Kate Beckinsale

Kate Beckinsale

Known For: Acting · Birthday: 1973-07-26 (47 years old) · Gender: Female · Place of Birth: Chiswick, London, England, UK

48 Movies · 18 TV shows

Also Known As: Kathrin Beckinsale · Кейт Бекінсейл · Кейт Бекинсэйл · 케이트 베킨세일 · Κέιτ Μπέκινσεϊλ · Κέιτ Μπεκινσέιλ · Kathrin Romary Beckinsale

Biography

Kathrin Romary Beckinsale (born 26 July 1973) is an English actress and model. After some minor television roles, her film debut was Much Ado About Nothing (1993) while a student at the University of Oxford. She appeared in British costume dramas such as Prince of Jutland (1994), Cold Comfort Farm (1995), Emma (1996), and The Golden Bowl (2000), in addition to various stage and radio productions. She started film work in the United States in the late 1990s, and, after appearing in small-scale dramas The Last Days of Disco (1998) and Brokedown Palace (1999), she starred in the war drama Pearl Harbor (2001), the romantic comedy Serendipity, and Tiptoes (2003). She followed those with appearances in The Aviator (2004) and Click (2006).After her role as Selene in the Underworld film series (2003–2016), Beckinsale is known for her work in action films, including Van Helsing (2004), Whiteout (2009), Contraband (2012), and Total Recall (2012). She continues to make appearances in smaller dramatic projects such as Snow Angels (2007), Nothing but the Truth (2008), and Everybody's Fine (2009). In 2016, she received critical acclaim for her performance in the period comedy film Love & Friendship.

Early Life

Kathrin Romary Beckinsale was born on 26 July 1973, in Chiswick, Borough of Hounslow, London, England. She is the only child of actors Richard Beckinsale and Judy Loe. She has an older paternal half-sister, actress Samantha Beckinsale, but they are not in regular contact. Her father was partly of Burmese descent. She made her first television appearance at the age of four, in an episode of This is Your Life dedicated to her father. When she was five years old, her 31-year-old father died suddenly of a heart attack. Beckinsale was deeply traumatised by the loss and "started expecting bad things to happen." Her widowed mother moved in with director Roy Battersby when Beckinsale was nine and she was brought up alongside his four sons and daughter. She has a close relationship with her step-father, who was a member of the Workers Revolutionary Party during her youth. Beckinsale helped to sell The News Line, a Trotskyist newspaper, as a little girl and has said the household phone was tapped following Battersby's blacklisting by the BBC. Family friends included Ken Loach and Vanessa Redgrave.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. She has described herself as a "late bloomer": "All of my friends were kissing boys and drinking cider way before me. I found it really depressing that we weren't making camp fires and everyone was doing stuff like that." She had a nervous breakdown and developed anorexia at the age of 15 and underwent Freudian psychoanalysis for four years.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 became friends withRoy Kinnear's daughter Kirsty. She was involved with the Oxford University Dramatic Society, most notably being directed by fellow student Tom Hooper in a production of A View from the Bridge at the Oxford Playhouse. 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 burgeoning acting career: "It was getting to the point where I wasn't enjoying either thing enough because both were very high pressure."

Movies & TV shows

2021.

1 Movie
Jolt

Jolt

2021
The woman with rage issues is named Lindy. Her temper is controlled by shocking herself. When he is murdered, she launches herself on a revenge- fueled rampage in pursuit of his killer, despite her ho...

2019.

1 TV show
TV
The Widow

The Widow

5
2019
A woman's search to uncover the mystery of her husband's disappearance leads her to the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where she is forced to seek the truth about what happened to the man she loved...

2018.

1 Movie
Farming

Farming

2018
The story of a young Nigerian boy who was 'farmed out' by his parents to a white British family in the hope of a better future is based on the writer/director's childhood. He was the leader of the whi...

2017.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
TV
The F Word

The F Word

2017
Good food and good cooking are combined with Ramsay's passion, energy and humor into a one-of-a-kind LIVE series. People from all over the U.S. will battle it out in a high-stakes cook-off, as Ramsay ...
The Only Living Boy in New York

The Only Living Boy in New York

2017
When a young man learns that his father is having an affair, he tries to stop it, but he ends up falling in love with the older woman as well.

