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Kate Winslet

Academy Award-winning actress, Kate Winslet has brought to life some of this decade's most captivating and memorable roles. Her resume consists of critically and commercially acclaimed work, as well as a span of awards and honors that illustrates Kate's talent and solidify her as a permanent place in cinema history. Most recently, Kate won her first Academy Award after a stunning past five nominations, for her role as 'Hanna Schmitz' in Stephen Daldry's 2008 film The Reader. The Reader, an adaptation of German author Bernhard Schlink's best-selling book, showcased Kate's true talent and artistry as an actress in a leading role. Kate also won a Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild, BAFTA, and Critics' Choice Award, among many others, for her role as 'Hanna'. Kate also starred in Paramount Vantage's 2009 Revolutionary Road, which re-teamed her with Titanic co-star Leonardo DiCaprio. Revolutionary Road, based on the critically acclaimed novel by Richard Yates, was directed by Sam Mendes. Kate won a Golden Globe and received many nominations for her portrayal of 'April Wheeler'. This fall, Kate will be seen in Steven Soderbergh's Contagion opposite Matt Damon and Gwyneth Paltrow.

Kate can most recently be seen starring in Mildred Pierce for director Todd Haynes and HBO. Mildred Pierce, based on the novel by James M. Cain, is the epic story of a proud single mother struggling to earn her daughter's love during the great depression in middle class Los Angeles. Kate grew up in a family of actors and began performing for British television when she was thirteen. At the age of seventeen, she made an international name for herself in Peter Jackson's feature film Heavenly Creatures. She followed that in 1995 with her role as Marianne Dashwood in Ang Lee's Sense and Sensibility. Kate received her first Academy Award nomination for this performance and was also nominated for a Golden Globe. She then went on to win the BAFTA and the Screen Actors Guild Award for her role.

In her next film, Kate co-starred with Christopher Eccleston in Michael Winterbottom's Jude and then as 'Ophelia' in Kenneth Branagh's Hamlet. She next appeared as the amazing 'Rose' in James Cameron's Titanic opposite Leonardo DiCaprio. At the age of 22, Kate received her second Academy Award nomination for this role and the honor of being the youngest actress ever to be nominated for two Academy Awards.

In 1997, Kate starred as Julia in Hideous Kinky directed by Gillies McKinnon, and in 1998 co-starred with Harvey Keitel in Jane Campion's comedic drama Holy Smoke. Kate also starred in Philip Kaufman's period drama Quills along with Geoffrey Rush, Joaquin Phoenix and Michael Caine.

Kate starred in the Richard Eyre production of Iris in 2001. In her performance portraying a young Iris Murdoch, Kate received a Golden Globe and Oscar nomination. She next starred in Michael Apteds' Enigma, a spy drama about code breakers during early WWII period and The Life of David Gale with Kevin Spacey. Kate then came to New York and dyed her hair blue and orange for her amazing portrayal as the quirky Clementine in Michel Gondry's Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, for which she received Academy Award, Golden Globe and BAFTA nominations for Best Actress. She then went on to star opposite Johnny Depp in Finding Neverland, which was named the 2004 Best Film by the National Board of Review.

In 2006, Kate was seen in All the King's Men, opposite Jude Law and Sean Penn, directed by Steven Zaillian. She then extended her voice to the animated feature Flushed Away. Kate finished the year in the romantic comedy The Holiday opposite Cameron Diaz, Jude Law, and Jack Black and also starred opposite Jennifer Connelly in Todd Field's Little Children. Kate received her fifth Academy Award nomination for Best Actress for her portrayal of Sarah Pierce in Little Children. This nomination earned Kate the title as the youngest actress to receive five nominations.

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Kate Winslet Facts

Birth NameKate Elizabeth Winslet
BirthdayOctober 5, 1975 (48)
BirthplaceReading, England, United Kingdom
Height5' 6" (1m68)  How tall is Kate Winslet compared to you?
Awards2009 Academy Awards: Best Actress (for The Reader)
2009 Golden Globe Awards: Best Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama (for Revolutionary Road)
2009 Golden Globe Awards: Best Actress In A Supporting Role in a Motion Picture (for The Reader)
2009 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Best Female Actor in a Supporting Role (for The Reader)
2009 BAFTA Awards: Actress in a Leading Role (for The Reader)
1996 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Best Female Actor in a Supporting Role (for Sense and Sensiblility)
1996 BAFTA Awards: Actress in a Supporting Role (for Sense and Sensibility)

Selected Filmography

Revolutionary Road (2008) as April Wheeler
The Reader (2008) as Hanna Schmitz
All the King's Men (2006) as Anne Stanton
Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind (2004) user recommendation as Clementine Kruczynski
Finding Neverland (2004) as Sylvia Llewelyn Davies
The Life of David Gale (2003) as Bitsey Bloom
Enigma (2001) as Hester Wallace
Iris (2001) as Young Iris Murdoch
Quills (2000) as Madeleine 'Maddy' LeClerc
Holy Smoke! (1999) as Ruth Barron
Hideous Kinky (1998) as Julia
Revolutionary Road (1997) as April Wheeler
Jude (1996) as Sue Bridehead
Sense and Sensibility (1995) as Marianne Dashwood
Heavenly Creatures (1994) as Juliet Hulme (breakthrough)
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