Winslet, Kate: Profile

English-born actress Kate Winslet grew up in a family of actors and began performing for British television when she was thirteen.

At the age of seventeen,she made her name internationally in Peter Jacksons feature film “Heavenly Creatures,” which played at the 1994 Toronto Film Festival.

She followed that in 1995 with her role as Marianne Dashwood in Ang Lees “Sense and Sensibility. Kate received her first Academy Award nomination in the supporting league for this performance and was also nominated for a Golden Globe. She then went on to win the BAFTA and the Screen Actors Guild Award.

In her next film, she co-starred with Christopher Eccleston in Michael Winterbottoms
“Jude,” which never found an audience in the US but played better in the UK. Winslet then played Ophelia in Kenneth Branaghs four hour version of “Hamlet.”

In 1997, She appeared as the amazing Rose in James Camerons blockbuster “Titanic,” the most popular film in hisory, opposite Leonardo DiCaprio. At the age of 22, Kate received her second Academy Award nomination for this role, this time in the lead catgeory. Winslet became
the youngest actress ever to be nominated for two Oscar Awards.

In the same year, Winslet starred as Julia in “Hideous Kinky,” directed by Gillies McKinnon, and in 1998, she co-starred with Harvey Keitel in Jane Campions comedic drama “Holy Smoke.”

She also starred in Philip Kaufmans period drama “Quills,” along with Geoffrey Rush,
Joaquin Phoenix and Michael Caine.

Winslet co-starred in the Richard Eyre production of “Iris.” In her performance portraying a young Iris Murdoch, Winslet received a Golden Globe and a third Oscar nomination. Judi Dench was nominated for playing Iris as a mature woman.

Winslet next starred in Michael Apted's “Enigma,” a spy drama about code breakers during early WWII period, and in “The Life of David Gale with Kevin Spacey.”

Moving to New York, she dyed her hair blue and orange for her amazing portrayal as the quirky
Clementine in Michel Gondry's “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind,” opposite Jim carrey, for which she received her fourth Oscar, Golden Globe and BAFTA nominations for Best Actress.

Winslet then went on to star opposite Johnny Depp in the fable “Finding Neverland,” which was named 2004 Best Film by the National Board of Review, and received seven Oscar nominations, including Best Picture.

This fall, Winslet can be seen in the remake of “All the Kings Men,” opposite Jude Law and Sean Penn, directed by Steven Zaillian.

She also lends her voice to the animated feature
“Flushed Away.” Kate finishes the year in the romance comedy, “The Holiday opposite,” toplined by Cameron Diaz, Jude Law, and Jack Black.

Written in September 2006