Rachel Weisz is an Academy Award-winning actress known for portraying women of incredible spirit and intelligence. She continues to seek out challenging projects and roles on both the screen and stage. Weisz co-stars with Colin Firth in the forthcoming release “The Mercy,” directed by James Marsh. She recently re-teamed with director Yorgos Lanthimos on “The Favourite,” alongside Emma Stone, Olivia Colman and Nicholas Hoult. The film, which is currently in post-production, explores the political machinations behind the scenes during the reign of Queen Anne (Colman), the last monarch of the House of Stuarts.
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In 2005 Weisz won a Screen Actors Guild Award, Golden Globe® and an Oscar (Best Supporting Actress) for her performance opposite Ralph Fiennes in “The Constant Gardener,” Fernando Meirelles’ film adaptation of the best-selling John le Carré novel. In 2012 she received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress in a Motion Picture Drama for Terence Davies’ “The Deep Blue Sea,” a film adaptation of Terence Rattigan’s play. Her performance in this independent film also earned her Best Actress awards from The New York Film Critics Circle and the Toronto Film Critics Association.
Previously, Weisz received critical acclaim for her performance in “The Shape of Things,” which also marked her first venture into producing. In 2014 she executive produced “Radiator,” the directorial debut of Tom Browne.
Weisz’s diverse roster of film credits includes Roger Michell’s “My Cousin Rachel,” Mick Jackson’s “Denial,” Joshua Marston’s “Complete Unknown,” Derek Cianfrance’s “The Light Between Oceans,” Paolo Sorrentino’s “Youth,” Yorgos Lanthimos’ 2015 Cannes Jury Prize winner “The Lobster,” Alejandro Amenábar’s “Agora,” Rian Johnson’s “The Brothers Bloom,” Wong Kar Wei’s “My Blueberry Nights,” Peter Jackson’s “The Lovely Bones,” Adam Brooks’ “Definitely, Maybe,” Larysa Kondracki’s “The Whistleblower,” Jim Sheridan’s “Dream House,” Francis Lawrence’s “Constantine,” Darren Aronofsky’s “The Fountain,” Gary Fleder’s “Runaway Jury,” Chris and Paul Weitz’s “About a Boy,” Jean-Jacques Annaud’s “Enemy at the Gates,” Bernardo Bertolucci’s “Stealing Beauty,” Stephen Sommers’ “The Mummy and “The Mummy Returns,” Tony Gilroy’s “The Bourne Legacy” and Sam Raimi’s “Oz The Great and Powerful.”
Rachel Weisz in Stealing Beauty
In 2016 Weisz starred in the Off Broadway production of the Public Theater’s “Plenty,” directed by David Leveaux. In 2013 she starred on Broadway in Mike Nichols’ “Betrayal,” opposite Daniel Craig and Rafe Spall. Before its opening, “Betrayal” shattered weekly box-office records in previews at the Barrymore Theatre. In 2010 Weisz won the Laurence Olivier Award in the category of Best Actress for her performance as Blanche DuBois in the West End revival of Tennessee Williams’ “A Streetcar Named Desire.” She previously starred in writer/director Neil LaBute’s staging of his original play “The Shape of Things,” in both London and New York City. Her performance in Sean Mathias’ U.K. staging of Noel Coward’s “Design for Living” earned her the London Drama Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Newcomer. She also starred inthe West End production of “Suddenly Last Summer,” directed by Mathias.
Weisz began her career as a student at Cambridge University, where she formed the Talking Tongues Theatre Group, which performed numerous experimental pieces and won the prestigious Guardian Award at the Edinburgh Festival.