Rachel Weisz was born on 7th March 1970, in London, England, to Edith, an Austrian psychoanalyst, and George Weisz, a Hungarian inventor.
Rachel was a model when she was 14 and began acting during her studies at Cambridge University. While there, she formed a theater company named "Talking Tongues", which won the Guardian Award, at the Edinburgh Festival, for its take on Neville Southall's "Washbag". Rachel went on to star on stage in the lauded Sean Mathias revival of Noel Coward's "Design For Living". It was a role that won her a vote for Most Promising Newcomer by the London Critics' Circle.
She has starred in many movies, including The Mummy (1999), Enemy at the Gates (2001) and Stealing Beauty (1996). Rachel can also be seen in the movies The Shape of Things (2003), About a Boy (2002), Constantine (2005) and The Constant Gardener (2005), for which she won an Academy Award, Golden Globe, and Screen Actor's Guild Award for Best Supporting Actress.
She recently (early 2011) married "James Bond" actor, Daniel Craig in a private ceremony in New York.
|Daniel Craig||(22 June 2011 - present)|
She pronounces her last name "Vice."
Studied English at Trinity Hall, Cambridge University.
Studying English at Cambridge University, Weisz formed the Talking Tongues theater company and at 1991's Edinburgh Festival won a student drama award for a play she wrote and acted in.
She has recently become a patron of The X Appeal, which is the official charity of the Royal College of Radiologists.
Her father invented respirators that supplied their own oxygen and machines that sense land mines.
1998: Named as one of European films' Shooting Stars by the European Film Promotion Board.
She was awarded the 1994 London Critics Circle Theatre Award (Drama Theatre) for Most Promising Newcomer for her performance in Design for Living.
Educated at the prestigious St Paul's Girls School in London. Was in the same class as actress Emily Mortimer.
Lived in New York with director Darren Aronofsky (2004).
Ranked #30 in Stuff magazine's 102 Sexiest Women in the World (2002).
Drives an old, black Jaguar 4.2 Sovereign with pepper-pot wheels.
Is the face of Revlon (2005).
Rachel and her fiancé, Darren Aronofsky, became the parents of a son, Henry Chance on May 31, 2006.
Invited to join AMPAS in 2006.
Replaced Kate Moss as the new face of the Burberry campaign.
Was a radical feminist at University.
Is of Hungarian (from her father's side) and Austrian-Italian (from mother's side) descent.
Divides her time between New York and London, where she has a home on the same street as fellow British actor and good friend Jude Law.
Is semi fluent in German.
Has a younger sister named Minnie Weisz.
Beat out Nicole Kidman for the role of Georgie Jutland in Dirt Music (2011).
Chosen by Empire magazine as one of the 100 Sexiest Stars in film history (#37). .
Ranked #85 on Askmen.com's 100 Most Desirable Women in the World (2008).
Ranked #44 on Glamour Magazine's Most Glamourous Women in the World list (2009).
Her parents escaped to England from central Europe before the start of WWII.
Grew up a tomboy.
Voted #63 in FHM 100 Sexiest Women in the World of 2009.
Her part in Eragon (2006) made her one of the first actress in world history to have a leading role as a dragon.
The role of Hypatia in Agora (2009) was written with her in mind.
Returned to work two months after giving birth to her son Henry in order to begin filming My Blueberry Nights (2007).
Was one month pregnant with her son Henry when she completed filming on Eragon (2006).
Was in a relationship with Darren Aronofsky (May 2002-November 2010).
One of People magazines Most Beautiful People in the world 2011.
Her publicist confirmed that Weisz married Daniel Craig in a secret ceremony in New York City, with just Craig's daughter Ella, Weisz's son Henry and two close friends as witnesses.
Ranked #22 in the Maxim Hot 100 Women list in 2001 and #93 in 2003.
Ranked #82 in the FHM (German edition) list of 100 Sexiest Women in the World in 2009.
Ranked as having one of the "most beautiful faces" for 15 consecutive years by "The Annual Independent Critics List of the 100 Most Beautiful Famous Faces From Around the World." She was ranked #20 in 2010, #19 in 2009, #2 in 2008, #6 in 2007, #6 in 2006, #7 in 2005, #7 in 2004, #5 in 2003, #7 in 2002, #8 in 2001, #10 in 2000, #18 in 1999, #22 in 1998, #23 in 1997, and #30 in 1996.
Has a tattoo of a ladder on her hip.
Was considered for Cate Blanchett's role of Lady Marion in Ridley Scott's Robin Hood (2010).
Was cast in Mozart and the Whale (2005) alongside Josh Harnett, however had to drop out due to schedule conflicts and was replaced by Radha Mitchell.
