Kate Beckinsale’s biographyKate Beckinsale, British intellectual diva, who played as beautiful Selene in Underworld and fearless Anna Valerious in Van Helsing, more than once got the top of the list of the most beautiful women in the world. The actress is considered the model of English refinement, and every year her filmography is replenished with new films, in which Kate embodies very different characters, preferring character roles.
Tragic childhoodKate Beckinsale was born and spent most of her life in London. Her mother, actress Judy Loe, starred in many melodramas and sitcoms but played mostly bit parts. Her father, Richard Beckinsale, on the contrary, was the star of many comedy series of the 70s; the most notable of them was The Lovers (1970), Porridge (1974).
In March 1979, at the age of 31, Richard Beckinsale died suddenly of a heart attack, leaving not only his wife and daughter smashed with grief, but also British showbiz shocked by the tragedy.
Kate later said: “The actors who knew him didn’t stop telling me how keenly they felt my dad’s death. I even had to console them ... When you are three times taller than the person you are talking to, it is easy to assume that she is unable to realize what is happening. But I knew exactly what had happened, and I was beside myself with grief.” Judy did everything that depended on her to calm her daughter, but it seemed to Kate that the whole world had collapsed.
At first, she hated her stepbrothers and stepsister with all her heart, but as she grew older, she calmed down. According to the actress, then it seemed to her as if invaders had invaded her world. Kate especially did not like stepbrothers who paid the quarrelsome haughty girl with the same coin.
Kate graduated from Godolphin and Latymer Private School in London. As a teenager, she twice won the prestigious contest for young writers in the UK. After an eventful growing up with bouts of anorexia and continuous smoking (the actress has not managed to get rid of this habit to this day), Kate gradually joined the acting world. Artists, actors, and filmmakers were regular guests in the big house. Judy and Roy were friends especially with Vanessa Redgrave and Ken Loach.
In 1991, Kate entered Oxford in the course of French and Russian literature, and in the same year she appeared with small roles in the films Devices and Desires, in which Roy Marsden played, and One Against the Wind, where she starred as the daughter of Judy Davis character.
Early careerIn 1994, the young actress left studies, making the final choice in favor of cinema. During the three years spent in Oxford, she took part in the productions of the Drama Society troupe, as well as starred in several films. Kenneth Branagh’s interpretation of Much Ado About Nothing is considered the beginning of Kate’s creative career. Her partner was Keanu Reeves; Michael Sheen also starred in the film.
In 1998, the actress performed Alice in the family fantasy film Alice Through the Looking Glass, earning the approving reviews of film critics who called this screen adaptation the closest to the original source, and said that Beckinsale’s acting was great.
The best rolesHaving already become a star of the British cinema, Kate gained worldwide recognition in 2001 after the release of the military drama Pearl Harbor, in which she performed Evelyn, who became the subject of love by Capt. McCawley, performed by Ben Affleck and Capt. Walker performed by Josh Hartnett.
In the mystical thriller of 2004, Van Helsing, the actress appeared as the beautiful Anna Valerious, a fearless vampire hunter, and her partner was Hugh Jackman. The film was recognized as one of the best in its genre.
In 2012, the actress met Colin Farrell and Jessica Biel on the set of the thriller Total Recall, appearing already in the usual role of a female agent. And in the film Stonehearst Asylum Kate showed the gift of a dramatic actress, playing as a woman imprisoned in a psychiatric clinic. With her profound acting, she astonished even the inveterate skeptics among critics who noted that it was thanks to Beckinsale that the film acquired a subtle aftertaste of danger, felt by a person on the verge, after which there is nothing but hatred. Ben Kingsley, Jim Sturgess, and David Thewlis starred in the film.
Since 2018 Kate has been taking part in the crime series The Widow, the release of premiere series of which is expected in the spring of 2019. The series also stars Charles Dance, Alex Kingston, and Jacky Ido.
Kate Beckinsale’s personal lifeOn the account of the actress, there are much less love-affairs than lead roles, but they were all as bright.
Kate Beckinsale nowIn the comedy El Tonto, the name of which can be translated as The fool, the actress stars with John Malkovich, Adrien Brody and Ray Liotta. Nothing is reported on the plot and the date of the premiere.
Recent movie premieres with Kate Beckinsale include The Widow (2019), in which she plays Georgia Wells, and Jolt, in which Beckinsale plays Lindy.