January 2, 2017


Rachel Weisz (1971-) b. London, England.

Rachel Weisz

Educated at Benenden and St Paul’s, Rachel Weisz began acting while studying at Trinity Hall, Cambridge. After leaving college she started out modelling. She later began acting and won a most promising newcomer award in 1994 for her London stage performance in Noel Coward‘s Design for Living. She made her film debut the following year in the derivative low-budget b-movie Death Machine (1995). Higher budget features like Bernardo Bertolucci’s Stealing Beauty.(1995) and Chain Reaction (1996) followed but failed to make a critical or commercial impact. She moved to Los Angeles in 1997 with her then boyfriend and worked on pop-promo director Mark Pellington’s mediocre Going All the Way (1997) but quickly returned to the UK.

Back in England, Weisz earned roles in further flops like Michael Winterbottom’s I Want You (1998) and the WWII drama The Land Girls (1998); she also met boyfriend Neil Morrissey on the set of tv comedy-drama My Night With Des. She made her breakthrough in action movie blockbuster The Mummy (1999), producing a neat comic turn as an adventurous librarian. Weisz once again moved to the US; setting up a second home in New York.

Weisz dutifully appeared in the sequel to The Mummy; the imaginatively titled The Mummy Returns (2001), and also featured opposite Hugh Grant in About a Boy (2002), in the John Grisham courtroom thriller Runaway Jury (2003) and alongside Keanu Reeves in Constantine (2005). In 2005, Weisz starred in Fernando Meirelles’ The Constant Gardener (2005), a film adaptation of a John le Carré thriller, and her performance won Weisz the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.

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