Mar. 7th, 1970
Westminster, London, England, UK
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Rachel Hannah Weisz (born March 7, 1970) is an English film and theatre actress and former fashion model.
Born in Westminster, London, England, to Edith, an Austrian psychoanalyst and George, a Hungarian inventor.
Weisz was a model 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 Shouthall' 's Washbag. Weisz went on to star on stage in the lauded 'Sean Mathias' revival of 'Noel 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 Actor's Guild Award for Best Supporting Actress.
Weisz began dating American filmmaker and producer Darren Aronofsky in the summer of 2001. They met backstage at London's Almeida Theatre, where she was starring in The Shape of Things. Weisz moved to New York with Aronofsky the following year; in 2005, they were engaged. Their son, Henry Chance (born 2006) in New York City. The couple resided in the East Village in Manhattan. In November 2010, Weisz and Aronofsky announced that they had been apart for months, but remain close friends and are committed to bringing up their son together in New York.
Weisz began dating English actor 'Daniel Craig' in December 2010 and they married (June 22, 2011) in a private New York ceremony, with only four guests in attendance, including Weisz's son and Craig's daughter. Weisz, a British citizen by birth, became a naturalised American citizen in 2011.
In 2009, Weisz expressed her views on Botox to Harper's Bazaar – "It should be banned for actors, as steroids are for sportsmen. Acting is all about expression; why would you want to iron out a frown?" During her career, she has been featured on the covers of magazines such as insideKENT, Vogue and Esquire. She serves as a muse to fashion designer Narciso Rodriguez, and was named L'Oréal's global ambassador in 2010.
On July 7, 2007, she presented at the American leg of Live Earth, along with 'Alec Baldwin' and 'Kevin Bacon'.
- Turned down a chance to reprise her role as Evelyn Carnahan in _The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (2008)_ (qv) upon disliking the script.
- Ranked #85 on Askmen.com's 100 Most Desirable Women in the World (2008).
- Her parents escaped to England from central Europe before the start of WWII.
- Has a younger sister named Minnie Weisz.
- Lives in a US$450,000 London apartment and drives a Jaguar.
- Announced on _"The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" (1992)_ (qv) that she was five months pregnant and engaged to 'Darren Aronofsky' (qv). [January 6, 2006]
- When asked who her idols were, she named 'Gena Rowlands' (qv), 'Katharine Hepburn' (qv), 'Jack Nicholson' (qv), 'Shirley MacLaine' (qv), 'Ingrid Bergman (I)' (qv), 'Jimi Hendrix' (qv) and 'Janis Joplin' (qv).
- 'Chris Weitz' (qv), who directed her in _About a Boy (2002)_ (qv), was a classmate of Rachel when she attended Cambridge University.