Rachel Weisz is a well-known actress and model, and University of Cambridge alumna.
Rachel Weisz – Family & Early Life
Rachel Weisz was born Rachel Hannah Weisz on 7 March 1970 in Westminster, London. She is the daughter of Hungarian inventor George Weisz and Viennese psychotherapist, Edith Ruth—both of which fled to the United Kingdom escaping Nazi persecution. She has a younger sister by the name of Minnie who is a photographer and curator.
At the age of 14, Weisz began her modeling career and in 1984, turned down an offer to star alongside Richard Gere in the film King David.
After some trouble at school, Weisz finally attended Trinity Hall College in Cambridge University, studying a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. Some of her peers included Sacha Baron Cohen, Sue Perkins, and Ben Miller. In addition to participating in a number of student productions, she co-founded an award-winning drama club called Cambridge Talking Tongues, which existed until 1993.
Rachel Weisz – Acting Career
Before her career on the big screen, Rachel Weisz had a number of roles on television films and series—she played Mathilde de la Mole in the BBC’s Scarlet and Black.
In 1994 she had a minor role in the film Death Machine, but her claim to fame on the big screen came with the film Chain Reaction, also starring Keanu Reeves and Morgan Freeman. Weisz went on to have a part in a number of both big picture and television films including Stealing Beauty, My Summer with Des, The Land Girls, and I Want You.
In 1999, her role in the blockbuster, The Mummy, further sparked her career, introducing her to an even wider and more international audience. Since then she has starred in well-known films such as The Constant Gardner, The Fountain, My Blueberry Nights, The Whistleblower, and more recently, The Bourne Legacy and Oz the Great and Powerful.
Weisz has also worked on theatre performances, for which she has gained great acclaim. Amongst her roles are those of Gilda in Design for Living, Catherine in Suddenly Last Summer, and Blanche Du Bois in A Streetcar Named Desire. In 2013-14 she starred in the second highest grossing Broadway show, Betrayal.
Rachel Weisz – Awards
Rachel Weisz was highly praised for her work in The Constant Gardener, which earned her an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture, and the Screen Actors Guild Award for the same category. For the same role, she was also nominated for a BAFTA Award, and received the London Critics’ Circle Film Award for British Actress of the Year, and the British Independent Film Award for Best Actress, among other awards and honours.
Weisz has also been rewarded for her theatrical performances, with a Student Drama Award at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, a London Critics’ Circle Award for Most Promising Newcomer, and later on for Best Actress, and finally the coveted Olivier Award for Best Actress.
Rachel Weisz – Personal Life
In 2009, she became vocal about her opinions on Botox, specifically for actors, when she spoke against it in an interview for Harper’s Bazaar. Besides having been featured on covers of several magazines, she was also named L’Oreal global ambassador in 2010.
Weisz has a son, Henry Chance, with former fiancé, filmmaker and producer, Darren Aronofsky. In 2010, she began dating actor Daniel Craig, and 2011 they were married in a private ceremony in New York. The same year, Weisz became a naturalized American citizen.
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