KRISTIN SCOTT THOMAS Biography - Actors and Actresses


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Name: Kristin Scott Thomas                                                                     
Born: 24 May 1960 Redruth, Cornwall, England                                                   
Kristin Scott Thomas, OBE (born 24 May 1960) is an Academy Award-nominated                     
English actress.                                                                               
Scott Thomas was born in Redruth, Cornwall. Her father was a pilot for the                     
British Royal Navy and died in a flying accident in 1964. She is the older                     
sister of actress Serena Scott Thomas, the niece of Admiral Sir Richard Thomas (who           
was Black Rod in the House of Lords), and a more distant grand niece of Capt.                 
Robert F. Scott, the ill-fated explorer who lost the race to the South Pole. Her               
last name is an amalgam of the last names of those two families.                               
Scott Thomas's childhood home was Dorset, England. Her mother remarried 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 School for Girls, in Dorset, and on graduation attended drama               
college. On being told she would never be a good enough actress, she left the                 
acting school at the age of 19 to work as an au pair in Paris. Speaking                       
French fluently, she studied acting at the École nationale supérieure des arts               
et techniques du théâtre (ENSATT) in Paris, and on graduation was cast opposite             
pop star Prince as the French girl in the film Under the Cherry Moon.                         
Thomas is perhaps best known for her central role as an unfaithful wife in the                 
English Patient, one of the biggest screen hits of 1996. Thomas was awarded an                 
OBE in the 2003 Queen's Birthday Honours list, and was also awarded the Légion d'honneur     
by the French government in 2005. She has also played in many TV movies, and as               
an actress in the theatre.                                                                     
Scott Thomas starred in the 2003 Book Clubbin episode of Absolutely Fabulous;                 
her character was called Plum Berkeley. In the British motoring programme Top                 
Gear, she was used as a standard of reference for "good taste." During the "Cool               
Wall" segment of the programme, presenter Jeremy Clarkson would rate a car's                   
coolness based mostly on what he thinks Kristin Scott Thomas's level of distaste               
for it would be.                                                                               
She made her long-awaited appearance as the "Star In A Reasonably Priced Car" on               
the episode broadcast on February 25, 2007. On this episode, amid excessive kow-towing         
from Clarkson and joking from Richard Hammond and James May because Clarkson has               
shown much affection for Kristin in the past, she proceeded to rubbish most of                 
the decisions Clarkson had made over the past years of the Cool Wall. She also                 
ridiculed the car that Jeremy Clarkson had just ordered, a Lamborghini Gallardo               
Spyder. She completed her lap in a time of 1.54, placing her just above Phillip               
Glenister although still near the bottom of the leaderboard.