Kathryn Bailey "Kate" Beckinsale (born 26 July 1973) is an English actress, known for her roles in the films Pearl Harbor (2001), Underworld (2003), Van Helsing (2004), and The Aviator (2004). Her first major American film, Brokedown Palace (1999), was not a commercial success. Soon after, Beckinsale was cast in the 2001 film Pearl Harbor as the female lead, after actress Charlize Theron turned down the part. The film was one of the highest grossing films of its year. In the years following, she appeared in a series of American films that were high-profile, but were given a somewhat poor critical reception, including Serendipity (2001), Underworld (2003) and Van Helsing (2004). In 2005, she portrayed Ava Gardner in Martin Scorsese's The Aviator, a role for which she gained 20 pounds. In 2006, Beckinsale was placed at #23 in FHM's "100 Sexiest Women in the World", after being #71 in 2005. She has also been placed at #16 in Maxim's "HOT 100" (2003), #63 in Stuff's "100 Sexiest Women in the World" (2002), and was chosen by the English magazine Hello! as "Englandís #1 Beauty", also in 2002. Beckinsale and her ex-boyfriend Michael Sheen have a daughter, Lily Mo Sheen (born 31 January 1999). She reported in interviews that during her pregnancy with Lily was the only time she has ever stopped smoking. During the Underworld shoot, Beckinsale split from Sheen, who was also starring in the film. She became involved with the director of the film, Len Wiseman. In June 2003, Beckinsale became engaged to Wiseman, and the two were married on 9 May 2004 in Bel-Air, California. She is close friends with Victoria Beckham.
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Kate Beckinsale seen on Apr 13 2013 in Los Angeles, CA. Kate Beckinsale was seen doing some shopping at Jo Malone in Los Angeles on April 1, and rocked a polished and casual 'fit for her afternoon of retail therapy. Starting with a light grey blazer (for a cool jacket in a similar hue, check out Splendid's Boucle Jacket in Heather Grey), Kate then added on a white button up blouse with a sheer lower half (similar to Free People's Best of Both Worlds Top in Shell) and a pair of washed skinny jeans. Check out Hudson Jeans' Skinny Jean in Fly for a similar pair. On the accessories front, Kate toted a quilted Chanel bag and wore a pair of black cat eye shades, and finished her look off with a pair of suede boots (get the look with Dolce Vita's Java in Taupe). Are you a fan of this daytime street style on Kate, everyone? If so, is this something you would sport for an afternoon of shopping? For those of you who are curious as to how Kate has such a bangin' body, you might find it interesting that her personal trainer Mandy Ingber recently dished to E! about how Kate stays in tip top shape. According to Mandy, "Kate has a naturally beautiful body, so yoga really keeps her toned and trim, highlighting her shape. She is very in tuned into her body. She practices daily yoga in order to strengthen her core and keep her limbs lean and toned, and does hiking and walking on a treadmill for cardio and eats a clean diet of vegetables and chicken." Pretty common sense stuff if you ask me!
Kate Beckinsale seen on Feb 27 2013 in Beverly Hills, CA. Kate Beckinsale was photographed out and about in Beverly Hills on February 27, and seemed to be in good spirits as she flashed a big smile for her galpal. For her street style on this day, Kate started with a medium wash pair of skinny jeans (for a similar pair, try Hudson Jeans' Skinny Jean in Fly) and then wore a neutral tee (add a pop of color with Splendid's 3/4 Sleeve Henley Top in Wave) with a lightweight scarf (try Love Quotes' Linen Tassel Scarf in Chardonnay). From there, KB added on a cute white jacket (for a chic cropped option, check out Shin Choi's Jan Jacket in White), a pair of black cat eye sunglasses, a blue Chanel tote and a pair of grey suede boots. Are you enjoying her casual daytime style here, everyone? Kate recently returned from London where she attended London Fashion Week, and was seen sitting front row at the Burberry Prorsum show alongside Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Rita Ora. While at the show, Kate chatted with Grazia Daily about what she misses most about the UK. Any guesses what she said? Well, according to Kate: "People having a proper sense of humour and getting my jokes and English telly, which I know we complain about all the time but you should try American telly! I have a weakness for those really dirty documentaries when you find terribly perverted things are happening. They don't make those in America." When it comes to the difference in fashion between the two locales, Kate added: "London style is a little bit quirkier and people take more risks, which I respond to." Do you agree?
