Birth Date : 5 October 1975
Birth Place: Reading, Berkshire, England, UK
Birth Name: Kate Elizabeth Winslet
Height: 5' 8"
Education: Redroofs School in Maidenhead, U.K.
studied at drama school in UK
Relationship: Rufus Sewall (actor; born on October 29, 1967; broke up in 1996), Stephen Tredre (actor; born in 1963; died in December 1997 from bone cancer at age 34; together until 1995) , Sam Mendes (director; born on August 1, 1965; married in May 2003), Jim Threapleton (assistant director; born in 1974; met during filming of Hideous Kinky in 1997; engaged in October 1998; married on November 22, 1998; separated in September 2001)
Father: Roger Winslet (actor)
Mother: Sally Winslet (née Bridges; actress, nanny)
Sister: Beth Winslet (actress; born in May 1978), Anna Winslet (actress; born in 1972)
Brother: Joss Winslet (born in 1980)
Grand Father: Oliver Bridges (theater manager)
Grand Mother: Linda Bridges (theater manager)
Uncle: Robert Bridges (actor)
Son: Joe Mendes (born on December 22, 2003 in New York; father: Sam Mendes)
Daughter: Mia (born on October 12, 2000; father: Jim Threapleton)
Claim to fame: as Rose DeWitt Bukater in James Cameron Titanic (1997)
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Born on October 5, 1975, and raised in Reading, England, Winslet was surrounded by the theater from birth. The daughter of stage actors and granddaughter of a repertory theater manager, she followed in the family footsteps at age 11, when she began studying drama. She made her professional debut on television as a spokeschild for a popular British cereal and went on to attend a performing-arts high school. Following graduation in 1991, she launched her stage career, appearing in adaptations of +The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole and +Peter Pan.
Kate Winslet was 17 years old when she made her auspicious film debut as an extroverted young girl who constructs a murderous fantasy world with her best friend in Peter Jackson's Heavenly Creatures (1994). Since then, her rise to stardom has been sure and steady, with acclaimed roles in films such as Sense and Sensibility and Titanic. Possessing a voluptuous, old-fashioned beauty that lends itself to costume dramas, Winslet has also been hailed for proudly standing in stark contrast to her more emaciated colleagues, proving that unconventional beauty and Hollywood success can indeed go hand in hand.
After the success of her performance in Heavenly Creatures, Winslet was cast as a princess in Disney's A Kid in King Arthur's Court (1995). That same year, she played the willful, passionate Marianne in Ang Lee's adaptation of -Sense and Sensibility. She earned a number of kudos for her work, including an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress. She continued to receive good reviews the following year for her roles in Jude and Kenneth Branagh's adaptation of +Hamlet, but the part that would land her on the map like never before would come the next year in the form of a James Cameron film called Titanic (1997}. She played the romantic lead opposite Leonardo Di Caprio in the epic blockbuster, earning an Oscar nomination and a place in history, as the movie turned out to be one of the highest grossing films of all time.
Following this overwhelming success, the actress surprised many observers with her next project; rather than chosing another high-profile film, she instead chose to star in Gillies MacKinnon's independent film Hideous Kinky (1998), which cast her as a young hippie who takes her children to Morocco in order to pursue spiritual enlightenment. Aside from the good reviews she got for her performance, she also got a husband out of the film: In 1998, she married James Threapleton, Hideous Kinky's third assistant director. Though the marriage wouldn't last long, romance returned to the young starlet's life when she announced that she was dating American Beauty director Sam Mendes in late 2001.
In 1999, she played another young woman in search of spiritual enlightenment, this time in Jane Campion's Holy Smoke. Starring as an Australian girl who joins a Hindu sect on a visit to India, Winslet's role required her to do many potentially compromising things, including standing naked and urinating in front of Harvey Keitel, who played the man hired by Winslet's parents to bring her home. Such difficult requirements didn't prove a problem for the actress, who had, thus far, built a glorious career on doing the unexpected. After following up the next year as a laundress who is the Marquis De Sade's sole link to getting his erotic works to the outside world in Quills, Winslet was once again in the spotlight with an Oscar nominated performance as a youthful Iris Murdoch in director Richard Eyre's Iris.
In 2003 Winslet could be found in yet another biopic, this time cast opposite Kevin Spacey in the film The Life of David Gale. Based on the experience of a University of Texas professor and avid anti-death-penalty activist who finds himself facing execution after a false conviction, Winslet portrayed the reporter who broke the story in a desperate attempt to discover the truth behind the mysterious and brutal crime for which Gale was convicted.
Winslet would find herself in yet another defining role in 2004, starring opposite Jim Carrey in Michelle Gondry's Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. The humorous and poignant mindbender was a hit, as was Winslet's performance, earning her Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations, as well as heaps of praise from critics. She quickly followed the success with a return to period film in Finding Neverland (2005), a movie about Victorian author James Barrie, played by Johnny Depp. Playing the inspiration for the character of Wendy in the beloved novel -Peter Pan seemed only natural for the charming actress, who'd long since proved to be a charismatic force on screen. It wouldn't be long before she was back in the present, however, with a role opposite Sean Penn in the political drama All the King's Men (2006).