Rachel Weisz Biography (1971-)

. Born March 7, 1971 in London, England. Her father’s family fled Hungary to England to escape Nazi persecution. In college, she founded a student drama group and appeared in several plays in the West End. Her stage work includes the role of the mentally unstable Catherine in Tennessee Williams’ Suddenly Last Summer and Evelyn in Neil LaBute’s The Shape of Things.

After appearing on television, notably on the BBC series Scarlet and Black with Ewan McGregor, Weisz made her cinematic debut in 1995’s Chain Reaction. She followed with a riveting performance as a spoiled teenager in Bernardo Bertolucci’s Stealing Beauty. Other notable films include Swept from the Sea, About a Boy and Constantine. In 2005, her starring turn in The Constant Gardener, a film adaptation of John le Carré’s thriller set in the slums of Kenya, earned her an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.

Weisz is engaged to American filmmaker Darren Aronofsky; they have a son.

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