Kate Winslet Biography

Kate Winslet is a renowned English actress and soprano singer. Go through this biography to learn more about her profile, childhood, life and timeline.

Kate Winslet
Quick Facts

Birthday: October 5, 1975

Nationality: British

Famous: Quotes By Kate Winslet School Dropouts

Age: 43 Years, 43 Year Old Females

Sun Sign: Libra

Also Known As: Kate Elizabeth Winslet

Born in: Reading, Berkshire, England

Height: 5'7" (170 cm), 5'7" Females


Spouse/Ex-: Jim Threapleton (m. 1998–2001), Ned Rocknroll (m. 2012), Sam Mendes (m. 2003–2010)

father: Roger John Winslet

mother: Sally Anne (née Bridges)

siblings: Joss Winslet

children: Joe Alfie Winslet Mendes, Mia Honey Threapleton

Personality: ENFJ

City: Reading, England

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education: Redroofs Theatre School, Independent school

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Countless people around the world will never be able to erase the memories of her performance as ‘Hanna Schmitz’ in the spine-tingling Academy Award-winning movie, ‘The Reader’ or as the delicate upper-class beauty, torn in love, in one of the highest-grossing films of all time, ‘Titanic’. One of the most popular actresses in Hollywood, Kate Winslet achieved colossal success in less than a decade with her entry in Hollywood; a feat that most accomplished actresses, look to achieve in a lifetime. She has won a number of awards and distinguished honors for her extensive contributions to world cinema and has managed to incessantly draw positive comments from critics and audiences for her performances and choice of films, globally. Some of her memorable roles were in the films, ‘Titanic’, ‘Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind’, ‘Finding Neverland’, ‘The Reader’, ‘Quills, ‘Iris’, ‘The Holiday’ and ‘Flushed Away’ to name a few. Apart from her acting career, she has also achieved international recognition for her ‘mezzo-soprano’ voice, which she used for the movie, ‘Christmas Carol: The Movie’. Although many link Winslet with her unforgettable roles in movies, she has also been in the limelight for relationships with Jim Thereapleton, Sam Mendes and Ned Rocknroll. To learn more about this beautiful actress, scroll further.

