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Rachel Weisz

Academy Award-winning actress Rachel Weisz, who is known for portraying women of incredible spirit and intelligence, continues to seek out challenging roles both on screen and on stage. In 2005, Weisz received overwhelming critical praise as well as a Screen Actors Guild Award, a Golden Globe Award and an Academy Award for her performance in The Constant Gardener, directed by Fernando Meirelles (City of God) and based on the best-selling John le Carre novel.

Weisz will be in Sam Raimi's upcoming Oz: The Great and Powerful, co-starring Mila Kunis, James Franco and Michelle Williams, which is slated for a March 2013 release by Walt Disney Pictures. She recently reunited with Meirelles on 360, co-starring Jude Law and Anthony Hopkins, which premiered at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival. Also in the pipeline for 2012 is a starring role in Terrence Malick's To the Wonder, alongside Javier Bardem, Rachel McAdams and Ben Affleck.

Weisz recently starred opposite Tom Hiddleston in Terence Davies' The Deep Blue Sea, a film adaptation of the Terence Rattigan play. She also appeared in the indie political drama The Whistleblower, directed by Larysa Kondracki. Based on a true story, the film chronicles the trials of a female cop from Nebraska (Weisz) who serves as a peacekeeper in postwar Bosnia and exposes a United Nations cover-up of a sex-trafficking scandal. Prior to that, Weisz was seen in Jim Sheridan's thriller Dream House, opposite Daniel Craig, and David Hare's Page Eight, alongside Bill Nighy and Ralph Fiennes for the BBC.

In 2009, Weisz received critical acclaim for her performance in Alejandro Amenábar's ancient Egypt epic Agora, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival and co-starred Max Minghella. Weisz's previous film credits include Rian Johnson's The Brothers Bloom, with Mark Ruffalo and Adrien Brody; Wong Kar Wai's My Blueberry Nights; Peter Jackson's The Lovely Bones; Adam Brooks' romantic comedy Definitely, Maybe, with Ryan Reynolds; David Dobkin's Fred Claus with Vince Vaughn and Paul Giamatti; Darren Aronofsky's sci-fi/ romantic fantasy-adventure The Fountain, with Hugh Jackman; Francis Lawrence's hit thriller Constantine; Gary Fleder's Runaway Jury; James Foley's Confidence; and Chris and Paul Weitz's About a Boy. She is known to audiences worldwide for her lead role, opposite Brendan Fraser, in Stephen Sommers' blockbuster movies The Mummy and The Mummy Returns. Weisz also starred in Jean-Jacques Annaud's Enemy at the Gates, Michael Winterbottom's I Want You, David Leland's The Land Girls, Beeban Kidron's Swept From the Sea and Bernardo Bertolucci's Stealing Beauty.

In 2010, Weisz won the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actress for her performance as Blanche DuBois in the West End revival of Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire.

Weisz received critical acclaim for Focus Features' The Shape of Things, which also marked her first venture into producing. She had previously starred in writer/director Neil LaBute's staging of his original play of the same name, in London and New York City. She garnered a Critics' Circle Theatre Award for Most Promising Newcomer for her performance in Sean Mathias' U.K. staging of Noël Coward's Design for Living. She also starred in the West End production of Suddenly Last Summer, also directed by Mathias.

Weisz began her career as a student at Cambridge University, where she formed the Talking Tongues Theatre Group. The group performed experimental pieces and won the prestigious Guardian Award at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

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Rachel Weisz Facts

BirthdayMarch 7, 1971 (51)
BirthplaceLondon, England, United Kingdom
Height5' 7" (1m70)  How tall is Rachel Weisz compared to you?
Awards2006 Academy Awards: Best Supporting Actress (for The Constant Gardener)
2006 Golden Globe Awards: Best Actress in a Supporting Role - Motion Picture (for The Constant Gardener)
2006 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Best Female Actor in a Supporting Role (for The Constant Gardener)

Selected Filmography

Constantine (2005)
Runaway Jury (2003)
About a Boy (2002)
Enemy at the Gates (2001) as Tanja
The Mummy Returns (2001) as Evelyn
Sunshine (1999)
The Mummy (1999) as Evelyn
Stealing Beauty (1996) user recommendation (breakthrough)
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