Tilda Swinton (born Katherine Mathilda Swinton, 5.11.1960)
Tilda Swinton is a British actress who has found success both in mainstream and art house films. Swinton won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her role in Michael Clayton.
Childhood: Swinton was born in London, to Judith Balfour and Major-General Sir John Swinton. Her mother is Australian and her father is Scottish.
Tilda attended West Heath Girls' School (and was in the same class as Diana, Princess of Wales), then Fettes College, briefly. She graduated from New Hall, at Cambridge University in 1983, with a degree in Social and Political Sciences. Swinton also has two honorary doctorates, from Napier University in Edinburgh and from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama.
Acting Career: Early on in her career, Tilda Swinton worked in Edinburgh with the Traverse Theatre, as well as working with the Royal Shakespeare Company. Then, in 1986, Tilda Swinton played Julia in the mini-series Zastrozzi: A Romance.
One of Swinton's earliest film roles was in Derek Jarman's War Requiem, in 1989. The film also starred Laurence Olivier, playing the role of an old soldier.
Two years later, Swinton won the Volpi Cup's Best Actress Award, and then she starred in Edward II. In the late 1990s, Tilda Swinton took part in a number of projects outside of her usual film projects. She was on display for a week, encased in a glass cabinet, at the Serpentine Gallery, for her artist friend Joanna Scanlan. Swinton then appeared in Orbital's music video for 'The Box' as well as collaborating with the fashion designers Viktor and Rolf.
Around the turn of the century, Tilda Swinton started appearing in more mainstream movies, such as her lead role in The Deep End. Swinton was nominated for a Golden Globe award for her appearance in the film, which also starred Josh Lucas and Jonathan Tucker.
Swinton then went on to star in The Beach, alongside Leonardo DiCaprio, followed by a role in Vanilla Sky in 2001, opposite Tom Cruise and Penelope Cruz. Tilda Swinton then appeared in a number of British films, including 2003's The Statement, with Michael Caine and Jeremy Northam and Young Adam, the same year, with Ewan McGregor, Emily Mortimer. In 2004, Swinton was selected to sit on the jury of the Cannes Film Festival.
2005 saw Tilda Swinton star as the White Witch Jadis in the movie version of The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe. The film was directed by Andrew Adamson and also starred James McAvoy, Dawn French and Liam Neeson. That same year, she had a lead role in Mike Mills' adaptation of the novel Thumbsucker.
2007 became a pivotal year for Tilda Swinton's career, as she starred in Michael Clayton alongside George Clooney and Sidney Pollack. She won the Oscar for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role.
Swinton's next major role after winning the award was an appearance in the Coen brothers' movie Burn After Reading, which also starred George Clooney, as well as Brad Pitt, Frances McDormand and John Malkovich.
Tilda Swinton and Brad Pitt then shared screen time once more, in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, which also starred Cate Blanchett and Julia Ormond.
2008's Julia drew another fine performance from Tilda Swinton, with many critics arguing that she should have been awarded another Oscar, despite its limited release.
Personal Life: Swinton lives with the Scottish painter John Byrne, along with their twins, Xavier and Honor. She travels, however, with another partner, Sandro Kopp, also a painter, with Byrne's blessing. Though she is aware of the unusual nature of her relationship, she has publicly commended the two men involved for making it work.
Following criticism from some quarters about casting Tilda Swinton as the traditionally Tibetan character 'The Ancient One', Marvel has addressed the controversy.
Following recent accusations of ‘whitewashing’ in its casting process, the Marvel studio has defended itself against selecting Tilda Swinton to play The Ancient One, a traditionally Asian character, in its upcoming movie Doctor Strange.
The Disney-owned studio has come under fire after one of ‘Doctor Strange’s screenwriters, C. Robert Cargill, implied that they might have made the decision to make The Ancient One, who originates from Tibet in the graphic novel’s mythology, non-Asian in the movie adaptation to avoid upsetting the Chinese market.
