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Kristin Scott Thomas

Highest Rated:   97% Microcosmos (1996)
Lowest Rated:   15% Random Hearts (1999)
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Birthplace:   Redruth, Cornwall, England, UK
Early in her career, it looked as though actress Kristin Scott Thomas was going to be relegated to playing the kind of elegantly bloodless British women she portrayed in Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994), but with her role as the aristocratic but passionate Katharine Clifton in The English Patient (1996), Scott Thomas broke the mold, proving herself capable of projecting a good deal of sensuality and heat as her character embarked on a tragic affair with a Hungarian adventurer (Ralph Fiennes). The daughter of a Royal Navy pilot who died in an air crash when she was five, Scott Thomas was born the eldest of five children, in Cornwall, on May 24, 1960. When she was 11, tragedy struck again when her stepfather, also a military pilot, met a demise identical to her father's. Scott Thomas was left to help her mother look after the family and -- in contrast to what her film roles would suggest -- her situation was far from aristocratic. Although she had an interest in acting, her mother loathed the idea and sent her daughter to the Cheltenham Ladies College. Scott Thomas dropped out at age 16, spent some time in a convent, and eventually enrolled at London's Central School of Speech and Drama to take a teacher training course. Unable to resist the call of the stage, however, Scott Thomas quietly began studying drama. Unfortunately, the school's drama department advised her to pursue other professions. Scott Thomas was 18 at the time and in addition to being hurt by the drama department's rejection, she was also fed up with school. Seeking to gain perspective on her life, she went to visit some friends in Paris. What originally began as a two-week vacation ended in a permanent change of residence, after Scott Thomas took an au pair job and then fell in love with a Frenchman (she eventually married, and divorced, obstetrician François Olivennes, with whom she has two sons and a daughter).Though her new French friends teased her for being a funny little English girl, Scott Thomas found herself at home in Paris and decided to try acting again. At the encouragement of her friends, she enrolled in L'Ecole Nationale des Arts et Techniques de Theatres, honing her skills and finding the French school to be more supportive than its English counterpart. She gained experience playing small roles on-stage and soon went on to do some television work. After an inauspicious debut playing a headstrong heiress in Prince's Under the Cherry Moon (1986), she worked in a number of French films. In 1988, she was given her first lead in an English film, playing a cool-blooded aristocrat in A Handful of Dust.It wasn't until the 1990s that Scott Thomas began to attain recognition outside of Europe. Two years after starring as Hugh Grant's wife in Roman Polanski's Bitter Moon (1992), she came to the attention of an international audience in Four Weddings and a Funeral. Her second outing with Grant, the film was a sleeper hit, becoming the highest-grossing British film in the country's history. Following the film's success, Scott Thomas applied her talents to smaller films, appearing as Alfred Hitchcock's thorny assistant in the French-Canadian Le Confessionnal (1994) and a plain-Jane entomologist who finds herself embroiled in family dysfunction in Angels & Insects (1995). In 1996, the year of The English Patient, Scott Thomas fully stepped into the glare of the international spotlight, earning a Best Actress Oscar nomination for her role in the widely acclaimed film. That same year, she did less-heralded but no less respectable work in Richard III, in which she played the enigmatic Lady Anne, and Mission: Impossible, her first truly big-budget film. With Hollywood now taking full notice, Scott Thomas was cast in a coveted lead role in Robert Redford's 1998 adaptation of Nicholas Evans' The Horse Whisperer. The film proved something of a disappointment, although the actress was praised for her strong performance. The following year, she found herself involved

