Kate Winslet was born on 5 October 1975 in Reading, Berkshire, England, UK to thespian parents, in a firmly theatrical family. She secured her first professional gig at eleven, dancing opposite the Honey Monster in a commercial for Sugar Puffs cereal.
That same year, she began attending the performing arts high school, Redroofs in Maidenhead, England, UK. Over the next few years she appeared on stage regularly and landed a few bit parts in sitcoms. Her first big break came at age seventeen, when she won the role of an obsessive adolescent in the New Zealand film 'Heavenly Creatures' (1994). The film, based on the true story of two girls, lost in a fantasy world, who commit a brutal murder, received limited distribution but was highly praised by critics.
The following year, Kate attended
a general audition for Ang Lee's 'Sense and Sensibility' (1995).
Emma Thompson, the
film's star and writer, was immediately taken with her and Kate
landed the part of the passionate, yet niave, "Marianne
Dashwood" ahead of hundreds of other hopefuls, opposite
Alan Rickman (as "Col.
Brandon"). Her commanding and beguiling performance won
her a BAFTA Award and an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting
Actress. Kate then appeared as another rebellious character in
'Jude' (1996), followed by the doomed "Ophelia" in
Kenneth Branagh's 'Hamlet' (1996).
Attracted to strong female roles, Kate is rumoured to have turned down several commercial films, in favour of quirky independent fare, such as 'Hideous Kinky' (1998) and 'Holy Smoke' (1999). She then returned to period drama as the Marquis de Sade's chambermaid and accomplice in 'Quills' (2000).
Much talk has taken place over
Kate's non-Hollywood, non-conformist physical form. While never
being overweight, her curvey shape was constantly compared to
the stick-like frames of her contemporaries by the industry,
while being celebrated by women all over the world for being
"real". Kate herself is not bothered by all the fuss,
however she was furious when a well-known glossy magazine "tweaked"
her photo via computer imagery on the front cover to make her
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