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Kristin Scott Thomas

Her breakthrough role was playing Brenda Last in an adaptation of Evelyn Waugh’s A Handful of Dust , winning her the Evening Standard British Film Award for the most promising newcomer.

In 2009 she played the role of a wife who leaves her husband for another man in Leaving. In 1994, she starred in the Romanian-French film An Unforgettable Summer, in which she played Marie-Thérèse Von Debretsy. Rather than learn Romanian for the part, she read her lines phonetically. She had all the lines translated into French, which she speaks fluently, so she knew what she was saying. In an interview for Gloucester Citizen on 22 March 2015, she cited An Unforgettable Summer as one of the films that she is most proud of alongside The English Patient and Only God Forgives. Kristin Scott Thomas’ acting career garnered early attention when she was cast as Mary Sharon in «Under the Cherry Moon,» released in 1986, the first but widely panned film directed by and starring the already well-known musical artist, Prince.
She returned to the stage in 2001 when she played the title role in a French theatre production of Racine’s Berenice and on-screen as Lady Sylvia McCordle in Robert Altman’s critically acclaimed Gosford Park. This started a critically acclaimed second career on stage, in which she has received four nominations for a Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actress, including one win, for her performance of Arkadina in a London West End production of Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull. In summer 2011, Scott Thomas returned to London’s West End to star as Emma in Harold Pinter’s Betrayal at the Comedy Theatre. Her husband was played by Ben Miles and the love triangle was completed by Douglas Henshall.


In January 2013, she starred in another Pinter play, Old Times, again directed by Ian Rickson. In 2014, she appeared at The Old Vic in the title role of Sophocles’s Electra. In 2006, she played the role of Hélène, in French, in Ne le dis à personne , by French director Guillaume Canet. In 2008, Scott Thomas received many accolades for her performance in Il y a longtemps que je t’aime (I’ve Loved You So Long), including BAFTA and Golden Globe nominations for Best Actress. Kristen Scott
This was followed by a brief period working in Hollywood on films such as The Horse Whisperer with Robert Redford and Random Hearts with Harrison Ford. However, growing disillusioned with Hollywood, she took a year off to give birth to her third child. Her mother remarried to another Royal Navy pilot, Lieutenant Commander Simon Idiens (of Simon’s Sircus aerobatic team flying Sea Vixens), who also died in a flying accident, flying a Phantom FG1 off the North Cornwall coast six years after the death of her father. Scott Thomas was educated at Cheltenham Ladies’ College and St Antony’s Leweston in Sherborne, Dorset, both independent schools. Her mother, Deborah (née Hurlbatt), was brought up in Hong Kong and Africa, and studied drama before marrying Kristin’s father, Lieutenant Commander Simon Scott Thomas, a pilot in the Royal Navy’s Fleet Air Arm who died in a flying accident when Kristin was aged five. She is the elder sister of Serena Scott Thomas, the niece of Admiral Sir Richard Thomas , the granddaughter of William Scott Thomas and the great-great-niece of the polar explorer Captain Robert Falcon Scott.


During her time at the school, she requested to switch degree courses to acting but was refused. After a year at Central, speaking French fluently, she decided to move to Paris to work as an au pair and studied acting at the École Nationale supérieure des arts et techniques du théâtre . When she was 25, she was cast as Mary Sharon in the film Under the Cherry Moon . In 2020, Scott Thomas played Mrs. Danvers in director Ben Wheatley’s adaptation of Daphne du Maurier’s Gothic romance Rebecca, with Armie Hammer and Lily James. Also that year, she appeared in the BBC television remake of Alan Bennett’s monologue series, Talking Heads, playing the role of Celia in the episode «Hand of God». In Sarah’s Key – the story of the Vel’ d’Hiv Roundup – Scott Thomas starred as an American journalist in Paris who discovers that the flat her husband is renovating for them was once the home of an evicted Jewish family.In 2014, she voiced the narration of Kay Summersby, General Eisenhower’s driver, in the documentary series D-Day Sacrifice. She appeared in Israel Horovitz’s My Old Lady and Suite Française, the 2015 film adaptation of Irène Némirovsky’s World War II novel directed by Saul Dibb. 1996 saw the release of her most famous role as Katharine Clifton in The English Patient, which gained her Golden Globe and Oscar nominations as well as critical acclaim.

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Her breakthrough role was playing Brenda Last in an adaptation of Evelyn Waugh’s A Handful of Dust , winning her the Evening Standard British Film Award for the most promising newcomer. This was followed by roles opposite Hugh Grant in Bitter Moon and Four Weddings and a Funeral where she won a BAFTA for Best Supporting Actress. On leaving school in 1978, she moved to Hampstead, London, and worked in a department store. She began training to become a drama teacher at the Central School of Speech and Drama, enrolling on a BEd in Speech and Drama. Kristen Scott