Kristin Scott Thomas
|Dame Kristin Scott Thomas
Kristin Scott Thomas at the Cabourg Film Festival 2013
|Born||Kristin Ann Scott Thomas
24 May 1960
Redruth, Cornwall, UK
|Spouse(s)||François Olivennes (m. 1987–2005)|
|Relatives||Serena Scott Thomas (sister)|
Scott Thomas made her film debut in the Prince-directed Under the Cherry Moon in 1986, and later gained international fame in the 1990s with roles in Bitter Moon and Four Weddings and a Funeral, before earning a Best Actress Academy Award nomination for The English Patient. Further film roles include the box office hits The Horse Whisperer and Gosford Park, and a critically acclaimed turn in Philippe Claudel's French language film I've Loved You So Long, for which she earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress.
Besides her career in Hollywood, Scott Thomas has also worked in French cinema in films such as the thriller Tell No One and Francis Veber's The Valet. She has lived in France since she was 19, has brought up her three children in Paris, and sometimes considers herself more French than British.
Scott Thomas was born in Redruth, Cornwall. 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 actress Serena Scott Thomas, the niece of Admiral Sir Richard Thomas (a former Black Rod, the parliamentary ceremonial officer in the House of Lords), and a more distant great-great-niece of the ill-fated explorer Captain Scott, who lost the race to the South Pole.
Scott Thomas was brought up in the Roman Catholic tradition. Her childhood home was in Trent, 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 in Sherborne, Dorset, both independent schools. On leaving school 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 at age 25 on graduation, was cast opposite pop star Prince as Mary Sharon, a French heiress, in the 1986 film Under The Cherry Moon.
Her breakthrough role was in a 1988 adaptation of Evelyn Waugh's A Handful of Dust, where she won an Evening Standard British Film Award for 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. 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. 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.
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. She reprised the role in New York in September 2008. In summer 2011 Scott Thomas returned to London's West End to star as Emma in Harold Pinter's Betrayal at the Comedy Theatre. The revival was directed by Ian Rickson. 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.
Scott Thomas also has acted in French films. In 2006, she played the role of Hélène, in French, in Ne le dis à personne (Tell No One), 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. In 2009 she played the role of a wife who leaves her husband for another man in the film Leaving. In Sarah's Key (2010), Scott Thomas starred in Vel' d'Hiv Roundup, as an American journalist living in Paris who discovers that the apartment her husband is renovating for them was once the home of a Jewish family who were evicted.
Other recent roles include the role of Elizabeth Boleyn, Countess of Wiltshire and Ormond, mother of Henry VIII's second wife Anne, in The Other Boleyn Girl, the role of a fashion magazine creator and editor in the film Confessions of a Shopaholic, the film adaption of Douglas Kennedy's novel The Woman in the Fifth, the 2012 film Bel Ami, based on the 1885 Maupassant novel, as a love interest of George Duroy (played by Robert Pattinson). and was also seen in Nicolas Winding Refn's Only God Forgives, which premiered at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival.
She was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2003 Birthday Honours and Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in the 2015 New Year Honours for services to drama. She was named a Chevalier of the Légion d'honneur by the French Government in 2005.
The separation was reportedly precipitated by her romantic involvement with English actor Tobias Menzies, whom she met while appearing in Chekhov's play Three Sisters in London's West End around 2003. Menzies was also her co-star in a London production of Pirandello's As You Desire Me in 2006.
