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Tilda Swinton

Highest Rated:   100% Blue (1993)
Lowest Rated:   19% The Beach (2000)
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Birthplace:   London, England, UK
Known throughout Britain for her idiosyncratic performances and long-time association with the late filmmaker Derek Jarman, Tilda Swinton is nothing if not one of the more unique actresses to come along during the second half of the 20th century. Born in London on November 5, 1961, Swinton attended Cambridge University, where she received a degree in social and political sciences. While at Cambridge, she became involved in acting, performing in a number of stage productions. Following graduation, Swinton began her professional theater career, working for Edinburgh's renowned Traverse Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company.In 1985, Swinton began her long collaboration with Derek Jarman, both as a friend and fellow artist. She made her screen debut in his Caravaggio (1986) and appeared in every one of the director's films until his death from AIDS in 1994. It was for her role as the spurned queen in Jarman's anachronistic, controversial Edward II (1992) that Swinton earned her first dose of recognition, becoming a familiar face to arthouse audiences on both sides of the Atlantic and earning a Best Actress prize at the Venice Film Festival for her work in the film. The acclaim and recognition Swinton garnered was amplified the same year with her title role in Sally Potter's adaptation of Orlando, Virginia Woolf's classic tale of an Elizabethan courtier who experiences drastic changes in both gender and lifestyle over the course of 400 years.Following appearances in Jarman's Blue (1993) and in his acclaimed biopic, Wittgenstein (1994), Swinton earned some of her strongest notices to date for her lead in Female Perversions (1996), in which she played a successful lawyer trying to cope with her own insecurities and self-destructive tendencies. She then portrayed another brilliant, troubled woman in Conceiving Ada (1997), a science fiction piece that cast her as the real-life daughter of Lord Byron, a woman who was widely held to be the inventor of the first computer.Never one to choose films for their simplicity or mainstream appeal, Swinton subsequently appeared in Love Is the Devil (1998), John Maybury's controversial account of the life and times of artist Francis Bacon. She then portrayed a battered wife in The War Zone (1999), Tim Roth's hellish portrait of extreme family dysfunction. Following on a slightly lighter note with Trainspotting director Danny Boyle's The Beach in 2000, Swinton would later take the lead in The Deep End (2001). Noted for her delicately textured performance as an isolated and protective mother who makes a desperate bid to protect her son after assuming he has committed murder, many critics noted Swinton's performance as a key element to the film's success. The next year, the talented actress took on multiple roles in a complex tale of cyborg fantasy and speculative science fiction, Teknolust, and appeared in a small role in Adaptation, written by Charlie Kaufman and directed by Spike Jonze. In 2003, Swinton delivered strong performances opposite Michael Caine in the thriller The Statement and Ewan McGregor in the erotic drama Young Adam. She went on to star in the ensemble comedy Thumbsucker and appeared with Keanu Reeves in the supernatural thriller Constantine. In 2005, she would play the White Witch in the much-anticipated live-action adaptation of C.S. Lewis' Chronicles of Narnia.For her work in 2007's legal thriller Michael Clayton, Swinton earned her first Oscar. That organization was one of many to recognize her portrayal of a cold, controlling corporate achiever as one of the best of the year.She followed that up in 2008 as cold-hearted pediatrician in the Coen brothers' Burn After Reading, and garnered awards consideration for her work in David Fincher's The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. She earned rave reviews for her work in 2009's I Am Love, and built awards buzz yet again two years later for her work as the mother of a disturbed child in We Need to Talk About Kevin. In 2012 she had a