Tilda Swinton has previously addressed the controversy over her casting as 'The Ancient One'
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Doctor Strange movie bosses have defended the casting of Tilda Swinton as The Ancient One, insisting the "embodiment" of her character is Celtic.
Officials at Marvel Studios came under fire when the Caucasian actress was first cast as Doctor Stephen Strange's mentor, a comic book character from Tibet.
Swinton recently tried to clear up the controversy by insisting her new character is not Asian, and is, in fact, a whole new take on The Ancient One.
"It's not actually an Asian character - that's what I need to tell you about it," she told The Hollywood Reporter last week (ends22Apr16). "I wasn't asked to play an Asian character, you can be very well assured of that. You just have to wait and see, because it's not an Asian character."
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Tilda Swinton had a real rock star moment while filming her new movie A Bigger Splash in Italy when a stadium of 70,000 rock fans started chanting her character's name.
The actress portrays Marianne Lane in the film and to give viewers the sense her character was a huge deal in the music world, Tilda agreed to take the stage at a Lorenzo 'Jovanotti' Cherubini concert in Milan.
Just before the headliner appeared to perform for his adoring fans, the actress and her 'band' hit the stage and asked the crowd to pretend she was a superstar for 15 minutes.
"I cheated them," Tilda giggles. "I feel often envious of musicians.
Marvel was criticised for hiring the actress to play a traditionally Asian role in the new film.
Tilda Swinton has spoken out about the controversy surrounding her casting in new Marvel movie Doctor Strange. In the film Swinton plays Doctor Strange’s mentor, the Ancient One, a character who has traditionally been depicted as both male and Asian in the comic books.
Tilda Swinton has addressed her casting in Marvel’s upcoming Doctor Strange.
After the film's first trailer was released and a bald Swinton was shown as the character, Marvel was accused of ‘whitewashing’, an accusation which was further compounded by the release of the first images of Scarlett Johansson in Ghost in the Shell, where she also plays an Asian character.
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Tilda Swinton has not been cast as an Asian character in Doctor Strange.
In the new Marvel movie the British actress plays Ancient One, who in the original Doctor Strange comic book series is a man from Tibet, but in the film will be agender.
The casting decision angered fans who saw it as another case of Hollywood studio bosses bringing in a white actress to play an Asian character.
Last year (15) the filmmakers behind the romantic comedy Aloha were heavily criticised for the casting of Emma Stone as an Asian Air Force liaison officer, and a row has recently erupted due to Scarlett Johansson being chosen as the lead in an adaptation of Japanese manga comic Ghost In The Shell.
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Stephen Strange is one of the most talented neurosurgeons in the world, he's still relatively young and has saved the lives of thousands of people. When he's in a serious car accident, his most important assets, his hands are damaged beyond intricate repair and it's an abrupt end to his most loved profession.
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Doctor Strange director Scott Derrickson admits he turned to a Marvel veteran for advice on the movie's script.
Produced by Marvel Studios and Walt Disney, Doctor Strange tells the story of Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), a neurosurgeon who after a horrific car accident discovers a hidden world of magic and alternate dimensions. The film also stars Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel MCAdams and Tilda Swinton.
During the world premiere of Captain America: Civil War in Los Angeles on Tuesday night (12Apr16), Scott talked about the new movies and shared that Marvel Studios is basically one big family when it comes to the directors of the individual films.
“Everybody talks to everybody," he told Comicbook.com, adding that when looking at the script for his new film he consulted Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn.
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An intelligent ode to a time when Hollywood made wildly inventive movies without pressure from focus groups, there's a serious edge to what superficially looks like a madcap comical romp. But this isn't one of Joel and Ethan Coen's nutty comedies. It's a pointed exploration of the collision between art and commerce, assembled as a sprawlingly entertaining ensemble movie packed with lively, often hilarious characters.
