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With both of her parents actors, Kate Beckinsale (born in London July 26, 1973) seemed destined for a theatrical career. But it was her writing talent that first brought her recognition, twice earning her awards while she was still in her teens.

In 1991, Beckinsale entered Oxford University, the same year she made her acting debut in the TV movie One Against the Wind. While continuing her studies, she got an even bigger break when she was cast in Much Ado About Nothing (1993). With acting offers flooding in, she left college in 1994 to devote herself to her craft.

Roles in telefilms and big-screen movies followed, including Cold Comfort Farm (1995), Emma (1996), Brokedown Palace (1999) and Pearl Harbor (2001), which catapulted Beckinsale to international stardom. Big-budget Hollywood films have continued to beckon, among them Underworld (2003), Van Helsing (2004) and The Aviator (2004).

Kate Beckinsale in Underworld: Blood Wars

Underworld: Blood Wars

2017 R

The fifth chapter of the gripping Underworld vampire epic follows "death dealer" Selene and her protégé David as they take on Marius, a new and ruthless Lycan leader, and the ambitious schemes of a rival female vampire.

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