2016.

3 Movies · 1 TV show
Underworld: Blood Wars

Underworld: Blood Wars

5.88
2016
Selene fought off attacks from the Vampire clan. She must stop the war between the Vampires and the Lycans even if she has to make the ultimate sacrifice.
TV
Chelsea

Chelsea

2016
It is not her first talk show, but it is the first of its kind. She is interested in ideas, people and places.
Love & Friendship

Love & Friendship

6
2016
Lady Susan Vernon visits the estate of her in-laws to wait out rumors of her dalliances and to find husbands for herself and her daughter. Her plans are complicated by two men.
The Disappointments Room

The Disappointments Room

1
2016
A mother and her son are in the attic of their dream home.

2015.

1 Movie
Absolutely Anything

Absolutely Anything

5
2015
A man is given the power to decide if Earth is worth saving.

2014.

3 Movies · 1 TV show
TV
Off Camera with Sam Jones

Off Camera with Sam Jones

2014
Sam Jones sits down with the professionals of television and movies, and other celebrities, to discuss their development before fame, their passions beyond their careers, and gives them a space to ope...
The Face of an Angel

The Face of an Angel

2014
Two people are following the story of a murder and its prime suspect.
The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute to the Beatles

The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute to the Beatles

2014
In celebration of the 50th anniversary of The Beatles' first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show, this magnificent star studded tribute salutes the Fab Four. Joe Walsh, Gary Clark, Jr., Stevie Wonder, ...
Stonehearst Asylum

Stonehearst Asylum

2014
A Harvard Medical School graduate takes a position at a mental institution and soon becomes obsessed with a female mental patient, but he has no idea of a recent and horrifying staffing change.

2013.

1 Movie
The Trials of Cate McCall

The Trials of Cate McCall

2013
It is necessary for a hotshot lawyer to take on the appeal of a woman wrongly convicted of murder in order to return to the bar and regain custody of her daughter.

2012.

4 Movies
Republicans, Get in My Vagina!

Republicans, Get in My Vagina!

2012
The message that Kate Beckinsale, Judy Greer and other women are trying to convey is that the government is the most important thing in a woman's vagina.
Contraband

Contraband

4.33
2012
When his brother-in-law runs afoul of a drug lord, family man Chris Farraday turns to a skill he abandoned a long time ago to repay the debt. Farraday is wanted by cops, crooks and killers after the j...
Total Recall

Total Recall

6.29
2012
Rekall can turn your dreams into memories. For a factory worker named Douglas Quaid, even though he's got a beautiful wife who he loves, the mind-trip sounds like the perfect vacation from his frustra...
Underworld: Awakening

Underworld: Awakening

6.3
2012
After escaping years of imprisonment, vampire warrior Selene finds herself in a changed world where humans have discovered the existence of both Vampire and Lycan clans and are conducting an all-out w...

2011.

1 Movie
Underworld: Endless War

Underworld: Endless War

2011
Underworld: Endless War is a collection of three short, anime-style tie-in stories-—whose creation was supervised by Len Wiseman, director of the first 2 Underworld movies and producer of Underworld 3...

2010.

1 TV show
TV
Conan

Conan

8.14
2010
O'Brien hosted the show.

2009.

3 Movies
Underworld: Rise of the Lycans

Underworld: Rise of the Lycans

5.86
2009
The history of the Vampires and the Lycans is explained in this fantasy. The Vampire king is aided by Lucian's secret love. Lucian is determined to break the king's hold on his people and he faces off...
Everybody's Fine

Everybody's Fine

6
2009
Frank will be seeing his children for the first time since his wife's death. Frank went against his doctor's advice and went on a road trip to see his children after all of them canceled their visits ...
Whiteout

Whiteout

3.5
2009
The United States is the only country in the world. The Amundsen-Scott Research Station will close for the winter in three days, when the sun will set, and Carrie Stetko will leave the harsh environme...

2008.