Kate Beckinsale seen on Nov 07 2012 in Brentwood, CA. Kate Beckinsale was spotted heading to lunch at The Tavern in Brentwood on November 7, doing her best to avoid the paparazzi as she entered the restaurant. For her casual lunchtime ensemble, KB started with a chic black tuxedo blazer (for a great basic black blazer, check out Tart's Tallie Blazer in Black) and then wore a light grey t-shirt (like Michael Stars' V Neck Caftan in Galvanized) and a pair of skinny jeans (Work Custom Jeans' Viper in Lucerne Blue have a similar wash). On the accessory front, Kate chose a pair of black booties (like Sam Edelman's Petty Solid in Black) along with a black tote and pair of oversized sunglasses. Are you into Kate's look here, everyone? In other (somewhat silly) news, Kate's beautiful brown locks were recently picked by hairdresser James Brown as the best hair in Hollywood. James tells British Glamour: "Kate Beckinsale has the best celebrity hair - she has that Ava Gardner-esque, classic beauty look, and her hair always looks healthy and shiny. I particularly loved her effortlessly chic tresses at the 'Total Recall' movie premiere. My biggest hair tip is to give your hair time off,. If you're not going out, then don't use heat. I also swear by monthly trimming for consistently healthy hair." What do you think, does Kate have the best hair in Hollywood?
Kate Beckinsale seen on Sep 04 2012 in Los Angeles, CA. Kate Beckinsale was shot on the red carpet at the Porsche Design 40th Anniversary Event that was held in LA on September 4, looking radiant as she posed in a strapless Vivienne Westwood number. For two sexy, strapless options here on CoutureCandy, try either Cynthia Steffe's Margot Ruffled Dress in Black/White or Alexia Admor's Strapless Floral Jacquard in Blue. From there, Kate accessorized with a pair of Christian Louboutin heels and a white clutch (Zambos & Siega's Python Twiggy in Powder), and then wore a pair of Broken English drop earrings (get the look with Heather Gardner's Foxy Crystal Drop Earrings in Silver/Clear). What's your take on KB's 'fit here, everyone? Kate attended the fancy soiree with her film director husband Len Wiseman, and the couple were later spotted chatting with Porsche Design Group CEO Juergen Gesslerattend. Perhaps Kate and Len are in the market for a new Porsche, and wanted to chat with Juergen about hooking them up? Ha! In other Kate news, the stunning actress recently admitted that her successful career in Hollywood was not what she originally had planned. Say what? Kate admits: "I'm really somebody who never grew up thinking, 'One day I'm going to be in large American movies waving machine guns.' That wouldn't have been believable. I was absolutely on line for mainly doing Chekhov and dramas and period dramas. That's more my comfort zone. So, early in my career, one of the things I was anxious to do was to apprentice myself. I hadn't gone to drama school, so I wanted to try as many different types of things as possible, to keep myself kind of muscular and to see what I could do and what I couldn't. To put yourself into situations that aren't necessarily in your comfort zone as an actor, I think that's really important." Very wise!
Kate Beckinsale seen on Jul 13 2012 in San Diego, CA. Kate Beckinsale posed for a photo call for her upcoming film Total Recall at Comic-Con 2012 in San Diego on July 13, wearing an outfit that almost appears to be a more red-carpet-ready version of one that Katie Holmes recently wore in NYC. White blazer? Check. Leather leggings? Check! Wearing a pair of Rag & Bone leather leggings (try Work Custom Jeans' Viper Leggera Faux Leather in Neo Black) with a printed blouse (check out Joie's Rio Top in Dark Navy) and white blazer (like Robert Rodriguez's Canvas Jacket in Ivory), Kate accessorized with a pair of Christian Louboutin boots and a bold Tom Binns necklace (for a necklace that's a little more demure yet still a statement, try Robyn Rhodes' Grace Necklace in Mixed). Are you into Kate's Comic-Con look, everyone? At the festival, Kate spoke out about her role in the film, and the role that her husband - the film's director Len Wiseman - originally wanted her for! Says Kate: "I know when my husband first signed on to the project, he was like, 'Oh my god, I really want you to play this bitch-psycho wife.' I was totally offended and didn't think any more of it for a while. We'd had a conversation about the fact that I wasn't available and we were both being very grown-up about it and he said, 'Well, maybe, will you play the three-breasted hooker just so that you're in the movie?' And I was like, 'OK.' I'm so glad that I didn't do that! My daughter would die. She'd be so mad at me, going into eighth grade, if I was walking around with three boobs all the time. She'd be really annoyed." So funny!
