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Rachel Weisz - Biography

Rachel wed James Bond actor Daniel Craig in 2011

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Who is Rachel Weisz?

Rachel Weisz has been stuck with the label "English Rose" ever since she first caught the world's attention with a minor role in Bernardo Bertolucci's coming of age story Stealing Beauty

But although the looks that garnered her a lucrative contract with cosmetics giant Revlon have no doubt played some role in her success, those who have worked with the performer all agree she is much more than just a pretty face.

Those who knew her in her student days at Britain's prestigious Cambridge University, say Rachel, who is of Austrian and Hungarian descent, could just as easily have become an academic. Of one thing there is no doubt, however. 

Her Acting Career

She has emerged as one of the UK's most important screen talents. In 2005 The Constant Gardener, for which she picked up a best actress Golden Globe, took her from popular actress to bona-fide star. Her varied career has also encompassed much lighter fare, such as the crime caper Confidence and the action flick Chain Reaction. 

And the movie which first brought her to the attention of America's cinema fans was the tongue-in-cheek special effects extravaganza The Mummy. Rachel was born in London on March 7, 1971, to a noted Hungarian inventor of life-saving medical equipment, and his Austrian-born psychotherapist wife. 

After making their home in the British capital, the couple sent their daughter to two of England's most prestigious educational establishments - St Paul's and Benenden boarding school for girls. At first glance it might seem like a typical privileged childhood. 

But Rachel's youth was not all plain sailing, and she was expelled from Benenden around the time her parents' marriage broke up. As she embarked upon her English degree, modelling and acting work started to come her way although she continued to struggle with emotional difficulties. "My 20s were horrible," she admitted in one interview. 

"It was a very trying and difficult time." The 5ft 7in star say her 30s have "calmed me down", and she's much happier these days. 

Her Personal Life

Part of the reason for her newfound contentment is her relationship with indie filmmaker Darren Aronofsky, with whom she has a son, Henry, born in June 2006. 

"I found myself a sophisticated, educated American," she says of the man behind critically acclaimed movies Pi and Requiem For A Dream.. "He's not an actor. He's travelled the world. 

"He knows where Europe is, unlike a lot of Americans, and he's very cultured, but he's all man." 

The couple nonetheless went their separate ways in November 2010. Rachel later found love with James Bond actor Daniel Craig. The duo wed in 2011 just six months after they started dating. 

According to People magazine, Daniel and Rachel said "I do" in front of four people: Daniel's daughter Ella, Rachel's son Henry and two friends.

The couple are also doting parents to a daughter whom they keep firmly out of the spotlight. There are no public photos of their shared child whose name also remains a mystery.

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