Jan. 30th, 1974
Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, Wales, UK
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Christian Charles Philip Bale (born January 30, 1974) is an English actor. He has starred in both blockbuster films and smaller projects from independent producers and art houses.
Bale was born in Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, Wales, to English mother Jenny (née James), a circus performer, and South African–born father, David Charles Howard Bale, an entrepreneur, commercial pilot, and talent manager. He has two sisters. Bale spent his childhood in England, Portugal, and the United States. He attended the Bournemouth School in Bournemouth, Dorset. His parents divorced in 1991, and he moved with his father to Los Angeles at age seventeen.
Bale's first role into acting was a commercial for the fabric softener Lenor in 1982. A year later, he appeared in a Pac-Man cereal commercial playing a child rock star. In 1984, he made his stage debut in The Nerd, opposite Rowan Atkinson.
Bale first caught the public eye at the age of 13, when he was cast in the starring role of Steven Spielberg's Empire of the Sun (1987). Based on the original story by J. G. Ballard, Bale played an English boy who is separated from his parents and subsequently finds himself lost in a Japanese internment camp during World War II. In 2000, he garnered critical acclaim for his portrayal of serial killer Patrick Bateman in American Psycho. He earned a reputation as a method actor after he lost 63 pounds to play the role of Trevor Reznik in The Machinist (2004).
Bale went on to receive greater commercial recognition and acclaim for his performance as Bruce Wayne / Batman in Christopher Nolan's Batman Begins (2005), The Dark Knight (2008) and The Dark Knight Rises (2012). He also portrayed Dicky Eklund in the biopic The Fighter (2010), for which he received critical acclaim and won several awards, including the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor and the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role.
The 10th Anniversary issue of "Entertainment Weekly" crowned Bale as one of the "Top 8 Most Powerful Cult Figures" of the past decade, citing his incredible and legendary cult status on the Internet. EW also calls Bale one of the "Most Creative People in Entertainment" after his brilliant turn as the psychopathic yuppie serial killer in American Psycho (2000). And "Premiere" lauded him as one of the "Hottest Leading Men Under 30".
Bale made his professional debut opposite British comedian Rowan Atkinson on the London West End stage. He auditioned with 4000 other kids for the coveted role of James Graham in Spielberg's Solens rike (1987). Bale received a special citation for Best Performance by a Juvenile Actor from the National Board of Review -- an award specially created for his performance in Empire. In the following decade, Welsh-born Bale has appeared in Shakespeare, dramas and comedies demonstrating a versatility, depth and range that has made him one of the best reviewed actors today and one of the most popular actors on the Internet.
On January 29, 2000, Bale married Sandra "Sibi" Blažić (born 1970), a former model, make-up artist, and personal assistant to actress 'Winona Ryder'; the couple have a daughter, Emmeline, who was (born March 27, 2005) in Santa Monica, California. Since 1992, Bale has resided in Los Angeles.
Like his late father, Bale actively supports environmental groups such as Greenpeace and the World Wildlife Fund. Feminist activist Gloria Steinem became Bale's stepmother on September 3, 2000; it was her first marriage (at the age of 66), and the couple were together until David Bale's death in 2003.