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Kate Beckinsale was born on 26 July 1973 in England, and has resided in London for most of her life. Her mother is Judy Loe, who has appeared in a number of British dramas and sitcoms and continues to work as an actress, predominantly in British television productions. Her father was Richard Beckinsale, born in Nottingham, England. He starred in a number of popular British television comedies during the 1970s, most notably the series Rising Damp, Porridge and The Lovers. He passed away tragically early in 1979 at the age of 31.Kate attended the private school Godolphin and Latymer School in London for her grade and primary school education. In her teens she twice won the British bookseller W.H. Smith Young Writers' competition - once for three short stories and once for three poems. After a tumultuous adolescence (a bout of anorexia - cured - and a smoking habit which continues to this day), she gradually took up the profession of acting.Her major acting debut came in a TV film about World War II called One Against the Wind, filmed in Luxembourg during the summer of 1991. It first aired on American television that December. Kate began attending Oxford University's New College in the fall of 1991, majoring in French and Russian literature. She had already decided that she wanted to act, but to broaden her horizons she chose university over drama school. While in her first year at Oxford, Kate received her big break in Kenneth Branagh's film adaptation of William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing. Kate worked in three other films while attending Oxford, beginning with a part in the medieval historical drama Royal Deceit, cast as Ethel. The film was shot during the spring of 1993 on location in Denmark, and she filmed her supporting part during New College's Easter break. Later in the summer of that year she played the lead in the contemporary mystery drama Uncovered. Before she went back to school, her third year at university was spent at Oxford's study-abroad program in Paris, France, immersing herself in the French language, Parisian culture and French cigarettes.A year away from the academic community and living on her own in the French capital caused her to re-evaluate the direction of her life. She faced a choice: continue with school or concentrate on her flourishing acting career. After much thought, she chose the acting career. In the spring of 1994 Kate left Oxford, after finishing three years of study. Kate appeared in the BBC/Thames Television satire Cold Comfort Farm, filmed in London and East Sussex during late summer 1994 and which opened to spectacular reviews in the United States, grossing over $5 million during its American run. It was re-released to U.K. theaters in the spring of 1997.Acting on the stage consumed the first part of 1995; she toured in England with the Thelma Holts Theatre Company production of Anton Chekhov's "The Seagull". After turning down several mediocre scripts "and going nearly berserk with boredom", she waited seven months before another interesting role was offered to her. Her big movie of 1995 was the romance/horror movie Haunted, starring opposite Aidan Quinn and John Gielgud, and filmed in West Sussex. In this film she wanted to play "an object of desire", unlike her past performances where her characters were much less the siren and more the worldly innocent. Kate's first film project of 1996 was the British ITV production of Jane Austen's novel Emma. Her last film of 1996 was the comedy Shooting Fish, filmed at Shepperton Studios in London during early fall. She played the part of Georgie, an altruistic con artist. She had a daughter, Lily, in 1999 with actor Michael Sheen.  See full bio on IMDb »

Kate Beckinsale Files Response in Divorce from Len Wiseman

Kate Beckinsale
Files Response in Divorce

Kate Beckinsale has just responded to her estranged husband's divorce petition, and it seems this divorce should go down with very little drama. Kate is reserving the right to spousal support from… READ MORE >

Celebrities Scramble During Christmas Rush

Sly, Kate, Jason ...
Celebrities Scramble During XMAS Rush

Celebs have "people" to do lots of stuff for them ... but lots of them become normies the day before XMAS, scrambling to beat the deadline. We got Sly, Kate Beckinsale, Jason Mewes and lots… READ MORE >

- 124 days ago
Kate Beckinsale -- Husband Len Wiseman Files For Divorce

Kate Beckinsale
Husband Len Wiseman Files For Divorce

Kate Beckinsale and her husband, Len Wiseman, pulled the plug on their marriage ... TMZ has learned. Wiseman cited irreconcilable differences. His docs state both he and Kate have waived… READ MORE >

- 184 days ago
Kate Beckinsale -- Singled Out at Famous WeHo Nightclub (PHOTOS)

Kate Beckinsale
Singled Out At Famous WeHo Club

Kate Beckinsale is enjoying the single life, but it doesn't look like she's in a rush to find a new man. Kate and some friends showed up Friday night at The Abbey in West Hollywood. We're told her… READ MORE >

- 451 days ago
Kate Beckinsale -- UnderWorld: Single Life Awakening

Kate Beckinsale
UnderWorld: Single Life Awakening

Kate Beckinsale knows how to telegraph .... she's making it clear she'll have no problem finding a new man now that her 11 year marriage to hubby Len Wiseman is all but over. … READ MORE >

- 520 days ago
Kate Beckinsale -- Two Can Play the Single Game

Kate Beckinsale
Two Can Play the Single Game

With estranged hubby Len Wiseman strolling around town without his wedding ring, the beautiful Kate Beckinsale did the same Sunday night at the Evening Standard Theatre Awards in London. Kate… READ MORE >

- 522 days ago
Kate Beckinsale and Len Wiseman -- Marriage on the Rocks

Kate Beckinsale and Len Wiseman
Marriage on the Rocks

Kate Beckinsale's husband has been hitting the town like a very single guy over the last month ... a single guy out with a very young model. 42-year-old Len Wiseman has been spotted out -- sans… READ MORE >

- 525 days ago
Kate Beckinsale -- Sheriff's Deputies Got Her Back and Front After Dinner

Kate Beckinsale
Sheriff's Deputies Got Her Back and Front After Dinner

Kate Beckinsale and Sarah Silverman needed some serious protection ... for the 10-foot walk from a restaurant to their cars last night -- at least someone thought so, since for some reason… READ MORE >

- 1176 days ago
Kate Beckinsale -- Mexican Bikini Fiesta

Kate Beckinsale
Mexican Bikini Fiesta

Dear Mexican drug cartels, Here is Kate Beckinsale ... in a bikini ... in Mexico. Please don't behead her. Gracias. READ MORE >

- 1343 days ago
Kate Beckinsale -- California Cracks Down on Hilariously Tiny Tax Bill

Kate Beckinsale
California Cracks Down on Hilariously Tiny Tax Bill

11:03AM PDT:  A rep from the California Employment Development Dept. tells TMZ ... they received Kate's payment for the full amount today, December 26, and the lien will now be… READ MORE >

- 1583 days ago