3 March 2012 5:24 PM, PST | The Geek Files | See recent The Geek Files news »

British actress Kate Beckinsale returned to the big screen after a long break to reprise her role as sexy vampire Selene in Underworld Awakening.

The fourth chapter in the Underworld horror franchise hit cinemas in January.

Kate will be back in action alongside Mark Wahlberg in Contraband - out in the UK on March 16 - and with husband Len Wiseman's remake of Total Recall, co-starring Colin Farrell and released in August.

So where has she been these past three years? And what's it been like getting back into action-movie mode?

Prior to the recent Underworld adventure, we last saw Kate on screen in 2009 in the drama Everybody's Fine and the poorly-received comic book adaptation Whiteout.

Another film she worked on in 2009 with Matt Dillon and Vera Farmiga went straight to DVD, and she says a Hollywood writers' strike meant there were few projects around.

"I didn't plan on a sabbatical, »

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