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Real Name: Kate Beckinsale
Birthday: 07/26/1973



Short and beautiful, with brown hair, soft skin and captivating eyes, Kate Beckinsale made a solid film introduction as the virgin hero in "Much Ado About Nothing" working with a talented cast including Keanu Reeves and Denzel Washington (1993). Even though she was a beginner, Kate showed the star value that deemed her one to watch. 

As the daughter of a comic who passed away when she was only six years old, mother and actress Judy Loe, it was probably destiny that Kate Beckinsale would ultimately find her way to the spotlight of Hollywood. She spent a large part of her teenage years struggling with the eating disorder anorexia before deciding to try her skill at acting. After a small role in the BBC mystery "Devices and Desires" (1991), she was hired for the lead role as the uncontrollable daughter of a British woman involved with the French Resistance during WWII in "One Against the Wind" (1991). 

Born on July 26, 1973 in London, England, Kate Beckinsale followed her education at Godolphin & Latymer School, then Oxford University, where she studied acting. In "Royal Deceit/The Prince of Jutland" (1994),  based on Shakespeare's "Hamlet,” she starred opposite Christian Bale. A more appealing side to the actress was seen in "The Leave" (1995), where she was a young woman searching for her lover in a busy train station. Kate delivered as the prying orphan taken in by peculiar relatives in the comedy "Cold Comfort Farm" (1995). As Flora Poste, she lead the movie and managed to make her character attractive, and in a lot of ways it was practice for her tackling "Jane Austen's Emma" (1996). 

Building on the charm and aptitude she had shown in both "Cold Comfort Farm" and "Jane Austen's Emma", Kate shined as an upper-class medical student who becomes friends with two charismatic con men in the police adventure "Shooting Fish" (1997). Creating a perfect American accent,Beckinsale next appeared as the nasty publishing executive looking for her mate in "The Last Days of Disco" (1998). The following year, she kept the American theme to portray a young tourist in Thailand who falls in love with an Australian, dragging herself and  buddy (Claire Danes) into drug smuggling in "Brokedown Palace.” After a vacation to have a baby, Beckinsale returned to the big screen as Nick Nolte's daughter in the Merchant Ivory variation of Henry James' "The Golden Bowl" with Uma Thurman (2000).

Kate took a chance at more conventional topics with two high profile leading roles in 2001. In "Pearl Harbor,” she was cast as a U.S. Navy nurse who falls in love with an attractive pilot (Ben Affleck) but when news of his death arrives turns to his best friend (Josh Hartnett) for comfort. She told reporters that she was thrilled to be able to work with Jennifer Garner during the production.

Then Beckinsale was cast opposite John Cusack in the romantic comedy "Serendipity,” plating a woman who believes more in fate than love at first sight and encounters a long but  inevitable path to romance and love. Beckinsale appeared again in 2003 for the independent film "Laurel Canyon" as the fiancée of a Los Angeles native played by Christian Bale, who returns to his mother's home in Laurel Canyon, where her character becomes seduced by Los Angeles daily life.

Her highest profile role to date came in "Underworld" (2003), a mystical thriller where she played Selene, a vampire involved in her worlds long fight against a werewolf family who falls in love with one of her bloody adversaries. Kate followed up with another supernatural thriller, joining with Hugh Jackman for "Van Helsing" (2004), in which she played Anna Valerious, a vampire killer from a long line loyal to ending the control of Count Dracula who joins with the his lifelong human opponent. 

Kate Beckinsale appeared more mature in her next production, director Martin Scorsese's Howard Hughes biography and visually stunning biopic "The Aviator" (2004), in which the actress portrayed sizzling movie icon Ava Gardner. Hughes was played by Leonardo DiCaprio and was her difficult, but supportive lover. She was able to hold her own among an all-star cast including DiCaprio, Cate Blanchett, Gwen Stefani and Jude Law.

Beckinsale was then hired and cast as the vampire Selene for the sequel, “Underworld: Evolution” (2006), as vampires and werewolves clash for control of the undead and the two sides wage war, Selene and her werewolf lover, Michael, try to find the secrets of the struggle while digging into their own history. 

Beckinsale then starred opposite Adam Sandler in “Click” (2006), a middle-class comedy about a busy architect (Sandler) whose life seemingly changes for the better when a strange Bed, Bath and Beyond clerk gives him a universal remote that can pause, rewind or fast-forward anything. But when the remote gets stuck on fast-forward, he misses all the important things in life and realizes it’s better to take the bad with the good instead of letting life pass before your eyes.

Returning to the horror movies, the actress starred in “Vacancy” (2007), another suspense thriller. In this variation on “Psycho,” she portrayed the ex-wife of a man (Luke Wilson) forced to stay the night at a sleazy motel operated by a peculiar, but outwardly harmless owner (Frank Whaley). But the couple learns that the dozens of homemade slasher movies they found were filmed in the very motel room in which they are staying, both must work together to avoid becoming the next victims of the brutal filmmakers. Kate wrapped the year in the crime drama "Winged Creatures" (2008) about  group of strangers who form a unique relationship with each other after surviving a random shooting at a Los Angeles diner.

Kate was then cast in the dramatic "Nothing But the Truth" (2008) with Matt Dillon and Angela Basset, set in Washington, D.C., a female reporter faces a possible jail sentence for outing a CIA agent and refusing to reveal her source. Next was the independent action thriller "Whiteout" (2008) about U.S. Marshal Carrie Stetko who tracks a killer in Antarctica, as the sun is about to set for six months. She wrapped her year appearing in the the star-studded adventure comedy "Everybody's Fine" (2009) starring Robert De Niro and Drew Barrymore, about a widower who realized his only connection to his family was through his wife and sets off on an impromptu trip ride to reunite with each of his grown children.



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