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Kate Beckinsale

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Kate Beckinsale

Kate Beckinsale (born July 26, 1973) is an English actress. She is the daughter of British television actors Richard Beckinsale and Judy Loe, and her birth name is Kate Beckinsale Loe. Her father died in 1979, at the age of 31.

Clearly talented from a young age, she won first prizes in several young writing competitions. After finishing school in London, she gradually began acting, thus following in the footsteps of her parents. In 1991 she played a role in a television film about World War II, through which she became widely known by the British public. The film was also broadcast in America at the end of that year. Beckinsale then began studying German, French and Russian at New College, Oxford University, though she did not complete her studies. In interviews she commented that she felt the university background would be better for her than attending a school of performing arts.

During her first year at Oxford, Beckinsale was offered a part in Kenneth Branagh's big-screen film, Much Ado About Nothing, adapted from Shakespeare's famous comedy of the same name. This was her big breakthrough in movies and opened doors to work in several other films, which she did whilst at Oxford. She spent her last year of studies in Paris, where she was acquainted with the French culture. There she decided to quit university and concentrate on her acting career. Since then she has played in several major movies, but has also appeared in television films and on the stage.

Beckinsale was selected by Hello Magazine as England's #1 Beauty in 2002.

Beckinsale and actor Michael Sheen have a daughter, Lily, but they are no longer together. In June 2003, she became engaged to the director of Underworld, Len Wiseman, and the two were wed in May 2004 in Bel-Air, California.


Filmography

  1. Click (2006)... Donna Newman
  2. Underworld: Evolution (2005)... Selene
  3. The Aviator (2004)... Ava Gardner
  4. Van Helsing (2004)... Anna Valerious
  5. Tiptoes (2003)... Carol
  6. Underworld (2003)... Selene
  7. Laurel Canyon (2002)... Alex
  8. Serendipity (2001)... Sara Thomas
  9. Pearl Harbor (2001)... Nurse Lt. Evelyn Johnson
  10. The Golden Bowl (2000)... Maggie Verver
  11. Brokedown Palace (1999)... Darlene Davis
  12. Ladies & Gentlemen: The Best of George Michael (1999) (V)... Girl ("Waltz Away Dreaming" video)
  13. Alice Through the Looking Glass (1998) (TV)... Alice
  14. The Last Days of Disco (1998)... Charlotte Pingress
  15. Shooting Fish (1997)... Georgie
  16. Emma (1996) (TV)... Emma Woodhouse
  17. Haunted (1995)... Christina Mariell
  18. Marie-Louise ou la permission (1995)... Marie-Louise
  19. Cold Comfort Farm (1995)... Flora Poste
  20. Prince of Jutland (1994)... Ethel
  21. Uncovered (1994)... Julia
  22. Much Ado About Nothing (1993)... Hero
  23. Rachel's Dream (1992) (TV)... Rachel
  24. One Against the Wind (1991)(TV)... Barbe Lindell
  25. Devices and Desires (1991) (mini series)... Young Alice Mair (voice)

External links

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