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Overview (3)

Born in Redruth, Cornwall, England, UK
Birth NameKristin Ann Scott Thomas
Height 5' 6" (1.68 m)

Mini Bio (1)

The acclaimed Cornish actress Dame Kristin Scott Thomas was born in Redruth, Cornwall, to Deborah (Hurlbatt) and Lieutenant Commander Simon Scott Thomas. Her father was a pilot for the British Royal Navy and died in a flying accident in 1964. Her stepfather, Lt. Cdr Simon Idiens, was also a pilot, and died six years later under similar circumstances. Her childhood home was Dorset, England. She left at the age of 19 to work as an au pair in Paris. She was married to French doctor François Oliviennes, with whom she had three children, Hannah, Joseph, and George.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Phil Champ

Family (4)

Spouse François Olivennes (1987 - 2005)  (divorced)  (3 children)
Children Olivennes, Hannah
Olivennes, Joseph
Olivennes, George
Parents Hurlbatt, Deborah
Scott Thomas, Simon
Relatives Serena Scott Thomas (sibling)
Scott Thomas, Ben (sibling)
Scott Thomas, Samantha (sibling)

Trivia (42)

Chosen by Empire magazine as one of the 100 Sexiest Stars in film history (#50). [1995]
Chosen by "People" magazine as one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the World. [1997]
Older sister of Serena Scott Thomas.
Speaks French fluently and often stars in French films. Dubbed herself in French in Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994).
She was awarded the OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2003 Queen's Birthday Honours List for her services to drama.
Is the eldest of five children.
Has three children with her ex-husband, François Olivennes: Hannah (born in 1988), Joseph (born 1991), and Georges (born 2000).
She was nominated for a 2004 Laurence Olivier Theatre Award for Best Actress of 2003 for her performance in "Three Sisters" at the Playhouse.
She was awarded Legion d'Honneur, France's highest civilian award, in January 2005 honors list.
She also dubbed herself in French for Random Hearts (1999).
Ex-sister-in-law of Scott J. Tepper.
Member of the 'Official Competition' jury at the 53rd Cannes International Film Festival in 2000.
Was told by a school teacher back in her native England that she wouldn't make it as an actress because there was no money to be made of it and that's what influenced her to move to France where she currently still resides.
Made her feature film debut in the 1986 film Under the Cherry Moon (1986), which was directed by and starred Prince.
Considers herself more French than British, having lived in Paris for more years than in her homeland.
In the late 1990s she was scheduled to appear opposite Harrison Ford in a doomed production titled "Age of Aquarius," but the project fell through due to financing complications. Yet again when she was up for the role of Harrison Ford's leading lady in Six Days Seven Nights (1998), she lost the part to Anne Heche. She finally succeeded in appearing with Ford in Random Hearts (1999).
Has lived in Paris since she was 19.
Was approached to play Emily Tallis in Atonement (2007).
She won a 2008 Laurence Olivier Theatre Award for Best Actress of her performance in "Seagull" at the Playhouse.
Has the rare distinction of being in two movies that opened on the same day in the U.S - The Golden Compass (2007) and The Walker (2007).
The Golden Compass (2007), in which she had a small role, finished it's domestic box office run on March 6 2008. The day after, March 7 2008, her movie The Other Boleyn Girl (2008) opened in theaters.
Has played the mother of Scarlett Johansson's characters in two movies: The Horse Whisperer (1998) and The Other Boleyn Girl (2008).
Was considered for the part of Mrs. Lovett in a film adaptation of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007).
Kristin's paternal grandfather, Commander William Scott Thomas, DSC, RN, was Welsh, born in St Asaph, Flintshire, Wales. Kristin is also of English, and 1/16th Dutch, ancestry.
Speaking an almost perfect French, with only a small hint of English accent, she has provided her own dubbing in most of her movies shot in English.
She is starring as "Arkadina" in "The Seagull" at the Walter Kerr Theatre in New York. [October 2008]
Stars in the Luigi Pirandello play "As You Desire Me" at the Playhouse Theatre, West End, London, England. [January 2006]
Admits to being difficult on the set of Gosford Park (2001). She did apologize to the cast and crew upon filming, but claims that she was in character during the production: "I was playing this woman who was difficult and so I became difficult".
She actively lobbied director Anthony Minghella for the part of Katherine in The English Patient (1996). Minghella was dubious at first, especially after their first meeting which Scott-Thomas labeled as "disastrous". She was cast after writing him a letter which included the statement "I am 'K' in your film".
Considers Only God Forgives (2013) to be very disturbing and hard to watch.
The casting choice of her as Katherine Clifton in The English Patient (1996) led to a dispute between the studio and the producers of the film. Originally, 20th Century Fox was to finance the film, but they preferred a more well-known actress to play Katharine instead of Thomas. Demi Moore lobbied particularly hard for the role. After the producers refused to give in on a series of casting choices, Fox backed out of the film, and the project was uncertain just as production was about to begin. However, within a few weeks - during which the cast and crew stayed on in Italy without knowing if the film would be made - the film was picked up by Miramax.
As of 2018, has appeared in four films that were nominated for the Best Picture Oscar: Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994), The English Patient (1996), Gosford Park (2001) and Darkest Hour (2017). Of those, only The English Patient (1996) won in the category.
Was awarded the prestigious Laurence Olivier best actress award for her performance in Anton Chekhov's "The Seagull", on London's West End Stage. She was also nominated for the same award for her performance in Harold Pinter's "Old Times".
She was awarded the DBE (Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2015 Queen's New Year Honours List for her services to drama.
Has starred in 3 films with good friend Ralph Fiennes: The English Patient (1996), Chromophobia (2005) and The Invisible Woman (2013).
Starred in three movies about World War II: The English Patient (1996), Elle s'appelait Sarah (2010), Suite Française (2014) and Darkest Hour (2017).
When asked about which film she's most proud of during an interview with Gloucester Citizen on March 22, 2015, she cited An Unforgettable Summer (1994), Only God Forgives (2013) and The English Patient (1996).
She views Lucian Pintilie's An Unforgettable Summer (1994) as a peak of her career. She played a leading part for which she had to speak Romanian. Rather than learn Romanian for her part, she read her lines phonetically. She had all the lines translated into French, which she speaks fluently, so she knew what she was saying. She explained further, "The deal was they were going to dub me. But in the end they didn't bother because I was able to say it with enough conviction. It's a great, great movie. Really great." [2002].
She holds both British and French citizenship.
Revealed to Belgian newspaper Le Soir in 2014 that she dreams of working with the Dardenne brothers (Luc Dardenne and Jean-Pierre Dardenne).
Born on the same date as Doug Jones.
Mother of Joseph Olivennes.

