Kate can most recently be seen starring in Mildred Pierce for director Todd Haynes and HBO. Mildred Pierce, based on the novel by James M. Cain, is the epic story of a proud single mother struggling to earn her daughter's love during the great depression in middle class Los Angeles. Kate grew up in a family of actors and began performing for British television when she was thirteen. At the age of seventeen, she made an international name for herself in Peter Jackson's feature film Heavenly Creatures. She followed that in 1995 with her role as Marianne Dashwood in Ang Lee's Sense and Sensibility. Kate received her first Academy Award nomination for this performance and was also nominated for a Golden Globe. She then went on to win the BAFTA and the Screen Actors Guild Award for her role.
In her next film, Kate co-starred with Christopher Eccleston in Michael Winterbottom's Jude and then as 'Ophelia' in Kenneth Branagh's Hamlet. She next appeared as the amazing 'Rose' in James Cameron's Titanic opposite Leonardo DiCaprio. At the age of 22, Kate received her second Academy Award nomination for this role and the honor of being the youngest actress ever to be nominated for two Academy Awards.
In 1997, Kate starred as Julia in Hideous Kinky directed by Gillies McKinnon, and in 1998 co-starred with Harvey Keitel in Jane Campion's comedic drama Holy Smoke. Kate also starred in Philip Kaufman's period drama Quills along with Geoffrey Rush, Joaquin Phoenix and Michael Caine.
Kate starred in the Richard Eyre production of Iris in 2001. In her performance portraying a young Iris Murdoch, Kate received a Golden Globe and Oscar nomination. She next starred in Michael Apteds' Enigma, a spy drama about code breakers during early WWII period and The Life of David Gale with Kevin Spacey. Kate then came to New York and dyed her hair blue and orange for her amazing portrayal as the quirky Clementine in Michel Gondry's Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, for which she received Academy Award, Golden Globe and BAFTA nominations for Best Actress. She then went on to star opposite Johnny Depp in Finding Neverland, which was named the 2004 Best Film by the National Board of Review.
In 2006, Kate was seen in All the King's Men, opposite Jude Law and Sean Penn, directed by Steven Zaillian. She then extended her voice to the animated feature Flushed Away. Kate finished the year in the romantic comedy The Holiday opposite Cameron Diaz, Jude Law, and Jack Black and also starred opposite Jennifer Connelly in Todd Field's Little Children. Kate received her fifth Academy Award nomination for Best Actress for her portrayal of Sarah Pierce in Little Children. This nomination earned Kate the title as the youngest actress to receive five nominations.
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Kate Winslet Facts
|Birth Name||Kate Elizabeth Winslet|
|Birthday||October 5, 1975 (40)|
|Birthplace||Reading, England, United Kingdom|
|Height||5' 6" (1m68) How tall is Kate Winslet compared to you?|
|Awards||2009 Academy Awards: Best Actress (for The Reader)|
|2009 Golden Globe Awards: Best Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama (for Revolutionary Road)|
|2009 Golden Globe Awards: Best Actress In A Supporting Role in a Motion Picture (for The Reader)|
|2009 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Best Female Actor in a Supporting Role (for The Reader)|
|2009 BAFTA Awards: Actress in a Leading Role (for The Reader)|
|1996 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Best Female Actor in a Supporting Role (for Sense and Sensiblility)|
|1996 BAFTA Awards: Actress in a Supporting Role (for Sense and Sensibility)|
|Revolutionary Road (2008) as April Wheeler|
|The Reader (2008) as Hanna Schmitz|
|All the King's Men (2006) as Anne Stanton|
|Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind (2004) as Clementine Kruczynski|
|Finding Neverland (2004) as Sylvia Llewelyn Davies|
|The Life of David Gale (2003) as Bitsey Bloom|
|Enigma (2001) as Hester Wallace|
|Iris (2001) as Young Iris Murdoch|
|Quills (2000) as Madeleine 'Maddy' LeClerc|
|Holy Smoke! (1999) as Ruth Barron|
|Hideous Kinky (1998) as Julia|
|Revolutionary Road (1997) as April Wheeler|
|Jude (1996) as Sue Bridehead|
|Sense and Sensibility (1995) as Marianne Dashwood|
|Heavenly Creatures (1994) as Juliet Hulme (breakthrough)|