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Kate Winslet
Childhood & Early Life
  • Kate Elizabeth Winslet was the second of the four children born to Sally Anne and Roger John Winslet.
  • She started studying drama at the age of 11 at the Redroofs Theatre School, where she was also made the head-girl. She appeared in her first television advertisement for ‘Sugar Puffs’ at the age of 12.
  • In 1988, she made her first appearance in the TV series, ‘Shrinks’. Three years later, she dropped out of school to pursue her new acting career. She soon began appearing in theater productions such as ‘Adrian Mole’, ‘Peter Pan’ and the sitcom, ‘Get Back’.
  • She landed her debut role in a feature film titled, ‘Heavenly Creatures’, in 1994, which was directed by Peter Jackson. She then attracted even more praise for her acting skills when she starred in ‘Sense and Sensibility’, which was released in the next year.
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  • In 1996, she was seen in the movies ‘Jude’ and ‘Hamlet’. Although the movies didn't succeed at the box-office, her performances were critically-acclaimed.
  • In 1997, she was seen in one of her most memorable performances till date as the upper-class socialite passenger on the ill-fated RMS Titanic, in the movie ‘Titanic’. She was nominated for a number of high-profile awards for her role and eventually went on to earn a number of honors for her acting.
  • In 1998, she was seen in the low-budget film, ‘Hippie’, which she had started filming before ‘Titanic’. The next year, she was seen in ‘Holy Smoke!’, which was another low-budget venture.
  • She was cast in ‘Quills’ opposite Geoffrey Rush, which was released in 2000. This period drama was inspired by the life and works of Marquis de Sade. The art house film went on to be glorified by the critics. The next year, she appeared as a World War II code-breaker in ‘Enigma’.
  • In 2001, she also lent her voice for the character of ‘Belle’ in the animated film, ‘Christmas Carol: The Movie’. She also recorded a hit single which was used in the movie titled, ‘What If’. Two years later, she starred in ‘The Life of David Gale’.
  • From 2004 to 2006, she appeared in a number of critically-acclaimed films including ‘Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind’, ‘Finding Neverland’, ‘Romance & Cigarettes’, ‘All the King’s Men’, ‘Little Children’ and ‘The Holiday’, which happened to be some of her most commercially successful films after ‘Titanic’.
  • She was once again seen with her ‘Titanic’ co-star, Leonardo DiCaprio in ‘Revolutionary Road’, which was released in 2008. Despite all the hype with the two getting back together for a film, the movie received tepid reviews. She then went on to star in the Academy Award-winning film, ‘The Reader’, which is considered one of her best performances till date.
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  • In 2011, she starred in the HBO miniseries, ‘Mildred Pierce’, where she played the role of the title character. She won a number of distinguished awards for her performance. The same year, she appeared in the film, ‘Contagion’ alongside Matt Damon and Gwyneth Paltrow. She also appeared in ‘Carnage’, which opened at the 68th Venice Film Festival.
  • In 2012, she debuted with an audiobook performance in ‘Therese Raquin’, which released on audible.com.
  • In 2013, she was seen in a multi-starrer titled, ‘Movie 43’ which involved fourteen different storylines directed by different directors. The segment she appeared in was called ‘The Catch’. The movie was considered as one of the worst of her career.
  • She is also set to appear in ‘A Little Chaos’, ‘Divergent’ and ‘The Dressmaker’.
Major Works
  • In 1997, she was cast as ‘Rose DeWitt Bukater’, a 17-year old first-class passenger on the RMS Titanic in James Cameron’s ‘Titanic’. She plays the love interest of Leonardo DiCaprio (Jack Dawson) in the film, who is a third-class passenger. The movie is considered to be one of her biggest commercial successes till date.
  • She was cast in ‘The Reader’, which was released in 2008. She played the role of ‘Hannah Schmitz’, a woman who was going through a war trial, hiding a horrendous Nazi past and her scandalous affair with a younger boy. This role is considered one of her most critically successful roles till date for which she earned an ‘Academy Award for Best Actress’.
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Awards & Achievements
  • She won a Grammy Award for ‘Best Spoken Word Album for Children’ for ‘Listen to the Storyteller’, in 2000.
  • In 2001, she won a Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for ‘Best Supporting Actress’ for ‘Iris’.
  • She won an Academy Award for ‘Best Actress’ for ‘The Reader’, in 2008.
  • She won two Golden Globe Awards for the categories of ‘Best Actress (Drama) and ‘Best Supporting Actress’ for ‘Revolutionary Road’, in 2008.
  • In 2011, she won a Primetime Emmy Award for ‘Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie’ for the television show, ‘Mildred Pierce’.
  • In 2011, she received the ‘Yo Dona Award’ for ‘Best Humanitarian Work’.
  • She was made a ‘Commander of the Order of the British Empire’ in 2012 for her contributions to drama.
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Personal Life & Legacy
  • She was dating Stephen Tredre for four-and-a-half years before he passed away due to bone cancer. His death coincided with the premiere of ‘Titanic’, for which she could not be present as she attended his funeral.
  • She married Jim Thereapleton in 1998, with whom she has a daughter, Mia. The duo divorced in 2001.
  • She married director, Sam Mendes in 2003 with whom she had a son and separated from him in 2010.
  • In 2011, there was a fire at a residence she was staying in, which caused a lot of damage to the property but there were no casualties. During the same time, she met fellow guest Ned Rocknroll with whom she started a relationship.
  • She married Ned Rocknroll in a private ceremony in 2012. The duo has a son.
  • Apart from her acting career, she is a PETA activist and is also the founder of the non-profit organization, ‘Golden Hat Foundation’.
  • This famous Hollywood actress is the third actor/actress in history to win two Golden Globes in the same year i.e. ‘Best Actress’ for ‘Revolutionary Road’ and ‘Best Supporting Actress for ‘The Reader’.

1. Titanic (1997)

  (Drama, Romance)

2. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)

  (Sci-Fi, Romance, Drama)

3. The Reader (2008)

  (Romance, Drama)

4. Sense and Sensibility (1995)

  (Drama, Romance)

5. Little Children (2006)

  (Romance, Drama)

6. Hamlet (1996)


7. The Holiday (2006)

  (Romance, Comedy)

8. The Dressmaker (2015)

  (Drama, Comedy)


Academy Awards(Oscars)
2009 Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role The Reader (2008)
Golden Globe Awards
2016 Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture Steve Jobs (2015)
2012 Best Performance by an Actress in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television Mildred Pierce (2011)
2009 Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama Revolutionary Road (2008)
2009 Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture The Reader (2008)
Primetime Emmy Awards
2011 Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie Mildred Pierce (2011)
BAFTA Awards
2016 Best Supporting Actress Steve Jobs (2015)
2009 Best Leading Actress The Reader (2008)
1996 Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role Sense and Sensibility (1995)
Grammy Awards
2000 Best Spoken Word Album For Children Winner

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