Kimberly “Kim” Coles (born January 11, 1962) is an American actress, comedian and game show host. Cole is most known for her role as a cast member on the sketch comedy, In Living Color (1990–1991), and as Synclaire James–Jones on the Fox series, Living Single (1993–1998). She was the host of BET’s game show Pay It Off in 2009.
Coles was born in Brooklyn. Her father was the first black dean of the Pratt Institute. She attended a private Lutheran school and was quiet and studious until high school, when her sense of humor emerged. She graduated from Brooklyn Technical High School.
Coles has appeared on many television shows, including Frasier (“Dr.” Mary Thomas), Six Feet Under, Celebrity Mole and The Geena Davis Show. Early in her career, she appeared as one of the hosts of It’s Showtime at the Apollo. She was an original cast member on the sketch comedy series In Living Color that appeared on the FOX network. After leaving “In Living Color”, she then got the role as Synclaire James on Living Single. She appeared as the mother of Spirit on UPN’s One on One. Coles is a published author; her book is called I’m Free But It Will Cost You, ISBN 978-0-7868-8322-6, Hyperion Books, 1998.