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Tilda Swinton

Tilda Swinton won an Academy Award and a BAFTA Award for her performance in Tony Gilroy's Michael Clayton, which starred George Clooney, with whom she more recently starred in the comedy thriller Burn After Reading directed by Joel and Ethan Coen, which had its world premiere as the opening night attraction at the 2008 Venice International Film Festival. She also received Screen Actors Guild and Golden Globe Award nominations for her role in Michael Clayton. Swinton had earlier been a Golden Globe Award nominee for David Siegel and Scott McGehee's The Deep End, which also brought her an Independent Spirit Award nomination.

A native of Scotland, Swinton started making films with the English director Derek Jarman in 1985, starting with Caravaggio. They made several other films together, including The Last of England, The Garden, War Requiem, Edward II (for which she was named Best Actress at the 1991 Venice International Film Festival) and Wittgenstein, before Jarman's death in 1994.

She gained wider international recognition in 1992 for her portrayal of Orlando, based on the novel by Virginia Woolf and directed by Sally Potter. Since then, her films have included Lynn Hershman-Leeson; Conceiving Ada; Teknolust (in four roles); Susan Streitfeld's Female Perversions; John Maybury's Love is the Devil; Robert Lepage's Possible Worlds; Danny Boyle's The Beach; Cameron Crowe's Vanilla Sky; Spike Jonze's Academy Award-winning Adaptation; David Mackenzie's Young Adam; two films costarring with Keanu Reeves, Mike Mills' Thumbsucker and Francis Lawrence's Constantine; Béla Tarr's The Man from London; Andrew Adamson's two blockbuster The Chronicles of Narnia tales; and Erick Zonca's Julia, which world-premiered at the 2008 Berlin International Film Festival.

Swinton recently completed a role in Jim Jarmusch's new film The Limits of Control, and has also appeared in the writer/director's Broken Flowers. JARED HARRIS (Captain Mike) is a performer whose on-screen intensity is rivaled only by his off-screen charisma and one of the most acclaimed actors of his generation. Harris recently starred in a wide range of features: M. Night Shyamalan's Lady in the Water and the critically acclaimed BBC miniseries To Ends of The Earth.

Other films include Sylvia starring Gwyneth Paltrow, Resident Evil: Apocalypse and Dummy opposite Oscar winner Adrien Brody and Milla Jovovich. He won critical recognition for his riveting portrayal of influential American Pop artist Andy Warhol in the acclaimed I Shot Andy Warhol, for which, in true Warhol fashion, Harris entered the audition with a video camera and taped the casting director while his own audition was being recorded. Harris has earned a reputation for playing varied and unique characters including an intellectually-challenged street cleaner in Wayne Wang and Paul Auster's Smoke and Blue in the Face, a truculent fur trapper in Jim Jarmusch's "Dead Man,' Tom Cruise's boozing, n'er-do-well brother in Far and Away and a sleazy Russian cab driver in Todd Solondz's Happiness, for which the cast received the 1999 National Board of Review Acting Ensemble Award, as well as the gripping feature Sunday, which won the Grand Jury Prize for Best Film and Best Screenplay at the 1997 Sundance Film Festival.

Harris' first screen appearance was in 1989's The Rachel Papers, which marked the directorial debut of his older brother Damian. A career marked by unilateral recognition, Harris received rave reviews for his character portrayals including his Henry VIII in the improvised production of The Other Boleyn Girl for BBC2. Salon.com said Harris puts a chill around your heart regarding his portrayal of John Lennon opposite Adian Quinn's Paul McCartney in Michael Lindsay-Hogg's Two of Us and Anita Gates of The New York Times said "Jared Harris is becoming one of the most fascinating actors around citing his performance in Michael Radford's B. Monkey opposite Asia Argento. He also co-starred in Igby Goes Down" written and directed by Burr Steers and starring Kieran Culkin, Claire Danes and Jeff Goldblum.

The son of famed Irish actor Richard Harris, he was born in London, England and educated at Duke University where he majored in drama and literature. After graduation, Harris became a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company. He has performed in some of New York's most renowned theater companies, including work with the New York Shakespeare Festival, the New Group, New Jersey Shakespeare Company, the Vineyard Theater and the Manhattan Theater Club.

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Tilda Swinton Facts

Birth Name Katherine Matilda Swinton
BirthdayNovember 5, 1960 (63)
BirthplaceLondon, England, United Kingdom
Height5' 11" (1m80)  How tall is Tilda Swinton compared to you?
Awards2008 Academy Awards: Best Supporting Actress (for Michael Clayton)
2008 BAFTA Awards: Actress in a Supporting Role (for Michael Clayton)

Selected Filmography

Doctor Strange
The Chronicles Of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe
The Zero Theorem
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage Of The Dawn Treader
Michael Clayton
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
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