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Upstaged though he was at times by his own hairpiece, Christian Bale made a welcome return to our screens last month as Irving Rosenfeld, the ambitious con artist at the centre of David O Russell's American Hustle.

Having been on an extended hiatus since The Dark Knight Rises, Bale now has a packed slate of completed projects: he stars as a blue-collar worker seeking vengeance in this week's Out of the Furnace, will be seen later this year in Terrence Malick's Knight of Cups, and just wrapped playing Moses for Ridley Scott.

To celebrate, we've selected our five highlights from Bale's CV to date.

Empire of the Sun (1987)

A 13-year-old Bale played his first starring role in Steven Spielberg's under-appreciated coming of age drama, which chronicles a young boy's experiences during World War II. After losing his parents in Shanghai, Bale's Jamie goes from a sheltered life of »


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