Kate Winslet The Holiday

Co-starring Kate Winslet The Holiday was a hit in 2006. Here is a biography of Kate Winslet and her movie career.

Full name: Kate Elizabeth Winslet

DOB: 5th October 1975


Where born: Reading, Berkshire, England

British-born actress Kate Winslet played Iris Simpkins, a society column editor for the Daily Telegraph in the 2006 Christmas romantic comedy move “The Holiday.”

She co-starred with Cameron Diaz in this story of two lovelorn women on both sides of the Atlantic.

“The Holiday” was not Kate's first involvement with a Christmas movie. She provided the voice over for the character Belle in the animated 2001 “Christmas Carol: The Movie”.

Multi-talented as a singer and dancer as well as being a great actor, Kate released the song “What If” from the movie, with the proceeds going to the NSPCC and the Sargeant Cancer Foundation for Children.

It also won her the 2002 OGAE Song Contest, one of the many awards Kate's talents have secured for her throughout her career.

Kate is the first one in her family to have earned show business fame, but she does come from acting stock. Her grandparents founded the Reading Repertory Theatre in the town of her birth, and her parents were both part-time actors.

Kate started acting as a child and by age 12 she was appearing in Sugar Puff commercials. By the early 1990's she was appearing in the children's TV series “Dark Season.” By the age of 17 she appeared in her first TV movie “Anglo Saxon Attitudes” first aired in 1991 and year later she played in “Get Back.”

Kate made her first break in cinema in the 1994 Movie “Heavenly Creatures” from which she was to gain the first of what was to become an avalanche of awards throughout her career.

For this movie alone she won the Empire Award for Best British Actress, the London Film Critics Circle Award for British Actress of the Year and the New Zealand Film and TV Award for best Foreign Performer.

Such has been Kate Winslet's success that her performance as Hanna Schmitz in the 2008 movie “The Reader” saw her becoming the youngest ever actor to receive six Oscar nominations.

Kate also featured in one of the most successful movies ever made, “Titanic” in 1997, which saw her garner four more awards, plus nominations for seven others.

Kate was married to Film director Jim Threapleton, but they divorced in 2001. In 2003 she married another director Sam Mendes, but they announced an amicable split seven years later.

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