Swinton, Tilda 1960(?)–

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Swinton, Tilda 1960(?)–


Full name, Katherine Matilda Swinton; born November 5, 1960 (some sources cite 1961), in London, England; raised in Scotland; daughter of Major-General John (a military officer) and Judith Balfour (maiden name, Killen) Swinton; children: (with John Byrne, a writer and artist) Xavier, Honor. Education: New Hall, Cambridge, B.A., 1983. Politics: Communist.

Addresses: Agent—Hamilton Hodell, Ltd., 66-68 Margaret St., Fifth Floor, London W1W 8SR, England; Endeavor, 9601 Wilshire Blvd., Third Floor, Beverly Hills, CA 90210.

Career: Actress. Member of the Royal Shakespeare Company, 1984–85, and appeared with the Cambridge Mummers. In a collaboration with Cornelia Parker, appeared in The Maybe, an art installation, Serpentine Gallery, London, 1995, and Museo Barraceo, Rome, 1996. Member of the jury at the Berlin International Film Festival, 1988, the Venice International Film Festival, 1998, and the Cannes International Film Festival, 2004. With Istvan Szabo, conducted Chekhov's Close-Ups, a master class at the European Film Academy, Berlin, Germany, 1995. Some sources state that Swinton worked as a volunteer in schools in South Africa and Kenya.

Member: Screen Actors Guild.

Awards, Honors: Teddy Award, jury prize, Berlin International Film Festival, 1988; Volpi Cup, best actress, Venice International Film Festival, 1991, for Edward II; Golden Space Needle Award, best actress, Seattle International Film Festival, and European Film Award nomination, European actress of the year, European Film Academy, 1993, both for Orlando; Genie Award nomination, best performance by an actress in a leading role, Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television, 2000, for Possible Worlds; Bremen Film Award, 2001; Boston Society of Film Critics Award and Toronto Film Critics Association Award nomination, both best actress, 2001, Sierra Award, best actress, Las Vegas Film Critics Society awards, Golden Globe Award nomination, best performance by an actress in a motion picture—drama, Independent Spirit Award nomination, best female lead, Independent Feature Project/West, Golden Satellite Award nomination, best performance by an actress in a motion picture, drama, Chicago Film Critics Association Award nomination, best actress, Chlotrudis Award nomination, best actress, and Online Film Critics Society Award nomination, best actress, all 2002, all for The Deep End; Screen Actors Guild Award nomination, outstanding performance by the cast of a theatrical motion picture, and Phoenix Film Critics Society Award nomination, best acting ensemble, both with others, 2003, for Adaptation.; British Independent Film Award nomination, best actress, 2003, and BAFTA Scotland Award, best actress in a Scottish film, British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) awards, Scotland, 2004, both for Young Adam; Richard Harris Award, British Independent Film awards, 2005; Saturn Award nomination, best actress, Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Films, ALFS Award nomination, British supporting actress of the year, London Critics Circle Film awards, and MTV Movie Award nomination, best villain, all 2006, for The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe; some sources cite award nominations from critics in New York City and Dallas and Fort Worth, TX.


Film Appearances:

Lena, Caravaggio, Cinevista/Zeitgeist Films, 1986.

Sally, Egomania—Insel ohne Hoffnung, DEM Film, 1986.

The Open Universe, c. 1986, released c. 1993.

Young girl, "Depuis le jour" segment, Aria, Virgin Vision, 1987, Miramax, 1988.

Friendship, Friendship's Death, British Film Institute, 1987, Gavin Films, 1989.

The Last of England, Blue Dolphin Film Distribution, 1987, International Film Circuit/Creative Exposure, 1989.

Das Andere Ende der Welt, [West Germany (now Germany)], 1988.

Degrees of Blindness (short film), British Film Institute, 1988.

Hairdresser, Play Me Something, British Film Institute, 1989.

Nurse, War Requiem, BBC/Liberty Films/Anglo International Films, 1989, Movie Visions, 1990.

Herself, Fruits of Fear (short documentary), Non-Aligned Films, 1990.

Madonna, The Garden, Basilisk Communications/ British Screen Productions/Channel Four Films, 1990, International Film Circuit, 1991.

