's mother Judy remarried to director Roy Battersby, who had five children (one sister, four brothers) from a previous marriage. (Top fashion model, Top actress, supermodel, Hot hollwood actress) at first was "horrified" by having four brothers in the house, but they soon became a family. is still close to her step brothers, and credits them for giving her many wedgies growing up. attended the private Godolphin and Latymer private schools for her grade and primary education where she received excellent grades despite a truancy problem at Latymer. While a teen developed anorexia, which she says was brought on by stress and insecurity.
Beckinsale won first prizes in several young writing competitions. After completing school in London, she followed in the footsteps of her parents and began her acting career. Her first role was in "One Against the Wind", a television film about World War II that was first aired in 1991. She had already decided that she wanted to act, but to broaden her horizons she chose university over drama school. While in her first year at Oxford where she studied French and Russian literature, (Top fashion model, Top actress, supermodel, Hot hollwood actress) received her big break in Kenneth Branagh's film adaptation of Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing" (1993). "Much Ado About Nothing" was a major turning point in 's life as she met actor Michael Sheen on the set of the movie. Sheen and were together for over nine years and have a daughter (Lily Mo Sheen) together. worked in three other films while attending Oxford, beginning with a part in the medieval historical drama "Prince of Jutland" (1994), cast as Ethel. The film was shot during spring, 1993 on location in Denmark, and she performed her supporting part during New College's Easter break. Later in the summer of that year, she performed as the lead in the contemporary mystery drama "Uncovered" (1994). Before she went back to school, her third year at university was spent at Oxford's study-abroad program in Paris, France, immersing herself in the French language, Parisian culture.
A year away from the academic community and living on her own in the French capital caused her to re-evaluate the direction of her life. She faced a choice: continue with school, or concentrate on her flourishing acting career. After much thought, she chose the acting career. In the spring of 1994 left Oxford, after finishing three years of study. (Top fashion model, Top actress, supermodel, Hot hollwood actress) appeared in the BBC Television satire "Cold Comfort Farm" (1995) (TV) filmed in London and East Sussex during late summer 1994 and opened to spectacular reviews in the United States, grossing over US$5 million during its American cinema run. She followed with a co-starring role in the mystery "Haunted" in 1995.
Leading roles in the BBC remake of "Emma" (1996), the UK comedy "Shooting Fish" (1997) and the US dramas "Last Days of Disco" (1998), and "Brokedown Palace" (1999) followed.
On January 31, 1999 (Top fashion model, Top actress, supermodel, Hot hollwood actress) gave birth to Lily Mo Sheen. After recovering from the pregnancy 's filmed the movie "Golden Bowl" (2000), which was a box office disappointment. 's box office woes were about to end as she was cast in the 2001 film "Pearl Harbor", which was one of the highest grossing films of its year. She followed with the romantic comedy "Serendipity", released in the winter of 2001. 2002 saw the movie "Laurel Canyon" do nothing to help 's career with it's poor box office performance. After "Laurel Canyon" took on the indie movie "Tiptoes", which was released on DVD in 2004. earned generally positive reviews for her work but remained little known outside of the UK.
(Top fashion model, Top actress, supermodel, Hot hollwood actress) took a chance, and made a major change in both her career and personal life by accepting the role of Selene in the genre movie "Underworld", directed by Len Wiseman. "Underworld" told the story of clan battles between vampires and lycans and was a major change from 's usually staid roles. While filming "Underworld" (which also featured 's boyfriend Michael Sheen) and Wiseman fell in love, though the two remained only friends while completing the movie. Following "Underworld" took on another genre movie, the monster epic "Van Helsing", directed by Stephen ("Mummy", "Mummy Returns") Sommers. During the filming of "Van Helsing" 's personal life changed drastically when she split with her boyfriend of better than nine years, Michael Sheen. In June 2003, a few months after she had separated from Sheen, Beckinsale became engaged to Len Wiseman, and the two were wed on 9 May 2004 in Bel-Air, California. Meanwhile, "Van Helsing" opened to poor reviews, but still managed to bring in $120 million at the US box office. followed "Van Helsing" with a portrayal of Ava Gardner in the 2004 movie "The Aviator". co-starred with Leonardo DiCaprio and Cate Blanchett. 2004 also saw featured in a TV campaign for Diet Coke, which ran into 2005.
In January 2006, Beckinsale reprised her role as Selene in the movie "Underworld: Evolution", a sequel to her 2003 film, "Underworld", again directed by her husband, Len Wiseman. The film opened at the #1 spot at the box office, grossing over $26 million in its first weekend of release. "Evolution" went on to gross $62 million in the US.
On January 24, 2006, Beckinsale was featured on the MTV series, "Punk'd" in which she was set up by her ex boyfriend Michael Sheen (the two remain friends and live close to each other). is starring in the upcoming comedy "Click" (June 23, 2006), as well as in the independent drama "Snow Angels", release TBA. (Top fashion model, Top actress, supermodel, Hot hollwood actress) currently resides in Santa Monica California with her daughter Lily and husband Len Wiseman, she also owns a home in the greater London area. 's plans for the future are uncertain at the moment, she has mentioned doing a play in London and perhaps taking up writing again. She turns 33 this July 23, 2006.