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Kate Beckinsale
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Beckinsale at the 2011 San Diego Comic Con

July 26, 1973 (1973-07-26) (age 47)
Occupation Actress, model
Years active 1991–present
Spouse(s) Len Wiseman (2004–present)
Partner(s) Michael Sheen (1995–2003)
Children Daughter
Parent(s) Richard Beckinsale, Judy Loe
Relatives Samantha Beckinsale (half-sister)
Roy Battersby (stepfather)

Kathrin Romary Beckinsale (born 26 July 1973) is a British actress. After some minor television roles, she made her film debut in Much Ado About Nothing (1993) while still a student at the University of Oxford, she also appeared in British costume dramas in addition to various stage and radio productions.

She began to seek film work in the United States in the late 1990s and, after appearing in small-scale dramas, she had got a starring role in the war drama Pearl Harbor (2001).

Since being cast as Selene in the Underworld film series (2003–2016), Beckinsale has become known primarily for her work in action films. She also continues to make appearances in smaller dramatic projects.

Early life

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Kate Beckinsale Comicpalooza 2016

Beckinsale was born in Chiswick or Hounslow, London, England (sources differ). She is the only child of actors Richard Beckinsale and Judy Loe. She has an older paternal half-sister, actress Samantha Beckinsale. Her father was of one quarter Burmese descent. She made her first television appearance at the age of four, in an episode of This is Your Life.

Beckinsale was educated at Godolphin and Latymer School, an independent school for girls in Hammersmith, West London and was involved with the Orange Tree Youth Theatre. She was twice a winner of the WH Smith Young Writers Award for both fiction and poetry.

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Kate Beckinsale after the premiere of Underworld at the Toronto Film Festival 2003

Beckinsale read French and Russian literature at New College, Oxford, and was later described by a contemporary, journalist Victoria Coren Mitchell, as "whip-clever, slightly nuts, and very charming". She was involved with the Oxford University Dramatic Society. As a Modern Languages student, she was required to spend her third year abroad, and studied in Paris. She then decided to quit university to concentrate on her acting career.

Modeling career

Beckinsale has worked occasionally as a model. In 1997, she appeared in the music video for George Michael's "Waltz Away Dreaming". She starred opposite Orlando Bloom in a 2002 Gap television advertisement directed by Cameron Crowe. She appeared in a Diet Coke television advertisement in 2004, directed by Michael Gondry. She advertised Absolut Vodka in a 2009 print campaign photographed by Ellen von Unwerth. She has also promoted Lux shampoo in a Japanese television advertisement.

Personal life

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Kate Beckinsale, Adam Sandler and David Hasselhoff at the San Sebastian International Film Festival

Beckinsale had an eight-year relationship with actor Michael Sheen from 1995 until 2003. They met when cast in a touring production of The Seagull in early 1995 and moved in together shortly afterwards. In 1997, they voiced an AudioBook production of Romeo and Juliet. Their daughter, Lily, was born in London in 1999. Their relationship ended in early 2003. Beckinsale and Sheen remain close friends.

Beckinsale met director Len Wiseman on the set of 2003's Underworld, while on set, she and Wiseman fell in love. They married on 9 May 2004 in Bel-Air, California. Beckinsale and Wiseman announced their separation in November 2015, and Wiseman filed for divorce in 2016.

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Premiere of Nothing But the Truth, Toronto Film Festival 2008

Charity work

The British Heart Foundation has been Beckinsale's charity of choice "ever since [she] was six years old" when her father, who had a congenital heart defect, died of a massive heart attack. She has also donated film memorabilia to the Epidermolysis Bullosa Medical Research Foundation, MediCinema, Habitat For Humanity and the Entertainment Industry Foundation. In 2008 she hosted the 4th Annual Pink Party to raise funds for the Women's Cancer Research Institute at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and organised a screening of All About Eve for FilmAid International. In 2012 Beckinsale joined Nestlé's Share the Joy of Reading Program to raise awareness about the importance of people's literacy.


Year Title Role Notes
1993 Much Ado About Nothing Hero
1994 Prince of Jutland Ethel
Uncovered Julia
1995 Cold Comfort Farm Flora Poste
Marie-Louise ou la Permission [fr] Marie-Louise
Haunted Christina Mariell
1997 Shooting Fish Georgie
1998 The Last Days of Disco Charlotte Pingress
1999 Brokedown Palace Darlene Davis
2000 The Golden Bowl Maggie Verver
2001 Pearl Harbor Nurse Lt. Evelyn Johnson
Serendipity Sara Thomas
2002 Laurel Canyon Alex Elliot
2003 Underworld Selene, a Death Dealer
Tiptoes Carol
2004 Van Helsing Anna Valerious / Vampire hunter
Van Helsing: The London Assignment Queen Victoria
The Aviator Ava Gardner
2006 Underworld: Evolution Selene, a Death Dealer
Click Donna Newman
2007 Snow Angels Annie Marchand
Vacancy Amy Fox
2008 Winged Creatures Carla Davenport
Nothing but the Truth Rachel Armstrong
2009 Underworld: Rise of the Lycans Selene, a Death Dealer Cameo, voice narration
Whiteout Carrie Stetko
Everybody's Fine Amy Goode
2011 Underworld: Endless War Selene, a Death Dealer
2012 Contraband Kate Farraday
Underworld: Awakening Selene, a Death Dealer
Total Recall Lori Quaid
2013 The Trials of Cate McCall Cate McCall
2014 Stonehearst Asylum Eliza Graves
The Face of an Angel Simone Ford
2015 Absolutely Anything Catherine West
2016 Love & Friendship Lady Susan Vernon
The Disappointments Room Dana
Underworld: Blood Wars Selene, a Death Dealer / The Nordic Coven's greatest warrior / Vampire elder
2017 The Only Living Boy in New York Johanna
2018 Farming Ingrid Carpenter
TBA El Tonto Post-production

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