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Overview (3)

Born in Westminster, London, England, UK
Birth NameRachel Hannah Weisz
Height 5' 6" (1.68 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Rachel Hannah Weisz was born on 7 March, 1970, in London, U.K., to Edith Ruth (Teich), a psychoanalyst, and George Weisz, an inventor. Her parents both came to England around 1938. Her father is a Hungarian Jewish immigrant, and her mother, from Vienna, was of Italian and Austrian Jewish heritage. Rachel has a sister, Minnie, a curator and photographer.

Rachel started modeling when she was 14, and began acting during her studies at Cambridge University. While there, she formed a theater company named "Talking Tongues", which won the Guardian Award, at the Edinburgh Festival, for its take on Neville Southall's "Washbag". Rachel went on to star on stage in the lauded Sean Mathias revival of Noël Coward's "Design For Living". It was a role that won her a vote for Most Promising Newcomer by the London Critics' Circle.

She has starred in many movies, including The Mummy (1999), Enemy at the Gates (2001) and Stealing Beauty (1996). Rachel can also be seen in the movies The Shape of Things (2003), About a Boy (2002), Constantine (2005) and The Constant Gardener (2005), for which she won an Academy Award, Golden Globe, and Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Supporting Actress.

Rachel has a son with her former partner, director Darren Aronofsky. In June 2011, she married "James Bond" actor Daniel Craig in a private ceremony in New York.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Anonymous

Family (4)

Spouse Daniel Craig (22 June 2011 - present)  (1 child)
Children Henry Chance Aronofsky
Ella Craig (stepchild)
Parents Edith Ruth Weisz (née Teich)
George Weisz
Relatives Minnie Weisz (sibling)

Trade Mark (2)

Hearty laughter
Brown hair

Trivia (69)

