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.
Swinton herself is an ex-boarding school pupil.
Tilda Swinton has hit out at the Harry Potter films for “romanticising” boarding schools, which she says are “cruel”.
In an interview with The Scots Magazine the actress, who attended the West Heath Girls' School, said she believes children do not benefit from being separated from their parents at a young age.
Tilda Swinton thinks Harry Potter romanticises boarding schools
Oscar-winning actress Tilda Swinton joins the Marvel universe with a scene-stealing role opposite Benedict Cumberbatch in Doctor Strange.
While Tilda Swinton's casting caused some controversy with the comic's fans, she's getting terrific reviews for her performance. Seeing Swinton in a superhero movie is a bit of a surprise, but she didn't hesitate to accept the role. "Hell no," she laughs. "Scott [Derrickson, the director] told me about the film he wanted to make, and that was good enough. I'm a big Marvel fan, and I never dreamed they'd find some corner for me. But I really wanted to see this movie the way he described it: this huge tent-pole megalopolis about creation rather than destruction."
Derrickson adapted the role of the Ancient One with Swinton in mind, veering from the comic's depiction of a standard Asian male master. Swinton says that the character was deliberately changed to avoid racist undertones. "There's a kind of misunderstanding, which I hope the film will make clear," she says. "Scott made this very clear decision with the whole team to change the Ancient One from the rather, what they considered, offensive racial stereotype in the comic books - this kind of Fu Manchu, ancient man sitting on top of a mountain. They made this decision to not perpetuate those racial stereotypes. The fact that they take the liberties that they do in filmmaking, I think it dignifies the comics and it says, 'Yeah, this is a strong enough, robust enough source. We can bend it, it's elastic, it's bouncy!'"
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As Guardians of the Galaxy did two years ago, this action romp comes at the Marvel universe from a witty angle that makes it a lot more fun than the overcrowded Avengers movies. This film has a strong central character, a boisterous sense of humour and a relatively simple plot that never gets bogged down in explaining its mythology. Most of all, it's hugely entertaining, with a great cast and head-spinning kaleidoscopic effects.
Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) is a top New York neurosurgeon. Arrogant and dismissive, he maintains a friendship with his ex, fellow surgeon Christine (Rachel McAdams). But a car crash puts an end to his rock-n-roll lifestyle when his hands are seriously injured. After medicine fails to heal him, he turns to eastern mysticism, travelling to Kathmandu to study under the tutelage of the Ancient One (Tilda Swinton). She opens his mind to the magical power around him, and as he develops his powers with the serious, more experienced Mordo (Chiwetel Ejiofor), Stephen is pulled into an epic clash with the rebel sorcerer Kaecilius (Mads Mikkelsen), who wants to heal humanity by sending it into a dark, timeless parallel universe.
Despite the gloomy plot, Scott Derrickson directs the film with a very light touch, bringing out cheeky humour in every scene as these whip-smart characters interact with each other. Cumberbatch has probably never had a role that so fully draws on his real-life charisma and wit, and he shines as the swaggering, cocky doctor who has to rebuild his life in unexpected directions. For much of the film he's way out of his depth, which means that the supporting cast get a chance to steal scenes from him.
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Before Doctor Strange was ever brought into existence, the man behind the hero was a dedicated neurosurgeon - one of the best of his time who dedicated his life to furthering his profession. When Stephen Strange is in an almost fatal automobile accident, he luckily escapes with his life but his hands are severely damaged and he goes through multiple surgeries in a bid to fix them.
Strange knows that his entire life will be completely altered if he can't fix them; it would most certainly be the end of his career, the one thing he's committed the majority of his time to. Many doctors try to fix his hands but they're unable to give the results Strange requires. In a last bid to find a cure for his hands - or at least find some solace - Steven travels to Napal.
Little did he know it but Steven Strange's life is about to make a drastic change. On a journey of self-discovery he finds himself researching and eventually coming in contact with a group called Kamar-Taj who hold ancient beliefs and have been known to heal people. As Strange is gradually taken in by the group, he finally meets The Ancient One who sees a great strength in Strange. She mentors the Doctor in the mystic arts and shows him his current reality isn't the only one in existence and teaches him how to manipulate it in order to gain great power and protect the world from others who only wish to destroy it.
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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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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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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Italian filmmaker Luca Guadagnino (I Am Love) reteams with Tilda Swinton for this fresh, tricky drama about four people whose lives are inextricably intertwined. A remake of the 1969 French classic La Piscine, it's a twisted story packed with insinuation: fast, funny and surprising. The actors infuse each scene with a spark of lusty intrigue, while Guadagnino makes everything look gorgeous.
It's set on an isolated island off the coast of Italy, where rock goddess Marianne (Swinton) has gone to recover from vocal chord surgery, so she can only speak in a whisper. She's accompanied by her long-time younger boyfriend Paul (Matthias Schoenaerts), and as they relax naked together in the sunshine their idyll is invaded by Marianne's hyperactive ex and Paul's old friend Harry (Ralph Fiennes), who proceeds to strip off and cavort around the pool, as if he was invited. He brings along his moody daughter Penelope (Dakota Johnson), who immediately begins to flirt with Paul. It's clear that Harry wants Marianne back after all these years, so there's some real tension quietly gurgling up between these four very different people.
Each of the actors gives a remarkably open-handed performance. Swinton and Schoenaerts are enjoyably evasive, firm in their feelings for each other and united against this onslaught. Johnson is terrific as the surly outsider who conceals her agenda to everyone except the movie audience. By contrast, Fiennes is hysterically talkative, never sitting still as he pushes everyone's buttons with his strong opinions and riotous actions. It's the film's flashiest performance, and it's utterly magnetic. And all of the actors are wonderful at suggesting things about their characters' inner motivations that perhaps they don't want to admit to themselves. Yes, this is a story about the deepest elements of being human, animal instincts that can cause problems in the modern world if we forget that they're part of what makes us alive.
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Eddie Mannix is a fixer who works in Hollywood where he tames celebrities and keeps theirs, and movie studios', secrets out of the press - no matter how big the story. It's not the easiest job in the world, and it's certainly not always the most morally fulfilling, but it's about to get a whole lot harder when one studio, Capitol Pictures, presents him with a major problem the likes of which could be career destroying. They're working on a huge production epic entitled 'Hail, Caesar!' starring Hollywood sensation Baird Whitlock, but things go particularly awry when he is kidnapped and held for ransom by a mysterious group known only as The Future. They want $100,000, and after 24 hours, the studio aren't looking any more hopeful. Mannix enlists a feisty and beautiful female star to procure the money, while Whitlook finds himself in a most unusual situation.
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Marianne Lane is ready for a relaxing European vacation, re-energising after a particularly busy time in her rockstar career with her younger filmmaker boyfriend Paul on the sun-kissed Sicilian island of Pantelleria. While enjoying their break, however, Marianne gets news of her record producer former boyfriend Harry bringing along his daughter Penelope for a visit. She's thrilled at seeing her old friend again and invites him and his daughter to stay with them, to the great displeasure and suspicion of Paul. Marianne and Harry's close relationship incites a bubbling pit of jealousy within Paul, especially when it becomes clear that Harry wants to replace him in Marianne's life. There's tension between everyone, and when Penelope begins to take an interest in Paul, it seems all relationships are forced to a breaking point that none of them can control.
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Date of birth
5th November, 1960
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