Weisz, Rachel: Actor Profile

Rachel Weisz's most recent role is in “The Brother Bloom,” co-starring Mark Ruffalo and Adrien Brody. The film will be released by Summit in spring 2009.

She is known for portraying women of strong spirit and intelligence. She continues to seek outchallenging projects and roles on screen and stage. For her performance in The Constant Gardener, directed by Fernando Meirelles and based on the bestselling John le Carré novel, Weisz received overwhelming critical praise, a Screen Actors Guild Award, a Golden Globe and the Supporting Actress.

She just wrapped production on Peter Jackson’s eagerly anticipated adaptation of Alice Sebold’s novel The Lovely Bones as well as Alejandro Amenábar’s Agora. She is known to audiences worldwide for her lead role opposite Brendan Fraser in Stephen Sommers' blockbuster adventures The Mummy and The Mummy Returns.


Most recently, Weisz appeared in Adam Brooks'
Definitely Maybe, opposite Ryan Reynolds; David Dobkin's comedy Fred Claus, opposite Vince Vaughn and Paul Giamatti; and Wong Kar Wei’s My Blueberry Nights, opposite Norah Jones and Jude Law. Other film credits include Darren Aronofsky's sci-fi/romantic epic The Fountain, opposite Hugh Jackman; Francis Lawrence's hit Constantine; Gary Fleder's Runaway Jury; James Foley's Confidence; and Chris and Paul Weitz's About a Boy. 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
The Shape of Things, which also marked her first venture into producing. She had previously starred in writer and director Neil LaBute's staging of his original play of the same name, in London and New York City productions.


Her performance in Sean Mathias' U.K. staging of “Noel Coward's Design for Living”
garnered her the London Drama Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Newcomer. She also starred in the West End production of “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.

See Review of The Brothers Bloom