3 Movies
Winged Creatures

Winged Creatures

2008
A man opens fire in a diner, killing many people before killing himself. A doctor doubts his own instincts and uses an experimental medical procedure on his wife, while a gambler believes he's on a lu...
Nothing But the Truth

Nothing But the Truth

5
2008
The government wants Rachel to reveal her source when she writes a story. She was sentenced to jail for disobeying the special prosecutor. The case was argued all the way to the U.S. The highest court...
Snow Angels

Snow Angels

6
2008
Glenn was an alcoholic. Glenn has become an evangelical Christian, but his erratic attempts at getting back into Annie's life have alarmed her. Arthur works at Annie's restaurant and is close to a new...

2007.

1 Movie · 2 TV shows
TV
The Graham Norton Show

The Graham Norton Show

9.5
2007
GrahamNorton talks about what's happening. The guests are talking. Graham is playing an instrument.
TV
Chelsea Lately

Chelsea Lately

3.25
2007
Comedians spoof celebrities, TV, movies, news, while dishing out her personal views on current events with the help of a rotating panel of comedians.
Vacancy

Vacancy

7.33
2007
A married couple are stuck at a motel and find cameras in their room. They will be the next victims if they don't escape.

2006.

2 Movies
Click

Click

7.14
2006
If Michael Newman wants to impress his boss and get a promotion, he doesn't have time for his family. He gets the answer to his prayers when he meets Morty, a loopy sales clerk, because he gets a magi...
Underworld: Evolution

Underworld: Evolution

5.84
2006
As the war between the Vampires and the Lycans rages on, Selene, a former member of the Death Dealers, and Michael, a werewolf hybrid, are trying to uncover the secrets of their respective bloodlines....

2004.

2 Movies
The Aviator

The Aviator

6.2
2004
A film about the life of aviation pioneer Howard Hughes from 1927 to 1947, during which time he became a successful film producer and an aviation magnate, while simultaneously growing more unstable du...
Van Helsing

Van Helsing

7.38
2004
Gabriel Van Helsing is sent to help the Valerious family. Anna Valerious says that they have formed an alliance. She wants to exact a curse on her family.

2003.

3 Movies · 2 TV shows
TV
Punk'd

Punk'd

8.33
2003
The celebrity friends were pranked by the actor.
TV
Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Jimmy Kimmel Live!

6.3
2003
Jimmy Kimmel Live! airs on ABC.
Underworld

Underworld

5.69
2003
Vampires and werewolves have been fighting for hundreds of years. When a female vampire warrior named Selene, who's famous for her strength and werewolf-hunting prowess, becomes enamored with a peace-...
Tiptoes

Tiptoes

2003
A man is reluctant to tell his fiancée that he is a dwarf.
Laurel Canyon

Laurel Canyon

2003
Sam and Alex are upper-middle class lovebirds from the East Coast who move to Los Angeles. Jane, Sam's mother, a successful record producer, is willing to put the couple up in her lavish digs. Sam and...

2002.

1 TV show
TV
E! Live from the Red Carpet

E! Live from the Red Carpet

2002
The major award shows have a pre-show. Live From the Red Carpet gives you a first-row seat to see the stars and all the excitement with live coverage of the fashion, flair, glitz and glamour.

2001.

2 Movies
Pearl Harbor

Pearl Harbor

6.84
2001
When two ace fighter pilots become entangled in a love triangle with a beautiful Naval nurse, their friendship is put to the ultimate test. When they find themselves at the center of Japan's devastati...
Serendipity

Serendipity

5
2001
Although strangers Sara and Jonathan are already in relationships, they realize they have genuine chemistry after a chance encounter. Despite being destined for the altar, they come back together each...

2000.

1 Movie
The Golden Bowl

The Golden Bowl

2000
An intricately plotted tale of thwarted love and betrayal, "The Golden Bowl" tells the story of an extravagantly rich American widower and his sheltered daughter, both of whom marry only to discover t...

1999.

1 Movie
Brokedown Palace

Brokedown Palace

1999
They take a trip to Thailand after graduating high school. They met Nick Parks in Thailand. Alice is persuaded to take Nick up on his offer to treat the two of them to a day trip to Hong Kong by Darle...

1998.

2 Movies
The Last Days of Disco

The Last Days of Disco

1998
Two young women and their friends are at a club.
Alice Through the Looking Glass

Alice Through the Looking Glass

1998
The classic children's story 'Alice through the Looking Glass' was adapted into a modern film. Alice is played by a mother who is sleeping. Alice is in Chessland after walking through the Looking Glas...