Personal Quotes (12)

People have always told me I was beautiful, but beauty isn't the same as attractiveness and I don't think I have ever been attractive . . . My sister Serena is beautiful and attractive, but not me.
The parts I've been most successful in are the ones I've desperately, desperately wanted. One of them being Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994). I couldn't think of anyone better for that part than me. And the other was The English Patient (1996). Occasionally, you read scripts and, well, there you are on the page.
I'm 47 - unlike most actresses, I don't lie about my age - but I'm liking this bit. I love it. I wouldn't swap it for a million years.
I'm not complaining. I love the teamwork of making films, and you get to go to the most beautiful places. It's a very privileged life in that respect. And you live about eight different lives when you're making a film - 12 hours a day for 6, 8, 10 weeks just pretending to be someone else. I find that very stimulating. And then every now and then I go to a film that just blows you away, and that encourages me to want to make another.
I've always really wanted to be onstage but movies kind of carry you along. You get swept away by them. And there's this feeling sometimes of being a bit of a pawn and of other people channeling their ambition through you. They make films, they make films, they make films. But theater - good theater - is rarer. If you see a really amazing production - there aren't many, but if you see one - it stays with you forever and ever. Films are just consumables. The experience of living theater is more powerful.
[At the École Nationale Supérieur des Arts et Techniques du Théâtre, Marcel Bozonnet] was a proper teacher. He was just a grown-up, very smart devourer of all things cultural, and I said to myself: 'Yes, yes, I want to be like him! I don't want to do kitchen-sink dramas, I don't want to be on telly, I want to do what he does.'
When I speak English, I've been told, I have this patrician way of speaking that's very irritating. It's the whole class thing. But the French they have no inkling. Another thing is that your first success tends to mark you. In England the first time I was ever on screen I was playing an Evelyn Waugh character in A Handful of Dust (1988), and people loved it. But that sort of thing just grows, and people want to see you reproduce your own work. In France, thank goodness, they don't really get that.
People will now go to films with subtitles, you know. They're not afraid of them. It's one of the upsides of text-messaging and e-mail. Maybe the only good thing to come of it.
[on ageism in Hollywood]: I am just so angry about it and bored with it too. I am so pleased to be working here in France where women of my age are still regarded as having something to say and filmmakers find us emotionally intriguing. Just because you have a few wrinkles does not mean you do not have anything meaningful to contribute. As you get older, it all becomes richer and the implications of everything you do become so much more complicated - and therefore more interesting. Your life as a woman does not end because you are 35 or 45. (2010)
[on shooting Confessions of a Shopaholic (2009)]: I thought it would be quite good fun. But I spent my entire time waiting. I hated it, hated it, hated it, and I said that I wouldn't do another one. Funnily enough, I haven't been asked to.
On The English Patient (1996): It was so emotional that it did not end up being much fun. It was an extraordinary experience because I was working with Anthony Minghella and Ralph Fiennes, and I was aware of that, but it was very intense and painful. To be comfortable with exploring things that were difficult and coming away intact. That has all begun to happen since I started working in France, and that has made me braver. I have started to loosen up to things.
[on which film she's most proud of (Gloucester Citizen - March 22, 2015)] There are so many things I'm proud of for different reasons. There's a Romanian film (An Unforgettable Summer (1994)) I did entirely in Romanian. I'm incredibly proud of that but no one's seen it. I did a film with Nicolas Winding Refn (Only God Forgives (2013)), where I went a bit mad and I'm proud of that. I'm proud of The English Patient (1996) (the film that earned her an Academy Award nomination). So I'm mostly proud of things.

Salary (1)

Largo Winch (2008) €300,000

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