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Isle of Dogs
  • Actor
2018
86% Okja
  • Lucy Mirando
2017
84% Letters From Baghdad
  • Gertrude Bell
  • Executive Producer
$0.4M 2017
53% War Machine
  • Actor
2017
89% Doctor Strange
  • The Ancient One
$232.7M 2016
67% The Seasons in Quincy: Four Portraits of John Berger
  • Director
  • Executive Producer
  • Screenwriter
  • Actor
2016
89% A Bigger Splash
  • Marianne Lane
2016
85% Hail, Caesar!
  • Thora Thacker
$28M 2016
75% Dreams Rewired
  • Narrator
$3.7k 2015
86% Trainwreck
  • Dianna
2015
No Score Yet Antarctica 3D: On the Edge
  • Actor
2015
51% The Zero Theorem
  • Dr. Shrink-Rom
2014
95% Snowpiercer
  • Mason
$2.8M 2014
86% Only Lovers Left Alive
  • Eve
2014
91% The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Madame D.
$57M 2014
No Score Yet Travelling at Night With Jim Jarmusch
  • Actor
2014
No Score Yet Cinema Is Everywhere
  • Actor
2014
93% Moonrise Kingdom
  • Social Services
$45.6M 2012
76% We Need to Talk About Kevin
  • Eva
  • Executive Producer
$1.8M 2012
No Score Yet Climate Of Change
  • Narrator
2010
50% The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
  • The White Witch
$104.4M 2010
81% I Am Love
  • Emma Recchi
  • Producer
$5.1M 2010
No Score Yet The Invisible Frame
  • Actor
2010
73% Julia
  • Julia
2009
42% The Limits of Control
  • Blonde
$0.4M 2009
72% The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
  • Elizabeth Abbott
$127.5M 2008
78% Burn After Reading
  • Katie Cox
$60.4M 2008
67% The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian
  • The White Witch
$141.7M 2008
88% Derek
  • Executive Producer
  • Screenwriter
  • Narrator
  • Producer
2008
90% Michael Clayton
  • Karen Crowder
$49M 2007
91% Strange Culture
  • Hope Kurtz
2007
70% The Man From London (A Londoni Férfi)
  • Camélia
2007
No Score Yet Caravaggio
  • Lena
2007
96% Deep Water
  • Narrator
2006
90% What She Knew
  • Executive Producer
  • Lyudie Crane
2006
No Score Yet Shakespeare: The Animated Tales
  • Actor
2005
75% The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe
  • Jadis, the White Witch
$291.7M 2005
71% Thumbsucker
  • Audrey Cobb
$1.2M 2005
87% Broken Flowers
  • Penny
$13.6M 2005
46% Constantine
  • Gabriel
$75.5M 2005
No Score Yet Man to Man
  • Actor
2005
62% Young Adam
  • Ella
$0.7M 2004
No Score Yet In the Company of Women
  • Actor
2004
24% The Statement
  • Annemarie Livi
$0.6M 2003
91% Adaptation
  • Valerie
$22.2M 2002
30% Teknolust
  • Rosetta Stone
2002
42% Vanilla Sky
  • Rebecca Dearborn
2001
82% The Deep End
  • Margaret Hall
$8.4M 2001
19% The Beach
  • Sal
2000
No Score Yet The Dilapidated Dwelling
  • Actor
2000
60% Possible Worlds
  • Joyce
2000
84% The War Zone
  • Mum
1999
82% Conceiving Ada
  • Ada Byron King
1999
No Score Yet The Protagonists
  • Actor
1999
68% Love Is the Devil
  • Muriel Belcher
1998
64% Female Perversions
  • Eve
1997
100% Blue
  • Voice
1993
83% Wittgenstein
  • Lady Ottoline Morrell
1993
83% Orlando
  • Orlando
$57.8k 1992
100% Edward II
  • Queen Isabella
1992
No Score Yet The Garden
  • Madonna
1990
100% War Requiem
  • Nurse
1990
No Score Yet Play Me Something
  • Hairdresser
1989
50% Aria
  • Young Girl
1988
No Score Yet Friendship's Death
  • Friendship
1987
60% The Last of England
  • Actor
1987
No Score Yet Egomania - Insel ohne Hoffnung
  • Sally
1986
78% Caravaggio
  • Actor
1986
No Score Yet Derek Jarman - Glitterbox
  • Actor
1985
No Score Yet Phantasmagoria: The Visions of Lewis Carroll
  • Actor

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
91% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
2015
  • Guest
  • 2017
No Score Yet Charlie Rose: The Week
2013
  • Guest
  • 2016
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
  • Guest
  • 2016
No Score Yet Charlie Rose
2013
  • Guest
  • 2014
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
2014
  • Guest
  • 2014
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
1999-2015
  • Guest
  • 2012
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
  • Guest
  • 2012
No Score Yet Women, War and Peace
2011
  • Narrator
  • 2011
No Score Yet Independent Lens
1999
  • Narrator
  • 2008

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