Rachel Weisz Biography | 411Celeb.com
  • Rachel Weisz Biography

    Born: March 07, 1970 in Westminster, London, , England, UK

    RACHEL WEISZ won the Academy Award® for Best Supporting Actress in 2006 for her performance as Tessa Quayle in Fernando Meirelles’ “The Constant Gardener,” adapted from the John le Carré novel. For this role she also won the Golden Globe® Award and a Screen Actors Guild® Award. Weisz was most recently seen in Tony Gilroy’s “The Bourne Legacy,” the fourth installment of the franchise, which co-stars Jeremy Renner.

    In 2012 Weisz received rave reviews for her performance in Terence Davies’ “The Deep Blue Sea,” a film adaptation of Terence Rattigan’s play. She also recently appeared in the indie political drama “The Whistleblower,” directed by Larysa Kondracki, for which she received strong praise. Prior to that, Weisz was seen in Jim Sheridan’s thriller “Dream House” opposite Daniel Craig as well as in David Hare’s “Page Eight” alongside Bill Nighy and Ralph Fiennes for BBC.

    Previous film credits include Alejandro Amenábar’s ancient Egyptian epic “Agora,” which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival, Rian Johnson’s international con man adventure “The Brothers Bloom” opposite Mark Ruffalo and Adrien Brody, Kar Wei Wong’s “My Blueberry Nights,” Peter Jackson’s “The Lovely Bones,” Adam Brooks’ romantic comedy “Definitely, Maybe” opposite Ryan Reynolds, David Dobkin’s “Fred Claus” opposite Vince Vaughn and Paul Giamatti, Darren Aronofsky’s sci-fi/romantic fantasy adventure “The Fountain” opposite Hugh Jackman, Francis Lawrence’s hit thriller “Constantine,” Gary Fleder’s “Runaway Jury,” James Foley’s “Confidence” and Chris and Paul Weitz’s “About a Boy.” She is known to audiences worldwide for her lead role opposite Brendan Fraser in Stephen Sommers’ blockbuster movies “The Mummy” and “The Mummy Returns.”

    Weisz also starred in Jean-Jacques Annaud’s “Enemy at the Gates,” Michael Winterbottom’s “I Want You,” David Leland’s “The Land Girls,” Beeban Kidron’s “Swept from the Sea” and Bernardo Bertolucci’s “Stealing Beauty.”

    In 2010, Weisz won the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actress for her performance as Blanche DuBois in the West End revival of Tennessee Williams’ “A Streetcar Named Desire.” Weisz received critical acclaim for Focus Features’ “The Shape of Things,” which also marked her first venture into producing.

    She had previously starred in writer/director Neil LaBute’s staging of his original play of the same name, in both London and New York City. Her performance in Sean Mathias’ U.K. staging of Noel Coward’s “Design for Living” garnered her the London Critics Circle Award for Most Promising Newcomer. She also starred in the West End production of “Suddenly Last Summer,” directed by Mathias.

    Weisz began her career as a student at Cambridge University where she formed the Cambridge Talking Tongues group, which performed numerous experimental pieces and won the prestigious Guardian Student Drama Award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

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