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Also Known As: Rachel Hannah Weisz Died:
Born: March 7, 1971 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: London, England, GB Profession: actor

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British film actress Rachel Weisz stood out from the pack of emerging U.K. thespians in the 1990s with her exotic, decidedly un-British looks, and a fierce intelligence that informed her best work. After making a name for herself as a stage and television performer of note in England, she landed her first role in a major film alongside Keanu Reeves in the thriller "Chain Reaction" (1996). More turns in smaller projects followed prior to her breakout performance in the action adventure "The Mummy" (1999), co-starring Brendan Fraser as a tomb-raiding soldier of fortune. Despite the film's financial success, later projects such as "Beautiful Creatures" (2001), "About a Boy" (2002), and "The Shape of Things" (2003) gave a clearer indication of her artistic leanings and fortified her growing critical reputation. Predictions of her bright future bore fruit when Weisz's stunning portrayal of an activist murdered under mysterious circumstances in the heartrending drama "The Constant Gardner" (2005) won her Oscar, Golden Globe, and SAG awards. She returned to screens the following year opposite Hugh Jackman in the metaphysical love story "The Fountain" (2006), directed by then-husband Darren Aronofsky....

British film actress Rachel Weisz stood out from the pack of emerging U.K. thespians in the 1990s with her exotic, decidedly un-British looks, and a fierce intelligence that informed her best work. After making a name for herself as a stage and television performer of note in England, she landed her first role in a major film alongside Keanu Reeves in the thriller "Chain Reaction" (1996). More turns in smaller projects followed prior to her breakout performance in the action adventure "The Mummy" (1999), co-starring Brendan Fraser as a tomb-raiding soldier of fortune. Despite the film's financial success, later projects such as "Beautiful Creatures" (2001), "About a Boy" (2002), and "The Shape of Things" (2003) gave a clearer indication of her artistic leanings and fortified her growing critical reputation. Predictions of her bright future bore fruit when Weisz's stunning portrayal of an activist murdered under mysterious circumstances in the heartrending drama "The Constant Gardner" (2005) won her Oscar, Golden Globe, and SAG awards. She returned to screens the following year opposite Hugh Jackman in the metaphysical love story "The Fountain" (2006), directed by then-husband Darren Aronofsky. Undeniably deserving of her status as one of film's more intriguing and versatile actors in projects as diverse as "The Brothers Bloom" (2009) and "The Lovely Bones" (2009), Weisz continually defied expectations even as she exceeded them.

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CAST: (feature film)

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 In the Future (2015)
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 Lobster, The (2015)
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 Miss You Already (2014)
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 Agora (2009)
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 Dirt Music (2008)
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Milestones close milestones

1993:
Co-starred with Ewan McGregor in BBC miniseries "Scarlet and Black"
1994:
Appeared with Rupert Everett in London production of Noel Coward's "Design for Living," directed by Sean Mathias
1996:
Made feature debut in Bernardo Bertolucci's "Stealing Beauty"
1996:
First U.S. feature, "Chain Reaction" as Keanu Reeves' leading lady
1997:
Had first leading role in "Swept From the Sea"
1998:
Co-starred as one of titular characters in "The Land Girls"
1999:
Returned to the London stage as Catherine in Tennessee Williams' "Suddenly, Last Summer"
1999:
Starred opposite Brendan Fraser in "The Mummy"
1999:
Co-starred as a woman who has an adulterous relationship with her brother-in-law in "Sunshine"
2001:
Acted opposite Susan Lynch in "Beautiful Creatures"
2001:
Portrayed female lead in WWII drama "Enemy at the Gates"
2001:
Reprised role in the sequel "The Mummy Returns"
2001:
Acted in the London stage production of "The Shape of Things"; written and directed by Neil LaBute
2002:
Featured opposite Hugh Grant in comedy "About a Boy," directed by brothers Chris Weitz and Paul Weitz
2003:
Was the female lead in the crime feature "Confidence"
2003:
Starred in the film adaption of "The Shape of Things," directed by Neil LaBute
2004:
Played Ben Stiller's wife in the comedy "Envy"
2005:
Co-starred in "The Constant Gardener," an adaptation of the bestselling John le Carré novel directed by Fernando Meirelles
2006:
Cast opposite Hugh Jackman in "The Fountain," written and directed by Darren Aronofsky
2007:
Co-starred with Jude Law and Natalie Portman in director Wong Kar-Wai's "My Blueberry Nights"
2008:
Played an ambitious journalist opposite Ryan Reynolds in "Definitely, Maybe"
2009:
Cast as Blanche DuBois in West End revival of Tennessee Williams' "A Streetcar Named Desire"
2009:
Played a beautiful heiress being coned by Mark Ruffalo and Adrien Brody in "The Brothers Bloom"
2009:
Played the mother of a young girl who is murdered in feature adaptation of Alice Sebold's bestseller "The Lovely Bones"
2011:
Portrayed Kathryn Bolkovac, a U.S. military contractor in "The Whistleblower"
2011:
Co-starred with Daniel Craig in Jim Sheridan's "Dream House"
2011:
Co-starred with Tom Hiddleston in "The Deep Blue Sea," a romantic drama directed by Terence Davies and adapted from Terence Rattigan's play
2013:
Played witch Evanora in fantasy adventure "Oz the Great and Powerful" opposite James Franco in title role
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Education

University of Cambridge: Cambridge , England -

Notes

Her last name is pronounced "VICE".

"I want to play characters I don't already have in my head. ... I don't care who pays for it." --Rachel Weisz in Bazaar, August 1996.

"I'm not high maintenance, but I've been told I'm very intense."---Weisz to Esquire April 2004

Companions close complete companion listing

companion:
Alessandro Nivola. Actor. Met during the filming of "I Want You" in 1997; no longer together.
companion:
Neil Morrissey. Actor. Together from c. 1998; met during the filming of the British TV drama "My Summer With Des"; starred in the British sitcom "Men Behaving Badly"; separated in September 1999.
companion:
Sam Mendes. Director. Began dating in 2000; no longer dating.
companion:
Darren Aronofsky. Director, screenwriter. Dating since c. 2000/2001.
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