|1984||Mistral's Daughter||Nancy||TV miniseries|
|1986||Under the Cherry Moon||Mary Sharon||Nominated – Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Supporting Actress
Nominated – Golden Raspberry Award for Worst New Star
|1987||Djamal et Juliette|
|1988||Handful of Dust, AA Handful of Dust||Brenda Last||Evening Standard British Film Award for Most Promising Newcomer|
|1988||Tenth Man, TheThe Tenth Man||Thérèse|
|1989||Bille en tête||Clara||also released as Headstrong|
|1990||bal du gouverneur, LeLe bal du gouverneur||Marie Forestier|
|1990||Spymaker: The Secret Life of Ian Fleming||Leda St Gabriel|
|1991||Aux yeux du monde||L'institutrice|
|1991||Valentino! I Love You|
|1991||Mio caro dottor Gräsler||Sabine|
|1993||Body & Soul||Anna - Sister Gabriel||TV Miniseries|
|1994||Unforgettable Summer, AnAn Unforgettable Summer||Marie-Thérèse von Debretsy|
|1994||Four Weddings and a Funeral||Fiona|
|1994||Confessional, LeLe Confessional||Alfred Hitchcock's assistant|
|1995||En mai, fais ce qu'il te plaît||Martine|
|1995||Les Milles||Mary-Jane Cooper|
|1995||Richard III||Lady Anne|
|1995||Angels & Insects||Matty Crompton||
|1996||Gulliver's Travels||Immortal Gatekeeper||Miniseries|
|1996||English Patient, TheThe English Patient||Katharine Clifton||
|1996||Mission: Impossible||Sarah Davies|
|1996||Somebody to Love|
|1996||Pompatus of Love, TheThe Pompatus of Love||Caroline|
|1997||Amour et confusions||Sarah|
|1998||Sweet Revenge||Imogen Staxton-Billing|
|1998||Horse Whisperer, TheThe Horse Whisperer||Annie MacLean|
|1999||Random Hearts||Kay Chandler|
|2000||Up at the Villa||Mary Panton|
|2001||Life as a House||Robin Monroe|
|2001||Gosford Park||Sylvia McCordle||
|2003||Small Cuts||Béatrice||Petites coupures|
|2004||Arsène Lupin||Joséphine, comtesse de Cagliostro|
|2005||Man to Man||Elena van den Ende|
|2005||Keeping Mum||Gloria Goodfellow||Nominated – London Film Critics' Circle Award for British Actress of the Year|
|2006||Valet, TheThe Valet||Christine Levasseur|
|2007||Mauvaise pente||Yolande Moreau|
|2007||Tell No One||Hélène Perkins|
|2007||Walker, TheThe Walker||Lynn Lockner|
|2007||Golden Compass, TheThe Golden Compass||Stelmaria|
|2008||I've Loved You So Long||Juliette||
|2008||Other Boleyn Girl, TheThe Other Boleyn Girl||Elizabeth Boleyn|
|2008||Easy Virtue||Mrs. Whittaker||
|2008||Largo Winch||Ann Fergusson|
|2009||Confessions of a Shopaholic||Alette Naylor|
|2009||Leaving||Suzanne||Nominated – Cesar Award for Best Actress|
|2010||Nowhere Boy||Mimi Smith||
|2010||Contre Toi||Anna Cooper|
|2010||Crime d'amour (Love Crime)||Christine|
|2010||Sarah's Key||Julia Jarmond||Lumières Award for Best Actress
Nominated – Cesar Award for Best Actress
|2011||The Woman in the Fifth||Margit Kadar|
|2011||Salmon Fishing in the Yemen||Patricia Maxwell|
|2012||Bel Ami||Virginie Walters|
|2012||In the House||Jeanne Germain|
|2012||Looking for Hortense||Iva Delusi||French title: Cherchez Hortense|
|2013||Only God Forgives||Crystal|
|2013||The Invisible Woman||Catherine Ternan|
|2013||Before the Winter Chill||Lucie|
|2014||Suite française||Madame Angellier|
|2014||My Old Lady||Chloé Girard|
|2015||The Kitchen Boy||Alexandra Romanov|
- La Lune déclinante sur 4 ou 5 personnes qui dansent (1983, Festival de Semur en Auxois)
- Terre étrangère (1984, Théâtre Nanterre-Amandiers)
- Naïves Hirondelles (1984, Festival d'Avignon)
- Yes, peut-être (1985, in a field in Burgundy)
- Bérénice (2001, Festival de Perpignan and Festival d'Avignon + national tour)
- Three Sisters (2003, Playhouse Theatre, London) ... Masha
- As You Desire Me (2005–06, Playhouse Theatre, London) ... Elma
- The Seagull (2007, Royal Court Theatre, London) ... Arkadina
- Harold Pinter's Betrayal (2011, Comedy Theatre, London) ... Emma
- Harold Pinter's Old Times (2013, Harold Pinter Theatre London) ... Kate/Anna
- Sophocles' Electra (2014, The Old Vic, London) ... Electra.
