More Rachel Weisz Bios & Profiles
Biography #2 (for Fred Claus)Rachel Weisz is an Academy Award-winning actress known for portraying women of incredible spirit and intelligence, and who continues to seek out challenging projects and roles both on screen and on stage. She received an Academy Award for her performance in Fernando Meirelles' The Constant Gardener, based on the best-selling John le Carré novel. Her performance also garnered a Golden Globe Award, a SAG Award, a British Independent Film Award and several film critics awards.
Weisz is currently filming Peter Jackson's adaptation of The Lovely Bones. She stars as Abigail Salmon, the mother of Susie, a young girl who is murdered but continues to observe her family on Earth after her death and witnesses the impact of her demise on her loved ones. Weisz recently wrapped production on Rian Johnson's international con man adventure The Brothers Bloom, opposite Adrien Brody and Mark Ruffalo. She will also star in Adam Brooks' upcoming romantic comedy Definitely, Maybe, opposite Ryan Reynolds. The film is set for release on February 14, 2008.
Last year, Weisz wrapped production on My Blueberry Nights directed by Wong Kar Wai. The romantic comedy also stars Jude Law, Norah Jones and Natalie Portman, and premiered on opening night at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival.
Weisz also starred in Darren Aronofsky's 2006 sci-fi fantasy The Fountain, opposite Hugh Jackman. Her other recent film credits include Francis Lawrence's hit thriller Constantine, Gary Fleder's Runaway Jury, James Foley's Confidence and Chris and Paul Weitz's About a Boy. She is known to audiences worldwide for her lead role opposite Brendan Fraser in Stephen Sommers' blockbuster movies The Mummy and The Mummy Returns. Weisz also starred in Jean-Jacques Annaud's Enemy at the Gates, Michael Winterbottom's I Want You, David Leland's The Land Girls, Beeban Kidron's Swept from the Sea and Bernardo Bertolucci's Stealing Beauty.
Weisz received critical acclaim for her work in The Shape of Things, which also marked her first venture into producing. She had previously starred in writer-director Neil LaBute's staging of his original play of the same name, in both London and New York. For her performance in Sean Mathias' U.K. staging of Noel Coward's Design for Living, Weisz garnered a London Drama Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Newcomer. She also starred in the West End production of Tennessee Williams' Suddenly Last Summer, also directed by Mathias.
Weisz began her career as a student at Cambridge University where she formed the Talking Tongues Theatre Group, which performed numerous experimental pieces and won the prestigious Guardian Award at the Edinburgh Festival.
Bio courtesy Warner Bros. for "Fred Claus" (10-Nov-2007)
Biography #3 (for Constantine)Rachel Weisz plays a dual role in Constantine, which reunites her with Keanu Reeves, her co-star in the 1996 action film Chain Reaction. Weisz has been extremely busy in the past year. She is currently filming The Fountain, opposite Hugh Jackman. In 2003, she co-starred in the thriller Runaway Jury, opposite John Cusack, Gene Hackman and Dustin Hoffman. Earlier that same year, the talented actress was seen in Confidence, with Ed Burns and Dustin Hoffman, and in Neil La Bute's The Shape of Things, which she also co-produced.
In 2002, her work opposite Hugh Grant in the insightful comedy About a Boy brought her welcome acclaim. But it was her role as Egyptologist Evelyn Carnahan in the hugely successful Mummy films, The Mummy and The Mummy Returns, for which she is most well known.
Her other films include Jean-Jacques Annaud's war drama Enemy at the Gates, opposite Jude Law and Joseph Fiennes, the independent feature Beautiful Creatures, the British comedy Land Girls and Beeban Kidron's drama Swept from the Sea, with Vincent Perez. She was also seen in Mark Pellington's Going All The Way, with Jeremy Davies and Ben Affleck, and Bernardo Bertolucci's Stealing Beauty, opposite Liv Tyler and Jeremy Irons.
She began her acting career in London theatre while studying at Cambridge University. She formed the Talking Tongues Theater Group, which performed numerous experimental pieces and which won the prestigious Guardian Award at the Edinburgh Festival.
Weisz received the London Drama Critics Circle Award as Outstanding Newcomer for her work in the London production of Noel Coward's Design For Living and also starred in the West End production of Suddenly Last Summer for director Sean Mathias. She most recently returned to the stage in Neil LaBute's latest play The Shape of Things at the Almeida Theater in the West End of London, for which she received excellent reviews. The play had a successful run off Broadway and Weisz went on to co-produce, with Neil LaBute, and star in the subsequent film version.
Bio courtesy Warner Bros. for "Constantine" (05-May-2005)
Biography #4 (for Runaway Jury)Rachel Weisz starred in About a Boy, opposite Hugh Grant, and in Confidence, opposite Edward Burns and Dustin Hoffman, for director James Foley.
Previously, she reprised her role opposite Brendan Fraser in The Mummy Returns, which broke box-office records upon its release. She also starred opposite Jude Law and Joseph Fiennes in Enemy at the Gates, directed by Jean-Jacques Arnaud, and in the independent film Beautiful Creatures, opposite Susan Lynch.
Other films in which Weisz has starred include the acclaimed British comedy Land Girls, which also starred Catherine McCormack, and Swept From the Sea, which also starred Vincent Perez. She was also seen in Mark Pellington's Going All the Way, with Jeremy Davies and Ben Affleck, Bernardo Bertolucci's Stealing Beauty, opposite Liv Tyler and Jeremy Irons, and the thriller, Chain Reaction, opposite Keanu Reeves and Morgan Freeman.
These films quickly followed her acclaimed debut in the London production of Noel Coward's Design For Living, which garnered her the London Drama Critics Circle Award as Outstanding Newcomer. She also starred in the West End production of Suddenly Last Summer for director Sean Mathias.
Before her London theatre success Weisz already had a significant theatrical background that began during her time studying at Cambridge University. With two colleagues she formed the Talking Tongues Theater Group, which performed numerous experimental pieces and which won the prestigious Guardian Award at the Edinburgh Festival.
Weisz returned to the stage in Neil Labute's latest play, The Shape of Things, at the Almeida Theatre in the West End of London, for which she received excellent reviews. The play then had a successful run off Broadway. Weisz co-produced with Neil LaBute and starred in the subsequent film version.
Bio courtesy Fox for "Runaway Jury" (18-Oct-2003)