The name Kate Beckinsale should be a household name but when you hear Selene you immediately relate to it and scream Underworld! Nonetheless, Kate Beckinsale started acting since the 70s.
Kate Beckinsale is an English actress. Her birth name is Kathrin Romary Beckinsale. She was born on 26th July 1973 in Chiswick, London, England. Her alma mater is new college, Oxford where she read French and Russian literature. Part of her academic requirements involved spending her third year abroad and she chose Paris to fulfill this. At some point, she decided to quit college to focus on her blossoming acting career.
Kate made her first television appearance at age four in an episode of this is your life, dedicated to her father. At age five, Kate had to bear the loss of her dad who died of a sudden heart attack. The trauma was very overwhelming for Kate Beckinsale and at some point, she started expecting bad things to happen. Her mother got married to Roy Battersby when Kate was nine years old and she maintained a very good relationship with her stepfather.
Beckinsale was educated at Godolphin and Latymer school, an all-girls school in Hammersmith, west London and was a very notable member of the orange tree youth theatre. She has won the WH Smith young writers award for both fiction and poetry. Kate had a nervous breakdown and as a result, she developed anorexia at the age of fifteen and underwent Freudian psychoanalysis for four years.
Kate decided that she wanted to be an actress at a very young age. She grew in the environment since her family was into the business. She got attracted to the fact that her parents seemed to have more fun doing their job than any of her friend’s parents did. Her major inspiration and motivation was the performance of Jeanne Moreau. She made her television debut in 1991 with a small role in ITV adaptation of P.D James’ devices and desires. She also appeared that same year in a forbidden affair with a Nazi officer in the Hallmark film one against the wind. In 1993, she appeared in the pilot ITV detective series, Anna Lee.
From 1998 to 2002, Kate mastered the art of acting. She began looking for better opportunities in the United States of America. She said it wasn’t a conscious decision. She described it as coincidental. In 2003, Beckinsale became known as an action film star after playing a vampire in 2003’s underworld. The film was quite different from her previous work, she was happy she took the role which she described as quite challenging when in real life she could not catch a ball when it’s coming towards her. The movie was a box office hit.
In 2004, Kate starred in another horror movie, Van Helsing. She stated that she was so surprised to be appearing in another action movie in two years. In her words “it just seemed like a good role”. The movie grossed over $300 million, which led to several underworld sequels – Underworld: Evolution (2006), Underworld: Rise of Lycans (2008), Underworld Awakening (2012) and Underworld: Blood Wars (2016). There is an Underworld 6 currently in production.
Kate has starred in several other movies and has starred alongside so many other notable actors and actresses. Her career included a brief stint as a model too.
Kate’s long and full career would not be complete without mention of her charity work with the British Heart Foundation and Epidermolysis Bullosa Medical Research Foundation. In 2008, she hosted the annual pink party to raise funds for the women’s cancer research institute in Cedars-Sinai medical center. She has also been a recipient of several film awards too.
Kate is a renowned actress. She has participated in about thirty-nine. Generally, Kate Beckinsale has been nominated for about 14 awards and won four of the nominations.