Kate Beckinsale Biography
Kate Beckinsale was born 26 July 1973 in England, and has resided in London for most of her life. Her mother is Judy Loe, who has appeared in a number of British dramas and sitcoms, and continues to work as an actress, predominantly in British television productions. Her father was Richard Beckinsale, born in Nottingham, England, UK. He starred in a number of popular British television comedies during the 1970s, most notably the television series "Rising Damp" (1974), "Porridge" (1973) and "The Lovers" (1970). He passed away tragically early in 1979 at the age of 32.
Kate attended the private school, Godolphin and Latymer School in London for her grade and primary school education. In her teens, she twice won the British bookseller W. H. Smith Young Writers' competition - once for three short stories and once for three poems. After a tumultuous adolescence (a bout of anorexia - cured - and a smoking habit which continues to this day), she gradually took up the profession of acting.
Her major acting debut came in a World War II television movie called One Against the Wind (1991) (TV), filmed in Luxembourg during the summer of 1991. It first aired on American television that December. Kate began attending Oxford University's New College in the fall of 1991, majoring in French and Russian literature. She had already decided that she wanted to act, but to broaden her horizons she chose university over drama school. While in her first year at Oxford, Kate received her big break in Kenneth Branagh's film adaptation of Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing (1993). Kate worked in three other films while attending Oxford, beginning with a part in the medieval historical drama Prince of Jutland (1994), cast as Ethel. The film was shot during spring, 1993 on location in Denmark, and she performed her supporting part during New College's Easter break. Later in the summer of that year, she performed as the lead in the contemporary mystery drama Uncovered (1994). Before she went back to school, her third year at university was spent at Oxford's study-abroad program in Paris, France, immersing herself in the French language, Parisian culture, and those awful French cigarettes.
A year away from the academic community and living on her own in the French capital caused her to re-evaluate the direction of her life. She faced a choice: continue with school, or concentrate on her flourishing acting career. After much thought, she chose the acting career. In the spring of 1994 Kate left Oxford, after finishing three years of study. Kate appeared in the BBC/Thames Television satire Cold Comfort Farm (1995) (TV) filmed in London and East Sussex during late summer 1994 and opened to spectacular reviews in the United States, grossing over US$5 million during its American cinema run. It was re-released to U.K. theaters in the spring of 1997.
Acting on the stage consumed the first part of 1995; she toured in England with the Thelma Holts Theatre Company production of Anton Chekhov's The Seagull. After turning down several mediocre scripts, "and going nearly berserk with boredom", she waited seven months before another interesting role was offered to her. Her big movie of 1995 was the romance/horror movie Haunted (1995), starring opposite Aidan Quinn and John Gielgud, and filmed in West Sussex. In this film, she wanted to play "an object of desire", unlike her past performances where her characters were much less the siren and more the worldly innocent. Kate's first film project of 1996 was the British ITV production of Jane Austen's novel Emma (1996) (TV). Her last film of 1996 was the comedy Shooting Fish (1997), filmed at Shepperton Studios in London during early fall. She played the part of Georgie, an altruistic con artist. She had a daughter, Lily, in 1999 with actor Michael Sheen.
Spouse - Len Wiseman (9 May 2004 - present)
More Interesting Information for Kate Beckinsale
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.
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 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 two years running, once for her short stories, once for poetry.
Ranked #63 in Stuff magazine's "102 Sexiest Women In The World" (2002)
Shares a birthday with Sandra Bullock, Kevin Spacey and Jeremy Piven.
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 the 2005 Razzie Award nominating ballot. She was suggested in the Worst Actress category for her performance in the film Van Helsing (2004), she failed to receive a nomination however.
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
Personal quotes from Kate Beckinsale
"If someone had told me years ago that sharing a sense of humour was so vital to partnerships, I could have avoided a lot of sex!"
"No one is more enslaved than a slave who doesn't think they're enslaved."
"Everybody likes the underdog, because everybody feels like the underdog. No matter how successful you are, you always think, No one's being nice enough to me!"
"I try and take lots of vitamins and I don't drink. I do smoke, though, I'd be insufferable if I didn't smoke, you'd have to push me off a balcony I'd be so boring",
"With every project you do, you bring out a part of yourself, and it seems to be quite a good way of expanding a person."
"Apparently, I get facials and manicures all the time. I read this and think, 'Oh, I wish I did that!' I don't think I've had a facial since I was 19. When I shave my legs, I use my child's shampoo and a razor - if I can find one. If I did everything they said I did, I would never see Lily."
"I dropped out of Oxford, and now I only speak Russian with the woman who gives me a bikini-wax. See what Hollywood does to you?"
"I think, at 19, I was very grown-up in certain ways and extremely not so in others. If I had come on to a movie set at that age and someone had said, 'You're a bit funny-looking, can you go on a diet?' - I might have jumped off a building. I just didn't have the confidence to put that into perspective at the time."
"I look at how Keira Knightley is coiffed when she attends events. I remember going to Cannes with Much Ado About Nothing (1993) when I was 18, and nobody told me, 'Oh, here's a make-up artist or, 'This person wants to dress you, what clothes are you wearing?' It just wasn't like that when I started. Nobody even told me I could bring a friend! I just sort of showed up in a very expensive pair of trousers I bought in Harvey Nichols, and something I bought in the Sock Shop at the airport. But Keira Knightley has like full hair and make-up and a proper outfit and I think, 'Wow, she's not going to have the before photos I had to endure!' She's really lucky".
