A multi-award winning actress who studied her craft in Maidenhead.
Born in Reading, Kate studied drama at the Redroofs Theatre School in Maidenhead in the 1980s. The school moved to Maidenhead in 1964, into a house once owned by Ivor Novello. Other noted graduates of the school include Joanne Froggatt and Kris Marshall.
Kate’s career began in British television, including a role in ‘Casualty’, and a starring role in Russell T Davies’ childrens’ series ‘Dark Season’. Moving onto the big screen, she appeared in British films including ‘Jude’ and ‘Sense and Sensibility’.
Her first major film role was opposite Leonardo Di Caprio in ‘Titanic’ in 1997, and she has also appeared in Hideous Kinky, Iris (as the young Iris Murdoch), Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, and Enigma.
Kate has been nominated for an Oscar six times, and finally won the Best Actress award for ‘The Reader’ in 2009. She has also won 2 BAFTAs, for ‘Sense and Sensibility’ and ‘The Reader’, and 3 Golden Globes, for ‘The Reader’, ‘Revolutionary Road’ and ‘Mildred Pierce’.
In 2012, Kate was awarded the CBE for services to drama.
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