Date of Birth:26 July 1973, Finsbury Park, London, England, UK
Birth Name:Kathrin Romany Beckinsale
Height:5' 7" (1.70 m)
Biography:Kate Beckinsale was born on 26 July 1973 in England, and has resided in London for most of her life. Her mother is Judy Loe, who has appeared in a number of British dramas and sitcoms and continues to work as an actress, predominantly in British television productions. Her father was Richard Beckinsale, born in Nottingham, England. He starred in a number of popular British television comedies during the 1970s, most notably the series "Rising Damp" (1974), "Porridge" (1974) and "The Lovers" (1970). He passed away tragically early in 1979 at the age of 31.
Kate attended the private school Godolphin and Latymer School in London for her grade and primary school education. In her teens she twice won the British bookseller W.H. Smith Young Writers' competition - once for three short stories and once for three poems. After a tumultuous adolescence (a bout of anorexia - cured - and a smoking habit which continues to this day), she gradually took up the profession of acting.
Her major acting debut came in a TV film about World War II called One Against the Wind (1991) (TV), filmed in Luxembourg during the summer of 1991. It first aired on American television that December. Kate began attending Oxford University's New College in the fall of 1991, majoring in French and Russian literature. She had already decided that she wanted to act, but to broaden her horizons she chose university over drama school. While in her first year at Oxford, Kate received her big break in Kenneth Branagh's film adaptation of William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing (1993). Kate worked in three other films while attending Oxford, beginning with a part in the medieval historical drama Royal Deceit (1994), cast as Ethel. The film was shot during the spring of 1993 on location in Denmark, and she filmed her supporting part during New College's Easter break. Later in the summer of that year she played the lead in the contemporary mystery drama Uncovered (1995). Before she went back to school, her third year at university was spent at Oxford's study-abroad program in Paris, France, immersing herself in the French language, Parisian culture and French cigarettes.
A year away from the academic community and living on her own in the French capital caused her to re-evaluate the direction of her life. She faced a choice: continue with school or concentrate on her flourishing acting career. After much thought, she chose the acting career. In the spring of 1994 Kate left Oxford, after finishing three years of study. Kate appeared in the BBC/Thames Television satire Cold Comfort Farm (1995) (TV), filmed in London and East Sussex during late summer 1994 and which opened to spectacular reviews in the United States, grossing over $5 million during its American run. It was re-released to U.K. theaters in the spring of 1997.
Acting on the stage consumed the first part of 1995; she toured in England with the Thelma Holts Theatre Company production of Anton Chekhov's "The Seagull". After turning down several mediocre scripts "and going nearly berserk with boredom", she waited seven months before another interesting role was offered to her. Her big movie of 1995 was the romance/horror movie Haunted (1995), starring opposite Aidan Quinn and John Gielgud, and filmed in West Sussex. In this film she wanted to play "an object of desire", unlike her past performances where her characters were much less the siren and more the worldly innocent. Kate's first film project of 1996 was the British ITV production of Jane Austen's novel Emma (1996) (TV). Her last film of 1996 was the comedy Shooting Fish (1997), filmed at Shepperton Studios in London during early fall. She played the part of Georgie, an altruistic con artist. She had a daughter, Lily, in 1999 with actor Michael Sheen.
|Len Wiseman||(9 May 2004)|
Trivia:Studied French and Russian literature while a student at Oxford.
Studied at New College Oxford, but left to pursue her acting career before completing her degree course.
Her mother, Judy Loe is an actress, and her father, Richard Beckinsale, was famous as a comedy actor.
Attended grade/primary school at Flexlands Private School in London, England, she took ballet there and it was at this young age that her father died of a heart attack.
Younger half-sister of Samantha Beckinsale.
Got the lead female role in Pearl Harbor (2001) after Charlize Theron pulled out to do Sweet November (2001).
Lost out to Juliette Binoche for a part in Wuthering Heights (1992).
Has a daughter, Lily Mo Sheen (b. 31 January 1999), with Welsh actor Michael Sheen.
Suffers from stomach ulcers.
According to an interview she gave on the UK show "The Big Breakfast" (1992) (December 2001), she hates wearing knickers.
Selected by Hello Magazine as England's Number #1 Beauty.(2002)
Richard Beckinsale's maternal grandfather - her great-grandfather - was Burmese.
June 2003: Engaged to director Len Wiseman.
Married Len Wiseman on 9th May 2004 at the Bel-Air Hotel. Her daughter, Lily, received her own "wedding ring" from Wiseman.
Half sister-in-law of Richard Trinder.
Spent her teens reading French, Russian and German novels because of her studies, and completed A-levels in Russian, German and French, which resulted in her admission to Oxford University.
