Miranda, and that she is "the one." They kiss, and within three weeks they are back together; they remain together for the rest of the series, eventually getting married and purchasing a townhouse in Brooklyn for their growing family.
Sex and the City movieEdit
In Sex and the City: The Movie, Miranda is still married to Steve, and they are living in Brooklyn with their son Brady, who is now five years old. We learn that she is still employing Magda. Sadly, we also learn that Steve's mother, Mary, is living in a home following her stroke, as she now suffers from memory loss (it is hinted that she also has Alzheimers). At one of their coffee dates, Miranda tells the girls that she and Steve have not had sex in six months, and she soon learns that Steve slept with another woman one time out of frustration. Although Steve begs for forgiveness, Miranda insists on their splitting up, and she moves to the Lower East Side (LES). After several talks with her friends, Miranda and Steve go to couples' therapy and plan to meet on the Brooklyn Bridge in two weeks if they want to forgive and forget what had happened and start again—which they do.