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Tilda Swinton

The iconoclastic gifts of the visually striking and fiercely talented actress Tilda Swinton have been appreciated by a more international audience of late. She was born Katherine Mathilda Swinton on November 5, 1960, in London, England. Her mother, Judith Balfour, Lady Swinton (née Killen), was Australian, and her father, Major-General Sir John ... See full bio »
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Won 1 Oscar. Another 56 wins & 121 nominations. See more awards »

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 2016 Okja (pre-production)
 2008 Julia
 2007 The Man from London
 2007 Faceless (voice)
 2005 Thumbsucker
Audrey Cobb
 2002 Teknolust
Rosetta / Ruby / Marinne / ...
 2000 Possible Worlds
 2000/I The Beach
 1999 The Protagonists
 1999 The War Zone
 1993 Blue
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 1992 Orlando
 1992 Man to Man
Ella / Max Gerike
 1991 The Party: Nature Morte
 1990 The Garden
 1989 Play Me Something
 1989 War Requiem
The Nurse
 1987 Friendship's Death
 1987 Aria
Young Girl (segment "Depuis le jour")
 1986 Caravaggio
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Recorded an audiobook adaptation of Virginia Woolf's "Orlando". See more »

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12 Interviews | 13 Articles | 7 Pictorials | 14 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »


5' 10½" (1.79 m)

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When people ask about how I approach a character - well, I wouldn't know how to approach a character if I tried. People will ask about choosing a role; I don't choose roles. People will talk to me about preparation. Aside from putting together a disguise, I'm not aware of any preparation at all. See more »


She has Scottish, English, and Northern Irish ancestry. She can trace some of her ancestry back 35 generations, to the ninth century. Her father, Major-General Sir John Swinton, is the former head of The Queen's Household Division and Lord-Lieutenant of Berwickshire. See more »


Often worked with Derek Jarman See more »



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