English rose with ivory skin and strawberry hair, Winslet made
an impressive feature debut as Juliet Hulme, an intelligent,
spoiled and sickly teenager who helps murder her best
girlfriend's mother in Peter Jackson's acclaimed "Heavenly
Creatures" (1994). A third-generation thespian, the Reading,
England native began studying drama at the age of eleven.
Winslet began her career almost immediately when she was cast as
a spokesperson for a cereal in British TV commercials. Stage
roles followed, including the female leads in a musical version
of "Adrian Mole. She made her TV debut in the drama "Shrinks"
and her resume also includes a recurring stint on the sitcom
Winslet landed the role of Juliet in "Heavenly Creatures" after
an impressive audition. Her on screen performance marked her as
one to watch: she was riveting as the tubercular, highly
intelligent teen who develops a strong rapport with a fellow
student, allowing the pair to create a fantasy world and, when
threatened with separation, conspire to commit murder. Winslet
then played a princess in Disney's "A Kid in King Arthur's
Court" (1995) before winning raves and an Oscar nomination as
Best Supporting Actress for her subtle performance as the
spirited Marianne Dashwood in "Sense and Sensibility" (also
1995). Winslet continued to appear in period pieces with "Jude"
(1996). Adapted from "Jude the Obscure" by Thomas Hardy, the
film featured Winslet as Sue, the title character's
unconventional cousin whose mercurial nature creates problems.
Later that year, she was Ophelia to Kenneth Branagh's "Hamlet,
in the actor-director's all-star feature version of the
Moving from Shakespeare, Winslet adopted an American accent as a
Philadelphia socialite who finds unlikely romance with a
lower-class artist (Leonardo DiCaprio) in James Cameron's
spectacular "Titanic" (1997). More than just a film, "Titanic"
became a phenomenon: grossing more than $600 million and earning
14 Oscar nominations, including one for Winslet as Best Actress.
Her onscreen chemistry with DiCaprio had a cross-generational
appeal and the young actress found herself on magazine covers
and fodder for the tabloids. Rather than become confined to
Hollywood blockbusters, though, Winslet accepted roles in two
rather small films that both shared some similarities in that
they revolved around a spiritual search. "Hideous Kinky" (1999)
cast the actress as the mother of two young daughters who packs
up and heads to Marrakech seeking wisdom from a Sufi while "Holy
Smoke" (also 1999) saw her portray a cult member whose family
hires a deprogrammer. Both roles allowed the young actress to
display her emotional intensity and daring range, as well as to
play relatively contemporary characters.
In 2000, it was back to the petticoats as Winslet portrayed a
laundress in the asylum of Charenton who colludes with the
incarcerated Marquis de Sade to help smuggle out his writings in
"Quills. Once again, the actress demonstrated her remarkable
gifts for playing intelligent and sensual characters, and to
continue to reveal her utter fearlessness as an actress,
unafraid to explore dark corners and push conventional
boundaries. In "Enigma" (2001), the WWII-era spy drama in which
she co-starred as a mathematician working on breaking the German
code, she took a role that was less emotionally charged and
edgy, instead more subtle. Again she showed a gift for
believably thinking on screen in the contemplative drama. "Iris"
(also 2001), in which she essayed the youthful incarnation of
the British philosopher and novelist Iris Murdoch, was a return
to form (although she split the role with Judi Dench, who played
Murdoch in her Alzheimer's period, a juicier era for an actress
to explore). Nevertheless, Winslet caught Murdoch's
unconventional, free-spirited youth and realistically portrayed
her romance with her eventual husband. Her work brought the
actress a third career Academy Award nomination , this time as
Best Supporting Actress. Winslet next appeared as Elizabeth "Bitesy"
Bloom, an ambitious reporter investigating the case of a death
row inmate in "The Life of David Gale" (2003). Winslet was
praised for her performance, but it couldn't overcome the bad
feelings engendered by the film's overwrought, unconvincing
story and the overkill behind its anti-death penalty message.
Screen Actors Guild Award (2009)
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role -
Golden Globe Award (2009)
Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama -
British Academy Film Award (2009)
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role - "The Reader"
Golden Globe Award (2009)
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion
Picture - "The Reader"
Broadcast Film Critics Association Award (2009)
Best Supporting Actress - "The Reader"
Full Kate Winslet Awards Listů