Kate Beckinsale is an English actress and model. After some minor television roles, she made her film debut in Much Ado About Nothing (1993) while still a student at the University of Oxford.
Moreover, she appeared in British costume dramas such as Prince of Jutland (1994), Cold Comfort Farm (1995), Emma (1996), and The Golden Bowl (2000), in addition to various stage and radio productions.
Beckinsale was born in Chiswick, Borough of Hounslow, London, England. She is the only child of actors Richard Beckinsale and Judy Loe. Furthermore, she has an older paternal half-sister, actress Samantha Beckinsale, but they have not had regular contact. Her father was of one-quarter Burmese descent.
Moreover, she made her first television appearance at the age of four, in an episode of This is Your Life dedicated to her father. When she was five years old, her 31-year-old father died suddenly of a heart attack.
Likewise, Beckinsale was educated at Godolphin and Latymer School, an independent school for girls in Hammersmith, West London and was involved with the Orange Tree Youth Theatre. She was twice a winner of the WH Smith Young Writers Award for both fiction and poetry. She has described herself as a “late bloomer”: “All of my friends were kissing boys and drinking cider way before me.
Early Acting Career
In 1993, Beckinsale landed the role of Hero in Kenneth Branagh’s big-screen adaptation of Much Ado About Nothing. It was filmed in Tuscany, Italy, during a summer holiday from Oxford University. Similarly, she attended the film’s Cannes Film Festival premiere and remembered it as an overwhelming experience.
Moreover, Beckinsale next starred in an ITV adaptation of Jane Austen’s Emma, playing Emma to Mark Strong’s Mr. Knightley and Samantha Morton’s Harriet Smith. “You shouldn’t necessarily like Emma,” Beckinsale has said of her character. “You do love her, but in the way, the family of a young girl could be exasperated by her outrageous behavior and still love her.” Furthermore, the program was aired in autumn 1996, just months after Gwyneth Paltrow had starred in a film adaptation of the same story.
Beckinsale has worked occasionally as a model. In 1997, she appeared in the music video for George Michael’s “Waltz Away Dreaming”. Moreover, she starred opposite Orlando Bloom in a 2002 Gap television advertisement directed by Cameron Crowe.
Likewise, she appeared in a Diet Coke television advertisement 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 a Japanese television advertisement.
Beckinsale had an eight-year relationship with actor Michael Sheen from 1995 until 2003. Likewise, they met when cast in a touring production of The Seagull in early 1995 and moved in together shortly afterward. In 1997, they voiced an AudioBook production of Romeo and Juliet.
Moreover, their daughter, Lily, was born in London in 1999. Similarly, in 2001, the actress said she was “embarrassed” that Sheen never proposed, but felt as though she were married. Their relationship ended in early 2003, after the filming of Underworld. Beckinsale and Sheen remain close friends. She remarked in 2016: “He’s really dear, close family. He’s somebody I’ve known since I was 21 years old. I really love him a lot.”
- Full Name: Kathrin Romary Beckinsale
- Date of Birth: 26 July 1973
- Birth Place: Chiswick, Borough of Hounslow, London, England
- Residence: Los Angeles, California, U.S.
- Nationality: English
- Alma mater: New College, Oxford
- Occupation: Actress, model
- Years active: 1991–present
- Spouse(s): Len Wiseman (m. 2004; div. 2016)
- Partner(s): Michael Sheen (1995–2003)
- Parent(s): Richard Beckinsale, Judy Loe
- Relatives: Samantha Beckinsale (half-sister), Roy Battersby (stepfather)
- Height: 1.7 m
- Children: Lily Mo Sheen
- Net Worth: $16 million (2019)
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