- Peter Morgan's The Audience (2015, Apollo Theatre, London) ... Queen Elizabeth II 
|2004||Best Actress||Three Sisters||Nominated|
|2008||Best Actress||The Seagull||Won|
|2013||Best Actress||Old Times||Nominated|
- BFI | Film & TV Database | SCOTT THOMAS, Kristin
- INTERVIEW : Kristin Scott Thomas
- "Scene change". The Age (Melbourne). 12 October 2003.
- Kristin Scott Thomas Biography (1960–)
- "Kristin Scott Thomas learning to be herself". The New Zealand Herald. The Observer. 7 March 2008. Retrieved 13 October 2011.
- Hattenstone, Simon (27 March 2003). "'I'm a horrible bully'". The Guardian (UK). Retrieved 22 June 2010.
She was brought up as a Catholic and felt guilty about everything.
- Hattersley, Giles (21 September 2008). "Kristin Scott Thomas, haughty but nice". The Sunday Times (UK). Retrieved 22 June 2010.
- Anstead, Mark (10 June 2007). "On the move Kristin Scott Thomas". The Times (London). Retrieved 7 May 2010.
- Playbill News: Chiwetel Ejiofor and Kristin Scott Thomas Win 2008 Laurence Olivier Awards
- What's On Stage.Speeches: And the Laurence Olivier Winners Said Retrieved: 5 June 2011
- Carole Horst (19 May 2009). "Rob Pattinson to star in 'Bel Ami'". Variety. Retrieved 11 January 2010.
- The London Gazette: . 31 December 2014.
- 2015 New Year Honours List
- "English rose at home in Paris". The Connexion. March 2011. Retrieved 8 July 2011.
- "Clash de la semaine : Kristin Scott Thomas VS Sharon Stone". Excessif (in French). 1 February 2011. Retrieved 8 July 2011.
- Preston, John (17 October 2005). "I'm very wary of trust". The Daily Telegraph (London).
- Gilbey, Ryan (27 July 2007). "The three stages of Kristin". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 7 May 2010.
- Cartner-Morley, Jess; Mirren, Helen; Huffington, Arianna; Amos, Valerie (28 March 2013). "The 50 best-dressed over 50s". The Guardian (London).
- Comedy Theatre website "Ambassador Theatre Group's AmbassadorTickets.com", accessed 24 June 2011.
- "Role-swapping: just a gimmick or an extra dimension to the drama?". London: The Independent. 29 January 2013. Retrieved 29 January 2013.
- "Old Vic stages Kevin Spacey as Darrow and Kristin Scott Thomas in Electra". whatsonstage.com. Retrieved 10 May 2014.
- "Kristin Scott Thomas to star as the Queen in return of the Audience". theguardian.com. Retrieved 10 January 2015.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Kristin Scott Thomas.|
- Kristin Scott Thomas at the Internet Movie Database
- Ryan Gilbey, "The three stages of Kristin", interview, The Guardian, 27 July 2007
- Mark Anstead, "Kristin Scott Thomas: The Ice Maiden thaws", interview, Daily Mail, 8 June 2007
- Louise France, "I'm 47. Unlike most actresses I don't lie about my age" Interview, The Guardian, 3 February 2008
- Betrayal, "Comedy Theatre Review", The Telegraph, 17 June 2011
- Betrayal - Review, "Comedy Theatre London", The Guardian, 17 June 2011
- First Night: Betrayal, "Comedy Theatre London", The Independent', 17 June 2011