How much is Kate Beckinsale worth?
|Net Worth:||$20 Million
|Date of Birth:||July 26, 1973|
There was Much Ado About Nothing before she wooed the A-list in Pearl Harbor and showed us her dark side in Underworld.
Who Is Kate Beckinsale
Kate Beckinsale is more than just Esquire magazine’s Sexiest Woman Alive of 2009, though she is also that. She is more than just a kick-ass vampire vixen in the Underworld series, though she’s that, too. She’s more than just the pretty half of a romantic comedy, though Hollywood tried to stick her there for a while, and she’s much more than a windswept widow on a beach, though disproportionate segments of her big break Pearl Harbor were just that.
Indeed, what’s so intoxicating about the smart, witty, hopelessly beautiful actress (besides, of course, those three things) is that we don’t yet know what she is.
English actress Kate Beckinsale has a net worth of $20 million dollars, as of 2020.
Furious And Passionate
Kathryn Bailey Beckinsale was born in London to actor parents. Her father, Robert, was a beloved comedian, and died suddenly when she was only five. The loss hit her deeply, going even deeper after moving in with her mother’s boyfriend’s family, and she described herself as a “furious and passionate child.” She became withdrawn in her early teenage years, and by 15 was anorexic, weighing only 70 pounds. Familial support and five years of Freudian psychoanalysis eventually brought her out of it.
Amazingly, during this period her creativity remained undimmed. She won two writing competitions (one for short fiction, one for poetry) and followed in her parents’ footsteps in small acting roles. She was sold on acting as a career, but she chose to go to school for French and Russian literature at New College, Oxford instead of drama school to widen her range and choices as an actress.
Much Ado About Kate
From her first film, Much Ado About Nothing in 1993, it was clear that there was something different about her. Though her acting skills had yet to catch up to her, she chose to play her character, Hero, from strength as opposed to the usual female doormat. “I don’t want to play drippy women”, she reportedly said later “because I don’t know any.”
Thirsty for more interesting and complicated roles, she was in the Hamlet-esque Prince Of Jutland, a television version of Emma, and she fought for a role in 1995’s Cold Comfort Farm alongside Ian McKellen. But it wasn’t enough—despite her efforts, she was bored by the mediocre cinematic roles offered to her, so she took to the stage for better opportunities. Theater would give her a gift of a different kind, as she met actor Michael Sheen while performing The Seagull. The two would have a daughter in 1999, and be together until 2003.
In the meantime, Beckinsale’s looks and talent won her a few roles in the U.S. Her American debut was the cautionary tale Brokedown Palace, but she would enjoy mass exposure (and its accompanying popularity) in Michael Bay’s Pearl Harbor in 2001. The film was universally loathed by critics but still managed to rake in a cool $100 million.
2003’s Underworld would be a pivotal point, for two reasons: it was Kate’s first top-billed film and she brought a level of acting that was unexpected in what was supposed to be a bad movie, and despite Sheen co-starring, she fell in love with the director, Len Wiseman, and soon left the former for the latter. For this, she was the subject of some unkind tabloid coverage, but Sheen’s character and enduring friendship with the new couple caused the outrage to fizzle fairly quickly.
Remains To Be Seen
Kate Beckinsale has been acting most of her life, but is still something of a new face in Hollywood. She’s still testing herself and trying to avoid pigeonholing to prove herself as a dramatic actress. For every chance she gets (The Aviator, Snow Angels, Nothing But the Truth) there’s a step backward (Van Helsing, Click, Vacancy). Her talent and stardom to date would be impressive by itself, but there is still the young Kate to consider, the one who wanted the best and most interesting roles. Where she’ll go from here? Like too much of her, it remains to be seen.
Defining Quote “Oh my God, the next generation. I’m like the grandma vampire!”