Kathrin Romary "Kate" Beckinsale born 26 July 1973 is an English actress. After some minor television roles, she made her film debut in Much Ado About Nothing 1993 while still a student at Oxford University. She then appeared in British costume dramas such as Prince of Jutland 1994, Cold Comfort Farm 1995, Emma 1996 and The Golden Bowl 2000, in addition to various stage and radio productions. She began to seek film work in the United States in the late 1990s and, after appearing in small-scale dramas The Last Days of Disco 1998 and Brokedown Palace 1999, she had a breakout year in 2001 with starring roles in the war epic Pearl Harbor and the romantic comedy Serendipity. She built on this success with appearances in the bio-pic The Aviator 2004 and the comedy Click 2006.
Beckinsale became known as an action star following an appearance in 2003's Underworld and has since starred in many action films, including Van Helsing 2004, Underworld: Evolution 2006, Whiteout 2009, Contraband 2012, and Underworld: Awakening 2012. She also makes occasional appearances in smaller dramatic projects such as Snow Angels 2007, Winged Creatures 2008, Nothing but the Truth and Everybody's Fine 2009. Her next onscreen appearance will be in the sci-fi action remake Total Recall, due for release in the summer of 2012.