Kate Beckinsale seen on Dec 13 2011 in Beverly Hills, CA. Photographed out and about on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills on December 13 - doing a bit of holiday shopping, perhaps? - Kate Beckinsale looked cool and cozy as she crossed the street. Starting with a long cardigan sweater (try Gold Hawk's Shawl Cardigan in White, or for a similar option with a muted print, take a look at Indah's Blanket Sweater in Mauve) over a t-shirt in a shade of dusty rose, Kate bundled up with a sheer scarf (the colors of Pashma's Triple Bohemia Scarf in Multi are lovely) and wore a pair of aviators. Dark skinny jeans (like Joe's Jeans' Skinny Jean in Yasmin) and black suede booties completed her look. Love it or lose it, readers? Kate is widely known for her booty kicking role in the Underworld franchise, and she recently chatted with Redbook about how she loves action roles. Says Kate, "Action roles are an incredible opportunity. Here I am with a gun; here I am on a wire; here I am learning gymnastics. I remember turning up in Budapest my first day of filming 'Underworld: Awakening,' running along a subway with a couple of guns. I thought I was going to die, I was so scared. But I very much wanted to play roles that were not just the girl taking a shower, the girl who was getting beaten, or just the girl. Now Iím someone who goes to Comic-Con - someone who knows what Comic-Con is!" Who knew KB was such a tough-girl at heart?
Kate Beckinsale seen on Nov 05 2011 in Los Angeles, CA:. The always elegant Kate Beckinsale was spotted posing and smiling on the red carpet of the LACMA Art + Film Gala presented by Gucci at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art on November 5, dressed in (of course) Gucci. Wearing a strapless white column gown that was accentuated with a gold and black belt, Kate accessorized with a pair of cascading Neil Lane earrings and a gold metallic box clutch. To get a version of Kate's ensemble here, take a look at Sue Wong's equally as dreamy Antique Beaded Empire Feather Gown in White... Kirribilla's Cate Dress in White is another cute strapless option that's shorter and more casual. From there, a statement-making pair of earrings is essential - try either Satya Jewelry's Brilliant Cascade Earrings in Topaz or Tiger Lily Jewelry's Boho Chic Crystal Earring in Gold/Champagne. What are your thoughts on Kate's look here, everyone? Yay or nay? In other Kate news, it seems as though she missed taking part in the popular Underworld franchise so much - she wasn't in the third installment of the movie - that she's back for number four. Reprising her role as Selene, the upcoming film focuses on, according to HitFix: "Selene awakening from a 15-year coma and finding that the world has moved on. Vampires and lycans (fancy talk for "werewolves") are known to humankind and are nearly extinct. It's her mission to find out why a faceless corporation called Antigen seems to be experimenting with monstrous DNA. And, oh yeah, she has a teenage daughter this time around." Are any of you Underworld fans out there?
Kate Beckinsale seen on Feb 23 2011 in Los Angeles, CA. Heading through LAX with her blonde 'do on February 23, Kate Beckinsale seemed to be a bit annoyed at the paparazzi's presence as she headed to her car. I'm going to get to Kate's ensemble in a minute, but first let's discuss the hair situation. While this look is only temporary (she's going to have to go back to brunette when she begins filming Underworld 4: New Dawn in March), I guess Kate just wanted to see if blondes really do have more fun. I liked the look when Kate first dyed her hair at the end of January, but playing catch-up with root growout is obviously a game that KB isn't too interested in. Here's hoping she reunites with the dark side sooner than later! For her ensemble, Kate paired Helmut Lang's Shearling Jacket with a delicate tank (try Joie's Merles Tank in Neutral) and a pair of black jeggings. Try either Work Custom Jeans' Moto Zip Leggera in Black, which have an added bit of edge, or Genetic Denim's Shane in Tin. From there, Kate toted Givenchy's oversized Pandora Top Handle Bag (check out Julie K Handbags' Brie Backpack/Handbag in Black) and a pair of requisite sunglasses. Thoughts on Kate's outfit here, everyone - and on her blonde locks?
