Kate Beckinsale

Actor, Waitress
Despite being an onscreen novice, actress Kate Beckinsale made a strong film debut as the virginal Hero in Kenneth Branagh's sun-dappled adaptation of "Much Ado About Nothing" (1993), projecting the requisite ... Read more »
Born: 07/25/1973 in London, England, GB

Filmography

Actor (59)

Absolutely Anything 2015 (Movie)

Catherine (Actor)

The Disappointments Room 2015 (Movie)

Dana (Actor)

The Face of an Angel 2015 (Movie)

Simone Ford (Actor)

Stonehearst Asylum 2014 (Movie)

Eliza Graves (Actor)

After Lately 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Trials of Cate McCall 2013 (Movie)

Cate McCullough (Actor)

Conan 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Contraband 2012 (Movie)

Kate Farraday (Actor)

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Jimmy Kimmel Live: After the Academy Awards 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

Scream Awards 2011 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2012 Independent Spirit Awards 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Presenter

The 69th Annual Golden Globes Awards 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Late Show With David Letterman 2008, 2012 (Tv Show)

Guest

The Tonight Show With Jay Leno 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Total Recall 2012 (Movie)

Lori Quaid (Actor)

Underworld: Awakening 2012 (Movie)

Selene (Actor)

CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

Everybody's Fine 2009 (Movie)

Amy (Actor)

Fragments 2009 (Movie)

Carla Davenport (Actor)

The 14th Annual Critics' Choice Awards 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

Underworld: Rise of the Lycans 2009 (Movie)

Selene (Actor)

Whiteout 2009 (Movie)

Carrie Stetko (Actor)

Nothing But the Truth 2008 (Movie)

Rachel Armstrong (Actor)

Snow Angels 2008 (Movie)

Annie Marchand (Actor)

The 14th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Scream Awards 2006 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Vacancy 2007 (Movie)

Amy Fox (Actor)

Click 2006 (Movie)

Donna Newman (Actor)

The 2006 MTV Movie Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

The 63rd Annual Golden Globe Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Underworld: Evolution 2006 (Movie)

Selene (Actor)

The 2004 MTV Movie Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The Aviator 2004 (Movie)

Ava Gardner (Actor)

Tiptoes 2004 (Movie)

Carol (Actor)

Van Helsing 2004 (Movie)

Anna Valerious (Actor)

Van Helsing: The Man and the Monsters 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Laurel Canyon 2003 (Movie)

Alex (Actor)

Underworld 2003 (Movie)

Selene (Actor)

My VH1 Music Awards '01 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Pearl Harbor 2001 (Movie)

Evelyn Johnson (Actor)

Pearl Harbor: A Journey to the Screen 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Serendipity 2001 (Movie)

Sara Thomas (Actor)

The Golden Bowl 2001 (Movie)

Maggie Verver (Actor)

Alice Through the Looking Glass 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Brokedown Palace 1999 (Movie)

Darlene Davis (Actor)

Shooting Fish 1998 (Movie)

Georgie (Actor)

The Last Days of Disco 1998 (Movie)

Charlotte (Actor)

Haunted 1997 (Movie)

Christina Mariell (Actor)

Jane Austen's Emma 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Cold Comfort Farm 1996 (Movie)

Flora Poste (Actor)

Anna Lee: Headcase 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Uncovered 1995 (Movie)

Julia (Actor)

Marie-Louise or The Leave 1994 (Movie)

Marie-Louise (Actor)

Royal Deceit 1994 (Movie)

Ethel (Actor)

Much Ado About Nothing 1993 (Movie)

Hero--Leonato's Daughter (Actor)

One Against the Wind (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Despite being an onscreen novice, actress Kate Beckinsale made a strong film debut as the virginal Hero in Kenneth Branagh's sun-dappled adaptation of "Much Ado About Nothing" (1993), projecting the requisite intelligence and star quality that deemed her one to watch. Since her breakthrough, Beckinsale went on to make a name for herself in her native England, then across the pond in the United States, where she made her debut in "The Last Days of Disco" (1998). Though her first major American film, "Brokedown Palace" (1999), proved to be a box office flop, she gained widespread exposure in the blockbuster "Pearl Harbor" (2001). But it was Beckinsale's starring turn as the leather-clad vampire warrior, Selene, in "Underworld" (2003) that earned her a legion of young comic book fans who enjoyed seeing her reprise the sexy role in "Underworld: Evolution" (2006), which she deftly balanced with a realistic portrayal of Ava Garnder in "The Aviator" (2004), confirming that Beckinsale was a not only a star of varied talents but an undeniable brunette beauty who harkened back to Hollywood's Golden Age goddesses.

