Full Name: Kate Elizabeth Winslet
Birth Date: October 5, 1975
Birth Place: Reading, Berkshire, U.K.
Height: 5' 6"
Quote: In 2002 she had this to say about doing nude scenes: "I like exposing myself. There's not an awful lot that embarrasses me. I'm the kind of actress that absolutely believes in exposing myself."
Kate Elizabeth Winslet was born October 5, 1975, in Reading, England. With acting deep-rooted into her genes, it was no wonder Kate herself would also turn to the dramatic arts. Her grandparents, Oliver and Linda Bridges, founded and operated the Reading Repertory theater; father Roger Winslet and mum Sally were both actors; uncle Robert Bridges appeared in the original West End production of Oliver!; and both her sisters Beth and Anna are actors. Her younger brother Joss is probably the only Winslet that did not enter the family business.
She made her debut at age 11, when she co-starred with the "Honey Monster" in a commercial for a children's breakfast. After acting lessons and a graduation from a performing arts high school, Kate took to the stage in productions of Adrian Mole and Peter Pan.
Kate then took the television route, with appearances on sitcoms, most notably a recurring role on the British comedy, Get Back. Kate went from a rather dark role in the 1994 film Heavenly Creatures, to the more children-oriented A Kid in King Arthur's Court, where she starred as Princess Sarah.
The British actress' career was about to rise, after Kate was cast as Marianne Dashwood in the adaptation of Jane Austen's period piece, Sense and Sensibility, sharing the screen with Emma Thompson and Hugh Grant. The film's producers and director Ang Lee knew that Kate was the one for the part during her audition, and to underscore that decision, she received an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress.
She may have lost the Oscar, but she did win the Screen Actors Guild for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role, and a British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Supporting Actress Award, both for Sense and Sensibility.
In 1997, Kate plunged into the icy waters and made movie history, as the heroine of James Cameron's mega movie Titanic. Her role as Rose DeWitt Bukater not only made her the envy of teenage girls worldwide (for getting to share breathing space with Leonardo DiCaprio), but it also marked her transition from artsy, independent films, to commercial blockbuster flicks. She received another Oscar nomination in the Best Supporting Actress category, making her the youngest actress to receive two Oscar nominations.
But after Titanic, Kate chose the road less traveled by supposedly refusing the lead roles of Shakespeare in Love and Anna and the King, in order to star in two more alternative, independent films: Hideous Kinky (1998) and Holy Smoke (1999).
2000 saw Kate in yet another period piece, only this time it featured her in the critically-acclaimed Quills, in the story of the Marquis de Sade. Then she was seen in Therese Raquin, opposite Judi Dench; the romantic thriller Enigma; and Iris: A Memoir of Iris Murdoch; and heard in the animated feature Christmas Carol: The Movie, along with Nicolas Cage.
Kate currently lives in London with her two children and husband, Sam Mendes.
Kate Winslet Filmography
The Holiday (2006) .... Iris
Flushed Away (2006) .... Rita (voice)
All the King's Men (2006) .... Anne Stanton
Little Children (2006) .... Sarah Pierce
Romance & Cigarettes (2005) .... Tula
"Saturday Night Live" .... Host (Episode 30.4, 2004)
... aka SNL
... aka SNL 25
Finding Neverland (2004) .... Sylvia Llewelyn Davies
Pride (2004) (TV) .... Suki (voice)
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004) .... Clementine Kruczynski
The Life of David Gale (2003) .... Bitsey Bloom
Plunge: The Movie (2003) .... Clare
Iris (2001) .... Young Iris Murdoch
Christmas Carol: The Movie (2001) .... Belle (voice)
Enigma (2001) .... Hester Wallace
War Game (2001) .... Mum/Annie (voice)
Quills (2000) .... Madeleine 'Maddy' LeClerc
Holy Smoke (1999) .... Ruth Barron
... aka Holy Smoke!
Faeries (1999) .... Brigid (voice)
Hideous Kinky (1998) .... Julia
Titanic (1997) .... Rose DeWitt Bukater
Hamlet (1996) .... Ophelia
... aka William Shakespeare's Hamlet
Jude (1996) .... Sue Bridehead
Sense and Sensibility (1995) .... Marianne Dashwood
A Kid in King Arthur's Court (1995) .... Princess Sarah
Heavenly Creatures (1994) .... Juliet Hulme
... aka Heavenly Creatures: The Uncut Version
"Casualty" .... Suzanne (1 episode: "Family Matters" 1993)
Anglo Saxon Attitudes (1992) (TV) .... Caroline Jenington
"Get Back" (1992) TV Series .... Eleanor Sweet
"Dark Season" .... Reet (Episode 1.1, 1991)
Shrinks (1990) (TV)
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