Winslet won her first Academy Award® for her role as Hanna Schmitz in Stephen Daldry's 2008 drama "The Reader," an adaptation of German author Bernhard Schlink's best-selling book. Her performance also earned Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild®, BAFTA and Critics' Choice Awards, among many others. In 2009 she also starred in "Revolutionary Road," directed by Sam Mendes and based on the acclaimed novel by Richard Yates, which re-teamed her with her "Titanic" co-star Leonardo DiCaprio. She won a Golden Globe and received many nominations for her portrayal of April Wheeler.
Winslet most recently won an Emmy Award for her starring role in HBO's "Mildred Pierce," for director Todd Haynes, based on the epic novel by James M. Cain. She will next appear on screen opposite Jodie Foster in Roman Polanski's comedy, drama "Carnage."
Winslet grew up in a family of actors and began performing for British television when she was 13. At age 17, she made an international name for herself in Peter Jackson's feature "Heavenly Creatures." She followed that in 1995 with her role as Marianne Dashwood in Ang Lee's "Sense and Sensibility." Winslet received her first Academy Award® nomination for this performance as well as a Golden Globe, and won the BAFTA and SAG® Awards.
She next starred with Christopher Eccleston in Michael Winterbottom's "Jude" and was Ophelia in Kenneth Branagh's "Hamlet," before appearing as Rose in James Cameron's "Titanic," opposite Leonardo DiCaprio. At the age of 22, Winslet received her second Academy Award® nomination for this role and the honor of being the youngest actress ever to be nominated for two Oscars®.
In 1997, Winslet starred as Julia in "Hideous Kinky," directed by Gillies McKinnon, and in 1998 co-starred with Harvey Keitel in Jane Campion's comedic drama "Holy Smoke." She also starred in Philip Kaufman's period drama "Quills," along with Geoffrey Rush, Joaquin Phoenix and Michael Caine.
Winslet's performance as a young Iris Murdoch in the Richard Eyre production of "Iris" in 2001 earned her a Golden Globe and another Oscar® nomination. She next starred in Michael Apteds' "Enigma," a spy drama about code breakers during early WWII, and "The Life of David Gale," with Kevin Spacey. She dyed her hair blue and orange for her amazing portrayal of the quirky Clementine in "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind," for which she received Academy Award®, Golden Globe and BAFTA nominations for Best Actress. She then went on to star opposite Johnny Depp in "Finding Neverland," which was named the 2004 Best Film by the National Board of Review.
In 2006, Winslet was seen in "All The King's Men," opposite Jude Law and Sean Penn, directed by Steven Zaillian. She then lent her voice to the animated feature "Flushed Away" and finished the year in the romantic comedy "The Holiday," opposite Cameron Diaz, Jude Law, and Jack Black, as well as Todd Field's "Little Children." Upon receiving her fifth Academy Award® nomination for her portrayal of Sarah Pierce in "Little Children," she became the youngest actress ever to receive five nominations.
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