Rachel Hannah Weisz (born 7 March 1970) is a British-American actress. She is the recipient of several accolades, including an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award, and a British Academy Film Award. She began acting in British stage and television in the early 1990s, and made her film debut in Death Machine. In 2011, she married actor Daniel Craig and became a naturalised U.S. citizen the same year.
About Rachel Weisz in brief
Rachel Hannah Weisz (born 7 March 1970) is a British-American actress. She is the recipient of several accolades, including an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award, and a British Academy Film Award. She began acting in British stage and television in the early 1990s, and made her film debut in Death Machine. Her film breakthrough came with her starring role as Evelyn Carnahan in the Hollywood action films The Mummy and The M mummy Returns. She went on to star in several films of the 2000s, including Enemy at the Gates, About a Boy, Constantine, The Fountain, and The Lovely Bones. For her performance as a murdered activist in the 2005 thriller The Constant Gardener, she won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, and for playing Blanche DuBois in a 2009 revival of A Streetcar Named Desire, she was awarded the Laurence Olivier Award. In 2011, she married actor Daniel Craig and became a naturalised U.S. citizen the same year. She was engaged to filmmaker Darren Aronofsky from 2005 to 2010. She has a younger sister, Minnie, who is a visual artist and a younger brother, Andrew, who works as a freelance writer and photographer. Her parents both emigrated to the United Kingdom as children around 1938, prior to the outbreak of World War II, in order to escape the Nazis. Her paternal ancestry was Austrian-Jewish; her maternal ancestry was Italian Roman Catholic.
Her maternal grandfather was Alexander Teich, a Jewish activist who had been a secretary of the World Union of Jewish Students. Her mother, Edith Ruth, was a teacher-turned-psychotherapist originally from Vienna. She married Craig in 2011 and became an American citizen the following year. Her first film, Dirty Something, made in 1992, was a hour-long television film in which she met, and fell in love with a traveller, Becca. She appeared in Stealing Beauty, directed by Bernardo Bertolucci, where she played an older traveller and fellow traveller Larry. In 1992 she appeared in the television film Advocates II, followed by roles in the Inspector Morse episode \”Twilight of the Gods\”, and the BBC’s steamy period drama Scarlet and Black, alongside Ewan McGregor. She turned down an offer to star with Richard Gere in King David. In 1984, she gained public attention when she turned down a role in the film King David, which also starred Keanu Reeves and Morgan Freeman. She graduated with upper second-class honours from Trinity Hall, Cambridge, and was a contemporary of Sacha Baron Cohen, Alexander Armstrong, Emily Maitlis, Sue Perkins, Mel Giedroyc, Richard Osman, and Ben Miller. She won a Guardian Student Drama Award at the 1991 Edinburgh Festival Fringe for an improvised piece called Slight Possession.