Kate Beckinsale

Kathryn Bailey "Kate" Beckinsale[1] (born 26 July 1973) is an English actress, known for her roles in the films Pearl Harbor (2001), Underworld (2003), Van Helsing (2004), The Aviator (2004), Underworld: Evolution (2006) and Click (2006)
Born in Finsbury Park, London,[2] Beckinsale is the daughter of actor Richard Beckinsale, who died from a heart attack in 1979, and actress Judy Loe. She has a paternal half-sister, Samantha, who is also an actress. Beckinsale's paternal great-grandfather was Burmese, and Beckinsale has said that she was "very oriental-looking" as a child.[3]

Beckinsale attended the Godolphin and Latymer School, an all-girls independent school in London.[4] In her teens, Beckinsale twice won the W. H. Smith Young Writers' competition — once for three short stories and once for three poems.[5] After a rebellious adolescence, including a period of anorexia and starting a smoking habit, she followed in the footsteps of her parents and began her acting career. Her first role was in One Against the Wind, a television film about World War II that was first aired in 1991. Having gained three language A levels, Beckinsale studied French and Russian literature at New College, Oxford, though she did not finish her degree.[5] She thought that having an academic background studying foreign language and literature would broaden her range of acting roles.

Kate Beckinsale

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