1997.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
TV
The View

The View

6
1997
On ABC daytime's morning chat fest, the most exciting events of the day are being discussed. Hot topics in the news, the best experts in their field, celebrity interviews and general entertainment are...
Shooting Fish

Shooting Fish

1997
Two con artists hired Kate Beckinsale as a secretary.

1996.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
TV
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah

The Daily Show with Trevor Noah

5.67
1996
The biggest stories in news, politics and pop culture are discussed by The World's Fakest News Team.
Emma

Emma

6
1996
She has a strict sense of propriety. She ends up grieving because she insists on dating a less assertive friend. Through the words of Mr. The example of a woman. Knightley is a fictional character. Em...

1995.

4 Movies
Marie-Louise ou la permission

Marie-Louise ou la permission

1995
The focus of a French romantic comedy iscrossed lovers. Marie-Louise, an American, has come to Paris to meet her new lover, Jean-Paul, who has a weekend pass from his military service post. They misin...
Uncovered

Uncovered

1995
Julia shows a hidden Latin phrase while restoring a painting. A series of murders begin to rock her small world of art experts, patrons and restorers, and she finds that the mystery of the painting is...
Cold Comfort Farm

Cold Comfort Farm

1995
In this adaptation of the British novel, a plucky London society girl orphans at age 19 finds a new home with some rough relatives. With a take-charge attitude and some encouragement from her mischiev...
Haunted

Haunted

1995
Professor David Ash was the one who exposed false spiritulists. The family's fears and torments were solved by him. Watching the strange behavior of its residents does not make Ash's task any easier a...

1994.

1 Movie
Royal Deceit

Royal Deceit

1994
The villain killed the king and his son to take over the throne.

1993.

2 Movies · 1 TV show
Anna Lee: Headcase

Anna Lee: Headcase

1993
A bright, pretty and determined young girl named Anna Lee quits the police department in search of adventure, and joins a small and somewhat stuffy detective agency, whose members don't look particula...
Much Ado About Nothing

Much Ado About Nothing

4
1993
In this Shakespearean farce, Hero and her groom-to-be, Claudio, team up with Don Pedro, the week before their wedding, to hatch a matchmaking scheme. Two people who dislike each other are their target...
TV
Late Night with Conan O'Brien

Late Night with Conan O'Brien

6
1993
Late Night with Conan O'Brien is an American late-night talk show hosted by Conan O'Brien that aired 2,725 episodes on NBC between 1993 and 2009. The show featured varied comedic material, celebrity i...

1992.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
TV
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno

The Tonight Show with Jay Leno

5.75
1992
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno is an American late-night talk show hosted by Jay Leno that initially aired from May 25, 1992 to May 29, 2009, and resumed production on March 1, 2010. The fourth incarn...
Rachel's Dream

Rachel's Dream

1992
Fantasy drama Rachel's Dream was set sometime in the future when the world is besieged by technology, young Rachel discovers that through a large bank of video screens in her sister's apartment, her w...

1991.

1 Movie
One Against the Wind

One Against the Wind

1991
During World War II, Mary Linden worked for the French Red Cross and helped allied soldiers who had been shot down to escape. Her activities are complicated by her high profile as well as her daughter...

1988.

1 TV show
TV
LIVE with Kelly and Ryan

LIVE with Kelly and Ryan

1988
A morning talk show with A-list celebrity guests, top-notch performances and one-of-a-kind segments are unparalleled on daytime television.

1975.

1 TV show
TV
Couples

Couples

1975
The show is about couples.

1951.

1 TV show
TV
Hallmark Hall of Fame

Hallmark Hall of Fame

8.33
1951
Hallmark Hall of Fame is an anthology program on American television, sponsored by Hallmark Cards, a Kansas City based greeting card company. The longest-running primetime series in the history of tel...

Unknown Year.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
El Tonto

El Tonto

A simpleton gets off a bus in Los Angeles and suddenly becomes a celebrity, only to lose it all.
TV
Guilty Party

Guilty Party

Beth is desperate to get her career back on track by telling the story of a young mother who was sentenced to life in prison for killing her husband. In trying to uncover the truth, Beth finds herself...
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