is a well seasoned actress who comes from a long line of performing artist family
members. It was her destiny to be in the performing arts; her grandparents ran
Reading Repertory Theatre, her late uncle was a West End actor, and her parents
were stage actors.
At age 11, Kate began
taking acting lessons in Maidenhead and secured her first acting role in a Sugar
Puffs commercial dancing with the Honey Monster. She attended a performing arts
school and followed her graduation with roles in the British television drama
Shrinks. This was followed by appearances in television series; Casualty, Dark
Season, Get Back, and Anglo-Saxon Attitudes. Kate's theatrical roles including
Pandora in the musical Adrian Mole, Wendy in Peter Pan, Sarah in A Game of Soldier,
and Geraldine in What the Butler Saw.
Kate made her move into film with "Heavenly Creatures", in which she
landed the starring role, and received rave review's from her film debut. Screenwriter
and producer Emma Thompson, cast her at first sight for the role in which Kate
earned herself an even greater accolade of a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination
from the Academy. Kate has continued to distinguish herself in other productions
including "Jude" and Kenneth Branagh's "Hamlet".
most successful movie to date is "Titanic", playing the role of Rose
Dewitt Bukater, an upper-class Philadelphian aboard the ill fated ocean liner.
Following the success of "Titanic", Kate starred in some smaller films,
such as, "Hideous Kinky" set in Morocco and then in "Holy Smoke"
opposite Harvey Keitel.
Another memorable work
for Kate was seen in the film "Quills", a film about the final days
of the Marquis de Sade who was institutionalized for his controversial works that
contained graphic descriptions of sex. Recently, Kate has starred in "Enigma"
and "Iris" for which she has picked up numerous awards. With such an
outstanding career, it is just a matter of time until Kate brings home an Oscar.