Kristin A. Scott Thomas, OBE (born 24 May 1960) is a highly acclaimed Olivier Award,BAFTA winning and Academy Award nominated British actress with French citizenship. She gained international recognition in the 1990's for her roles in Roman Polanski's Bitter Moon, Four Weddings and a Funeral and the late Anthony Minghella's The English Patient.
She has recently gravitated toward French cinema in work such as the thriller Tell No One and Phillipe Claudel's I've Loved You So Long, said to be the greatest performance of her entire life. She has lived in France since she was sixteen, has raised her two children in Paris and considers herself French.
Scott Thomas's childhood home was Dorset, England. Her mother remarried to another Royal Navy pilot, who also died in a flying accident six years after the death of her father. Scott Thomas was educated at Cheltenham Ladies' College and St Antony's Leweston School for Girls, in Dorset, and on graduation she moved to Hampstead, London and worked in a department store, she then began training to be a drama teacher at the Central School of Speech and Drama. On being told she would never be a good enough actress, she left at the age of 19 to work as an au pair in Paris. Speaking French fluently, she studied acting at the École nationale supérieure des arts et techniques du théâtre (ENSATT) in Paris, and on graduation was cast opposite pop star Prince as Mary Sharon, a French heiress, in the film Under the Cherry Moon.
Scott Thomas is a frequent subject on the British motoring programme Top Gear. She was used as a standard of reference for "good taste", such as during the "Cool Wall" segment of the programme, presenter Jeremy Clarkson would rate a car's coolness based mostly on what he thinks Scott Thomas's level of distaste for it would be. She made her long-awaited appearance as the "Star In A Reasonably Priced Car" on the episode broadcast on February 25, 2007. On this episode, amid excessive kowtowing from Clarkson and joking from Richard Hammond and James May because Clarkson has shown much affection for her in the past, she proceeded to rubbish most of the decisions Clarkson had made over the past years of the Cool Wall. She also ridiculed the car that he had just ordered, a Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder. She completed her lap in a time of 1.54, placing her just above Phillip Glenister although still near the bottom of the leaderboard.
In early 2007 she played Arkadina in a London production of Chekhov's The Seagull, for which she won a Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actress on the 9th of March, 2008. She will reprise the role in New York in September 2008.
In 2006, she played the lead role of Hélène, in French, in 'Ne le dis à personne, Tell No One, by French director Guillame Canet.
The separation was reportedly precipitated by her romantic involvement with English actor Tobias Menzies (nearly 14 years her junior), whom she met while appearing in Chekhov's play Three Sisters in London's West End. Menzies was also her co-star in a London production of Pirandello's As You Desire Me in .
Her relationship with Menzies now over, she lives in Paris with her two younger children, and counts Charlotte Rampling, Gérard Depardieu, Jane Birkin and her English Patient co-stars Juliette Binoche and Ralph Fiennes among her closest friends.
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Jan 01, 2009; For some time now it has been fashionable, tediously so, for female actors to complain that there are not enough good roles for...
'Betrayal' with just enough sting ; Kristin Scott Thomas stars in Ian Rickson's revival of Pinter's triangle
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