Queenie, The Party: Nature Morte (also known as Party), Alert Film, 1991.

Herself, Derek Jarman: A Portrait (documentary), 1991.

Isabella, Edward II, BBC/British Screen Productions/ Working Title Films, 1991, Fine Line Features, 1992.

Ella and Max Gericke, Man to Man, BBC Films/British Film Institute, 1992.

Title role and Queen Elizabeth I, Orlando, Adventure Pictures/British Screen Productions/Mikado Films, 1992, Sony Pictures Classics, 1993.

Lady Ottoline Morrell, Wittgenstein, Zeitgeist Films, 1993.

Glitterbug, Basilisk Communications, 1993.

Voice, Blue (documentary; also known as Derek Jar-man's "Blue"), Artificial Eye, 1993, Zeitgeist Films, 1994.

Remembrance of Things Fast: True Stories Visual Lies, Arts Council of Great Britain/Channel Four Films, 1994.

Eve Stephens, Female Perversions (also known as Phantasien einer Frau), Lakeshore Entertainment, 1996, October Films, 1997.

Ada Augusta Byron King (countess of Lovelace), Conceiving Ada (also known as Leidenschaftliche Berechnung), Hotwire Productions, 1997, Fox Lorber, 1999.

Muriel Belcher, Love Is the Devil: Study for a Portrait of Francis Bacon (also known as Love Is the Devil and Ai no akuma), Artificial Eye/British Film Institute/ Strand Releasing, 1998.

Mum, The War Zone (also known as Tim Roth's "The War Zone" and Zona di guerra), Channel Four Films/Mikado Films/Portobello Pictures/Lot 47 Films, 1999.

Herself, The Protagonists, Medusa Distribuzione, 1999.

Joyce, Possible Worlds (also known as Mondes possibles), Alliance Atlantis, 2000.

Narrator, The Dilapidated Dwelling (documentary), Illuminations Films, 2000.

Sal, The Beach, Twentieth Century-Fox, 2000.

Margaret Hall, The Deep End, Twentieth Century-Fox, 2001.

Rebecca Dearborn, Vanilla Sky, Paramount, 2001.

The Love Factory, Tilda Swinton: The Love Factory (short film), Tele+, 2002.

Valerie Thomas, Adaptation. (also known as Adaptation and The Orchid Thief), Columbia/Screen Gems, 2002.

Rosetta, Ruby, Marinne, and Olive, Teknolust, Blue Turtle/Epiphany Productions/Hotwire Productions, 2002, ThinkFilm, 2004.

Annemarie Livi, The Statement (also known as Crimes contre l'humanite), BBC Films/Sony Pictures Classics, 2003.

Ella Gault, Young Adam, Warner Bros., 2003, Sony Pictures Classics, 2004.

Herself, Derek Jarman: Life as Art (documentary), 2004.

Audrey Cobb, Thumbsucker, Sony Pictures Classics, 2005.

Gabriel, Constantine, Warner Bros., 2005.

Operator, Absent Presence (short film), 2005.

Penny, Broken Flowers (also known as Dead Flowers and Untitled Jim Jarmusch Project), Focus Features/ Bac Films, 2005.

White witch (Jadis), The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (also known as The Chronicles of Narnia), Buena Vista, 2005.

Lydie Crane, Stephanie Daley, Regent Releasing, 2006.

Narrator, Deep Water (documentary), IFC Films, 2006.

Title role, Julia, Jaibol Films/Les Productions Bagheera, 2007.

Karen Hauer, Michael Clayton, Warner Bros., 2007.

Herself, Strange Culture (documentary), 2007.

The Man from London (also known as A Londoni ferfi and L'homme de Londres), Wind Fish Motion Pictures/Ognon Pictures, 2007.

Phantasmagoria: The Visions of Lewis Carroll, Blue Light/Wild Bunch, 2007.

Synecdoche, New York, c. 2007.

Lady Macbeth, Come Like Shadows (also known as Dunsinane), Europa Corp., 2008.

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Paramount, 2008.

