Birthplace: Redruth, Cornwall, England
Dame Kristin Ann Scott Thomas, DBE (born 24 May 1960) is a British actress. A five-time BAFTA Award nominee and five-time Olivier Award nominee, she won the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994) and the Olivier Award for Best Actress in 2008 for the Royal Court revival of The Seagull. She was also nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress for The English Patient (1996).
Scott Thomas made her film debut in the Prince-directed Under the Cherry Moon (1986), and won the Evening Standard Film Award for Most Promising Newcomer for A Handful of Dust (1988). She has worked in French cinema, including in The Valet (2006), Tell No One (2007), Leaving (2009), Love Crime (2010), Sarah's Key (2010), and won the European Film Award for Best Actress for Philippe Claudel's I've Loved You So Long (2008). Her other films include Bitter Moon (1992), Mission: Impossible (1996), The Horse Whisperer (1998), Gosford Park (2001), Nowhere Boy (2010), and Darkest Hour (2017).
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, 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. 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), and the great-great-niece of the ill-fated explorer Captain Scott, who lost the race to the South Pole.
Scott Thomas was brought up as a Roman Catholic. Her childhood home was in Trent, Dorset, England. Her mother remarried, to another Royal Navy pilot, Lt Cdr Simon Idiens (of Simon's Sircus aerobatic team flying Sea Vixens) who also died in a flying accident, flying a Phantom FG1 off the North Cornwall coast, 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. 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.
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.
In 1994, she starred in the Romanian-French film An Unforgettable Summer, in which she played Marie-Thérèse Von Debretsy. Rather than learn Romanian for the part, she read her lines phonetically. She had all the lines translated into French, which she speaks fluently, so she knew what she was saying. In a 2002 interview for WENN, Kristin stated that this is the film that she is most proud of and that she views it as the peak of her career. In an interview for Gloucester Citizen on March 22, 2015, she cited An Unforgettable Summer as one of the films that she's most proud of alongside The English Patient and Only God Forgives.
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. She reprised the role in New York in September 2008. 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 Elizabeth Boleyn, Countess of Wiltshire and Ormond, mother of Henry VIII's second wife Anne, in The Other Boleyn Girl, the role of a fashion magazine creator and editor in the film Confessions of a Shopaholic, the film adaption of Douglas Kennedy's novel The Woman in the Fifth, the 2012 film Bel Ami, based on the 1885 Maupassant novel, as a love interest of George Duroy (played by Robert Pattinson). and was also seen in Ralph Fiennes's The Invisible Woman, in Philippe Claudel's Before the Winter Chill, in Nicolas Winding Refn's Only God Forgives, which premiered at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, Israel Horovitz's My Old Lady, and the film adaptation of Irène Némirovsky's World War II novel Suite Française, directed by Saul Dibb.
In May 2017, it was reported that Scott Thomas has signed on to star as BMW heiress Susanne Klatten in the thriller Paramour, directed by Alexandra-Therese Keining.
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. She was named a Chevalier of the Légion d'honneur by the French Government in 2005.
Scott Thomas is divorced from François Olivennes, a French gynaecologist, with whom she has three children: Hannah (born in 1988), Joseph (1991) and George (2000). She has lived in France since she was 19, brought up her three children in Paris, and sometimes considers herself more French than British.
She was listed as one of the fifty best-dressed women over 50 by The Guardian in March 2013.
|1984||Mistral's Daughter||Nancy||TV miniseries|
|1986||Under the Cherry Moon||Mary Sharon||
|1987||Djamal et Juliette|
|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|
|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||Institutrice !L'institutrice|
|1991||Valentino! I Love You||Short film|
|1991||Mio caro dottor Gräsler||Sabine|
|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, TheThe Confessional (Le Confessionnal)||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||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||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||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||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||In Your Hands||Anna Cooper|
|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|
|2017||Darkest Hour||Clementine Churchill||Nominated - BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role|
|2018||Tomb Raider||Ana Miller|
|2004||Best Actress||Three Sisters||Nominated|
|2008||Best Actress||The Seagull||Won|
|2013||Best Actress||Old Times||Nominated|