Who Is Rachel Weisz?
Born in 1970, Rachel Weisz started acting as a drama student in college. She soon transitioned to TV and became known for her role in the BBC series Scarlet and Black. In 1995, she went from the small screen to the silver screen by appearing in Chain Reaction. From there, she has appeared in several films, including The Mummy (1999), Stealing Beauty (1996) and The Constant Gardener (2005), for which she received an Academy Award. The British actress earned another Oscar nomination for her role in The Favourite (2018).
Early Life and Stage Work
Actress Rachel Weisz was born on March 7, 1970, in London, England. Her father's family fled Hungary to England to escape Nazi persecution. In college, she founded a student drama group and appeared in several plays in the West End. Her stage work included the role of the mentally unstable Catherine in Tennessee Williams' Suddenly Last Summer and Evelyn in Neil LaBute's The Shape of Things.
Early Career: 'Scarlet and Black' and 'The Mummy'
After appearing on television, notably on the BBC series Scarlet and Black with Ewan McGregor, Weisz made her cinematic debut in 1995's Chain Reaction. She followed with a riveting performance as a spoiled teenager in Bernardo Bertolucci's Stealing Beauty (1996), and went on to star in features like Swept from the Sea (1997), The Mummy (1999), Enemy at the Gates (2001), About a Boy (2002) and Constantine (2005).
Oscar Buzz: 'The Constant Gardener' and 'The Favourite'
Also in 2005, her turn in The Constant Gardener, a film adaptation of John le Carré's thriller set in the slums of Kenya, earned Weisz an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.
Weisz has continued working steadily, starring in films such as The Fountain (2006), The Lovely Bones (2009), The Bourne Legacy (2012), Oz the Great and Powerful (2013) and Disobedience (2017).
Weisz has also returned to the stage, most notably for a 2009 revival of A Streetcar Named Desire in the role of Blanche DuBois, which resulted in an Olivier Award for Best Actress. Four years later she made her Broadway debut in a revival of Harold Pinter's Betrayal.
Over the course of her decade-long relationship with American filmmaker Darren Aronofsky, Weisz had son Henry Chance in 2006. In June 2011, she married British actor Daniel Craig. The pair welcomed their first child together, a daughter, in the summer of 2018.
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