"I don't think he liked being in a cage and wouldn't stop masturbating and humping his bowl." about her daughter's pet rabbit
Kate Beckinsale Filmography
Actress - filmography
(In Production) (2000s) (1990s)
April 23 (2007) .... Melinda
Snow Angels (2006) .... Annie
Click (2006) .... Donna Newman
Underworld: Evolution (2006) .... Selene
The Aviator (2004) .... Ava Gardner
Van Helsing (2004) .... Anna Valerious
Underworld (2003) .... Selene
... aka Underworld (Germany)
Tiptoes (2003) .... Carol
... aka Tiny Tiptoes (France)
Laurel Canyon (2002) .... Alex
Serendipity (2001) .... Sara Thomas
Pearl Harbor (2001) .... Nurse Lt. Evelyn Johnson
... aka Pearl Harbour (UK: promotional title)
The Golden Bowl (2000) .... Maggie Verver
... aka Coupe d'or, La (France)
Brokedown Palace (1999) .... Darlene Davis
Alice Through the Looking Glass (1998) (TV) .... Alice
"Un siècle d'écrivains"
- David Herbert Lawrence (1998) TV Episode
The Last Days of Disco (1998) .... Charlotte Pingress
Shooting Fish (1997) .... Georgie
Emma (1996) (TV) .... Emma Woodhouse
Haunted (1995) .... Christina Mariell
Marie-Louise ou la permission (1995) .... Marie-Louise
Cold Comfort Farm (1995) (TV) .... Flora Poste
Prince of Jutland (1994) .... Ethel
... aka Amled, prinsen af Jylland (Denmark)
... aka Prinsen af Jylland (Denmark: video title)
... aka Royal Deceit (USA)
Uncovered (1994) .... Julia
... aka Tabla de Flandes, La (Spain)
Much Ado About Nothing (1993) .... Hero
Anna Lee: Headcase (1993) (TV) .... Thea Hahn
Rachel's Dream (1992) (TV) .... Rachel
One Against the Wind (1991) (TV) .... Barbe Lindell
"Devices and Desires" (1991) (mini) TV Series (voice) .... Young Alice Mair
Filmography as: Actress, Herself
Herself - filmography
2006 MTV Movie Awards (2006) (TV) .... Herself/Presenter
- Episode #7.1 (2006) TV Episode
"The Tonight Show with Jay Leno"
- Episode dated 25 January 2006 (2006) TV Episode .... Herself
- Episode dated 26 May 2001 (2001) TV Episode .... Herself
"Late Night with Conan O'Brien"
- Episode dated 19 January 2006 (2006) TV Episode .... Herself
"Late Show with David Letterman"
... aka Late Show Backstage (USA: title for episodes with guest hosts)
... aka The Late Show (USA: informal short title)
- Episode dated 18 January 2006 (2006) TV Episode .... Herself
- Episode dated 16 December 2004 (2004) TV Episode .... Herself
- Episode dated 5 May 2004 (2004) TV Episode .... Herself
- Episode dated 18 January 2006 (2006) TV Episode .... Herself
- Episode dated 16 December 2004 (2004) TV Episode .... Herself
Underworld: Evolution - Inside the Action (2006) (TV) .... Herself
The 63rd Annual Golden Globe Awards (2006) (TV) .... Herself - presenter
Live from the Red Carpet: The 2006 Golden Globe Awards (2006) (TV) .... Herself
"Sunday Morning Shootout"
- Episode dated 7 August 2005 (2005) TV Episode .... Herself
A Life Without Limits: The Making of 'The Aviator' (2005) (V) .... Herself
VH1 Big in 05 (2005) (TV) .... Herself
"History vs. Hollywood"
... aka History Through the Lens (USA: syndication title)
- The Aviator (2004) TV Episode .... Herself
"The Oprah Winfrey Show"
... aka Oprah (USA: short title)
- Episode dated 6 December 2004 (2004) TV Episode .... Herself
52 Most Irresistible Women (2004) (TV) .... Herself
- Hollywoodin kierrätysbuumi (2004) TV Episode .... Herself
The World of Van Helsing (2004) (TV) .... Herself
"Total Request Live"
... aka TRL (USA: promotional abbreviation)
... aka Total Request with Carson Daly (USA)
- Episode dated 6 May 2004 (2004) TV Episode .... Herself
... aka NBC News Today (USA: promotional title)
... aka The Today Show (USA)
- Episode dated 4 May 2004 (2004) TV Episode .... Herself
Van Helsing: The Man and the Monsters (2004) (TV) .... Herself
Van Helsing: Behind the Screams (2004) (V) .... Herself
"Children in Need"
- Episode dated 21 November 2003 (2003) TV Episode .... Herself
"Friday Night with Jonathan Ross"
- Episode #5.2 (2003) TV Episode .... Herself
"The Daily Show"
... aka The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (USA: new title)
... aka The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Global Edition (International: English title: cut version)
- Episode dated 10 September 2003 (2003) TV Episode .... Herself
2002 MTV Movie Awards (2002) (TV) .... Herself
8th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards (2002) (TV) .... Herself - Presenter
"The Big Breakfast"
- Episode dated 24 December 2001 (2001) TV Episode .... Herself
"So Graham Norton"
- Episode #5.8 (2001) TV Episode .... Herself
Journey to the Screen: The Making of 'Pearl Harbor' (2001) (TV) .... Herself
"The Rosie O'Donnell Show"
- Episode dated 5 October 2001 (2001) TV Episode .... Herself
- Show nº264 (2001) TV Episode .... Herself
The Unforgettable Richard Beckinsale (2000) (TV) .... Herself
Ladies & Gentlemen: The Best of George Michael (1999) (V) .... Girl ('Waltz Away Dreaming" video)