Beckinsale, Kate 1973–

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Beckinsale, Kate 1973–


Born July 26, 1973, in London, England; daughter of Richard Beckinsale (an actor and comedian) and Judy Loe (an actress); stepdaughter of Roy Battersby (a director); half-sister of Samantha Beckinsale (an actress); married Len Wiseman (a director and writer), May 9, 2004; children: (with Michael Sheen, an actor) Lily. Education: Studied Russian and French at New College, Oxford, 1991–94; also studied in Paris.

Addresses: Agent—International Creative Management, 8942 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90211; Creative Artists Agency, 9830 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90212.

Career: Actress. Appeared in commercials. Also a writer.

Awards, Honors: Gran Agular Award, best actress, Stiges—Catalonian International Film Festival, 1997, for Shooting Fish; London Critics Circle Award, British supporting actress of the year, 1998, for The Last Days of Disco; Teen Choice Award nomination (with Ben Affleck), film—choice chemistry, 2001, and MTV Movie Award nomination, best female performance, 2002, both for Pearl Harbor; Saturn Award nomination, best actress, Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Films, 2002, for Serendipity; Saturn Award nomination, best actress, 2004, for Underworld; Teen Choice Award nominations, choice movie actress in a drama or action adventure and (with Hugh Jackman) choice movie chemistry, both 2004, for Van Helsing; MTV Movie Award nomination, best trans-Atlantic breakthrough performer, 2004; Screen Actors Guild Award nomination (with others), outstanding performance by a cast in a motion picture, 2005, for The Aviator; MTV Movie Award nomination, best hero, 2006, for Underworld: Evolution; two awards from W. H. Smith Young Writers' Competition, one for short fiction and one for poetry.


Film Appearances:

Hero, Much Ado about Nothing, Samuel Goldwyn, 1993.

Ethel, Prince of Jutland (also known as Royal Deceit, Amled, Prinsen af Jylland, and Prinsen af Jylland), Miramax, 1994.

Julia, Uncovered (also known as La tabla de Flandes), 1994.

Christina Mariell, Haunted, October Films, 1995.

Marie-Louise, Marie-Louise, ou la permission (also known as Marie-Louise, or the Leave), 1995.

Flora Poste, Cold Comfort Farm, Gramercy Pictures, 1996, originally broadcast on television by BBC and Thames Television, 1995.

Georgie, Shooting Fish, Fox Searchlight Pictures, 1997.

Charlotte Pingress, The Last Days of Disco, Gramercy Pictures, 1998.

Darlene Davis, Brokedown Palace, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1999.

Maggie Verver, The Golden Bowl (also known as La coupe d'or), Miramax, 2000.

Lieutenant Evelyn Johnson (a nurse), Pearl Harbor (also known as Pearl Harbour), Buena Vista, 2001.

Sara Thomas, Serendipity, Miramax, 2001.

Alex, Laurel Canyon, Good Machine, 2002, Columbia/TriStar, 2003.

Carol, Tiptoes (also known as Tiny Tiptoes), Reality Check Productions, 2003.

Selene, Underworld, Screen Gems, 2003.

Anna Valerious, Van Helsing, Universal, 2004.

Ava Gardner, The Aviator, Miramax, 2004.

Annie, Snow Angels, Crossroads Films, 2006.

Donna Newman, Click, Sony Pictures Releasing, 2006.

Selene, Underworld: Evolution (also known as Underworld 2 and Untitled Underworld Sequel), Screen Gems, 2006.

Television Appearances; Series:

Voice of Young Alice Mair, Devices and Desires, BBC, 1991, broadcast as Dalgleish: Devices and Desires, Mystery!, PBS, 1991.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Barbe, One against the Wind, CBS, 1991.

Flora Poste, Cold Comfort Farm, BBC and Thames Television, 1995, Gramercy Pictures, 1996.

Emma Woodhouse (title role), Emma (also known as Jane Austen's "Emma"), Independent Television (England), 1996, Arts and Entertainment, 1997.

Alice, Alice through the Looking Glass, HBO, 1999.

Television Appearances; Specials:

Rachel, "Rachel's Dream," Video Fantasies, Channel 4 (England), 1992.

Herself, The Unforgettable Richard Beckinsale, 2000.

Herself, Journey to the Screen: The Making of "Pearl Harbor" (also known as Pearl Harbor: A Journey to the Screen), Black Entertainment Television, 2001.

