Kate Beckinsale

English actress

Kathrin Romany Beckinsale (born 26 July 1973) is an English actress. She starred in the movies such as Pearl Harbor (2001), Underworld (2003) and Van Helsing (2004).

Kate Beckinsale
Kate Beckinsale in October 2016
Kathrin Romany Beckinsale

(1973-07-26) 26 July 1973 (age 50)
Occupation(s)Actress, model
Years active1991–present
Height5 ft 7 in (170 cm)
SpouseLen Wiseman (2004–2016)
PartnerMichael Sheen (1995–2003)
Parent(s)Richard Beckinsale, Judy Loe
RelativesSamantha Beckinsale (half-sister)
Roy Battersby (stepfather)

Early life


Kathrin Romany Beckinsale[1][2] was born in Chiswick, London, England. She is the only child of actor Richard Beckinsale and actress Judy Loe.[3] Her father was of one-quarter Burmese ancestry.[4]

She made her first television appearance at the age of four, in an episode of This is Your Life dedicated to her father.[5][6] When she was five years old, her 31-year-old father died suddenly of a heart attack. Beckinsale was deeply traumatised by the loss and "started expecting bad things to happen".[7] While she has seen her father "more on television than I have in life", "there are certainly enough memories for me not to feel that it's somebody I didn't know."[3]

Her widowed mother moved in with director Roy Battersby when Beckinsale was nine and she was brought up alongside his four sons and daughter.[8] She has a close relationship with her stepfather: "I couldn't have knitted a better one ... He wasn't pushy, he let me come to him."[3] She has a paternal half-sister, actress Samantha Beckinsale.


  1. "BFI | Film & TV Database | BECKINSALE, Kate". Ftvdb.bfi.org.uk. Archived from the original on 2013-09-07. Retrieved 2014-01-08.
  2. Births, Marriages & Deaths Index of England & Wales, 1916–2005.; at ancestry.com
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Janie Lawrence (5 April 1997). "Facing up to the past". The Independent. London. Archived from the original on 30 January 2012. Retrieved 5 October 2011.
  4. "Beast in the beauty". Telegraph Magazine. The Age.com. 25 April 2004. Retrieved 2014-01-08.
  5. "This Is Your Life". IMDb. Retrieved 8 January 2014.
  6. "Kate talks about dad Richard Beckinsale (UK interview)". Youtube. Retrieved 8 January 2014.
  7. "Celebrity Central: Kate Beckinsale". People. Retrieved 8 January 2014.
  8. Jane Wheatley (26 April 2007). "A weight off her mind: Kate Beckinsale". The Times. London. Retrieved 8 January 2014.

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