Rachel Weisz was born on March 7th, 1970, in London, England. Her mother Edith was an Austrian psychoanalyst and her father George was a Hungarian Inventor. Her career began at age 14 when she started modeling, but didn’t really take off until she took acting classes while studying and Cambridge University. Weisz started working in television, appearing in Inspector Morse, the British mini-series Scarlet and Black, and the television film Advocates II. She made her film debut in Death Machine, but she didn’t hit her big break until she starred in the film Chain Reaction. This film catapulted her into fame and helped her secure roles in such films as The Mummy, Stealing Beauty, and The Constant Gardener.
In addition to gaining many adoring fans over the years, she has also been nominated for and won some major awards. In the year 2000, she was nominated for three different awards. Although she did not win anything that year, it was still an impressive feat. She was nominated for the Saturn Award for best actress in The Mummy, the Blockbuster Entertainment Award for favorite actress in an action film for The Mummy, and the Genie for best actress in a supporting role in the film Sunshine. In 2001, she was nominated for the Audience Award for best actress in the film Enemy at the Gates. In 2002, she was nominated for the Empire Award for best British actress in The Mummy Returns.
2005 rolled around and she snagged her first win. She won the British Independent Film Award for best actress in The Constant Gardener, the SDFCS award for best supporting actress in The Constant Gardener and she came in third place for the DFWFCA award for best supporting actress in The Constant Gardener. From 2006 to the current 2013, Weisz was on a roll being nominated and winning awards left and right. From her 2006 Oscar win for best supporting actress in The Constant Gardener, to her 2013 Golden Globe nomination for best actress in a motion picture (drama) for The Deep Sea Blue.
Most recently, Weisz starred alongside James Franco, Mila Kunis and Michelle Williams in Oz the Great and Powerful, which has already landed itself a few nominations and even a win. She shows no sign of slowing down and will hopefully continue to make fantastic feature films. Her next project is said to be Skinny and Cat which is in pre-production and set to be released in 2014.