Kate Winslet Biography

Birthday: 1975-10-05
Place of Birth: Reading, Berkshire
Height: 5' 6½" (1.69 m)
Wiki Biography: Ask Kate Winslet what she liked about any of her characters, and the word "ballsy" is bound to pop up at least once. The British actress has made a point of eschewing straightforward pretty-girl parts in favor of more devilish damsels; as a result, she's built an eclectic resume; that runs the gamut from Shakespearean tragedy to modern-day mysticism and erotica. Born into a family of thespians -- parents Roger Winslet and Sally Bridges-Winslet were both stage actors, maternal grandparents Oliver and Linda Bridges ran the Reading Repertory Theatre, and uncle Robert Bridges was a fixture in London's West End theatre district -- Kate came into her talent at an early age. She scored her first professional gig at 11, dancing opposite the Honey Monster in a commercial for a kids' cereal. She started acting lessons around the same time, which led to formal training at a performing arts high school. Over the next few years she appeared on stage regularly and landed a few bit parts in sitcoms. Her first big break came at age 17, when she was cast as an obsessive adolescent in Heavenly Creatures (1994). The film, based on the true story of two fantasy-gripped girls who commit a brutal murder, received modest distribution but was roundly praised by critics. Still a relative unknown, Winslet attended a cattle call audition the next year for Ang Lee's Sense and Sensibility (1995). She made an immediate impression on the film's star, Emma Thompson, and beat out more than a hundred other hopefuls for the part of plucky Marianne Dashwood. Her efforts were rewarded with both a British Academy Award and an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress. Winslet followed up with two more period pieces, playing the rebellious heroine in Jude (1996) and Ophelia in Kenneth Branagh's Hamlet (1996). The role that transformed Winslet from art house attraction to international star was Rose DeWitt Bukater, the passionate, rosy-cheeked aristocrat in James Cameron's Titanic (1997). Young girls the world over both idolized and identified with Winslet, swooning over all that face time opposite heartthrob Leonardo DiCaprio and noting her refreshingly healthy, un-emaciated physique. Winslet's performance also garnered a Best Actress nomination, making her the youngest actress to ever receive two Academy nods. After the swell of unexpected attention surrounding Titanic (1997), Winslet was eager to retreat into independent projects. Rumor has it that she turned down the lead roles in both Shakespeare in Love (1998) and Anna and the King (1999) in order to play adventurous soul searchers in Hideous Kinky (1998) and Holy Smoke (1999). The former cast her as a young single mother traveling through 1960s Morocco with her daughters in tow; the latter, as a zealous follower of a guru tricked into a "deprogramming" session in the Australian outback. The next year found her back in period dress as the Marquis de Sade's chambermaid and accomplice in Quills (2000). Kate holds the distinction of being the youngest actor ever honored with four Academy Award nominations (she received her fourth at age 29.) Off camera, Winslet is known for her mischievous pranks and familial devotion. She has two sisters, Anna Winslet and Beth Winslet (both actresses), and a brother, Joss. In 1998, she married assistant director Jim Threapleton. They had a daughter, Mia Honey Threapleton, in October 2000. They divorced in 2001. She later married director Sam Mendes in 2003 and gave birth to their son, Joe Alfie Winslet-Mendes, later that year. After seven years of marriage, Kate announced that she and Sam amicably separated in February 2010.

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TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
Dark Season Reet 1991 Adventure
Sense and Sensibility Marianne Dashwood 1995 Drama
The Clive James Show 1998 Comedy
The 82nd Annual Academy Awards 2010
Neverland Sylvia Llewelyn Davies 2011
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
Titanic Rose DeWitt Bukater 1943 0, 0
Mildred Pierce Mildred Pierce 1945
All the King's Men Anne Stanton 1949
Heavenly Creatures Juliet Hulme 1994 Crime, Drama
Sense and Sensibility Marianne Dashwood 1995 Biography
Jude Sue Bridehead 1996
Hideous Kinky 1998 Biography
Faeries 1999
Holy Smoke! 2000 Drama, Comedy
Quills 2000 Drama, History
Enigma Hester Wallace 2001 Game Show, 0, Biography
Christmas Carol: The Movie Belle 2001 Animation, Family
Iris Young Iris Murdoch 2002
Plunge: The Movie Clare 2003 Drama
The Life of David Gale Bitsey Bloom 2003 Drama, Crime, Thriller
Finding Neverland Sylvia Llewelyn Davies 2004 0
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind Clementine Kruczynski 2004 Drama, Romance, Sci Fi
Romance & Cigarettes Tula 2005 0, 0, Biography
Deep Sea 3D Narrator 2006
The Holiday Iris Simpkins 2006 Biography
Little Children Sarah Pierce 2006 Biography, 0
All the King's Men Anne Stanton 2006 Drama, Thriller
Flushed Away Rita 2006 Animation, Adventure, Comedy
The Reader Hanna Schmitz 2009 Drama, Romance
Revolutionary Road April Wheeler 2009 Drama, Romance
Titanic: 100 Years On Herself 2012
Movie 43 Beth 2013
Divergent Jeanine Matthews 2014 0, Sport, Biography, 0
Labor Day Adele 2014 Drama
Struggle to the Light Clementine Churchill 2014 History
The Dressmaker Myrtle 'Tilly' Dunnage 2015 Comedy, Drama
A Little Chaos Sabine De Barra 2015 0, Biography
Steve Jobs Joanna Hoffman 2015 0
Na Nai'a: Legend of the Dolphins Narrator 2015 Fantasy
Holiday Iris Simpkins 2018 0