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Kate Beckinsale Biography

Courtesy of Screen Gems

English actress Kate Beckinsale ('Selene' in "Uknderworld") has captured attention on both sides of the Atlantic.

Beckinsale most recently starred in the ensemble drama "Laurel Canyon" for Sony Pictures Classics. Directed by Lisa Cholodenko, the film also features Frances McDormand, Christian Bale and Alessandro Nivola.

In 2001, she starred opposite John Cusack in Peter Chelsom・s "Serendipity" for Miramax Films. That same year, Beckinsale also was seen in Disney's "Pearl Harbor," directed by Michael Bay and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer.

Beckinsale co-starred with Ben Affleck, Josh Hartnett and Tom Sizemore.

In addition, she appeared in the critically acclaimed film "The Golden Bowl" for Lions Gate Films, a Merchant Ivory production that starred Nick Nolte, Jeremy Northam and Uma Thurman.

Beckinsale previously co-starred with Claire Danes and Bill Pullman in the Jonathan Kaplan directed drama, "Brokedown Palace," for Fox 2000. She also appeared with Chloe Sevigny, Chris Eigeman, Jennifer Beals and Robert Sean Leonard in Whit Stillman・s early eighties ensemble drama, "The Last Days of Disco," and in the British comedy "Shooting Fish" opposite Stuart Townsend and Dan Futterman.

Beckinsale played the title role of A&E・s "Emma" from the same producer of their critically acclaimed production of "Pride and Prejudice." Directed by Diarmuid Lawrence, the film featured an all-star British cast, including Mark Strong, Samantha Morton, Prunella Scales, Samantha Bond, Olivia Williams and James Hazeldine.

Beckinsale first gained notice in the United States as the fiery, take-charge heroine Flora Poste in John Schelsinger・s sleeper hit "Cold Comfort Farm." The film, which was originally televised on the BBC, also starred Joanna Lumley, Sir Ian McKellen, Eileen Atkings and Rufus Sewell.

Her American film debut was in Kenneth Branagh・s critically acclaimed film "Much Ado About Nothing" with Emma Thompson, Keanu Reeves, Denzel Washington and Robert Sean Leonard. Additional film credits include "Haunted" opposite Aidan Quinn, "Uncovered," Manuel Fleche・s "Marie Louise and The Prince of Jutland" from director Gabriel Axel.

Beckinsale・s roles for television have included "One Against the Wind" for Hallmark Films, "Anna Lee" and "Rachel・s Dream." On the stage, she has appeared in "Clocks and Whistles," "Sweetheart" and the British national touring production of "The Seagull."

Beckinsale recently completed filming Universal・s "Van Helsing" opposite Hugh Jackman. This gothic action film is written and directed by Stephen Sommers and is scheduled to be released in Summer 2004.

-Born in London on July 26, 1973
-Daughter of actors Judy Loe and Richard Beckinsale
-Attended Oxford University

- Biography courtesy of Screen Gems in support of Kate Beckinsale's role in "Underworld," with the exception of the 'Quick Facts' section.

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