Kate Beckinsale seen on Sep 05 2010 in Mexico. Enjoying some time in the sun on September 5, Kate Beckinsale was seen enjoying her Labor Day holiday vacationing in Mexico along with her husband Len Wiseman and her 11 year old daughter Lily Sheen. Hot mama alert! Opting for a patterned bikini top with tie bottoms, Kate is definitely rocking the big floppy beach hat look! For two similar bikinis with flirty and fun patterns, check out Kushcush's Mazzy String Bikini in Havana Palm or Nina Swimwear's Isabella Bikini in Black, or for a great basic black bikini with string tie bottoms, try Tyler Rose Swimwear's St. Tropez String Bikini in Black. Making sure to hold tight to her sunscreen, Kate also donned a pair of square sunglasses and slipped into a pair of black cutout wedges. While wedges aren't necessarily the most appropriate choice of footwear for the beach (and for walking in sand!), they definitely up the glam factor of KB's ensemble! If you're in the market for a pair of wedges that could work for the best (i.e. that don't have a massive heel), check out Farylrobin's Dakota in Black. What are your thoughts on Kate's beachside attire here, everyone? There's no denying how smoking hot she looks for having an eleven year old daughter! In Kate career news, she is set to start shooting her next film The Trials of Cate McCullough along with Sienna Miller. The film focuses on "a former hotshot lawyer, now in recovery and estranged from her family, in order to be reinstated at the bar and recover custody of her daughter, must take on the appeal of a woman wrongfully convicted of murder." Sounds heavy! Any of you interested in checking this out when it hits theaters?
Kate Beckinsale seen on Nov 27 2009 in Santa Monica, CA. The amazingly hot mama Kate Beckinsale was spotted going for a stroll down the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica after ice skating with her family at the outdoor ice skating rink just around the corner on November 27, looking all cozy and bundled up as the paparazzi snapped away. To get Kate's outfit, I would suggest starting by pairing a yummy heather grey cardigan (I love the shredded detail of Raw 7's Shredded Draped Cardigan in Ash) with a basic black tee (try T by Alexander Wang's super soft and sheer Welt Pocket Boyfriend Tee in Black) and a warm gauzy scarf (like Alice + Olivia's Tri Colored Scarf in Taupe). From there, Kate shimmied her way into a pair of leather leggings (go for a faux look with Alice + Olivia's Faux Leather Leggings in Black) and slipped into a rugged pair of motorcycle boots (get the look with Gwyneth Shoes' Remi Boot in Black). KB then finished up her look with a few key accessories, like a swoon-worthy blue Chanel tote (for a similar choice, grab Danielle Nicole's Kristi Mini Bag in Blue), a funky black hat and square shaded sunnies. What are your feeling about Kate's look as a whole, readers... do you like? I personally think she looks major! When Kate, her hubby, director Len Wiseman, and her daughter Lily got on the ice... it seems that K had to give Len some pointers when it came to skating! A source says, "While Lily also whizzed around like a natural, a nervous Len took a little more coaching and Kate happily guided him around the rink hand-in-hand." Adorable! Kate's been on the promotional trail lately for her new film Everybody's Fine with Drew Barrymore and Robert De Niro, which will also see the acting debut of her daughter Lily, playing a younger version of the character that Kate plays. Of the experience, Kate says, "Maybe it'll put her off - all the hanging about and bits being cut out of the movie. I really don't think she actually wants to become an actress so I may be in a fool's paradise, I did say the same thing when I was a little girl!" However, Kate says that Lily earned the part. "The producers harassed me for a long time saying "can she audition?" and I said no because she would probably be on the set anyway, if she auditions and doesn't get it then she's going to feel horrible. Eventually she got wind of it and asked if she could and she got it fair and square. She didn't really want any advice from me because I'm her mum, do you know what I mean?" Love Kate!