Herself, 52 Most Irresistible Women, Spike TV, 2004.

Herself, A Life without Limits: The Making of "The Aviator," FX Channel, 2004.

Herself, Van Helsing: The Man and the Monsters, Sci-Fi Channel, 2004.

Herself, The World of Van Helsing, 2004.

Herself, Live from the Red Carpet: The 2006 Golden Globe Awards, E! Entertainment Television, 2006.

Herself, Underworld: Evolution—Inside the Action, 2006.

Television Appearances; Awards Presentations:

Presenter, My VH1 Music Awards '01, VH1, 2001.

Presenter, Eighth Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards (also known as Screen Actors Guild Eighth Annual Awards), TNT, 2002.

2002 MTV Movie Awards, MTV, 2002.

Presenter, The 2004 MTV Movie Awards, MTV, 2004.

VH1 Big in 05 (also known as Big in 2005 and VH1 Big in 2005), VH1, 2005.

Presenter, The 63rd Annual Golden Globe Awards, NBC, 2006.

Presenter, The 2006 MTV Movie Awards, MTV, 2006.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Thea Hahn, "Headcase," Anna Lee (also known as Anna Lee: Headcase), Independent Television (England), 1993, broadcast on Arts and Entertainment, 1994.

"David Herbert Lawrence," Un siecle d'ecrivains, France 3, 1998.

Herself, The Big Breakfast, Channel 4 (England), 2001.

Herself, Mundo VIP, 2001.

Herself, The Rosie O'Donnell Show, syndicated, 2001.

Herself, So Graham Norton, Channel 4, 2001.

Herself, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, NBC, 2001, 2006 (multiple episodes).

Herself, Children in Need, BBC, 2003.

Herself, The Daily Show (also known as The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Global Edition), Comedy Central, 2003.

Herself, Friday Night with Jonathan Ross, BBC, 2003.

Herself, "The Aviator," History vs. Hollywood (also known as History through the Lens), History Channel, 2004.

Herself, "Hollywoodin kierraetysbuumi," 4Pop, 2004.

Herself, The Oprah Winfrey Show (also known as Oprah), syndicated, 2004.

Herself, Today (also known as NBC News Today and The Today Show), NBC, 2004.

Herself, Total Request Live (also known as TRL and Total Request with Carson Daly), MTV, 2004.

Herself, The Late Show with David Letterman (also known as The Late Show and Late Show Backstage), CBS, 2004 (multiple episodes), 2006.

The View, ABC, 2004, 2006.

Herself, Sunday Morning Shootout, American Movie Classics, 2005.

Herself, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, NBC, 2006 (multiple episodes).

Herself, Punk'd (also known as Harassment), MTV, 2006.

Stage Appearances:

Sorel Bliss, Hay Fever, 1992.

Anne, Clocks and Whistles, Bush Theatre, London, 1996.

Faithless, London production, 1996.

Sweetheart, Royal Court Theatre, Jerwood Theatre Upstairs, London, 1996.

Major Tours:

Nina, The Seagull, Thelma Holt, Ltd., British cities, 1995.

Radio Appearances:

The Proposal, BBC Radio 4, 1997.



Girl in "Waltz Away Dreaming" music video, Ladies & Gentlemen: The Best of George Michael, Epic Music Video, 1999.

Van Helsing: Behind the Screams, Universal Studios Home Video, 2004.

Music Videos:

George Michael, "Waltz Away Dreaming," 1999.


William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet, Cambridge University Press/Naxos Audiobooks, 1997.

Also performed for Jane Austen, Emma, John Smith and Sons.



Author of short fiction and poetry.



Back Stage West, May 7, 1998, p. 7.

Closer, March 22, 2003, pp. 34-35.

Current Biography, August, 2001, pp. 3-8.

Entertainment Weekly, June 26, 1998, p. 24.

Gear, September, 1998, p. 36.

Hollywood Life, January, 2006, pp. 52-56, 108.

Independent, April 5, 1997, p. S3.

Interview, July, 1998, p. 102; June, 2001, p. 70.

Newsweek, January 23, 2006, p. 73.

Parade, May 20, 2001, pp. 4-5.

People Weekly, June 4, 2001, p. 71.

Premiere, June, 1998, pp. 84-85.

Seventeen, June, 1993, p. 66.

W, October, 2001, pp. 370-71.

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