Swinton, Tilda: Actress Profile

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Tilda Swinton plays Orlando in the 1992 film "Orlando" written/directed by Sally Potter. The film, which was nominated for an Oscar, is being re-released by Sony Pictures Classics on June 23 in New York and Los Angeles. 

Swinton won an Academy Award and a BAFTA Award for her performance in Tony Gilroy’s MICHAEL CLAYTON (2007). She also received Screen Actors Guild and Golden Globe Award nominations for her portrayal. In 2009, she won the Best Actress Evening Standard Award and was nominated by Les Cesars for her role as the eponymous lead Julia in JULIA (2008).  

Swinton had earlier been a Golden Globe Award nominee for David Siegel and Scott McGehee’s THE DEEP END (2001), which also brought her an Independent Spirit Award nomination. She starred in the Cohen Brothers’ BURN AFTER READING (2008) and also in David Fincher’s THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON (2008).  

A native of Scotland, Ms. Swinton started making films with the English director Derek Jarman in 1985, with CARAVAGGIO. They made several more films together, including THE LAST OF ENGLAND (1988), THE GARDEN (1990), WAR REQUIEM (1989), EDWARD II (for which she was named Best Actress at the 1991 Venice International Film Festival), and WITTGENSTEIN, before Mr. Jarman’s death in 1994. She gained wider international recognition in 1992 with her portrayal of Orlando, based on the novel by Virginia Woolf under the direction of Sally Potter. Since then, her films have included Lynn Hershman-Leeson’s, CONCEIVING ADA (1997) and TEKNOLUST (2002, in four roles); Susan Streitfeld’s FEMALE PERVERSIONS (1996); John Maybury’s LOVE IS THE DEVIL (1998); Robert Lepage’s POSSIBLE WORLDS (2000); Danny Boyle’s THE BEACH (2000); Cameron Crowe’s VANILLA SKY (2001); Spike Jonze’s Academy Award-winning ADAPTATION (2002); David Mackenzie’s YOUNG ADAM (2003); two films costarring with Keanu Reeves, Mike Mills’ THUMBSUCKER (2005) and Francis Lawrence’s CONSTANTINE (2005); Béla Tarr’s THE MAN FROM LONDON (2007); Andrew Adamson’s two blockbusters THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA tales (2005, 2008); and Erick Zonca’s JULIA, which received its world-premiere at the 2008 Berlin International Film Festival. It was released in the UK in December 2008. 2008 saw Ms. Swinton complete a role in Jim Jarmusch’s new film THE LIMITS OF CONTROL, after she appeared in the writer/director’s BROKEN FLOWERS (2005). 

In 2010 Ms Swinton embarked on WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN, Lynne Ramsay directing.