Tilda Swinton

Katherine Matilda ‘Tilda’ Swinton was born on 5 November 1960 in London, England. After attending West Heath Girls School in Kent where she was a classmate of Diana Spencer, later Princess Diana, she went on to receive a degree in Social and Political Science from Cambridge University.

Tilda Swinton: Acting Career

Swinton’s acting career began in theatre, performing with the Royal Shakespeare Company in London. Her first big appearance on screen was in her role as Lena in Derek Jarman’s 1986 Caravaggio, and her portrayal of Queen Isabella in the 1991 film Edward II finally brought her international acclaim.

Tilda Swinton Narnia White Witch

Tilda Swinton as the White Witch in The Chronicles of Narnia. Image from fashionmefabulous.com

She has worked with a number of independent art houses in avant-garde films such as Orlando, The Deep End, and Thumbsucker. In addition, Swinton is also well known for her commercial films which include The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe, and Michael Clayton. For her role as a high-level lawyer in Michael Clayton in which she co-starred with George Clooney, Swinton earned an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in 2007.

Other films in which Swinton has starred include The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, We Need to Talk About Kevin, and Burn After Reading.

Tilda Swinton: Awards

In addition to her Academy Award in 2007, Swinton has also received a number of other awards and nominations. Some of these include BAFTA Awards, European Film Awards, Golden Globes, Independent Spirit Awards, and the Screen Actors Guild Awards.

As of 2014, Swinton won a total of 37 awards, the most recent being for her role in Snowpiercer.

In 2014 GQ named Tilda Swinton Woman of the Year.

Tilda Swinton: Other Projects and Personal Life

Swinton has repeatedly been a member of the jury for several film festivals including the Berlin International Film Festival in 1988, and the Moscow International Film Festival in 1993. In July 2008, she founded the Scottish film festival Ballerina Ballroom Cinema of Dreams.

Tilda Swinton live art piece

Tilda Swinton in her live art piece “The Maybe.” Photo by M Liao

In March 2013, she presented a piece entitled “The Maybe”—a live art work—at the New York Museum of Modern Art. In July of the same year she showed her support for the LGBTQIA community by posing in front of Moscow’s Kremlin holding a rainbow flag, and releasing the statement “From Russia with love.”

Swinton has two children, twins Honor and Xavier, with Scottish playwright and artist John Byrne. She currently lives with her kids and partner Sandro Kopp in Nairn, Scotland.


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