First making an impression on audiences with her role as the sweet, virginal Hero in Kenneth Branagh's Much Ado About Nothing (1993), pale-skinned, fine-boned British actress Kate Beckinsale has since stepped beyond period pieces to prove that she is anything but a fragile English rose. She is the daughter of a BBC casting director and famed television actor Richard Beckinsale, known for roles on Porridge and Rising Damp. Beckinsale shop to stardom when she starred alongside Ben Affleck in the £74 million blockbuster Pearl Harbour and has never been out of the limelight ever since.
Kate currently resides in Santa Monica, California with her daughter Lily and husband Len Wiseman. She also owns a home in London.
Date and Place of Birth: 26 July, 1973. London
First Movie: Kenneth Branagh's film version of Much Ado About Nothing (1993)
Height: 175cm (5' 8")
Weight: 52kg (9 stones 10 lb)
Education: Godolphin and Latymer School, London. New College, Oxford University (majored in French and Russian Literature; dropped out after third year)
Eye Colour: Brown
Natural Hair Colour: Brown
Occupation: Actress, Model
Quotation: "If someone had told me years ago that sharing a sense of humour was so vital to partnerships, I could have avoided a lot of sex!"
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