Kim was raised in New York City by her mother, Tina Raver, and her stepfather, Chris Meltesen. She has one sister, Cybele Raver. From the ages of six to nine, she had a regular role on the seminal children’s television series Sesame Street. After Sesame Street, the young actress joined Off-Off-Broadway’s first all-children’s theater. A fine arts graduate of Boston University, Raver continues to study theater in New York with teacher and mentor Wynn Handman. She is fluent in French and German, a language that she learned as a child from her German-born mother.
Together with husband Manuel Boyer she has two sons, Luke West (b. 2002) and Leo (b. 2007). Leo Kipling Boyer was born on October 9, 2007, in New York City where Raver was performing in Lipstick Jungle. Raver returned to work on the show only a few weeks after giving birth.
At the beginning of her adult career, Raver acted in commercials for Visa and Jeep. Her first prominent role was her Broadway debut in the play “Holiday” in which she co-starred with Laura Linney and Tony Goldwyn. She also appeared in the feature film City Hall with Al Pacino. She also co-starred with John Spencer (of NBC’s The West Wing) and David Schwimmer in “The Glimmer Brothers”, a production of the Williamstown Theatre Festival, written by Warren Leight. After her time on Third Watch, she was cast as Audrey Raines in the popular television series 24, and was a series regular for two seasons.
During the Fall 2006 television season, Raver starred in the ABC television series The Nine. Although the show received outstanding pre-season ratings, it did not take off, and was therefore cancelled. She reprised her role in 24′s season 6 as Audrey Raines. The character was in a comatose state at the end of the season.
The 1997 TV movie Soul Mates, starring Raver, is shown by market researchers at Television Preview. Raver has joined Season 6 of Grey’s Anatomy in a recurring role as Dr. Teddy Altman, a cardiothoracic surgeon brought in by Dr. Owen Hunt who served with her in Iraq. She made her on-screen debut on November 12.