Kate Elizabeth Winslet (born 5 October 1975) is an English actress and
occasional singer. She has received multiple awards and nominations.
She was the youngest person to accrue six Academy Award nominations,
and won the Academy Award for Best Actress for The Reader (2008). She
has won awards from the Screen Actors Guild, British Academy of Film
and Television Arts, and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association among
others, and has been nominated twice for an Emmy Award for television
acting, winning once for her role as Mildred Pierce in the 2011
mini-series of the same name.
Brought up in Berkshire, Winslet studied drama from childhood, and
began her career in British television in 1991. She made her film
debut in Heavenly Creatures (1994), for which she received her first
notable critical praise. She achieved recognition for her subsequent
work in a supporting role in Sense and Sensibility (1995) and for her
leading role in Titanic (1997), the highest grossing film at the time,
and, as of 2011, the highest grossing film of Winslet’s career.
Since 2000, Winslet’s performances have continued to draw positive
comments from film critics, and she has been nominated for various
awards for her work in such films as Quills (2000), Iris (2001),
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004), Finding Neverland
(2004), Little Children (2006), The Reader (2008) and Revolutionary
Road (2008). Her performance in the last of these prompted New York
magazine critic David Edelstein to describe her as “the best
English-speaking film actress of her generation”. The romantic
comedy The Holiday and the animated film Flushed Away (both 2006) are
among the biggest commercial successes of her career.
Winslet was awarded a Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album for
Children in 2000. She has been included as a vocalist on some
soundtracks of works she has performed in, and the single “What If”
from the soundtrack for Christmas Carol: The Movie (2001), was a hit
single in several European countries. Winslet has two children.