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Kristin Scott Thomas

Dame Kristin Scott Thomas
Kristin Scott Thomas at the Cabourg Film Festival 2013
Born Kristin Ann Scott Thomas
(1960-05-24) 24 May 1960
Redruth, Cornwall, England
Citizenship British
Occupation Actress
Years active 1984–present
Spouse(s) François Olivennes (m. 1987–2005)
Children 3
Relatives Serena Scott Thomas (sister)

Dame Kristin Ann Scott Thomas,[1] DBE (born 24 May 1960) is a British actress. She won the Best Supporting Actress BAFTA Award for Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994) and received a Best Actress Academy Award nomination for The English Patient (1996). For her work in the theatre, she has been nominated for the Olivier Award for Best Actress five times, winning in 2008 for the Royal Court revival of The Seagull.

Scott Thomas made her film debut in the Prince-directed Under the Cherry Moon in 1986,[2] Further film roles include Bitter Moon (1992), Mission: Impossible (1996), The Horse Whisperer (1998), Gosford Park (2001) and Nowhere Boy (2010). She has also worked in French cinema, winning the European Film Award for Best Actress for Philippe Claudel's I've Loved You So Long (2008). Her other French films include The Valet (2006), Tell No One (2007), Leaving (2009) and Sarah's Key (2010).


  • Early life 1
  • Career 2
  • Personal life 3
  • Filmography 4
  • Theatre 5
    • Olivier Awards 5.1
  • National honours 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8

Early life

Scott Thomas was born in Redruth, Cornwall. Her mother, Deborah (née Hurlbatt), was brought up in Hong Kong and Africa and studied drama before marrying Kristin's father,[3] Lieutenant Commander Simon Scott Thomas, a pilot in the Royal Navy's Fleet Air Arm who died in a flying accident when Kristin was aged five.[4][5] She is the elder sister of actress Serena Scott Thomas, the niece of Admiral Sir Richard Thomas (a former Black Rod, the parliamentary ceremonial officer in the House of Lords),[6] and the great-great-niece of the ill-fated explorer Captain Scott, who lost the race to the South Pole.[7]

Scott Thomas was brought up in the Roman Catholic tradition.[8][9] Her childhood home was in Trent, Dorset, England. Her mother remarried, to another Royal Navy pilot, who also died in a flying accident, six years after the death of her father. Scott Thomas was educated at Cheltenham Ladies' College and St. Antony's Leweston in Sherborne, Dorset, both independent schools. On leaving school she moved to Hampstead, London, and worked in a department store. She then began training to be a drama teacher at the Central School of Speech and Drama. On being told she would never be a good enough actress, she left at the age of 19 to work as an au pair in Paris.[10] Speaking French fluently, she studied acting at the École nationale supérieure des arts et techniques du théâtre (ENSATT) in Paris, and at age 25 on graduation, was cast opposite pop star Prince as Mary Sharon, a French heiress, in the 1986 film Under The Cherry Moon.


Scott Thomas at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival.

Her breakthrough role was in a 1988 adaptation of Evelyn Waugh's A Handful of Dust, where she won an "Evening Standard" British Film Award for most promising newcomer. This was followed by roles opposite Hugh Grant in Bitter Moon and Four Weddings and a Funeral where she won a BAFTA for Best Supporting Actress. 1996 saw the release of her most famous role as Katharine Clifton in The English Patient, which gained her Golden Globe and Oscar nominations as well as critical acclaim. This was followed by a brief period working in Hollywood on films such as The Horse Whisperer with Robert Redford and Random Hearts with Harrison Ford. However, growing disillusioned with Hollywood, she took a year off to give birth to her third child.

She returned to the stage in 2001 when she played the title role in a French theatre production of Racine's Berenice and on screen as Lady Sylvia McCordle in Robert Altman's critically acclaimed Gosford Park. This started a critically acclaimed second career on stage, in which she has received four nominations for a Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actress, including one win, for her performance of Arkadina in a London West End production of Anton Chekhov's The Seagull.[11] She reprised the role in New York in September 2008.[12] In summer 2011 Scott Thomas returned to London's West End to star as Emma in Harold Pinter's Betrayal at the Comedy Theatre. The revival was directed by Ian Rickson. Her husband was played by Ben Miles and the love triangle was completed by Douglas Henshall. In January 2013, she starred in another Pinter play, Old Times, again directed by Ian Rickson. In 2014 she appeared at The Old Vic in the title role of Sophocles's Electra.

Scott Thomas also has acted in French films. In 2006, she played the role of Hélène, in French, in Ne le dis à personne (Tell No One), by French director Guillaume Canet. In 2008, Scott Thomas received many accolades for her performance in Il y a longtemps que je t'aime (I've Loved You So Long), including BAFTA and Golden Globe nominations for Best Actress. In 2009 she played the role of a wife who leaves her husband for another man in the film Leaving. In Sarah's Key (2010), Scott Thomas starred in Vel' d'Hiv Roundup, as an American journalist living in Paris who discovers that the flat her husband is renovating for them was once the home of a Jewish family who were evicted.

Other recent roles include the role of Cannes Film Festival.

