Kathrin Romary "Kate" Beckinsale (born
26 July 1973) is an English actress. Born and raised in London,
Beckinsale's parents are actor Richard Beckinsale (1947–1979) and
actress Judy Loe. After some minor television roles, she made
her film debut in Much Ado About Nothing (1993) while still a student
at Oxford University. She then appeared in British costume dramas
such as Prince of Jutland (1994), Cold Comfort Farm (1995), Emma
(1996), and The Golden Bowl (2000), in addition to various stage
and radio productions. She began to seek film work in the United
States in the late 1990s and, after appearing in small-scale dramas
The Last Days of Disco (1998) and Brokedown Palace (1999), she had
a break-out year in 2001 with starring roles in the war film Pearl
Harbor and the romantic comedy Serendipity. She built on this success
with appearances in the biopic The Aviator (2004) and the comedy
Click (2006). Beckinsale became known as an action star following
an appearance in 2003's Underworld and has since starred in many
action films, including Van Helsing (2004), Underworld: Evolution
(2006), Whiteout (2009), as well as Contraband, Underworld: Awakening,
and Total Recall (all in 2012). She also makes occasional appearances
in smaller dramatic projects such as Snow Angels (2007), Winged
Creatures (2008), Nothing but the Truth (for which she earned a
Critic's Choice Award nomination in 2008), and Everybody's Fine
(2009). She will next appear in the legal drama The Trials of Cate
McCall and the psychological thriller Eliza Graves. Publications
such as Esquire and People have repeatedly included Beckinsale in
their annual rankings of the world's sexiest and most beautiful
women. She has worked occasionally as a model in television and
print campaigns to promote Gap denim, Diet Coke, Absolut Vodka,
and Lux shampoo.
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