Kate Winslet (1975-) b. Reading, Berkshire, England.
Born in Reading, 1975, Kate Winslet‘s family came from a theatrical background; she started acting from the age of 5 years old as The Virgin Mary in a school play. At the age of 11 she attended the Redroof Theatre School in Maidenhead, staying until the age of 16. After numerous television and theatre roles her cinema talents first became apparent as a teenage murderer in Peter Jackson’s Heavenly Creatures (1994), a true story about two vengeful best friends. She returned to obscurity and unemployment until landing the role of romantic Marianne Dashwood in the Ang Lee adaptation of Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility (1995), a performance that earned her an Academy nomination for Best Supporting Actress. The next year, she appeared as the rebellious heroine Sue Bridehead, opposite Christopher Eccleston in an adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s Jude the Obscure, Jude (1996).
After appearing as Ophelia in Kenneth Branagh’s Hamlet (1996) she felt ready for a big budget American movie, persuading James Cameron into handing her the role of feisty Rose DeWitt Bukater opposite Leonardo DiCaprio in Titanic (1997), acquiring her second Academy Award nomination. In 1998, Kate married assistant director Jim Threapleton in her hometown of Reading; they were to divorce three years later. After the success of James Cameron’s blockbuster, she shunned mainstream Hollywood roles to star in a number of independent films, including the hippie mum in Hideous Kinky (1998), and an Indian cult devotee in Jane Campion’s Holy Smoke (1999). Kate followed this with appearances as a disciple of the Marquis de Sade in Quills (2001), and in the code-breaking war drama Enigma (2001). She was again nominated for an Academy Award for her performance as a youthful Iris Murdoch in director Richard Eyre’s Iris (2002).
Winslet took on the role of free-spirited book store clerk Clementine Kruczynski in Michel Gondry’s innovative love story Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004). Employing a flawless American accent, Winslet turned in a rich, multi-layered performance that earned her an Academy Award Best Actress nomination. She subsequently retreated into more obscure, independent roles with the advent of motherhood, and co-starred in the low-budget blue-collar musical Romance and Cigarettes (2005), and the sharply observed study of American suburban life, Little Children (2006).She made a return to he mainstream when reuniting with Leonardo DiCaprio in Sam Mendes Revolutionary Road (2008), a 1950s-era drama dissecting the American dream. Winslet finally won an Academy Award for Best Actress for her haunting performance in Stephen Daldry‘s drama, The Reader (2009), a potent post-WWII story of guilt and responsibility.