Catherine Zeta Jones (born 25.9.1969)
Catherine Zeta Jones is a Welsh actress who first came to prominence when she starred in the UK TV series The Darling Buds of May. She currently lives in Bermuda with her husband, the actor Michael Douglas and their two children.
Childhood: Catherine Zeta Jones was born in Swansea, Wales, to Patricia (a seamstress) and David, the owner of a sweet factory. The singer Bonnie Tyler is married to David's cousin and her uncle owns the Llanelli A.F.C. football club.
Catherine attended Dumbarton House School but left before gaining any O-Levels, in order to pursue her dream of acting. She went on to join the Arts Educational Schools in Chiswick, West London, to study musical theatre for three years.
Acting Career: Catherine Zeta Jones began performing as a child, joining the performance troupe of her local Catholic congregation. Her professional debut came when she took the lead role in Annie at the Grand Theatre in Swansea. At the age of 14, Mickey Dolenz auditioned her for a role in The Pyjama Game and offered her the chance of joining the show for the remainder of the tour.
By the age of 18, Catherine Zeta Jones was performing in 42nd Street, playing Peggy Sawyer and she also landed a role in Kurt Weill's Street Scene, playing Mae Jones, at the London Coliseum.
Zeta Jones' film debut came when she traveled to France and starred in Philippe de Broca's 1001 Nights.
Catherine Zeta Jones' big break came when she was selected to play Mariette in The Darling Buds of May. The series was a TV adaptation of an H.E. Bates novel and also starred the actor Sir David Jason.
Zeta Jones continued to work in TV; never quite matching the success of Darling Buds, but maintaining a steady stream of approval from the press. She appeared in The Return of the Native, Catherine The Great and Splitting Heirs, which starred comedy greats John Cleese, Eric Idle and Rick Moranis.
Catherine went on to star in the action feature film The Phantom, which was based on Lee Falk's comic. Following her performance in a CBS-commissioned series of Titanic, Steven Spielberg recommended her to Martin Campbell, who was about to direct The Mask of Zorro. Zeta Jones landed a role in the film, alongside Antonio Banderas and Anthony Hopkins. She had to learn to ride a horse and sword fight in order to take on the role.
She followed up her performance in The Mask of Zorro with roles in Entrapment (starring Sean Connery) and The Haunting, with Liam Neeson.
In 2000, Catherine Zeta Jones starred in Traffic. The film was a huge commercial and critical success and also starred her future husband, Michael Douglas.
Two years later, Zeta Jones returned to the world of musicals in 2002 when she was selected to play Velma Kelly in the film production of Chicago. She won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in the film.
The following year, Catherine provided the voice for Marine in Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas, alongside Brad Pitt. She also starred opposite George Clooney in Intolerable Cruelty. 2004 saw Zeta Jones appearing in The Terminal, with Tom Hanks and Ocean's Twelve.
In 2005, Zeta Jones starred in the Zorro sequel, The Legend of Zorro. This was followed by performances in No Reservations and Death Defying Acts, a biopic about Harry Houdini.
Musical Career: Catherine Zeta Jones had a brief musical career in the 1990s. She appeared in Jeff Wayne's Spartacus (a musical version). A single from the show, 'For All Time' was released in 1992. Zeta Jones then went on to release 'In the Arms of Love', 'I Can't Help Myself' and 'True Love Ways', which was a duet with David Essex.
Personal Life: Catherine Zeta Jones married Michael Douglas in New York in November 2000. Douglas is 25 years older than Zeta Jones. In 2001, they had a son together, named Dylan Michael Douglas and in 2003, they had a daughter, Carys Zeta Douglas.
The beloved 1970s British sit-com gets the big screen treatment, although there's been very little attempt to do anything clever with it aside from A-list casting. There are some terrific gags in Hamish McColl's script, but director Oliver Parker (Johnny English Reborn) fails to find the comical potential in the material. So the film feels clumsy and muted, which is certainly not going to attract a new generation of fans to the premise.
It's 1944 in the small village of Walmington on the southern English coast, where the men who were unfit to serve in the regular army have volunteered for the Home Guard when they're not working their normal jobs. The platoon's captain is bank manager Mainwaring (Toby Jones), who leads a ragtag group of retirees (Tom Courtenay, Michael Gambon and Bill Paterson) and younger army rejects (Daniel Mays and Blake Harrison) through a series of exercises along the seaside cliffs. They've been tipped off that there's a Nazi spy in the area, but they're all so smitten by the curvy visiting journalist Rose (Catherine Zeta-Jones) that they fail to notice that she's up to something nefarious.
The material is ripe for political-edged comedy, which the script touches on in between the relentless double entendre. And the cast is definitely up for it, delivering solid performances that bring out character details while playing up the goofy interaction between them. But Parker leaves them looking adrift on-screen, never cranking up either a sense of pace or a spark of life. Each set-piece falls utterly flat, starting with the movie's opening scene in which the gang is chased around afield by a supposedly angry bull. And everything that follows feels half-hearted, which means that the Carry On-style innuendo, physical slapstick and nutty action all fall flat.
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The 46-year-old credits exercise for keeping her looking so youthful.
