Tuesday, July 1, 2008
Rachel Weisz is an English actress best known for her Academy Award-winning performance in The Constant Gardener. She has also appeared in films such as The Mummy and The Mummy Returns.
She was born to an Austrian mother and a Hungarian father on March 7, 1970 in London. While studying English at Trinity Hall, Cambridge, she participated in several school plays, and also co-founded a student drama group, Cambridge Talking Tongues, which won a Guardian Student Drama Award for their improvised performance Slight Possession.
Rachel Weisz first appeared in different television series such as Inspector Morse and Sweating Bullets before breaking out in a 1995 West End play, Design for Living. Her first film was 1995’s Chain Reaction. She also appeared in the 1996 film Stealing Beauty, opposite Liv Tyler. She then continued appearing in different English films.
Weisz got audience recognition with her appearance in the 1999 horror flick The Mummy, starring Brendan Fraser. She then worked in other films such as the 2001 sequel The Mummy Returns, Enemy at the Gates, 2002’s About A Boy, 2003’s Runaway Jury, and 2005’s Constantine. She continued acting for theater, through London productions of Suddenly Last Summer and The Shape of Things. Weisz also appeared in the film adaptation of the latter, alongside Paul Rudd.
In 2005, Rachel Weisz appeared in the film The Constant Gardener as Tessa Quayle, the wife of diplomat Justin Quayle (Ralph Fiennes) who uncovers an anomaly and gets killed while trying to solve it. Her performance won her an Oscar, a Golden Globe and a Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Supporting Actress. She was also nominated for honors in her home country, earning an award from the London Critics Circle and a BAFTA Award nomination.
Weisz has also appeared in the 2006 film The Fountain and the Wong Kar-wai-directed film My Blueberry Nights, released in 2008. She also provided her voice to the character Saphira in the 2006 animated feature Eragon.