Kathrin Romary “Kate” Beckinsale (born 26 July 1973) is an English actress. After some minor television roles, she made her film debut in Much Ado About Nothing (1993) while still a student at Oxford University. She then appeared in British costume dramas such as Prince of Jutland (1994), Cold Comfort Farm (1995), Emma (1996) and The Golden Bowl (2000).
Beckinsale became known as an action star following an appearance in 2003’s Underworld and has since starred in many action films, including Van Helsing (2004), Underworld: Evolution (2006), Whiteout (2009), Contraband (2012), and Underworld: Awakening (2012).
Publications such as Esquire and People Magazine have repeatedly included Beckinsale in their annual rankings of the world’s sexiest and most beautiful women. She has worked occasionally as a model in television and print campaigns to promote Gap denim, Diet Coke, Absolut Vodka and Lux shampoo.
Beckinsale was named “England’s Number One Beauty” by Hello! in 2002and appeared at number 41 in People Magazine’s 100 Most Beautiful People list in 2008. Many publications have included her in their rankings of the world’s sexiest women. Esquire named her the Sexiest Woman Alive in 2009. She was at number 22 in Maxim‘s Hot 100 2009 list. She came in at number 41 on FHM’s Sexiest Women of 2010 list,having previously appeared at number 15 in their 2009 listand at number 12 in their 2008 list. She has frequently appeared in AskMen.com’s annual list of the 99 Most Desired Women: she was at number 14 in 2011, at number 3 in 2010,at number 10 in 2009and at number 3 in 2008.
Find out what she has to say on
Her return as Selene in Underworld
On her costume in Underworld
On how Underworld Awakening connects to the previous films
Beckinsale’s next onscreen appearance will be in the sci-fi action remake Total Recall, due for release in the summer of 2012, directed by her husband Len Wiseman and co-starring Colin Farrell and Jessica Biel. Beckinsale will star as Lori, the villain played by Sharon Stone in the original movie
Underworld Awakening opens in cinemas 2 Feb
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