It's set over 24 hours at Capitol Pictures in 1951 as studio minder Eddie (Josh Brolin) tries to keep several movies in production despite a series of hitches, while twin gossip columnists (two Tilda Swintons) try to get a scoop. Top movie star Baird (George Clooney) has been kidnapped by communist writers from the set of his Roman epic. Water-ballet diva DeeAnna (Scarlett Johansson) is pregnant and unapologetically unmarried. And rising-star Hobie (Alden Ehrenreich) is struggling to make the transition from Western action hero to chamber room drama, clashing with his demanding new director Laurence (Ralph Fiennes). Meanwhile, song-and-dance man Burt (Channing Tatum) is up to something on the set of his sailor musical. With all of this, Eddie begins to think that maybe he should take the offer of a job outside the film industry.
As the movie darts between these various productions, the Coens gleefully reinvent this series of genres that have essentially died out. Yes, the film is a pointed depiction of how Hollywood used to make a wide array of movies for much broader audiences. Each sequence is written and directed with witty details that perfectly catch the way the chaos of a film set can be transformed into a glamorous motion picture in time for the starry red-carpet premiere. And the entire cast rises to the challenge. Clooney is terrific as the dim-witted star who hasn't a clue what's happening around him. Ehrenreich shows real charm as a smart kid struggling in an insane situation. Brolin holds things together in a surprisingly sympathetic role, while Swinton, Johansson and Fiennes add plenty of spark, and the film is stolen by Frances McDormand as a spiky film editor.
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Channing Tatum struggled to pull off his energetic musical number in Hail Caesar!.
The Hollywood star may be known for his dancing skills, thanks to movies like Step Up and Magic Mike, but singing and tapping across the screen in full sailor uniform was a new challenge for Channing.
"I'd never put on a pair of tap shoes," he laughed to Britain's Metro newspaper. "It was only about four sentences in the script that said, 'He walks into a dance routine'. It was supposed to be on a battleship - and my character does a knee-slide to a bucket. I was like, 'Great, I think I can do that'. Cut to a few meetings later - now it was a six-minute song-and-dance (scene)."
Channing isn't the only A-lister to show off a new talent; George Clooney plays "willing imbecile" Baird Whitlock, a big time movie star who gets kidnapped by a group of communist sympathisers in 1950s America.
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Tilda Swinton's new documentary about British artist John Berger was born out of "the practical fantasy of twinship", according to the actress.
The 55-year-old Academy Award winner first struck up a friendship with the controversial 89-year-old virtuoso in the 1980s, when the pair worked together on a film by director Colin MACCabe, which was based on Berger's short story, Play Me Something.
Her new documentary about him, The Seasons in Quincy: Four Portraits Of John Berger, will screen at the 66th Berlin International Film Festival this week (beg15Feb16) and ahead of the movie's debut, Tilda revealed to U.K. newspaper The Independent the similarities between their lives "formed a bedrock to our complicity, the practical fantasy of twinship" - a theme apparent throughout the film.
“I wanted a glimpse of his gimlet eye and a blast of his company,” the actress noted, revealing she and Berger share the same birthday, November 5, among a host of other strange parallels. “I went to find him in Quincy (at his home in France) for a check-in, for a catch-up, for a chinwag. John always calls himself a storyteller rather than a writer."
Continue reading: Tilda Swinton: 'My John Berger Documentary Is Practical Fantasy'
Tilda Swinton - The 66th annual International Berlin Film Festival (Berlinale) - Opening Gala & Hail, Caesar! - Premiere at Berlinale Palace in Potsdamer Platz - Red Carpet Arrivals at Berlinale Palace - Berlin, Germany - Thursday 11th February 2016
Tilda Swinton, George Clooney , Alden Ehrenreich - 66th annual International Berlin Film Festival (Berlinale) - Hail, Caesar - Photocall at Grand Hyatt Hotel - Berlin, Germany - Thursday 11th February 2016
Date of birth
5th November, 1960
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