She pronounces her last name "Vice."
Studied English at Trinity Hall, Cambridge University.
Studying English at Cambridge University, Weisz formed the Talking Tongues theater company and at 1991's Edinburgh Festival won a student drama award for a play she wrote and acted in.
She has recently become a patron of The X Appeal, which is the official charity of the Royal College of Radiologists.
Her father invented respirators that supplied their own oxygen and machines that sense land mines.
1998: Named as one of European films' Shooting Stars by the European Film Promotion Board.
She was awarded the 1994 London Critics Circle Theatre Award (Drama Theatre) for Most Promising Newcomer for her performance in Design for Living.
Educated at the prestigious St Paul's Girls School in London. Was in the same class as actress Emily Mortimer.
Lived in New York with director Darren Aronofsky. [2004]
Ranked #30 in Stuff magazine's 102 Sexiest Women in the World (2002).
Drives an old, black Jaguar 4.2 Sovereign with pepper-pot wheels.
Is the face of Revlon (2005).
Has two children - a son Henry Chance Aronofsky (b. May 31, 2006) with her fiancé Darren Aronofsky and a daughter (b. August 2018) with her husband Daniel Craig.
Invited to join AMPAS in 2006.
Replaced Kate Moss as the new face of the Burberry campaign.
Was a radical feminist at University.
Her favorite movie is Nicolas Roeg and Donald Cammell's psychedelic 1970 masterpiece Performance (1970).
Good friends with fellow British actors Jude Law and Susan Lynch and Ian McKellen.
Is very good friends with fashion designers Narciso Rodríguez and Donna Karan.
Was offered a large part in the Richard Gere movie King David (1985) when she was only 14. Her parents wouldn't let her do it.
She was offered the role of "Becky" in Clerks II (2006). She couldn't do it because of scheduling conflicts. The role eventually went to Rosario Dawson.
Her father was born in Hungary and her mother was from Vienna, Austria. Both moved to the U.K. around 1938, because of the Nazi threat. Rachel's paternal grandparents, Yair Weisz (from Pressburg) and Katherine Glickel Sternberg (from Budapest), were both Ashkenazi Jews. Rachel's maternal grandfather, Alexander Teich, was an Austrian Jew, and Rachel's maternal grandmother, Anna Bassi, who was Catholic, had Austrian and Italian ancestry. Rachel's mother formally converted to Judaism when marrying Rachel's father.
Divides her time between New York and London, where she has a home on the same street as fellow British actor and good friend Jude Law.
Is semi-fluent in German.
While filming The Mummy (1999) and The Mummy Returns (2001), she formed a strong friendship with fellow co-stars John Hannah and Oded Fehr. They remain good friends.
Has a younger sister, Anna "Minnie" Weisz (b. 1973).
Very good friends with the Fiennes family having worked with both Joseph Fiennes in Enemy at the Gates (2001) and twice with Ralph Fiennes in Sunshine (1999) and The Constant Gardener (2005).
Beat out Nicole Kidman for the role of Georgie Jutland in Dirt Music (2011).
Chosen by Empire magazine as one of the 100 Sexiest Stars in film history (#37). [2007].
Had a role in the film Smart People (2008), but dropped out before filming began. As a result, Sarah Jessica Parker was given her role.
Ranked #85 on Askmen.com's 100 Most Desirable Women in the World (2008).
Was originally considered for the role of Daisy in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008) but later backed out due to scheduling conflicts. The part was then given to Cate Blanchett.
Ranked #44 on Glamour Magazine's Most Glamourous Women in the World list. [2009]
Her parents escaped to England from central Europe before the start of WWII.
Grew up a tomboy.
Voted #63 in FHM 100 Sexiest Women in the World of 2009.
Chris Weitz, who directed her in About a Boy (2002), was a classmate of Rachel when she attended Cambridge University.
Her part in Eragon (2006) made her one of the first actresses in history to have a leading role as a dragon.
The role of Hypatia in Agora (2009) was written with her in mind.
Returned to work two months after giving birth to her son Henry in order to begin filming My Blueberry Nights (2007).
Was one month pregnant with her son Henry when she completed filming on Eragon (2006).
Was in a relationship with Darren Aronofsky (May 2002-November 2010).
Was in consideration for the role of Selina Kyle/Catwoman in The Dark Knight Rises (2012), but Anne Hathaway was cast instead.
One of People magazines Most Beautiful People in the world 2011.
Her publicist confirmed that Weisz married Daniel Craig in a secret ceremony in New York City, with just Craig's daughter Ella, Weisz's son Henry and two close friends as witnesses.
Ranked #22 in the Maxim Hot 100 Women list in 2001 and #93 in 2003.
Ranked #82 in the FHM (German edition) list of 100 Sexiest Women in the World in 2009.
Ranked as having one of the "most beautiful faces" for 18 consecutive years by "The Annual Independent Critics List of the 100 Most Beautiful Famous Faces From Around the World." She was ranked #51 in 2013, #59 in 2012, #48 in 2011, #20 in 2010, #19 in 2009, #2 in 2008, #6 in 2007, #6 in 2006, #7 in 2005, #7 in 2004, #5 in 2003, #7 in 2002, #8 in 2001, #10 in 2000, #18 in 1999, #22 in 1998, #23 in 1997, and #30 in 1996.
Has a tattoo of a ladder on her hip.
Was considered for Cate Blanchett's role of Lady Marion in Ridley Scott's Robin Hood (2010).
Was cast in Mozart and the Whale (2005), alongside Josh Hartnett, however she had to drop out, due to schedule conflicts, and was replaced by Radha Mitchell.
Named one of the "most desirable" women for 2013 in Askmen's list of the Top 99 Most Desirable Women.
She appeared in two movies in 2005 that have the word "Constant" in their titles: Constantine (2005) and The Constant Gardener (2005).
Can be seen in audience on Bryan Adams music video "There Will Never Be Another Tonight".
Is one of 6 actresses to have been pregnant at the time of winning the Academy Award; the others are Eva Marie Saint, Patricia Neal, Meryl Streep, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Natalie Portman. Neal is the only to have not accepted her award in person as a result of her pregnancy. Weisz was 7 months pregnant with her son Henry when she won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for The Constant Gardener (2005).
Was the 127th actress to receive an Academy Award; she won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for The Constant Gardener (2005) at The 78th Annual Academy Awards (2006) on March 5, 2006.
Was replaced by Drew Barrymore in Miss You Already (2015) after she backed out of the project.
Became an American citizen in 2011. But she likes to be identified as British.
Loves heavy metal music and often goes to rock concerts.
Is one of 6 actresses to have won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for playing a character who is pregnant at some point during the film, hers being for The Constant Gardener (2005). The others are Mary Astor for The Great Lie (1941)_, Kim Hunter for A Streetcar Named Desire (1951), Mary Steenburgen for Melvin and Howard (1980), Brenda Fricker for My Left Foot (1989), and Jennifer Hudson for Dreamgirls (2006).
Counts James Stewart as her all-time cinematic crush, especially for his role in The Philadelphia Story (1940).
Daughter of Edith Ruth (née Teich) Weisz (September 12, 1932-March 1, 2016).
Nominated for the 2019 Golden Globe Award in the Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture category for her role as Lady Sarah in The Favourite (2018), but lost to Regina King for If Beale Street Could Talk (2018).
Nominated for a 2019 Academy Award in the Best Actress in a Supporting Role category for her role as Lady Sarah in The Favourite (2018) but lost to Regina King for If Beale Street Could Talk (2018).
Returned to work nine months after giving birth to her daughter to begin filming Black Widow (2021).
Her first starring role was in the tv production of #The Scarlet and the Black.
Her birthday is 5 days after her husband's Daniel Craig.

