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Rachel Weisz



A British actress whose name and dark looks effortlessly conjure up associations with Eastern European exoticism, Rachel Weisz first earned the attention of an international audience with her role as the spoiled daughter of a sculptor in Bernardo Bertolucci's Stealing Beauty (1996). The daughter of a Jewish-Hungarian inventor and an Austrian psychoanalyst (both sides of the family fled Fascist Europe during the '30s), Weisz was born in London on March 3, 1971. Much of her adolescence was spent modeling, and after attending Cambridge to study English, she broke into acting with a role in Sean Mathias' West End revival of Noel Coward's Design for Living.



Weisz's performance in the play won her the Critics' Circle Best Newcomer award, and she subsequently took advantage of this recognition with a starring role in the BBC's TV adaptation of Scarlet & Black (1993), and then in 1996 with her aforementioned part in Bertolucci's Stealing Beauty. Although most attention was paid to Liv Tyler in her role as the film's protagonist, Weisz managed to garner notice of her own, and this recognition was furthered by her top billing opposite Keanu Reeves in Chain Reaction that same year. Unfortunately, the big-budget thriller was an unmitigated turkey; Weisz followed it with leads in smaller films such as The Land Girls (1997), a WWII drama that cast her as a young socialite sent to work on a farm; and Going All the Way (1997), a post-war coming-of-age drama starring Ben Affleck and Jeremy Davies that saw Weisz play Wasp, Affleck's Jewish girlfriend.



After returning to Britain to star as a hairdresser in the noirish drama I Want You (1998), Weisz reappeared on the Hollywood radar as Brendan Fraser's damsel in distress in the 1999 summer blockbuster The Mummy. That same year, she played yet another love interest, that of a womanizing Ralph Fiennes in Sunshine, István Szabó's epic drama about three generations of a family of Hungarian Jews. Weisz' subsequent turn in the period drama Enemy at the Gates (2000) saw her play the inamorata of yet another Fiennes brother, Joseph. As a Russian-American sniper caught between the affections of a Russian party official (Fiennes) and a legendary sniper (Jude Law), the actress again returned to the early part of the 20th century (this time the Battle of Stalingrad) and to the deep end of the Fiennes family gene pool.



Dutifully returning for The Mummy Returns a few short months later, that same year found the starlet gaining positive notice for her role in director Neil LaBute's biting stage drama The Shape of Things. Cast as a young art student whose latest "piece" is a strikingly original form of sculpture, Weisz's character would attempt to transform her boyfriend from schlub to stud to surprising effect. When the play was adapted to film in 2001, the team stuck together with Weisz and co-star Paul Rudd stepping before LaBute's all-seeing lens. For her role in the 2003 crime drama Confidence, Weisz would join a band of talented con artists in a daring bid to take a banker with ties to organized crime for all he's worth. Though the film may not have struck box-office gold, it did prove something of a sleeper and drew generally favorable reviews from critics. Confidence would be one of two films that found Weisz cast alongside screen legend Dustin Hoffman in 2003, the other being the courtroom thriller Runaway Jury. If her last few years had been slightly weighed down in drama, audiences could be assured that things would lighten up considerably when Weisz joined the cast of the Barry Levinson comedy Envy (2004).



In 2005 she starred alongside Keanu Reeves again in the comic book adaptation Constantine. The dark film about a man trying to avoid his fate in hell by battling demons on Earth helped keep Weisz's name in circulation, but her next project would create the biggest buzz of her career thus far. Her role in Fernando Meirelles' The Constant Gardene

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet My Cousin Rachel
  • Rachel
2017
No Score Yet The Mercy
  • Clare Crowhurst
2017
60% The Light Between Oceans
  • Hannah Roennfeldt
2016
47% Complete Unknown
  • Alice
2016
89% The Lobster
  • Short Sighted Woman
2016
74% Youth
  • Leda Ballinger
2015
100% Radiator
  • Producer
2015
59% Oz the Great and Powerful
  • Evanora
2013
No Score Yet Unbound Captives
  • Actor
2013
56% The Bourne Legacy
  • Dr. Marta Shearing
2012
20% 360
  • Rose
2012
79% The Deep Blue Sea
  • Hester Collyer
2012
6% Dream House
  • Libby Atenton
2011
92% Page Eight
  • Nancy
2011
74% The Whistleblower
  • Kathryn Bolkovac
2011
53% Agora
  • Hypatia
2010
No Score Yet Dirt Music
  • Actor
2010
31% The Lovely Bones
  • Abigail Salmon
2009
66% The Brothers Bloom
  • Penelope Stamp
2009
71% Definitely, Maybe
  • Summer Hartley
2008
21% Fred Claus
  • Wanda
2007
47% My Blueberry Nights
  • Sue Lynne
2007
16% Eragon
  • Saphira
2006
51% The Fountain
  • Isabel/Izzi Creo
2006
84% The Constant Gardener
  • Tessa Quayle
2005
46% Constantine
  • Angela Dodson/Isabel Dodson
2005
8% Envy
  • Debbie Dingman
2004
No Score Yet Daisy Winters
  • Actor
2004
72% Runaway Jury
  • Marlee
2003
70% Confidence
  • Lily
2003
94% About a Boy
  • Rachel
2002
64% The Shape Of Things
  • Producer
  • Evelyn
2002
47% The Mummy Returns
  • Evelyn `Evie' O'Connell/Princess Nefertiri
2001
37% Beautiful Creatures
  • Petula
2001
54% Enemy at the Gates
  • Tania
2001
20% This Is Not An Exit : The Fictional World Of Bret Easton Ellis
  • Actor
2000
73% Sunshine
  • Greta
2000
No Score Yet Tube Tales
  • Angela
1999
56% The Mummy
  • Evelyn
1999
67% I Want You (Beloved)
  • Helen
1998
61% The Land Girls
  • Ag
1998
28% Swept from the Sea
  • Amy Foster
1998
67% Bent
  • Prostitute
1997
71% Going All the Way
  • Marty Pilcher
1997
16% Chain Reaction
  • Dr. Lily Sinclair
1996
53% Stealing Beauty
  • Miranda Fox
1996
No Score Yet Death Machine
  • Junior Executive
1994
No Score Yet White Goods
  • Actor
1994

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet The Simpsons
1989
  • Voice
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
2015
  • Guest
No Score Yet Masterpiece
1971-2015
  • Nancy Pierpan
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
  • Guest
91% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
2015
  • Guest
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
2014
  • Guest

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