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
77% Darkest Hour
  • Clementine Churchill
2017
90% The Party
  • Actor
2017
75% Suite Française
  • Actor
$1.4M 2015
59% My Old Lady
  • Chloe
2014
71% Before the Winter Chill
  • Lucie
2014
76% The Invisible Woman
  • Mrs. Ternan
2013
40% Only God Forgives
  • Crystal
$0.8M 2013
89% In the House
  • Jeanne
$0.5M 2013
63% The Woman in the Fifth
  • Margit
$0.2M 2012
28% Bel Ami
  • Virginie Rousset
$0.9M 2012
68% Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
  • Patricia Maxwell
$4.8M 2012
50% Looking for Hortense (Cherchez Hortense)
  • Actor
2012
50% The Heir Apparent: Largo Winch
  • Ann Ferguson
$32.6k 2011
63% Love Crime
  • Christine
$0.6M 2011
72% Sarah's Key
  • Julia Jarmond
$7.7M 2011
64% In Your Hands (Contre Toi)
  • Anna
2010
79% Nowhere Boy
  • Mimi Smith
$1.5M 2010
68% Leaving (Partir)
  • Suzanne
$0.2M 2010
51% Easy Virtue
  • Mrs. Whittaker
$2.6M 2009
25% Confessions of a Shopaholic
  • Alette
$44.3M 2009
No Score Yet Man to Man
  • Elena Van Den Ende
2009
88% I've Loved You So Long
  • Juliette Fontaine
$3M 2008
No Score Yet Seuls Two
  • Actor
2008
43% The Other Boleyn Girl
  • Lady Elizabeth Boleyn
$26.9M 2008
43% The Golden Compass
  • Stelmaria
$70.2M 2007
54% The Walker
  • Lynn Lockner
$43.7k 2007
70% The Valet
  • Christine
$2.2M 2007
94% Ne le Dis à Personne (Tell No One)
  • Hélène Perkins
$6.1M 2006
56% Keeping Mum
  • Gloria Goodfellow
$1.5M 2006
31% Chromophobia
  • Iona Aylesbury
2005
No Score Yet Man to Man
  • Elena van den Ende
2005
No Score Yet Arsene Lupin
  • Joséphine
2004
No Score Yet Petites coupures
  • Beatrice
2003
86% Gosford Park
  • Lady Sylvia McCordle
$41.3M 2001
47% Life as a House
  • Robin
$15.5M 2001
No Score Yet Beckett on Film
  • Actor
2001
No Score Yet The Revengers' Comedies (Sweet Revenge)
  • Imogen Saxton-Billing
2000
46% Up at the Villa
  • Mary Panton
2000
15% Random Hearts
  • Kay Chandler
1999
No Score Yet Force majeure (Uncontrollable Circumstances)
  • Katia
1998
74% The Horse Whisperer
  • Annie MacLean
1998
84% The English Patient
  • Katherine Clifton
1996
17% The Pompatus of Love
  • Caroline
1996
63% Mission: Impossible
  • Sarah Davies
1996
97% Microcosmos
  • Narrator (American Release)
1996
No Score Yet Gulliver's Travels
  • Actor
1996
No Score Yet Unforgettable Summer
  • Actor
1996
No Score Yet Souvenir
  • Actor
1996
94% Richard III
  • Lady Anne
1995
No Score Yet Le Confessional
  • Assistant to Hitchcock
1995
71% Angels and Insects
  • Matty Crompton
1995
No Score Yet Les Milles: The Train of Liberty
  • Mary Jane Cooper
1995
No Score Yet Un été inoubliable (An Unforgettable Summer)
  • Marie-Therese Von Debretsy
1994
95% Four Weddings and a Funeral
  • Fiona
1994
No Score Yet Weep No More, My Lady
  • Elizabeth
1993
No Score Yet Body & Soul
  • Actor
1993
63% Bitter Moon
  • Fiona
1992
No Score Yet Titmuss Regained
  • Jenny Sidonia
1991
No Score Yet The Bachelor
  • Sabine
1990
No Score Yet The Secret Life of Ian Fleming
  • Leda St Gabriel
1990
No Score Yet Framed
  • Kate
1990
No Score Yet The Endless Game
  • Caroline
1989
No Score Yet The Tenth Man
  • Therese
1988
No Score Yet A Handful of Dust
  • Brenda Last
1988
No Score Yet La Méridienne
  • Marie
1988
No Score Yet Agent trouble (The Man Who Loved Zoos)
  • Julie
1987
33% Under the Cherry Moon
  • Mary Sharon
1986
No Score Yet Paradise Postponed
  • Jenny Sidonia
1986

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
  • Guest
  • 2013
No Score Yet Top Gear
2002
  • Appearing
  • Actor
  • 2007
No Score Yet Absolutely Fabulous
1992-2012
  • Plum
  • 2004

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