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Kate Winslet Biography
London, England, U.K. (CNS) - Kate Elizabeth Winslet, Actress
Birthdate: October 5, 1975
Birthplace: Reading, England
Kate Elizabeth Winslet was born on October 5th, 1975, in Reading, Berkshire, to Roger and Sally Bridges-Winslet. She has two sisters, Anna and Beth, and a brother, Joss. It's natural that Kate became an actress; it was in her blood: her mother's parents, Oliver and Linda, had run the Reading Repertory Theatre, and her uncle Robert Bridges had appeared in many productions, most notably as Mr Bumble in the original West End version of "Oliver!" Her father, too, was an actor. He predominately worked onstage, but also appeared on a few episodes of "Casualty," a British TV show.
All through school, Kate loved acting, and tried out for school plays whenever possible. This led to a TV debut in a Sugar Puffs commercial.
With her heart set on an acting career, she auditioned for and was enrolled at Redroofs Theatre School in Maidenhead at 11 years old. She appeared onstage in a host of productions, including Peter Pan and Adrian Mole, and was 13 when she began work proper, appearing in episodes of "Shrinks" and "Casualty."
Kate graduated school and the TV parts came in relatively quickly - "Dark Season" in 1991, "Anglo Saxon Attitudes" in 1992, "Casualty" in 1993, "Heavenly Creatures" in 1994.." But her breakout role was when she was cast in "Sense and Sensibility" as Marianne Dashwood, who wins the heart of Colonel Brandon but is swept off her feet by Willoughby. Kate was nominated for a Best Supporting Actress Oscar, but lost to Mira Sorvino for her work in "Mighty Aphrodite.
After that, Kate was cast as Ophelia in "Hamlet," but it was her role as Rose in "Titanic" that is probably still her most famous role and for what Kate is most remembered for. The romantic lead, Rose was engaged to Billy Zane's egotistical and mean character, but fell for and had a brief affair with Jack, played by Leonardo DiCaprio. "Titanic" was the most expensive film ever made in 1997, but all risks paid off. Kate scored another Oscar nomination for Best Actress, but lost.
Despite Titanic's success, Kate accepted parts in and kept making lower-budget, independent films, including Hideous Kinky and Holy Smoke! She has also taken several roles in period films such as "Quills" and "Finding Neverland."
Kate fell for the third Assistant Director Jim Threapleton; the pair met when they both worked on "Hideous Kinky." They married soon afterwards and Kate gave birth to a daughter, Mia (born October 12th, 2000). The two divorced in December, 2001, with Threapleton's "unreasonable behaviour" being cited as the reason.
Soon after her divorce was final, Winslet met director Sam Mendes while casting for his final season at the Donmar Warehouse. Kate decided then that performing Uncle Vanya and Twelfth Night for three months in London and another three in New York was too much, so nothing started then, but both of them met again through Richard Eyre, another theatre director and Kate's director for the movie "Iris." They started dating and got married in the West Indies in May, 2003. Later that year in December, she gave birth to a son, Joe Alfie.
She did a number of movies in the next few years, but most notable were 2006's "Little Children," "The Holiday," and "Revolutionary Road," which was directed by Sam Mendes and reunited her with her "Titanic" costar Leonardo DiCaprio. She was nominated yet again for "Revolutionary Road," and won a Golden Globe for her performance in the film this year.