Oscar Actors: Scott Thomas, Kristin: Profile (2008)

Kristin Scott Thomas plays Juliette, the lead character in novelist Philippe Claudel’s feature directing debut, “I’ve Loved You So Long,” which premiered at the 2008 Berlin Film Fest and Sony Classics will release in the U.S. October 24, 2008.

Kristin Scott Thomas has become internationally renowned for her talent, elegance and commitment to her craft. Never shying away from challenging roles and determined not to repeat herself, Scott Thomas’ body of work is an extraordinary collection of acclaimed film, television and theatre performances.

This fall, Scott Thomas will star in several highly-anticipated projects for the stage and screen. She will make her Broadway debut in The Seagull in a performance for which she won the Olivier Award for “Best Actress” during the play’s recent run at London’s Royal Court Theatre.

Scott Thomas is part of a stellar cast, including Isla Fisher, John Goodman, Joan Cusack, and John Lithgow, for the upcoming film ¬ìConfessions of a Shopaholic¬î, based on the novel by Sophie Kinsella. The Touchstone Pictures film is set to hit theaters in February 2009. Scott Thomas recently wrapped production on Stephan Elliot’s ¬ìEasy Virtue¬î. Based on the play by Sir No?´l Coward, Scott Thomas stars opposite Jessica Biel, Ben Barnes and Colin Firth.

Scott Thomas won over audiences and critics alike with her Academy-award nominated performance in the late Anthony Minghella’s “The English Patient,” in which she starred opposite Ralph Fiennes and Juliette Binoche.

For her formidable performance, she was honored by the National Board of Review, and was nominated for Golden Globe, the BAFTA, and the Screen Actors Guild Award.

Making her U.S. film debut in Prince’s ¬ìUnder a Cherry Moon,” Scott Thomas went on to great acclaim in Mike Newell’s ¬ìFour Weddings and a Funeral¬î, opposite Hugh Grant and Andie McDowell, where she won a BAFTA award for Best Supporting Actress. Other notable credits include: Philip Haas’ ¬ìAngels and Insects¬î; Richard Loncraine’s ¬ìRichard III¬î; Brian DePalma’s ¬ìMission Impossible¬î; Robert Redford’s ¬ìThe Horse Whisperer¬î; Sydney Pollack’s ¬ìRandom Hearts¬î; Irwin Winkler’s ¬ìLife as a House¬î; Roman Polanski’s¬îBitter Moon¬î; Paul Schrader’s ¬ìThe Walker¬î and Justin Chadwick’s recent film, ¬ìThe Other Boleyn Girl¬î, where Scott Thomas starred opposite Natalie Portman and Scarlett Johansson.

In 2001, Scott Thomas was part of the ensemble for Robert Altman’s acclaimed, Oscar-winning film, “Gosford Park.” The cast, which also included Maggie Smith, Helen Mirren, Michael Gambon, Ryan Phillippe, Derek Jacobi, Alan Bates, Emily Watson and Bob Balaban, went on to garner numerous awards and nomination including The SAG Aaward for Outstanding Performance by the Cast of a Theatrical Motion Picture and the Broadcast Film Critics Award for Best Ensemble.

Fluent in French and having been a resident of Paris since she was 19, Scott Thomas has appeared in numerous French films, including Guillame Canet’s ¬ìNe le Dis ?† Personne¬î (Tell No One) Francis Veber’s ¬ìLe Doublure¬î (The Valet) and Pascal Bonitzer’s ¬ìPetites Coupures¬î (Small Cuts). In television, Kristin Scott Thomas has starred in a number of admired mini-series and made-for-TV movies including ¬ìGulliver’s Travels¬î; ¬ìBelle ?àpoque¬î; ¬ìBody and Soul¬î; ¬ìWeep No More¬î, ¬ìMy Lady¬î and ¬ìThe Secret Life of Ian Fleming¬î.

Scott Thomas was born in Southwest England, and in her teens enrolled in drama school at Paris’s ?âcole Nationale des Arts et Technique de Th?©?¢tre. For all of her success in film, Scott Thomas has maintained a deep connection to the theatre starring in celebrated revivals such as Pirandello’s As You Desire Me and Chekhov’s Three Sisters for London’s Playhouse Theatre.