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Tilda Swinton is known for her unique appearance and eccentric roles, but that only scratches the surface of this international star.

Swinton began her career in creative, arthouse flicks before slowly transitioning to more mainstream roles, though don't pigeon-hole her as merely an actress; she's inspired designers and appeared in performance art around the globe. This summer, she's back on the big screen (and nearly unrecognizable) in the critically acclaimed "Snowpiercer."

From her incredible family ancestry to her connection to David Bowie, here are 25 things you probably don't know about Tilda Swinton.

1. Tilda Swinton was born Katherine Matilda Swinton on November 5, 1960 in London, England to Sir John Swinton and Judith Balfour.

2. Her paternal ancestry is Anglo-Scot and can be traced back a thousand years, to the Middle Ages. A Thousand Years. I can't even process that...

3. Clan Swinton is of Saxon origin and descended from the nobles of the kingdom of Northumberland, »

- Jonny Black

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