Personal Quotes (32)

I found myself a sophisticated, educated American. He's not an actor. He's traveled the world. He knows where Europe is, unlike a lot of Americans. He's very cultured, but he's all man.
You just have to play every scene honestly and forget about a reaction and what the audience is going to think. I think the more seriously you take something, the more funny it might be.
People find out I'm an actress and I see that 'whore' look flicker across their eyes.
I find Hollywood really toxic.
I have absolutely no empathy for camels. I didn't care for being abused in the Middle East by those horrible, horrible, horrible creatures. They don't like people. It's not at all like the relationship between horses and humans.
When I'm playing a character, I use the American accent. But when I go back to England, I just glide right back into Englishness immediately. Every actor uses a dialect coach. Every actor, and if they say they don't, they're lying. Everybody does, yeah. You don't want to worry about it. You have someone listening out to check that you're not straying.
I'm a bit superstitious about certain things, like what shoes to wear. If I wear the wrong shoes, the whole day may go wrong. Or if I don't get to the bottom of the stairs before the door closes - stupid little things like that. Then I also have all the normal ones, like don't walking under ladders and so on.
God no! I hate it, absolutely hate it. I can't stand it, it's such a drag. So I just tend to wear the same things all the time. I don't like change anyway. - on shopping.
I sometimes do worry that actors are people's role models, you know. And doctors and teachers and people doing really important things just get paid nothing. And they put us on the cover of magazines. They should be our heroes. I find it all a bit dubious.
I'm not one for parties and stuff like that. I get a bit nervous around lots of people. Being invisible is what I really enjoy. That I find quite entertaining.
I think mystery is kind of great. I don't know anything about Bette Davis or Katharine Hepburn or Ava Gardner - not really - and I like that. I love watching their movies because they're my personal movie stars. I don't know what they eat and who their trainer is.
You know what, I have faith in people. I think people want to see something new and different. They don't want to see anything that they've seen before. They don't want to have it worked out in the first 10 minutes how it will end. I think people are really smart and sophisticated.
I've never felt uncomfortable with my level of fame. I don't get hassled. Maybe sometimes in a minor way, but New Yorkers are much too cool for that. The thing is, you choose to be an actress, but not to be a celebrity.
'Oh God, don't make me come across as a moaner. I think it's unacceptable to moan about anything when you're lucky enough to do what I do. What I'm trying to say is I'm more settled now. The thirties have calmed me down. I know who my real friends are, I know what I want to do. In your twenties, you just do everything. It's just overload all the time. In the thirties, you learn that it's OK to go to bed early if you want.
I don't do too well there. If you were brought up in London, where you can walk around everywhere and there are theaters, you can't really do LA. I couldn't make a life there. You're in a car all the time, and there are no seasons.
There's a lot of contemporary actresses I admire, but there's practically no one who's made a color movie whose career I'd want ... I don't feel very modern at all.
I'm very wary of talking about statements. I'm a storyteller, I'm an actor, an entertainer.
The celebrity thing... I don't want to sound as if I absolutely don't want it because that's not true. If you're in the entertainment business, you have to be honest. There's something alluring about it...
They're very harsh critics and they've often said to me: "That was shit, you were crap', but this is the first time [after he saw her as "Amy Foster" on Swept from the Sea (1997)] my father said to me: 'I think one day you'll be a good actress"-- on her parents.
"Working with someone like Dustin Hoffman is a huge honor and, after you kind of get through that, you're frightened about working with a screen legend, and I was just in awe".
[Talking about Darren Aronofsky] I guess the first impression was that I'd been a big admirer of his work, and then I met someone who you'd never have put with that work. There was something very refreshing about that. I thought I was going to meet someone who was very intense and weird.
Los Angeles makes you feel ugly. I'm not going to pretend I haven't secretly wanted to be super-skinny, because all girls do.But I have a woman's body, not a boy's body. Most women do and should feel proud of their butts and their breasts and their bellies.
[re winning Oscar for The Constant Gardener (2005)] I was eight months pregnant, so a lot of my memory was centering around - well, needing to urinate] actually often, and you know, the thing, the fear that you have that you're going to be in the can when your name is called. There was a huge amount of excitement, huge amount of anxiety that comes from being at the Oscars for the first time and being very pregnant. I also get really sad. I had designed such a clever dress that people who didn't know me, that didn't know I was pregnant, probably thought I was just chubby. I wish I'd worn a tighter dress that definitely showed for sure I was pregnant.
Natalie Portman's character in Black Swan (2010) has technique, but what she doesn't have is abandon. If you have both, it equals something very special. The only way to feel free is to get lost.
Some of the material I'm attracted to is not commercial. Which means it's really fucking interesting, you know? It's off-center. It doesn't fit a genre. I'm not trying to sound like I'm unaware. I understand that it's a business to some extent, but I also think that with independent film, the stakes are not that high. There are things that are big-business-slash-small-art. This cocktail would have been low-business-slash-high-art. It's about creativity rather than merchandising.
I think most people look back on their childhood and think: "Phew! I'm out of that!" But of course, I grew up in a very nice house in Hampstead Garden Suburb, so what do I know?
I thought David Bowie was a poet in touch with God. For me, he really dramatized not belonging in a really powerful and poetic way and when you're 14 and you feel grotesque, it's like: "I've found a friend."
If I was a record, I'd be Beethoven. It's very raw and passionate, it makes you want to get out there and do your thing.
The thing about having your hair a different color is that it doesn't change your DNA. It's how people respond to you, I guess.
There's not much room for eccentricity in Hollywood, and eccentricity is what's sexy in people.
[ on the perceived lack of good movie roles for women] There should be more. Its strange, talking about women as if we're a tiny minority group that needs to be represented in cinema. It's like saying we need to find some good roles for sheepdogs.
I don't know if male actors ask this question but I know women normally think, 'Is this sex scene really necessary?'

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