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Kate Winslet

Highest Rated:   98% Sense and Sensibility (1995)
Lowest Rated:   4% Movie 43 (2013)
Birthplace:   Reading, Berkshire, England, UK
A handful of actresses carry such a wellspring of inner grace and presence that they appear destined for celebrity from birth. Natalie Wood had it, as did Elizabeth Taylor and Grace Kelly; many would doubtless place Kate Winslet among their ranks. A tender 11 when she commenced her formal dramatic training, 19 when she debuted cinematically, and 20 when she received her first Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination, Winslet never "ascended" to stardom; she became a star overnight. The possessor of an hourglass-figured, full-lipped beauty that lends itself effortlessly to costume dramas, Winslet was roundly hailed by the press for standing in stark, proud contrast to her more conventional Hollywood peers. Born on October 5, 1975, and raised in Reading, England, as the daughter of stage actors and the granddaughter of a repertory theater manager, Winslet inherited the "drama bug" from her folks. After training exhaustively as a child and securing professional representation she went on the air as a spokesgirl for a popular British cereal, and later attended a performing-arts secondary school. Following an early graduation in 1991 (prior to the age of 16), Winslet launched her regional stage career, highlighted by roles in adaptations of The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole and Peter Pan. It would be difficult to imagine a more auspicious film bow than the role of Juliet Hulme in Peter Jackson's Heavenly Creatures -- or a more difficult one. This characterization -- that of an extroverted adolescent who constructs an incestuously exclusive fantasy world with her best friend (Melanie Lynskey) -- put Winslet on the map, and opened the door for follow-ups in international megahits such as Ang Lee's Sense and Sensibility (1995), as the willful, passionate Marianne; and James Cameron's Titanic (1997), as the object of Leonardo Di Caprio's affections, Rose DeWitt Bukater. She received dual Oscar nominations for those roles, but, surprisingly, failed to net either one.Meanwhile, Winslet concurrently shied away from the high gloss of Cameron and unveiled her stage origins, traveling the arthouse circuit with such productions as Michael Winterbottom's Jude (1996), as Sue Bridehead; and Kenneth Branagh's disappointing, overbaked, four-hour Hamlet (1996), as Ophelia. Hideous Kinky embodied a turn on a much smaller scale. Directed by Scottish helmer Gillies MacKinnon (and scripted by his brother, Billy), the film casts Winslet as a freewheeling young hippie who takes her children to Morocco in order to pursue spiritual enlightenment. Beyond the positive reviews gleaned by the film and the praise that critics lavished onto Winslet's performance, one of the most alluring sidelights happened off camera, when Winslet dated and then married James Threapleton, the third assistant director on the MacKinnon film. The couple divorced in 2001.During 1999 and 2000, Winslet dove into two roles that required her to cut loose and break free of all inhibitions. First, she played another young woman in search of spiritual enlightenment, this time in Jane Campion's Holy Smoke. Starring as an Australian girl who joins a cult on a visit to India, and is then "deprogrammed" by Harvey Keitel, Winslet's role pushed her beyond the limits of propriety and embarrassment (one scene has her standing naked and urinating in front of Keitel). Unfortunately, one or two brave performances did not an unequivocal masterpiece make; the picture sharply divided critics, falling far short of the praise heaped onto Campion's The Piano six years earlier. Even gutsier (though more successful on a dramatic level) was Winslet's turn as a laundress who delivers the Marquis de Sade's manuscripts to the outside world in Phil Kaufman's Quills. Winslet reentered the Oscar limelight with yet another Academy-nommed performance as a youthful Iris Murdoch in director Richard Eyre's Iris, but the gold statuette eluded her a third time when Jennifer Connelly netted it for A Beautiful Mind. In early


Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Titanic in Dolby Vision
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31% Wonder Wheel
  • Ginny
41% The Mountain Between Us
  • Alex Martin
$29.7M 2017
No Score Yet Diana: The Day We Said Goodbye
  • Actor
14% Collateral Beauty
  • Claire
$31M 2016
54% The Dressmaker
  • Myrtle 'Tilly' Dunnage
$2.1M 2016
53% Triple 9
  • Irina Vlaslov
86% Steve Jobs
  • Joanna Hoffman
$12.5M 2015
45% A Little Chaos
  • Madame de Barra
$0.6M 2015
29% Insurgent
  • Jeanine Matthews
$114.2M 2015
No Score Yet Zbuntowana 3D
  • Jeanine Matthews
41% Divergent
  • Jeanine Matthews
$129.6M 2014
34% Labor Day
  • Adele Wheeler
$13.4M 2014
4% Movie 43
  • Juliet Hulme
$8.8M 2013
71% Carnage
  • Nancy Cowan
$2.2M 2011
84% Contagion
  • Dr. Erin Mears
$75.7M 2011
56% A Mother's Courage: Talking Back To Autism (Sólskinsdrengurinn)
  • Narrator
$2.3k 2010
68% Revolutionary Road
  • April
$22.9M 2008
62% The Reader
  • Hanna Schmitz
$34.2M 2008
50% The Fox & the Child
  • Narrator
54% Romance & Cigarettes
  • Tula
$0.4M 2007
47% The Holiday
  • Iris
$63.3M 2006
73% Flushed Away
  • Rita
$64.5M 2006
80% Little Children
  • Sarah Pierce
$5.4M 2006
11% All The King's Men
  • Anne Stanton
$7.3M 2006
91% Deep Sea 3D
  • Narrator
$42.1M 2006
82% Finding Neverland
  • Sylvia Llewelyn Davies
No Score Yet War Game
  • Annie
No Score Yet Pride
  • Suki
93% Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind
  • Clementine Kruczynski
$34.2M 2004
19% The Life of David Gale
  • Elizabeth `Bitsey' Bloom
$19.6M 2003
72% Enigma
  • Hester Wallace
79% Iris
  • Young Iris Murdoch
$5.4M 2001
20% Christmas Carol - The Movie
  • Belle
75% Quills
  • Madeleine
$4.3M 2000
45% Holy Smoke
  • Ruth Barron
No Score Yet Faeries
  • Actor
65% Hideous Kinky
  • Julia
88% Titanic
  • Rose DeWitt Bukater
95% Hamlet
  • Ophelia
81% Jude
  • Sue Bridehead
98% Sense and Sensibility
  • Marianne Dashwood
5% A Kid in King Arthur's Court
  • Princess Sarah
92% Heavenly Creatures
  • Juliet Hulme
No Score Yet Anglo-Saxon Attitudes
  • Actor


No Score Yet The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
  • Guest
  • 2017
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
  • Guest
  • 2017
  • 2015
No Score Yet 60 Minutes
  • Appearing
  • 2016
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
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  • 2016
No Score Yet Sunday Morning
  • Guest
  • 2016
No Score Yet Running Wild With Bear Grylls
  • Appearing
  • 2015
No Score Yet The Ellen DeGeneres Show
  • Guest
  • 2014
  • 2008
75% Mildred Pierce
  • Mildred Pierce
  • 2011
No Score Yet Extras
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  • Herself
  • 2005
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
  • Guest
  • 2005
  • 2002
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
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  • Performer
  • 2004

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