Relationships

Richard Beckinsale Actor

Father
Born July 6, 1947; played Lennie Godber on the popular BBC sitcom "Porridge"; married Kate's mother, actress Judy Loe in 1977 Died of a heart attack on March 19, 1979

Samantha Beckinsale

Half-Sister
Born July 23, 1966; daughter of Richard Beckinsale and Margaret Bradley

Judy Loe Actor

Mother
Born March 6, 1947; married to Kate's father, Richard Beckinsale until his death in 1979; married TV director Roy Battersby in 1997

Edmund Moriarty

Companion
Dated when she attended Cambridge

Michael Sheen Actor

Companion
Met during the production of "The Seagull" (1995) Father of her daughter Lily Relationship ended during the filming of "Underworld" (2003), in which they both starred, when Beckinsale left Sheen for the film's director Len Wiseman, whom she later married

Lily Sheen

Daughter
Born Jan. 31, 1999; father, Michael Sheen

Len Wiseman Actor

Husband
Met when he directed her in "Underworld" (2003) Married May 9, 2004 in Los Angeles, CA

EDUCATION

Godolphin and Latymer School

An all-girls independent school

University of Oxford

Oxford , England 1991 - 1994
Spent third year abroad in Paris; dropped out in spring 1994 to concentrate on acting

University of Oxford

Oxford , England 1991 - 1994
Spent third year abroad in Paris; dropped out in spring 1994 to concentrate on acting

Milestones

2012

Reprised role of Selene in "Underworld: Awakening"

2012

Cast as the wife of Mark Wahlberg's character, a former criminal who gets forced back into a life of crime after his family is threatened, in the action thriller "Contraband"

2009

Made a cameo in "Underworld: Rise of the Lycans" as her character Selene

2009

Played a U.S. Marshal tracking a killer in Antarctica as the sun is about to set for six months in "Whiteout"

2009

Co-starred with Robert De Niro, Drew Barrymore, and Sam Rockwell in the family drama "Everybody's Fine"

2008

Co-starred with Sam Rockwell in the romantic drama "Snow Angels"

2008

Acted alongside Forest Whitaker and Guy Pearce in the ensemble drama "Fragments"

2008

Played a reporter facing possible jail time for outing a CIA agent and refusing to reveal her source in Rod Lurie's "Nothing but the Truth"

2007

Co-starred with Luke Wilson in the horror film "Vacancy"

2006

Reprised role of Selene and once again teamed with director Len Wiseman for "Underworld: Evolution"

2004

Portrayed Ava Gardner opposite Leonardo DiCaprio in Martin Scorsese's "Aviator"

2004

Cast as Anna opposite Hugh Jackman in the horror thriller "Van Helsing"

2003

Played the protagonist Selene opposite Scott Speedman in the horror film "Underworld," written and directed by Len Wiseman

2003

Played Christian Bale's love interest in "Laurel Canyon"

2001

Portrayed a 1940s army nurse who becomes involved in a love triangle with two pilots in "Pearl Harbor"

2001

Acted with John Cusack in the romantic comedy "Serendipity"

2000

Portrayed Nick Nolte's daughter in the Merchant-Ivory adaptation of Henry James' "The Golden Bowl"

1999

Co-starred with Clare Danes in "Brokedown Palace"

1998

Appeared in Whit Stillman's ensemble drama "The Last Days of Disco"

1998

Played Alice in British TV production of "Alice Through the Looking Glass"

1997

Played the lead in the British version of Jane Austen's "Emma" (ITV; aired in the U.S. on A&E)

1997

Co-starred with Stuart Townsend and Dan Futterman in "Shooting Fish"

1996

Appeared in the London stage productions of "Sweethearts" and "Clocks"

