Academy Award® winning actress, KATE WINSLET [Jeanine Matthews] has brought to life some of cinema’s most captivating and memorable roles. Her résumé consists of critically and commercially acclaimed work as well as a span of awards and honors that illustrate Winslet’s talent and solidify her a permanent place in cinema history.
Winslet won her first Academy Award®, after a stunning past 5 nominations, for her role as Hannah Schmitz in Stephen Daldry’s 2008 The Reader directed by Stephen Daldry. Winslet also won a Golden Globe®, SAG Award®, BAFTA, and Critics’ Choice Award, among many others, for the role. She also starred that year in Revolutionary Road, directed by Sam Mendes, which reteamed her with Titanic co-star Leonardo DiCaprio. Winslet won a Golden Globe® and received many nominations for her portrayal of April Wheeler.
Raised in a family of actors, Winslet began performing for British television when she was thirteen. At the age of seventeen, she made an international name for herself in Peter Jackson’s feature film Heavenly Creatures. She followed that in 1995 with her role as Marianne Dashwood in Ang Lee’s Sense And Sensibility. Winslet received her first Academy Award® nomination for this performance and was also nominated for a Golden Globe®. She then went on to win the BAFTA and the Screen Actors Guild Award®.
Winslet co-starred with Christopher Eccleston in Michael Winterbottom’s Jude; and then as Ophelia in Kenneth Branagh’s HAMLET. She appeared as the iconic survivor, Rose, in James Cameron’s Titanic opposite Leonardo DiCaprio. At the age of 22, Winslet received her second Academy Award® nomination for this role and the honor of being the youngest actress ever to be nominated for two Academy Awards®.
In 1997 Winslet starred as Julia in Hideous Kinky, directed by Gillies McKinnon; and in 1998 co-starred with Harvey Keitel in Jane Campion’s comedic drama Holy Smoke. She also starred in Philip Kaufman’s period drama Quills along with Geoffrey Rush, Joaquin Phoenix and Michael Caine.
Winslet starred in the 2001 Richard Eyre production of Iris, playing the young Iris Murdoch to Judi Dench’s older Iris and received Golden Globe® and Oscar® nominations. She next starred in Michael Apteds’ Enigma, a spy drama about code breakers during WWII, and The Life Of David Gale with Kevin Spacey. She dyed her hair blue and orange for her portrayal of the quirky Clementine in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Minds, for which she received Academy Award®, Golden Globe® and BAFTA nominations for Best Actress. She then went on to star opposite Johnny Depp in Finding Neverland, which was named the 2004 Best Film by the National Board of Review.
In 2006, Winslet was seen in All The King’s Men, with Jude Law and Sean Penn, directed by Steven Zaillian. She then extended her voice to the animated feature Flushed Away; and finished the year in the romantic comedy The Holiday opposite Cameron Diaz, Jude Law, and Jack Black. She starred opposite Patrick Wilson and Jennifer Connelly in Todd Field’s Little Children for which she received her fifth Academy Award® nomination for Best Actress.
Winslet filmed the title role in HBO’s multi award-winning 5-part mini-series Mildred Pierce for which she won an Emmy®, Golden Globe® and SAG Award® as Best Actress in 2010. She joined the ensemble cast of Steven Soderbergh’s Contagion; and starred in Roman Polanski’s Carnage, which premiered in competition at the 2011 Venice Film Festival.
She co-stars with Josh Brolin in director Jason Reitman’s Labor Day which opened on 31st January 2014. The film premiered at the 2013 Toronto Film Festival and earned Winslet a Golden Globe® nomination for Best Actress.
At the end of 2014, Winslet shot two very different films: reprising her villainous role from Divergent in The Divergent Series: Insurgent, the second film in Veronica Roth’s best-selling book series; and Jocelyn Moorhouse’s The Dressmaker, based on the novel by Rosalie Ham. Winslet will also star in A Little Chaos, an upcoming British period drama film directed by Alan Rickman and written by Allison Deegan, in which she plays a landscape gardener involved in the creation of the gardens at Louis XIV’s Versailles. The film also stars Alan Rickman, Stanley Tucci and Helen McCrory. 2015 will see the release of Triple Nine, where Winslet will star opposite Chiwetel Ejiofor, Casey Affleck, Gal Gadot, Aaron Paul and Norman Reedus.
In 2012, Winslet was awarded the CBE, which she received from Queen Elizabeth II in a ceremony at Buckingham Palace. She was also awarded in March 2014 a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame cementing her status amongst the stars of Hollywood.