Film Executive Producer:

(With others) Thumbsucker, Sony Pictures Classics, 2005.

Stephanie Daley, Regent Releasing, 2006.

Film Music Performer:

Melancholia, British Film Institute, 1989.

Television Appearances; Series:

Cissie Crouch, Your Cheatin' Heart, BBC, 1990.

Television Appearances; Miniseries:

Julia, Zastrozzi: A Romance, Channel 4 (England), 1986.

Narrator, Visions of Heaven and Hell, Channel 4, 1994.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Carla, Das Offene Universum, Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR, Germany), 1993.

Narrator, The Somme, Channel 4 (England), 2005.

Television Appearances; Specials:

Herself, In the Company of Women, Independent Film Channel, 2004.

Herself, "T4" in Narnia, Channel 4 (England), 2005.

White witch (Jadis), On the Set: Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe, Starz!, 2005.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Voice of Ophelia, "Hamlet," Shakespeare: The Animated Tales (animated), BBC-2 and HBO, 1992.

Herself, "The Deep End," Anatomy of a Scene, Sundance Channel, 2001.

Herself, Independent View, PBS, c. 2002.

Herself, "Constantine: Heaven, Hell and Beyond," HBO First Look, HBO, 2005.

(Uncredited) Herself, Caiga quien caiga, Telecino (Spain), 2005.

Herself, Corazon de …, Television Espanola (TVE, Spain), 2005.

Television Director:

We Will Wake (short), BBC-2, 1998.

Stage Appearances:

Claimant, mother, and peasant girl, Mother Courage, Royal Shakespeare Company, Barbican Theatre, London, 1984.

Juliet, Measure for Measure, Royal Shakespeare Company, Barbican Theatre, 1984.

Lady-in-waiting, Henry VIII, Royal Shakespeare Company, Barbican Theatre, 1984.

Plebeian, Julius Caesar, Royal Shakespeare Company, Barbican Theatre, 1984.

Sister Claire, The Devils, Royal Shakespeare Company, The Pit, London, 1984.

Ina Pasportnikova, White Rose, Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, Scotland, 1985.

Lucy Davenport, Waste, Royal Shakespeare Company, The Pit, 1985.

Ella and Max Gericke, Man to Man (solo show), Traverse Theatre and Royal Court Theatre, London, c. 1987.

Die Massnahme, Almeida Theatre, London, 1987.

The Tourist Guide, Almeida Theatre, 1987.

Performer in video backing, L'ispirazione (opera), Communal Theatre, Florence, Italy, 1988.

Mozart, Mozart and Salieri, productions in Vienna, Austria and Berlin, Germany, also at the Almeida Theatre, c. 1989.

The Long Way Round, Royal National Theatre, Cottesloe Theatre, London, 1989.

Reader, Peaceable Kingdom: War and the Innocent, Royal Festival Hall, London, 2005.

Appeared in The Comedy of Errors, Cambridge University Mummers, London; and The Duchess of Malfi, Cambridge University Mummers, Cambridge, England.

Major Tours:

A Midsummer Night's Dream, Cambridge University Mummers, European cities, c. 1983.


Music Videos:

Orbital, "The Box," 1996.

Video Games:

Voice of Gabriel, Constantine, THQ, 2005.


Virginia Woolf, Orlando: A Biography, Penguin Audio, 1997.

Virginia Woolf, Orlando, Penguin Audio, 2000.



Wrote poetry.



Cineaste, winter, 1993, pp. 18-21.

Current Biography, November, 2001, pp. 63-69.

Entertainment Weekly, August 10, 2001, p. 32.

Harper's Bazaar, February, 2000, p. 161.

ifcRANT, July, 2001, pp. 26-27.

Interview, August, 2001, pp. 46, 48-49; October, 2005, pp. 96-97.

Los Angeles Times, August 5, 2001, pp. 22-23.

New Yorker, August 13, 2001, pp. 84-85; March 18, 2002, pp. 96-100.

New York Times, August 5, 2001, pp. 13, 16; February 6, 2005.

Premiere, Volume 5, issue 3, pp. 70-73.

Washington Diplomat, September, 2001, pp. B8, B11.