Won the prestigious WH Smith's Young Writers' competition for her poetry in 1986.
Ranked #63 in Stuff magazine's "102 Sexiest Women In The World" (2002)
Was in close competition for the role of Rachel Keller in The Ring (2002/I), but lost out because producers felt she looked too young.
Normally slender, she gained twenty pounds for roles in 2004 - ten pounds for Van Helsing (2004) and another ten pounds to portray the voluptuous Ava Gardner in The Aviator (2004).
Has played a vampire (Underworld (2003)) and a vampire hunter (Van Helsing (2004)).
Was listed as a potential nominee on both the 2005 and 2007 Razzie Award nominating ballots. She was listed as a suggestion in the Worst Actress category on the 2005 ballot for her performance in the film Van Helsing (2004) and again two years later in the same category for her roles in the films (2006/I) and Underworld: Evolution (2006). She failed to receive either nomination.
Named #23 on the Maxim magazine Hot 100 of 2005 list.
Met Len Wiseman when he directed her in Underworld (2003).
Ranked as #71 in FHM's "100 Sexiest Women in the World 2005" special supplement. (2005)
She did not like Physical Education at school. It was also her worst subject.
Was anorexic as a teenager
Lives in Venice, California because it reminds her of London.
Named #78 in FHM magazine's "100 Sexiest Women in the World 2006" supplement. (2006).
Replaced Sarah Jessica Parker after she dropped out from the film Vacancy (2007).
Ranked #21 on the Maxim magazine Hot 100 of 2007 list.
Director Stephen Sommers wanted Kate for the role of "Anna Valerious" in Van Helsing (2004). But Stephen feared that it was too similar in tone to Underworld (2003), a film that Kate started and was filming at the time. Eventually, her agent got Sommers to send the script and Kate immediately signed on.
Ranked as #12 in FHM's "100 Sexiest Women 2008" (2008).
Ranked as #10 in FHM's "100 Sexiest Women in the World".
Had an emergency appendectomy in January, 2004.
Esquire magazine's "Sexiest Woman Alive" in 2009.
According to her interview on "LIVE! with Kelly" (1988) (aka "Live with Regis and Kelly") that when she was working on Everybody's Fine (2009), she had never heard nor had a canoli before until the film's star, Robert De Niro introduced her to it.
Aged six, a school report found she had the reading age of an eleven-year-old and an IQ of 152.
Ranked #14 in the 2011 Ask Men list of the top 99 "most desirable" women.
Ranked #3 in the 2010 Ask Men list of the top 99 "most desirable" women.
Ranked #21 in the 2011 FHM Australia list of "100 Sexiest Women in the World".
Ranked #41 in the 2010 FHM UK list of "100 Sexiest Women in the World".
Voted #22 on Ask men's top 99 'most desirable' women of 2012.
Personal Quotes:If someone had told me years ago that sharing a sense of humour was so vital to partnerships, I could have avoided a lot of sex!
No one is more enslaved than a slave who doesn't think they're enslaved.
Everybody likes the underdog, because everybody feels like the underdog. No matter how successful you are, you always think, No one's being nice enough to me!
I try and take lots of vitamins and I don't drink. I do smoke, though, I'd be insufferable if I didn't smoke, you'd have to push me off a balcony I'd be so boring".
With every project you do, you bring out a part of yourself, and it seems to be quite a good way of expanding a person.
Apparently, I get facials and manicures all the time. I read this and think, 'Oh, I wish I did that!' I don't think I've had a facial since I was 19. When I shave my legs, I use my child's shampoo and a razor - if I can find one. If I did everything they said I did, I would never see Lily.
I dropped out of Oxford, and now I only speak Russian with the woman who gives me a bikini-wax. See what Hollywood does to you?
I think, at 19, I was very grown-up in certain ways and extremely not so in others. If I had come on to a movie set at that age and someone had said, 'You're a bit funny-looking, can you go on a diet?' - I might have jumped off a building. I just didn't have the confidence to put that into perspective at the time.
"I look at how Keira Knightley is coiffed when she attends events. I remember going to Cannes with Much Ado About Nothing (1993) when I was 18, and nobody told me, 'Oh, here's a make-up artist or, 'This person wants to dress you, what clothes are you wearing?' It just wasn't like that when I started. Nobody even told me I could bring a friend! I just sort of showed up in a very expensive pair of trousers I bought in Harvey Nichols, and something I bought in the Sock Shop at the airport. But Keira Knightley has like full hair and make- up and a proper outfit and I think, 'Wow, she's not going to have the before photos I had to endure!' She's really lucky".
