Biography / trivia
* Rachel Weisz was born on 7th March 1970 in Westminster, London, United Kingdom to George Weisz, an inventor and Edith Ruth a teacher from Austria.
* She has a sister, Minnie, a photographer.
* Her original name is Rachel Hannah Weisz.
* Her father George Weisz is a Jewish and hence her family fled to England during the World War II to escape from Hitler’s Nazis group.
* Weisz has dual citizenship, British by birth and naturalized American citizenship.
* Weisz’s parents got divorce when she was young.
* Her mother was a Roman Catholic but in later days she started to follow Judaism according to Vogue.
* Weisz admitted in one of her interviews that she was not a good student until English teacher inspired her when she was 16.
* Weisz attended North London Collegiate School, Benenden School, St Paul’s Girls School and Trinity Hall.
* She has a Bachelor degree in English.
* She started her modeling career when she was just 14 years old. Its interesting to know that in 1984, she turned down an offer to work alongside Richard Gere in ‘King David’.
* Her acting career started in 1992 with TV film Advocates II as Sarah Thompson. Her first film was Death Machine in 1994.
* In 1990 decade she appeared in the blockbuster hit ‘The Mummy’ in 1999 alongside Brendan Fraser, John Hannah and Arnold Vosloo. The movie was huge commercial and critical success. Weisz earned nomination for ‘Empire Award for Best British Actress‘ and ‘Saturn Award for Best Actress’ for her role in the film.
* In 2000 decade Weisz worked for several commercial successful films like Enemy at the Gates in 2001 alongside Jude Law and Joseph Fiennes, The Mummy Returns in 2001 with Brendan Fraser and John Hannah, About a Boy in 2002 opposite Hugh Grant and Nicholas Hoult, Confidence in 2003, Runaway Jury in 2003 with John Cusack, Dustin Hoffman and Gene Hackman, Constantine in 2005 with Keanu Reeves, Shia LaBeouf and Tilda Swinton, The Constant Gardener in 2005 for which she won ‘Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress’, Fred Claus in 2007, My Blueberry Nights in 2007, Definitely, Maybe in 2008 with Ryan Reynolds, Abigail Breslin, Isla Fisher and Elizabeth Banks, The Lovely Bones in 2009 opposite Mark Wahlberg.
* In 2010 decade she appeared in major successful films including blockbuster The Bourne Legacy in 2012 alongside Jeremy Renner, Joan Allen and Edward Norton.
* Weisz started dating filmmaker Darren Aronofsky in 2001 and the couple were engaged in 2005. She gave birth to a son Henry Chance in New York City in 2006. In 2010 the couple announced their break up publicly and parted in good terms to bring up their son.
* After breaking up with Aronofsky she started to date Daniel Craig in Dec 2010 and the couple got married on 22nd June 2011 in strictly private ceremony with just four guests including Rachel Weisz‘s son Henry Chance and Daniel Craig’s daughter.
“As a child I was the best tree climber in our neighborhood, I was like a little monkey. I’ve never been afraid of hurting myself or a little physical discomfort.”
“I suppose I’ll take myself back to the theatre, I started out there and I think I can always go back and be an old lady on the stage. It’s so much more forgiving about wrinkles. It’s more forgiving in general. Hollywood is hard. I think it’s very much an old boys’ club. There aren’t enough female directors telling stories from a woman’s point of view.”
“I think being a mum and having a child has completely grounded me. It’s amazing, and I’ve never been happier in my life. Being a mum is just delicious, and Henry is so scrumptious I could just eat him up.”
“I’m not brilliant at being on my own – I don’t have a hobby. I don’t play guitar or knit. I’m better with people. My son and I hang out, take trips, go to the park.”
Filmography / all movies list
|1||1995||Death Machine||Stephen Norrington||Brad Dourif,Ely Pouget|
|2||1996||Chain Reaction||Andrew Davis||Keanu Reeves,Morgan Freeman|
|3||1996||Stealing Beauty||Bernardo Bertolucci||Liv Tyler,Joseph Fiennes|
|4||1997||Bent||Sean Mathias||Clive Owen,Lothaire Bluteau|
|5||1997||Going All the Way||Mark Pellington||Jeremy Davies,Ben Affleck|
|6||1997||Swept from the Sea||Beeban Kidron||Vincent Pérez,Ian McKellen|
|7||1997||I Want You||M Winterbottom||Alessandro Nivola,Luke Petrusic|
|8||1998||My Summer with Des||Simon Curtis||Neil Morrissey,Des Lynam|
|9||1998||The Land Girls||David Leland||Catherine McCormack,Anna Friel|
|10||1999||The Mummy||Stephen Sommers||Brendan Fraser,John Hannah|
|11||1999||Sunshine||István Szabó||Ralph Fiennes,Rosemary Harris|
|12||1999||Tube Tales||Gaby Dellal||Joao Costa Menezes,Doña Croll|
|13||2000||Beautiful Creatures||Bill Eagles||Susan Lynch,Iain Glen|
|14||2000||This Is Not an Exit||Gerald Fox||Dechen Thurman,Jason Bushman|
|15||2001||Enemy at the Gates||J J Annaud||Joseph Fiennes,Jude Law|
|16||2001||The Mummy Returns||Stephen Sommers||Brendan Fraser,John Hannah|
|17||2002||About a Boy||Chris Weitz||Hugh Grant,Nicholas Hoult|
|18||2003||Confidence||James Foley||Edward Burns,Andy García|
|19||2003||The Shape of Things||Neil LaBute||Paul Rudd,Gretchen Mol|
|20||2003||Runaway Jury||Gary Fleder||John Cusack,Gene Hackman|
|21||2004||Envy||Barry Levinson||Ben Stiller,Jack Black|
|22||2005||Constantine||Francis Lawrence||Keanu Reeves,Shia LaBeouf|
|23||2005||The Constant Gardener||Fernando Meirelles||Ralph Fiennes,Hubert Koundé|
|24||2006||The Fountain||Darren Aronofsky||Hugh Jackman,Sean Patrick Thomas|
|25||2007||Fred Claus||David Dobkin||Vince Vaughn,Paul Giamatti|
|26||2007||My Blueberry Nights||Wong Kar Wai||Norah Jones,Jude Law|
|27||2008||Definitely, Maybe||Adam Brooks||Ryan Reynolds,Isla Fisher|
|28||2009||The Brothers Bloom||Rian Johnson||Adrien Brody,Mark Ruffalo|
|29||2009||The Lovely Bones||Peter Jackson||Mark Wahlberg,Susan Sarandon|
|30||2009||Agora||AlejandroAmenábar||Max Minghella,Oscar Isaac|
|31||2010||The Whistleblower||Larysa Kondracki||Vanessa Redgrave,Benedict Cumberbatch|
|32||2011||Page Eight||David Hare||Bill Nighy,Michael Gambon|
|33||2011||Dream House||Jim Sheridan||Daniel Craig,Naomi Watts|
|34||2011||The Deep Blue Sea||Terence Davies||Tom Hiddleston,Simon Russell Beale|
|35||2012||360||Fernando Meirelles||Anthony Hopkins,Jude Law|
|36||2012||The Bourne Legacy||Tony Gilroy||Jeremy Renner,Edward Norton|
|37||2013||Oz: The Great and Powerful||Sam Raimi||James Franco,Mila Kunis|