Beckinsale was born in Chiswick, Borough of Hounslow, London, England. She is the only child of actors Richard Beckinsale and Judy Loe. She has an older paternal half-sister, actress Samantha Beckinsale, but they have not had regular contact. Her father was of half Burmese descent. She made her first television appearance at the age of four, in an episode of This is Your Life dedicated to her father. When she was five years old, her 31-year-old father died suddenly of a heart attack. Beckinsale was deeply traumatised by the loss and "started expecting bad things to happen. " Her widowed mother moved in with director Roy Battersby when Beckinsale was nine and she was brought up alongside his four sons and daughter. She has a close relationship with her step-father, who was a member of the Workers Revolutionary Party during her youth. Beckinsale helped to sell The News Line, a Trotskyist newspaper, as a little girl and has said the household phone was tapped following Battersby's blacklisting by the BBC. Family friends included Ken Loach and Vanessa Redgrave.
Since being cast as Selene in the Underworld film series (from 2003 to 2017), Beckinsale has become known primarily for her work in action films including Van Helsing (2004), Whiteout (2009), Contraband (2012), and Total Recall (2012). She also continues to make appearances in smaller dramatic projects such as Snow Angels (2007), Nothing but the Truth (2008), and Everybody's Fine (2009). In 2016, she won acclaim for her role in Whit Stillman 's Jane Austen comedy Love & Friendship .
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We don’t see too much of Kate Beckinsale anymore these days. I guess she’s too busy “working” and “making movies” to put on shows for the paps. But if Kate really cared about her career, she’d forget about all that and just keep showing up to red carpets like this. Listen, anybody can be an actress, but it takes hard work and dedication to stay at the top of the hottie A-list.
Selene, a beautiful warrior, is entrenched in a war between the vampire and werewolf races. Although she is aligned with the vampires, she falls in love with Michael, a human who is sought by werewolves for unknown reasons.