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Kate Beckinsale Biography
Kate Beckinsale (born July 26, 1973) is an English actress. She is the daughter of British television actors Richard Beckinsale and Judy Loe, and her birth name is Kate Beckinsale Loe. Her father died in 1979, at the age of 32 years.

After finishing school in London, she gradually began acting, thus following her parents' profession. In 1991 she played a role in a television film about World War II, which made her become widely known by the public in England. The film was also broadcast in America at the end of that year. Beckinsale then began studies of French and of Russian literature at New College, Oxford University, in interviews she commented that she felt that the university background would be better for her than attending a school of performing arts.

During her first year at Oxford, Beckinsale was offered a part in Kenneth Branagh's big-screen film, Much Ado About Nothing, adapted from Shakespeare's famous comedy of the same name. This was her breakthrough in movies and opened her the doors to work in several other films, what she did while studying in Oxford. She spent her last year of studies in Paris, where she was acquainted with the French culture. There she decided to leave the university after three years and to concentrate on her acting career. Since then she has played in several major movies, but has worked also in television films and on the stage.

Beckinsale and actor Michael Sheen have a daughter, Lily, but they are no longer together. In June 2003, she became engaged to the director of Underworld, Len Wiseman, and the two were wed in May 2004 in Bel-Air, California.

Van Helsing (2004)
Underworld (2003)
Laurel Canyon (2002)
Pearl Harbor (2001)
Serendipity (2001)
Brokedown Palace (1999)
Shooting Fish (1998)
The Last Days Of Disco (1998)
Emma (1997)
Cold Comfort Farm (1996)
Haunted (1996)
Prince of Jutland (1994)
Much Ado About Nothing (1993)
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