Catherine Zeta-Jones has denied ever having plastic surgery, despite constant rumours of her going under the knife. Speaking to Good Housekeeping magazine, Zeta-Jones admitted that she wouldn't rule out plastic surgery in the future and doesn't judge those who have made the decision.
Catherine Zeta-Jones has denied ever having plastic surgery.
When asked if there was pressure in Hollywood to stay looking young, Zeta-Jones said: “You don't have to be a beauty queen to be an actress, the roles that are coming my way are different and more interesting.”
The upcoming re-boot is set to hit theatres in February 2016.
If you weren't getting giddy with excitement for the big screen adaptation of 'Dad's Army' next year, you certainly will be now. The new trailer has arrived and we challenge you to keep the smile off your face. Euphemisms, slapstick humour and ridiculous costumes galore, this upcoming movie truly is the best of British comedy.
Catherine Zeta-Jones is the epitome of World War II beauty
Based on Jimmy Perry's enormously popular war comedy series of the same name which ran from 1968 to 1977 and starred Arthur Lowe, Ian Lavender and Arnold Ridley among others, the movie features re-imaginings of all your favourite characters, plus a few new personalities. The likes of bumbling Captain Mainwaring (Toby Jones), mild-mannered Private Godfrey (Michael Gambon) and simple-minded Private Pike (Blake Harrison) will be joined by a stunning and charming journalist named Rose Winters (Catherine Zeta-Jones), and the poshest officer the military has to offer Colonel Theakes (Mark Gatiss).
Everybody's favourite British regiment is back in the new version of Dad's Army. Director Oliver Parker has recruited the much loved classic British TV Show with the help of some of the UK's best known actors. Like the TV show, the movie is set in 1944 and World War II is almost at its peak. The Home Guard is patrolling the streets of Walmington-on-Sea and their spirits are rather dampened by the thought of the imminent invasion. Their only light relief comes from a visit from a beautiful journalist going by the name of Rose Winters. Rose soon has all the men on their best behaviour and all the ladies of the town attempting to up their game. However it's soon 'back to work' for the men when they find out there's a spy living amidst the residents in their small seaside town.
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And they're back! The hilarious band of men that put their lives on the line for their country return in an all new adventure on the big screen. World War II is at its very peak during the 1940s and the Home Guard at Walmington-on-Sea are about to have an unusually eventful episode. Hours of patrolling the army base at Dover - trying to keep spirits up on the eve of the soldiers' impending journey to France to take on the Germans - are over for now, because UK intelligence have just uncovered a mysterious secret signal over the radio - apparently someone has been sending messages from Walmington to Berlin, and now nobody can be trusted. The Home Guard aid the mission to uncover the spy - though nobody dares put too much faith in this bumbling lot.
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The 'Love Actually' and 'Shaun of the Dead' actor had concerns about how the big screen adaptation of the beloved sitcom will be received.
Veteran British actor Bill Nighy is set to star in next year’s movie adaptation of legendary comedy ‘Dad’s Army’, but he’s apparently worried that fans of the original series will hate the resulting film.
Nighy was interviewed by British newspaper The Times and revealed that he had been plagued with worries during the filming of his part, which began in Yorkshire in October last year. He plays the part of Sergeant Arthur Wilson, the role originally occupied by John Le Mesurier, alongside Toby Jones’s portrayal of Captain Mainwaring.
Bill Nighy is set to feature in next year's 'Dad's Army' movie
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Take a look at the ensemble cast, including Bill Nighy, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Toby Jones, Tom Courtenay, Michael Gambon and many more, in action on the set of the upcoming WWII movie, based on the classic British comedy series.
Universal Pictures, Screen Yorkshire and DJ Films have released a series of images that give the very first look onto the set of the forthcoming 'Dad's Army' movie, based on the classic British comedy series of the same name that aired on BBC from 1968 to 1977.
Toby Jones leads the ensemble cast in the 'Dad's Army' adaptation
The movie, currently being filmed in the county of Yorkshire, stars a stellar cast that includes Bill Nighy, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Toby Jones, Tom Courtenay, Michael Gambon and many more, and is directed by the BAFTA nominated Oliver Parker.
Catherine Zeta Jones will star in a big screen adaptation of 'Dad's Army'.
Oliver Parker is to direct a British cast in a feature film adaptation of the popular comedy Dad's Army. Universal Pictures have picked up the movie, which will star Bill Nighy, Catherine Zeta Jones, Tom Courtenay, Michael Gambon and Harry Potter star Toby Jones.
Catherine Zeta-Jones will star in a movie adaptation of 'Dad's Army'
The feature film is being written by Hamish McColl, who penned Mr. Bean's Holiday and Johnny English Reborn, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
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Actress speaks to conference and reveals the toll her husband's condition took on her
Catherine Zeta-Jones told a conference about how Michael Douglas' cancer impacted her
The 44 year old addressed a medical conference in New York on Sunday, admitting that she had found it difficult to cope when her husband was diagnosed with stage four tongue cancer in 2010 having been misdiagnosed three times previously.
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'Last Vegas' star Michael Douglas and his 'Rock of Ages' actress wife Catherine Zeta-Jones were snapped holding hands on the red carpet at the 41st annual Chaplin Award Gala. Also spotted arriving at the event was 'The Wolf of Wall Street' star Rob Reiner who was being honoured with an accolade.
Date of birth
25th September, 1969
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