1995

Portrayed the orphan Flora Poste who goes to live with her relatives in "Cold Comfort Farm" (BBC)

1995

Made stage acting debut in "The Seagull"

1994

Played the female lead in "Marie-Louise ou la permission"

1993

Feature film debut as Hero in Kenneth Branagh's feature adaptation of "Much Ado About Nothing"

1993

Played the Ophelia character in "Prince of Jutland/ Royal Deceit"

1991

Played Judy Davis' rebellious daughter in the CBS TV-movie "One Against the Wind"

1991

Played small role in the British TV-miniseries "Devices and Desires" (ITV)

Studied French and Russian literature at New College, Oxford

Bonus Trivia

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As a teenager, Beckinsale twice won the W. H. Smith Young Writers' competition – once for three short stories and once for three poems.

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Beckinsale suffered from anorexia as a teenager. She underwent four years of five-day-per-week analysis.

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"I'm not crazy about being called an ingenue. I keep getting called an English rose as well, which I find a bit annoying because my grandfather is Burmese." – Beckinsale in Detour magazine, November 1996

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"People asked me ever since I was a little kid whether I was going to be an actress, and for a long time I said no, I was so adamant I wasn't going to for such a long time. I think I just wanted to be different, but then I got a couple of jobs and it started gently from there." – Beckinsale on her career in Empire, May 1997

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"Other actors who knew him kept telling me how devastated they were when he died. I was constantly having to console them for my father's death. I was devastated and knew exactly what had happened. I'm very respectful of small children now." – Beckinsale on the death of her father Richard, from Cosmopolitan (U.K. edition), May 1997

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"Even when they wank on about how fantastic you are, it doesn't mean a lot. Maybe you struck the right nerve. But when they've shat on you from a great height, and they've said you're ugly and revolting, then you're bound to be bitter. We hardly have any good theater critics now, it's all to do with the cult of their personality, and a lot of them are pure poison. It used to be an art form when Ken Tynan wrote about Olivier, now it's filling a column. I wouldn't want to be paid for making people cry. I suppose a bad review can be helpful, but it rarely is. You just want to go round, tar their f*cking throats off and piss in their necks." – Beckinsale on critics, quoted in GQ (U.K. edition), November 1997

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"With every project you do, you bring out a part of yourself, and it seems to be quite a good way of expanding as a person." – Beckinsale to Premiere, June 1998

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"I've always felt that anorexia was the form of breakdown most readily available to adolescent girls. Its place and role in the family is very interesting: There is usually one person in the family who unknowingly becomes the catalyst for things almost the scapegoat in a way to stop the whole structure from collapsing. After I got better, I kept quiet about if for a long time. But then I began to think that a lot of people don't recover as well as I have, and I think I understand quite a lot about it, so I mentioned it in an interview with Company magazine. But the way they handled it was to say, 'Isn't she thin? and oh, how terribly tragic,' and, of course by then it had been several years since I'd had anorexia. It then became one of those things that follow you around. It made me feel quite funny talking about it." – Beckinsale to Dina Rabinovitch in Interview, July 1998

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"They saved all the kissing scenes up at the end of 'Pearl Harbor' and the 'Serendipity' ones were right at the beginning, so I was literally going from one man to the next. I don't know what my daughter, Lily, thought when she kept catching me in clinches with various, different, massive men. I think she thinks that's what my job is, mainly kissing, which it probably is, actually." – Beckinsale to www.katebeckinsale.net, January 2002

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"It's funny, every time I do a film I feel that right I've done a Shakespeare now, I'd like to play an American, or I'd like to do a movie in French, or this or that. As far as I'm concerned I've changed around quite a bit but this seems to be the one that's got everyone going what? She can't possibly do that. Which I think is great. The fact that I haven't been so successful that I've been stuck doing one thing is fantastic for me and I hope that continues" – Beckinsale on her role as a vampire in "Underworld" to Empire, November 2003

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"American men were all called Todd and were lifeguards and had kegs and things like that. I think that is largely true, isn't it?" – Beckinsale's image of American men growing up GQ, May 2004

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"I was always the youngest in my class and was still quite happy to be roller-skating when, at about 12 years old, it suddenly became all about boys and push-up bras." – Beckinsale quoted in Hollywood Life, February 2006

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