It takes an awful lot to make a lasting impression in Hollywood nowadays, but Kate Beckinsale's natural good looks, intimidating intellect and charming British accent has placed her at the top of the game. Her increased popularity from her performance as the hardcore vampire babe in 2003's "Underworld" should bring the same sex-driven recognition that came to the leather-clad Carrie-Ann Moss in "The Matrix." As a teenager growing up in Britain, Kate won the W. H. Smith Young Writers' Competition for several of her short stories and poetry. In 1991, Kate left for Oxford University's New College to major in French and Russian literature, despite her decision to become an actress.
She didn't waste any time in reaching her goals and quickly made her film debut in Kenneth Branagh's "Much Ado About Nothing" a year later. She shortly made a name for herself in a number of British productions like the 1994 BBC satire, "Cold Comfort Farm," which opened to rave reviews in art-house theaters all around the US. She continued to appear on the British stage for a few more years before showing up again in US films like "Brokedown Palace" and "The Last Days of Disco." She has since become a force to be reckoned with, jumping from smaller, co-starring roles to headlining the main event in just a matter of years. While Kate isn't exactly the hot topic in the industry of today, her star status will be sure to reach new heights.
Kate Beckinsale on the Web
Kate Beckinsale at Maxim
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Kate Beckinsale, on Maxim’s list of favorite baby-making mommas!
A brilliant fan site that boasts a long list of supplemental goodies including a detailed page of quotes, magazine articles, contact info, interactive material and news on her latest projects.
A True Beauty
A decent site with a biography, a small set of pictures and movie trailers from Kate's past films
A listing of Kate's film work.
TV Guide: Kate Beckinsale
Kate Beckinsale Videos, Interviews and More on TV Guide's Online Video Guide.
An info page of the actress for those that just want the basics.
Kate Beckinsale Web
Another great fan site that offers actress news, interviews, articles and over 1900 photos of the blood-sucking Brit.
Kate Beckinsale on the Screen
Kate's rise to stardom didn't happen as quickly as some. After working on a number of smaller British and American independent productions, Kate was caught mixing saliva with co-stars Ben Affleck and Josh Hartnett in the romantic war epic "Pearl Harbor." She quickly moved on to star in "Serendipity" alongside John Cusack, the art-house drama "Laurel Canyon," and in her biggest role to date, as the death dealing vampire Selene in the 2003 surprise blockbuster, "Underworld." Kate followed up the success of that film with roles in "Van Helsing," "The Aviator" and an "Underworld" sequel, as well as the comedy "Click." More recently, the actress has returned to the action genre with another "Underworld" movie, the Mark Wahlberg-starring "Contraband" and a remake of "Total Recall" with director/husband Len Wiseman.
"If someone had told me years ago that sharing a sense of humor was so vital to partnerships, I could have avoided a lot of sex!"
On maturing as an actress:
"With every project you do, you bring out a part of yourself, and it seems to be quite a good way of expanding a person."
On the perks of the underdog:
"Everybody likes the underdog, because everybody feels like the underdog. No matter how successful you are, you always think, No one's being nice enough to me!"
On her work in "Underworld":
"They usually put the girl in a bra and panties. Or she's got some 'woman moment' where she has PMS and can't get the gun to work. But this movie is smart. The woman is actually doing the guy's part."