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Kate Beckinsale

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Kate Beckinsale Biography

Kate Beckinsale, real name Kathrin Romary "Kate" Beckinsale (born 26 July 1973), is an English actress. After some minor television roles, she made her film debut in Much Ado About Nothing (1993) while still a student at Oxford University. She then 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. She began to seek film work in the United States in the late 1990s and, after appearing in small-scale dramas The Last Days of Disco (1998) and Brokedown Palace (1999), she had a break-out year in 2001 with starring roles in the war film Pearl Harbor and the romantic comedy Serendipity. She built on this success with appearances in the biopic The Aviator (2004) and the comedy Click (2006).

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Kate Beckinsale Awards

YearAwardCategoryForResult
2012 Costume Designers Guild Awards Won
2009 Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards Best Actress Nothing But the Truth (2008). Nominated
2007 People's Choice Awards, USA Favorite Female Action Star Nominated
2007 Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie: Scream Vacancy (2007). Nominated
2006 MTV Movie Awards Best Hero Underworld: Evolution (2006). Nominated

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Kate Beckinsale 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), 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 Click (2006) 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 and Michael" (1988) (aka "Live with Regis and Kelly") that when she was working on Everybody's Fine (2009), she had never heard of nor had cannoli 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.
  • The doormat in her Los Angeles home reads - "Nice to see you, to see you, nice" - a popular British catchphrase coined by TV personality Bruce Forsyth.
  • She had a body double for her nude scenes in Haunted (1995)

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Kate Beckinsale Photos

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    "PUNK: Chaos to Couture" Costume Institute Gala - Arrivals

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    London Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2013/14 - Burberry Prorsum - Arrivals

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    "Total Recall" UK Premiere - Arrivals

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    "Total Recall" Germany Premiere - Arrivals

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    "Total Recall" Los Angeles Premiere - Arrivals

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