Kate Beckinsale

Highest Rated: 97% Love & Friendship (2016)
Birthday: Jul 26, 1973
Birthplace: London, England
First making an impression on international audiences with her role as the sweet, virginal Hero in Kenneth Branagh's Much Ado About Nothing (1993), pale-skinned, fine-boned British actress Kate Beckinsale has since stepped beyond period pieces to prove that she is anything but a fragile English rose.The daughter of a BBC casting director and famed television actor Richard Beckinsale (known for roles on Porridge and Rising Damp), Beckinsale was born July 26, 1973. After her father's death from a heart attack in 1979, the actress was raised by her mother. By her own account, Beckinsale's childhood and adolescence were fairly troubled, marked by struggles with anorexia. She decided to follow in her father's acting footsteps while still a teenager and in 1991, had her major television debut in Once Against the Wind, a World War II drama in which she played Judy Davis' daughter. The same year, Beckinsale enrolled at Oxford, to study French and Russian Literature, and pursued her education until committing herself full-time to acting. In 1993, while still a student at Oxford, Beckinsale was cast in Branagh's Much Ado About Nothing. Her supporting role was a memorable one, winning the actress a limited amount of recognition amongst American audiences, but it was not until 1995, when she starred in John Schlesinger's adaptation of Stella Gibbons' Cold Comfort Farm, that her wattage began to increase, at least in art houses everywhere. The film, which was initially made for BBC television, proved to be a modest hit, bringing in respectable box office and glowing reviews. Beckinsale followed the film's success with another two years later, starring as an altruistic con artist in the quirky romantic comedy Shooting Fish. The film was an unqualified hit in its native country, becoming the third-highest grossing film in England for 1997. The same year, Beckinsale further increased her visibility with the title role in A&E's Emma.She next graced American movie screens in Whit Stillman's The Last Days of Disco (1998). She received good reviews for her portrayal of a cool and catty WASP college graduate (for which she assumed an American accent), although the movie itself met with a deeply mixed reaction. The following year, Beckinsale, in addition to giving birth to a daughter (fathered by longtime boyfriend Michael Sheen), starred in her first big-budget Hollywood feature. Playing opposite Claire Danes in Brokedown Palace, the actress portrayed an American girl who, while on vacation with best friend Danes in Thailand, gets caught with heroin and is sentenced to 33 years in a Thai prison.That mid-budgeted film, however, was nothing compared to her next major Hollywood production. After essaying roles in a television production of Alice Through the Looking Glass (1999) and the Merchant/Ivory production of Henry James' The Golden Bowl (2000), Beckinsale was plucked from relative obscurity by director Michael Bay for his lavish World War II epic, Pearl Harbor (2001). Boasting a record-setting, nine-digit price tag and one of the most aggressive marketing campaigns ever waged on the American public, the film featured the actress as Evelyn, a plucky nurse torn between the affections of two soldiers. Though a brief foray into Laurel Canyon found Beckinsale essaying the low-key role of a Harvard graduate gone astray after a taste of the wild side of life, she once again shifted into high gear for the big-budget vampire versus werewolf battle royal Underworld in 2003. Sporting the sort of gothic vinyl duds that had fanboys crooning, Beckinsale raised arms against a brutal breed of lycanthropes and few could argue that she didn't look good doing it. So good, in fact, that not only a sequel but a prequel followed.Soon thereafter the starlet was once again doing battle with the undead (opposite X-Men's Hugh Jackman) in the action horror adventure Van Helsing. At the end of 2004, Beckinsale turned in a solid performance as Ava Gardner in Martin Scorses

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
44% Farming Actor 2019
33% The Only Living Boy in New York Johanna $0.7M 2017
18% Absolutely Anything Catherine $0.7M 2017
19% Underworld: Blood Wars Selene $30.4M 2017
0% The Disappointments Room Dana $2.5M 2016
97% Love & Friendship Lady Susan Vernon Martin $14.1M 2016
37% The Face Of An Angel Simone Ford 2015
53% Stonehearst Asylum Actor 2014
No Score Yet The Trials of Cate McCall Cate McCall 2013
31% Total Recall Lori Quaid $58.9M 2012
27% Underworld: Awakening Selene $62.4M 2012
51% Contraband Kate Farraday $66.5M 2012
47% Everybody's Fine Amy $8.9M 2009
7% Whiteout Carrie Stetko $10.4M 2009
29% Underworld: The Rise of the Lycans Actor $45.9M 2009
81% Nothing But the Truth Rachel Armstrong 2008
45% Fragments Carla Davenport 2008
55% Vacancy Amy Fox $19M 2007
68% Snow Angels Annie Marchand $0.3M 2007
33% Click Donna Newman $137.4M 2006
17% Underworld: Evolution Selene $62.4M 2006
86% The Aviator Ava Gardner $102.6M 2004
29% Tiptoes Carol 2004
No Score Yet Van Helsing: The London Assignment Actor 2004
24% Van Helsing Anna Valerious $119.7M 2004
31% Underworld Selene $51.5M 2003
68% Laurel Canyon Alex $3.6M 2003
59% Serendipity Sara Thomas $50M 2001
24% Pearl Harbor Evelyn Johnson $197.8M 2001
53% The Golden Bowl Maggie Verver $2.2M 2000
31% Brokedown Palace Darlene Davis 1999
No Score Yet Alice Through the Looking Glass Alice 1998
73% Last Days of Disco Charlotte 1998
57% Shooting Fish Georgie 1998
83% Cold Comfort Farm Flora Poste 1996
No Score Yet Jane Austen's Emma Emma Woodhouse 1996
80% Haunted Christina Mariell 1995
No Score Yet Royal Deceit (Prince of Jutland) Ethel 1994
No Score Yet Uncovered Julia 1994
90% Much Ado About Nothing Hero 1993
No Score Yet One Against the Wind Barbe 1991

TV

CREDIT
59% The Widow
2019
Georgia Wells
  • 2019
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With James Corden
2015
Guest
  • 2019
  • 2017
  • 2016
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
Guest
  • 2019
  • 2017
  • 2012
41% Chelsea
2016-2017
Appearing
  • 2017
No Score Yet The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
2015
Guest
  • 2017
  • 2016
No Score Yet Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen
2009
Guest
  • 2017
  • 2016
No Score Yet The Graham Norton Show
2007
Guest
  • 2016
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
Guest
  • 2016
No Score Yet Tavis Smiley
2013-2018
Guest
  • 2016
  • 2015
No Score Yet Conan
2010
Guest
  • 2016
  • 2012
  • 2011
No Score Yet Chelsea Lately
2007-2014
Guest
  • 2012
No Score Yet Late Show With David Letterman
1993-2015
Guest
  • 2012
No Score Yet The Ellen DeGeneres Show
2003
Guest
  • 2012
  • 2009
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
Guest
  • 2012
  • 2008
  • 2001
No Score Yet Punk'd
2003-2012
Appearing
  • 2006
No Score Yet Masterpiece
1971-2014
Emma Woodhouse
  • 1997

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