Beckinsale at the Nothing But the Truth Toronto showing, September 2008
|Born||Kathryn Bailey Beckinsale
26 July 1973
London, England, UK
|Spouse(s)||Len Wiseman (2004–present)|
Kathryn Bailey "Kate" Beckinsale (born 26 July 1973) is an English actress. Her best known films include Pearl Harbor (2001), Serendipity (2001), Underworld (2003-present), The Aviator (2004), Van Helsing (2004), Click (2006), Nothing But the Truth (2008) and WhiteOut (2009)
Born in Finsbury Park, London, Beckinsale is the daughter of actor Richard Beckinsale, who died from a heart attack in 1979, and actress Judy Loe. She has a paternal half-sister, Samantha, who is also an actress. Her paternal great-grandfather was Burmese, and she has said that she was "very oriental-looking" as a child.
Beckinsale attended the Godolphin and Latymer School, an all-girls' independent school in London. In her teens, Beckinsale twice won the W. H. Smith Young Writers' competition—once for three short stories and once for three poems. She won the Youth's Burp for Fame burping contest at age 16. After a rebellious adolescence, including a period of anorexia and starting a smoking habit, she followed in the footsteps of her parents and began her acting career. Her first role was in One Against the Wind, a television film about World War II that was first aired in 1991. Having gained three language A levels, Beckinsale studied French and Russian literature at New College, Oxford University, though she did not finish her degree. She thought that having an academic background studying foreign language and literature would broaden her range of acting roles.
During her first year at Oxford, Beckinsale was offered a part in Kenneth Branagh's big-screen film, Much Ado About Nothing, adapted from the Shakespeare play. She spent her last year of studies in Paris, after which she decided to leave the university and concentrate on her acting career. In 1994, Beckinsale had a supporting role in Prince of Jutland, working alongside Christian Bale, with whom she would later reunite in the 2002 drama Laurel Canyon. Kate starred in Haunted (1995) with Aidan Quinn and John Gielgud and in the 1996 TV film adaptation of Jane Austen's Emma. She subsequently appeared in a few low-profile films, including Shooting Fish and The Last Days of Disco, both in 1998. During this time, Beckinsale also appeared in television films and in stage roles, including the well-received Cold Comfort Farm, opposite British film and television notables Ian McKellen, Rufus Sewell, Eileen Atkins, Joanna Lumley and Stephen Fry.
Beckinsale's first major American film, Brokedown Palace (1999), was not a commercial success. Soon after, Beckinsale was cast in the 2001 film Pearl Harbor as the female lead, after Charlize Theron turned down the part. The film was one of the highest-grossing films of its year. In the years following, she appeared in a series of American films that, while high-profile, it was given mixed reviews, including Serendipity (2001), Underworld (2003) and Van Helsing (2004). In 2004, she portrayed Ava Gardner in Martin Scorsese's The Aviator, a role for which she gained 20 pounds.
In 2006, Beckinsale was placed at #23 in FHM's "100 Sexiest Women in the World", after being #71 in 2005. She has also been placed at #16 in Maxim's "HOT 100" (2003), #63 in Stuff's "100 Sexiest Women in the World" (2002), and was chosen by the English magazine Hello! as "England’s #1 Beauty", also in 2002.
In January 2006, Beckinsale reprised her role as a vampire in the movie Underworld: Evolution, a sequel to her 2003 film, Underworld, again directed by her husband, Len Wiseman. The film opened in the #1 spot at the box office, grossing over $26 million in its first weekend of release. Also in 2006, Beckinsale appeared in the comedy Click, starring Adam Sandler, which opened on 23 June. Next, Beckinsale replaced Sarah Jessica Parker in the film Vacancy, released in 2007. Her next role was in Snow Angels, which was released in 2008.
At Comic-Con 2007, Beckinsale expressed interest in playing Catwoman in the current Christopher Nolan-directed Batman films. In April 2007, during an interview promoting Vacancy, Beckinsale claimed no knowledge of the rumors linking her to a remake of Barbarella. "I was told on the set yesterday, someone said, 'Oh I hear you're doing Barbarella,' one of the grips. So that's the most official it's become. Every woman would consider Barbarella for a moment, but I don't know." Beckinsale eventually won a libel lawsuit against the Daily Express concerning the matter.
Beckinsale and her then-partner Michael Sheen have a daughter, Lily Mo Sheen (born 31 January 1999). She has reported in interviews that the only time she stopped smoking was while she was pregnant with her daughter Lily. Her daughter has acted, portraying a young version of her mother in most roles, including Underworld: Evolution and Everybody's Fine. During the Underworld shoot, Beckinsale split from Sheen, who was also starring in the film. She became involved with the director of the film, Len Wiseman. In June 2003, Beckinsale became engaged to Wiseman, and the two were married on 9 May 2004 in Bel-Air, California.
|1991||One Against the Wind||Barbe Lindell|
|1993||Much Ado About Nothing||Hero|
|1994||Prince of Jutland/Royal Deceit||Ethel|
|1995||Cold Comfort Farm (1995) (TV)||Flora Poste|
|1998||The Last Days of Disco||Charlotte Pingress|
|Alice Through the Looking Glass||Alice|
|1999||Brokedown Palace||Darlene Davis|
|Pearl Harbor||Nurse Lt. Evelyn Johnson|
|The Golden Bowl||Maggie Verver|
|2002||Laurel Canyon||Alex Elliot|
|2004||The Aviator||Ava Gardner|
|Van Helsing||Anna Valerious|
|Snow Angels||Annie Marchand|
|2008||Nothing But the Truth||Rachel Armstrong (inspired by Judith Miller)|
|Fragments (aka Winged Creatures)||Carla Davenport|
|2009||Underworld: Rise of the Lycans||Selene||Provided voice over in the beginning and end of the film and appeared in archive footage.|
|2010||One Last Wish||Alicia Baker|
|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||Film - Choice Chemistry (shared with Ben Affleck)||Teen Choice Awards||Pearl Harbor||Nominated|
|2002||Best Actress||Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA||Serendipity||Nominated|
|Best Female Performance||MTV Movie Awards||Pearl Harbor||Nominated|
|Worst Screen Couple (shared with Ben Affleck and Josh Hartnett)||Razzie Awards||Pearl Harbor||Nominated|
|2004||Best Actress||Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA||Underworld||Nominated|
|Best Trans-Atlantic Breakthrough Performer||MTV Movie Awards||Nominated|
|Choice Movie Actress - Drama/Action Adventure||Teen Choice Awards||Van Helsing (also for Underworld)||Nominated|
|Choice Movie Chemistry (shared with Hugh Jackman)||Teen Choice Awards||Van Helsing||Nominated|
|2005||Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture (shared with the cast)||Screen Actors Guild Awards||The Aviator||Nominated|
|Favorite Female Action Movie Star||People's Choice Awards||Nominated|
|2006||Best Hero||MTV Movie Awards||Underworld: Evolution||Nominated|
|Movies - Choice Chemistry (shared with Adam Sandler)||Teen Choice Awards||Click||Nominated|
|2007||Choice Movie: Scream||Teen Choice Awards||Vacancy||Nominated|
|Favorite Female Action Star||People's Choice Awards||Nominated|
|2008||IGN Babe Election||Ign.com||Won|
|2008||Best Actress||Critics' Choice Award||Nothing But the Truth||Nominated|
Kathryn Bailey Beckinsale|
July 26, 1973
|Alma mater||Oxford University|
|Years active||1991 - present|
|Partner||Michael Sheen (1992-2003)|
|Children||Lily Mo Sheen|
Richard Beckinsale (deceased)|
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