Kate Beckinsale seen on Jul 26 2009 in Los Angeles, CA. Kate Beckinsale was spotted waiting for her car at the valet after a romantic dinner celebrating her 36th birthday at BOA Steakhouse in LA on July 26, playfully standing in front of hubby Len Wiseman to shield his beautiful mug from the paparazzi's incessant flashes. Dresses in a classic LBD (check out similar options on CoutureCandy, like Shumaq's Marrisa Dress in Black or Rachel Pally's Fortuna Dress in Black, or for an added dash of detail, try Gold Hawk's Tribal Bead Dress in Moonless Night), Kate kept her whole look pretty simple, choosing only a pair of strappy Christian Louboutin stilettos and her wedding ring for her night's jewels. What are your thoughts, readers? Did Kate do right by keeping this look chic and simple, or could she have accessorized a bit more, say with a belt or a bangle, to really make the look pop? Weigh in! For Kate's upcoming film, Nothing But The Truth, the beauty discussed how she went method in prepping for her role where she plays a reporter who goes to jail for protecting her source. She says, "I went to The LA Times and was allowed to follow around two female reporters there. They were really helpful. They were great and I got to sit in on their editorial meeting and take my little notes and it was really, really helpful." She continued, "From what I was talking to with the women at the LA Times, I think if you want to be an actor or you want to be a journalist itís not just like, 'Oh Iíll fall in to it.' Like you really want to do it as a vocational job a lot of the time, for those two anyway it was. They spent a lot of their free time thinking about it. They donít just punch their clock and go home and they never think about anything to do with the news ever again. They're absolutely thinking like that and on their evenings they're talking to their partner who's very often a journalist themselves. Itís like we go home and talk to our filmmaking husbands about our stuff." How insightful! Will any of you readers be checking out Kate's newest flick when it opens on July 29?
Kate Beckinsale seen on May 24 2009 in Los Angeles, CA. The beautiful Kate Beckinsale was seen stocking up on groceries for the Memorial Day holiday at Gelson's in LA yesterday, May 24, managing to look like she just stepped off of a runway while doing her casual grocery shopping. In a floor-length white dress (check out similar dresses from CoutureCandy, like Prairie New York's Column Rosette Long Dress in Creme, Cake Couture's Gardenia Racer Back Dress in Ivory, or Gold Hawk's Giant Dot Long Dress in After Glow) that she belted with a skinny black belt (similar to Linea Pelle's Skinny Multi Hole Hip and Waist Belt in Black), Kate also donned oversized black shades and a multitude of necklaces (check out Brian Nagourney Jewelry's White Pearl Necklace on Grey Cord with Knot), and finished her grocery-store look off with a pair of nude and black wedge. What are your thoughts on Beckinsale's glam look - do you approve? While Kate is one actress that doesn't seem to get followed by the paparazzi too often, when she does she sure makes a fashion statement. Kate was accompanied by her husband Len Wiseman and daughter Lily for her day of shopping, as the trio stopped by Fred Segal in Santa Monica and Maxfield in West Hollywood after picking up items from the grocery store. KB's upcoming film, Whiteout, is set to be released on September 11, 2009, and the thriller's plot focuses on "a U.S. Marshal named Carrie Stetko (Beckinsale) who tracks a killer in Antarctica, as the sun is about to set for six months." Sounds intense! I wonder why Kate is always signing on to these intense thrillers, I say it's time for her to star in a romcom!
Kate Beckinsale seen on Jan 07 2009 in Pacific Palisades, CA. The beautiful Kate Beckinsale was spotted leaving CVS in Pacific Palisades, CA on January 7, opting for a casual look for her day of errands. Kate started with a pair of white sunnies, which matched her white braided belt (check out the intricately studded Navarinon Belt in White by Nyovee) and white ballet flats. Up top, Kate chose a comfy heather grey sweatshirt (for these approaching Spring months, check out Smitten's Shortsleeve Snap Front Hoodie in Heather Grey) and toted along a leather bag (I'm digging Carla Mancini's Whipstitch Double Handle with Front Pocket Bag in Teal), paired with distressed boyfriend jeans (like Denim of Virtue's Acceptance Boyfriend 5 Pocket Jean in Destroyed) and, of course, her cell phone. What are your thoughts on KB's look - I know it's basic, but it's not like she's walking a red carpet... that was last night for the Globes! While many gorgeous actresses say that they sometimes have to get made-under to be taken seriously in their roles, Beckinsale is next in line to de-glamify in her new film, Whiteout. She says, "I play a federal marshal chasing a fugitive in the Antarctic and I get horribly injured and disfigured. If you think I look bad in prison in Nothing But the Truth, wait until you see me in this one." Okay I have to say it - I'll bet that even when she's still horribly disfigured she'll be a knockout!