She was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2003 Birthday Honours and Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in the 2015 New Year Honours for services to drama.[14][15] She was named a Chevalier of the Légion d'honneur by the French Government in 2005.[16][17]

Personal life

Scott Thomas is divorced from

  • Kristin Scott Thomas at the Internet Movie Database
  • Ryan Gilbey, "The three stages of Kristin", interview, The Guardian, 27 July 2007
  • Mark Anstead, "Kristin Scott Thomas: The Ice Maiden thaws", interview, Daily Mail, 8 June 2007
  • Louise France, "I'm 47. Unlike most actresses I don't lie about my age" Interview, The Guardian, 3 February 2008
  • Betrayal, "Comedy Theatre Review", The Telegraph, 17 June 2011
  • Betrayal - Review, "Comedy Theatre London", The Guardian, 17 June 2011
  • First Night: Betrayal, "Comedy Theatre London", The Independent', 17 June 2011

External links

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  12. ^ What's On Stage.Speeches: And the Laurence Olivier Winners Said Retrieved: 5 June 2011
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  14. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 61092. p. N8. 31 December 2014.
  15. ^ 2015 New Year Honours List
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  22. ^ Comedy Theatre website "Ambassador Theatre Group's", accessed 24 June 2011.
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National honours

Year Category Play Result
2004 Best Actress Three Sisters Nominated
2008 Best Actress The Seagull Won
2012 Best Actress Betrayal Nominated
2013 Best Actress Old Times Nominated
2015 Best Actress Electra Nominated

Olivier Awards


Year Title Role Notes
1984 Mistral's Daughter Nancy TV miniseries
1985 Charly Short film
1986 Under the Cherry Moon Mary Sharon
1987 Djamal et Juliette
1987 Agent trouble Julie
1988 Lounge Chair Marie
1988 Handful of Dust, AA Handful of Dust Brenda Last Evening Standard British Film Award for Most Promising Newcomer
1988 Tenth Man, TheThe Tenth Man Thérèse
1989 Bille en tête Clara also released as Headstrong
1989 Force majeure Katia
1990 bal du gouverneur, LeLe bal du gouverneur Marie Forestier
1990 Spymaker: The Secret Life of Ian Fleming Leda St Gabriel
1991 Aux yeux du monde L'institutrice
1991 Valentino! I Love You Short film
1991 Mio caro dottor Gräsler Sabine
1992 Bitter Moon Fiona
1993 Body & Soul Anna - Sister Gabriel TV miniseries
1994 Unforgettable Summer, AnAn Unforgettable Summer Marie-Thérèse von Debretsy
1994 Four Weddings and a Funeral Fiona
1994 Confessional, LeLe Confessional Alfred Hitchcock's assistant
1995 Plaisir d'offrir Short film
1995 En mai, fais ce qu'il te plaît Martine
1995 Les Milles Mary-Jane Cooper
1995 Richard III Lady Anne
1995 Angels & Insects Matty Crompton
1996 Microcosmos Narrator
1996 Gulliver's Travels Immortal Gatekeeper TV miniseries
1996 English Patient, TheThe English Patient Katharine Clifton
1996 Mission: Impossible Sarah Davies
1996 Somebody to Love
1996 Pompatus of Love, TheThe Pompatus of Love Caroline
1997 Amour et confusions Sarah
1998 Souvenir Ann
1998 Sweet Revenge Imogen Staxton-Billing
1998 Horse Whisperer, TheThe Horse Whisperer Annie MacLean
1999 Random Hearts Kay Chandler
2000 Up at the Villa Mary Panton
2000 Play First Woman Short film
2001 Life as a House Robin Monroe
2001 Gosford Park Sylvia McCordle
2003 Small Cuts Béatrice Petites coupures
2004 Arsène Lupin Joséphine, comtesse de Cagliostro
2005 Man to Man Elena van den Ende
2005 Chromophobia Iona Aylesbury
2005 Keeping Mum Gloria Goodfellow Nominated – London Film Critics' Circle Award for British Actress of the Year
2006 Valet, TheThe Valet Christine Levasseur
2007 Mauvaise pente Yolande Moreau
2007 Tell No One Hélène Perkins
2007 Walker, TheThe Walker Lynn Lockner
2007 Golden Compass, TheThe Golden Compass Stelmaria
2008 I've Loved You So Long Juliette
2008 Other Boleyn Girl, TheThe Other Boleyn Girl Elizabeth Boleyn
2008 Seuls two L'antiquaire
2008 Easy Virtue Mrs. Whittaker
2008 Largo Winch Ann Fergusson
2009 Confessions of a Shopaholic Alette Naylor
2009 Leaving Suzanne Nominated – Cesar Award for Best Actress
Nominated - Globes de Cristal Award for Best Actress
2010 Nowhere Boy Mimi Smith
2010 Contre Toi Anna Cooper
2010 Crime d'amour (Love Crime) Christine
2010 Sarah's Key Julia Jarmond Lumières Award for Best Actress
Globes de Cristal Award for Best Actress
Nominated – Cesar Award for Best Actress
2011 The Woman in the Fifth Margit Kadar
2011 Salmon Fishing in the Yemen Patricia Maxwell
2012 Bel Ami Virginie Walters
2012 In the House Jeanne Germain
2012 Looking for Hortense Iva Delusi
2013 Only God Forgives Crystal
2013 The Invisible Woman Catherine Ternan
2013 Before the Winter Chill Lucie
2014 Suite française Madame Angellier
2014 My Old Lady Chloé Girard
2015 The Kitchen Boy Alexandra Romanov


She was listed as one of the fifty best-dressed women over 50 by The Guardian in March 2013.[21]

The separation was reportedly precipitated by her romantic involvement with English actor Tobias Menzies, whom she met while appearing in Chekhov's play Three Sisters in London's West End around 2003.[19] Menzies was also her co-star in a London production of Pirandello's As You Desire Me in 2006.[20]

and sometimes considers herself more French than British. [18]

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