Named one of the "most desirable" women for 2013 in Askmen's list of the Top 99 Most Desirable Women.
I found myself a sophisticated, educated American. He's not an actor. He's traveled the world. He knows where Europe is, unlike a lot of Americans. He's very cultured, but he's all man.
You just have to play every scene honestly and forget about a reaction and what the audience is going to think. I think the more seriously you take something, the more funny it might be.
People find out I'm an actress and I see that 'whore' look flicker across their eyes.
I find Hollywood really toxic.
I have absolutely no empathy for camels. I didn't care for being abused in the Middle East by those horrible, horrible, horrible creatures. They don't like people. It's not at all like the relationship between horses and humans.
When I'm playing a character, I use the American accent. But when I go back to England, I just glide right back into Englishness immediately. Every actor uses a dialect coach. Every actor, and if they say they don't, they're lying. Everybody does, yeah. You don't want to worry about it. You have someone listening out to check that you're not straying.
I'm a bit superstitious about certain things, like what shoes to wear. If I wear the wrong shoes, the whole day may go wrong. Or if I don't get to the bottom of the stairs before the door closes - stupid little things like that. Then I also have all the normal ones, like don't walking under ladders and so on.
God no! I hate it, absolutely hate it. I can't stand it, it's such a drag. So I just tend to wear the same things all the time. I don't like change anyway. - on shopping.
I sometimes do worry that actors are people's role models, you know. And doctors and teachers and people doing really important things just get paid nothing. And they put us on the cover of magazines. They should be our heroes. I find it all a bit dubious.
I'm not one for parties and stuff like that. I get a bit nervous around lots of people. Being invisible is what I really enjoy. That I find quite entertaining.
I think mystery is kind of great. I don't know anything about Bette Davis or Katharine Hepburn or Ava Gardner - not really - and I like that. I love watching their movies because they're my personal movie stars. I don't know what they eat and who their trainer is.
You know what, I have faith in people. I think people want to see something new and different. They don't want to see anything that they've seen before. They don't want to have it worked out in the first 10 minutes how it will end. I think people are really smart and sophisticated.
I've never felt uncomfortable with my level of fame. I don't get hassled. Maybe sometimes in a minor way, but New Yorkers are much too cool for that. The thing is, you choose to be an actress, but not to be a celebrity.
'Oh God, don't make me come across as a moaner. I think it's unacceptable to moan about anything when you're lucky enough to do what I do. What I'm trying to say is I'm more settled now. The thirties have calmed me down. I know who my real friends are, I know what I want to do. In your twenties, you just do everything. It's just overload all the time. In the thirties, you learn that it's OK to go to bed early if you want.
I don't do too well there. If you were brought up in London, where you can walk around everywhere and there are theaters, you can't really do LA. I couldn't make a life there. You're in a car all the time, and there are no seasons.
There's a lot of contemporary actresses I admire, but there's practically no one who's made a color movie whose career I'd want ... I don't feel very modern at all.
I'm very wary of talking about statements. I'm a storyteller, I'm an actor, an entertainer.
The celebrity thing... I don't want to sound as if I absolutely don't want it because that's not true. If you're in the entertainment business, you have to be honest. There's something alluring about it...
They're very harsh critics and they've often said to me: "That was shit, you were crap', but this is the first time [after he saw her as "Amy Foster" on Swept from the Sea (1997)] my father said to me: 'I think one day you'll be a good actress"-- on her parents.
"Working with someone like Dustin Hoffman is a huge honor and, after you kind of get through that, you're frightened about working with a screen legend, and I was just in awe".
[Talking about Darren Aronofsky] I guess the first impression was that I'd been a big admirer of his work, and then I met someone who you'd never have put with that work. There was something very refreshing about that. I thought I was going to meet someone who was very intense and weird.
Los Angeles makes you feel ugly. I'm not going to pretend I haven't secretly wanted to be super-skinny, because all girls do.But I have a woman's body, not a boy's body. Most women do and should feel proud of their butts and their breasts and their bellies.
[re winning Oscar for The Constant Gardener (2005)] I was eight months pregnant, so a lot of my memory was centering around - well, needing to [urinate] actually often, and you know, the thing, the fear that you have that you're going to be in the can when your name is called. There was a huge amount of excitement, huge amount of anxiety that comes from being at the Oscars for the first time and being very pregnant. I also get really sad. I had designed such a clever dress that people who didn't know me, that didn't know I was pregnant, probably thought I was just chubby. I wish I'd worn a tighter dress that definitely showed for sure I was pregnant.
(January 2012) Manila, The Philippines: Started filming for "Bourne Legacy".
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