Sexiest Vampire at the Ball, Kate Beckinsale
Kathrin Romary "Kate" Beckinsale (born 26 July 1973) is an English actress, born in London. She is perhaps best known to international audiences as the vampire star of the "Underworld" films, playing an action hero, but Kate has done a lot of other extraordinary work as well.
While attending Oxford University, Kate did some English television work. She then graduated to feature films, beginning with "Much Ado About Nothing" (1993). Many other low-key film roles followed, but Kate Beckinsale always put in a quality performance.
A starring role as Emma in a British television adaptation of the Jane Austen novel of the same name brought Kae some measure of fame, but not long afterward she found herself in New York City looking for work. She used those long legs to walk to auditions like everyone else.
Playing a party animal in "The Last Days of Disco" gave her an entry into the US film market, and other quirky roles quickly followed. In the Michael Bay/Ben Affleck film "Pearl Harbor," Beckinsale gained notice by playing a flirty nurse being pursued by two pilots.
Bay deciding to cast Kate is largely responsible for her mega-stardom (Bay creates a lot of female stars, something for which he never gets any credit). Bay later claimed he cast Beckinsale because she wasn't "too" pretty - which is how old Hollywood used to cast character actors. The two later became good friends.
After a few lower-profile parts, Kate Beckinsale really hit the jackpot with her starring role as a lethal vampire in "Underworld" (2003).
A major box office hit, "Underworld" cemented Beckinsale's status as a star. "Underworld" led to a very successful franchise, with sequels and so forth coming out with some regularity to this day.
Some other high-profile films such as "The Aviator" and "Van Helsing" soon followed from Kate, but "Underworld" is the money. Her most recent one was "Underworld: Blood Wars" (2016). Believe me, I'm not knocking it, we should all be so fortunate.
Kate Beckinsale soon turned to smaller roles again, but she remains a big box office draw and hardly is scrambling for acting offers. She can always toss out another "Underworld" film and get things going any time that she wants.
Kate Beckinsale also finds time to do some modelling and appearances in music videos, so she is a busy girl. On another note, Kate Beckinsale has engaged in actions against the press for allegedly defaming her, with some success.
Below, a selection of pictures of the lovely Kate Beckinsale wearing leather.
|Kate Beckinsale with Jessica Biel|