Carey spent much of her childhood traveling with her father, who was a geologist. Immediately after high school, she was signed by the Ford modeling agency, as she would eventually take up modeling. She would model for such clients as Ralph Lauren and Calvin Klein before turning to acting.
Carey's notable acting roles include those of Bond girl Pam Bouvier in the James Bond movie Licence to Kill (1989) and ADA Jamie Ross on the television dramas Law & Order and its spinoff, Law & Order: Trial by Jury.
Carey married actor Richard Gere in 2002, after dating for several years. The couple have a son, Homer James Jigme Gere, who was born prior to their marriage, in 2000. She was married to actor Griffin Dunne from 1989 to 1995, and has a daughter from that marriage.
- More Than Meets the Eye: The Joan Brock Story (2003) TV Movie
- Fierce Creatures (1997)
- Duke of Groove (1996) TV Movie
- Leaving Las Vegas (1995)
- Love Affair (1994)
- Sleepless in Seattle (1993)
- Road to Ruin (1991)
- The Guardian (1990)
- Licence to Kill (1989)
- Me and Him (1989)
- Down Twisted (1987)
- Club Paradise (1986)
- Dangerously Close (1986)
- Carey Lowell at the Internet Movie Database