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Kate Beckinsale Loe
July 26, 1973
Currently resides in Venice, California
Father: Richard Beckinsale, actor; died in 1979 of a heart
Mother: Judy Loe, actress
Half-sister: Samantha Beckinsale, actress
Kate has five older stepsiblings
Husband: Len Wiseman, May, 2004 to present. They met when he directed her in Underworld.
Daughter: Lily Sheen; born January 31, 1999; father, long time boyfriend, Michael
Education: Godolphin and Latymer School, London, England.
New College, Oxford University, Oxford, England; majored in French
and Russian literature; dropped out after third year.
First making an impression on international
audiences with her role as the sweet, virginal Hero in Kenneth Branagh's
1993 Much Ado About Nothing, pale-skinned, fine-boned British
actress, Kate Beckinsale, has since stepped beyond period pieces to
prove that she is anything but a fragile English rose.
The daughter of an actress, Judy Loe, and famed television actor Richard Beckinsale (known for roles on Porridge and Rising Damp,) Beckinsale was born July 26, 1973.
After her father's death from a heart attack in 1979,
the actress was raised by her mother. By her own account, Beckinsale's
childhood and adolescence were fairly troubled, marked by struggles
with anorexia. Beckinsale decided to follow in her father's acting
footsteps while still a teenager, and in 1991 had her major television
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| "I was lucky. I never had to struggle."
Kate has admitted she once urinated into the thermos of a director
who browbeat her into doing a nude scene
in one of her early films.
According to Pearl Harbor
co-star Josh Hartnett, Beckinsale
is no angel. "She's got one of the crassest mouths you'll ever
he says. "And she sticks to it."