I don't think he liked being in a cage and wouldn't stop masturbating and humping his bowl. about her daughter's pet rabbit.
"It's the only time my education has come in remotely handy." -on using her Russian literature studies for copying her "Van Helsing" script into Russian to acquire a Slavic accent.
She [Lily] already has some Americanisms: she says 'pants' instead of trousers and 'elevator' instead of lift. That's more than enough for me."
We had something recently when there were about 16 people in front of us taking pictures and Lily was enjoying the chance to legitimately shout at some grownups because normally she's not allowed. But even when she shouted they didn't stop. I find that shocking.
I didn't go looking to marry an American, it just kinda happened like that.
Modelling careerBeckinsale has worked occasionally as a model. In 1997, she appeared in the music video for George Michael's Waltz Away Dreaming.She starred opposite Orlando Bloom in a 2002 Gap television advert, directed by Cameron Crowe.She appeared in a Diet Coke television advert in 2004, directed by Michael Gondry.She advertised Absolut Vodka in a 2009 print campaign photographed by Ellen von Unwerth.She has also promoted Lux shampoo in an Japanese television advert.
Beckinsale was named "England's Number One Beauty" by Hello! in 2002and appeared at number 41 in People Magazine's 100 Most Beautiful People list in 2008.Many publications have included her in their rankings of the world's sexiest women. Esquire named her the Sexiest Woman Alive in 2009.She was at number 22 in Maxim's Hot 100 2009 list.She came in at number 41 on FHM's Sexiest Women of 2010 list,having previously appeared at number 15 in their 2009 list and at number 12 in their 2008 list.She has frequently appeared in AskMen.com's annual list of the 99 Most Desired Women: she was at number 22 in 2012,at number 14 in 2011,at number 3 in 2010,at number 10 in 2009 and at number 3 in 2008.
|1993||Much Ado About Nothing||Hero|
|1994||Prince of Jutland||Ethel|
|1995||Marie-Louise Ou La Permission||Marie-Louise|
|1995||Cold Comfort Farm||Flora Poste|
|1998||The Last Days of Disco||Charlotte Pingress|
|1998||Alice Through the Looking Glass||Alice|
|1999||Brokedown Palace||Darlene Davis|
|2001||Pearl Harbor||Nurse Lt. Evelyn Johnson|
|2001||The Golden Bowl||Maggie Verver|
|2002||Laurel Canyon||Alex Elliot|
|2004||The Aviator||Ava Gardner|
|2004||Van Helsing||Anna Valerious|
|2007||Snow Angels||Annie Marchand|
|2008||Nothing but the Truth||Rachel Armstrong|
|2008||Winged Creatures||Carla Davenport|
|2009||Underworld: Rise of the Lycans||Selene|
|1991||Devices and Desires||Young Alice Mair||ITV
|1991||One Against the Wind||Barbe Lindell||Hallmark Hall of Fame/CBS
|1992||Rachel's Dream||Rachel||Channel 4|
|1993||Anna Lee: Headcase||Thea Hahn||ITV|
|1998||Alice Through the Looking Glass||Alice||Channel 4
- The Seagull (as Nina), Theatre Royal, Bath and Tour, 1995
- Sweetheart (as Toni), Royal Court Theatre, 1996
- Clocks and Whistles (as Anne), The Bush, 1996
- Narrated Emma (1997) for Hodder & Stoughton AudioBooks
- Narrated Diana Hendry's The Proposal (1997) for BBC Radio 4
- Appeared as Juliet in the Naxos AudioBooks's production of Romeo and Juliet (1997)
Awards and nominations:
|1997||Best Actress||Sitges - Catalonian International Film Festival||Shooting Fish||Won|
|1999||British Supporting Actress of the Year (tied with Minnie Driver for Good Will Hunting)||London Critics Circle Film Awards||The Last Days of Disco||Won|
|2001||Worst Screen Couple (with Ben Affleck)||Golden Raspberry Award||Pearl Harbour||Nominated|
|2002||Best Actress||Saturn Award||Serendipity||Nominated|
|2004||Best Actress||Saturn Award||Underworld||Nominated|
|2004||Best Trans-Atlantic Breakthrough Performer||MTV Movie Awards||Nominated|
|2005||Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture (shared with the cast)||Screen Actors Guild Awards||The Aviator||Nominated|
|2005||Favourite Female Action Film Star||People's Choice Awards||Nominated|
|2006||Best Hero||MTV Movie Awards||Underworld: Evolution||Nominated|
|2006||Favourite Female Action Star||People's Choice Awards||Nominated|
|2008||Best Actress||Broadcast Film Critics Association Award||Nothing But the Truth||Nominated|
Total Recall, due for release in August 2012.