Kristin Scott Thomas
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Kristin Scott Thomas is a rail thin actress with a patrician appearance and tony voice who has achieved international success. British-born but Paris-based, Scott Thomas has had leading roles on stage and screen in both countries as well as in the occasional Hollywood project. Her highest profile role came in The English Patient, and typically included a nude scene. Although Kristin's figure has always been bones and angles instead of curves, she has consistently been willing to shed her clothes in front of the camera.
In 2008, The Guardian noted her "reputation for being as posh and chilly as a draughty stately home." It also cited comments by her Four Weddings and a Funeral co-star Hugh Grant that Kristin needed to be "warmed up" in order to work. But the article called this unfair, based more on her roles than her "good fun" personality. Still, the newspaper and others over the years have made a point of verifying her posh accent. "She really does talk like that!" proclaimed one interviewer.
But Scott-Thomas' background was more tragic than glamorous. Her father was a pilot for the British Royal Navy and died in a flying accident in 1964. Her stepfather was also a pilot and died six years later under similar circumstances.
Her childhood home was Trent, Dorset, England. She left at the age of 19 to work as an au pair in Paris, and except for work has remained there ever since. Kristin got a late start in show biz after graduating in 1985 from the École nationale supérieure des arts et techniques du théâtre in Paris. But she immediately caught the eye of pop star Prince, who cast her in Under the Cherry Moon.
Neither the movie nor Scott Thomas earned much praise; she was nominated for a Golden Raspberry as worst actress. But she continued to land major roles, and achieved more notoriety for a mild lesbian scene in Bitter Moon. In the British miniseries Body and Soul, Kristin bared her scrawny body in two episodes. The surprise was that she was playing a nun.
After her supporting role in Four Weddings, though, Kristin won acclaim in 1995 for Angels & Insects, and an Oscar nomination for the love-it-or-hate-it The English Patient where she played an upper-class wife publicly carrying on with Ralph Fiennes on the eve of World War 2.
Scott Thomas has more than held her own playing opposite some high-powered leading men, including Sean Penn and Harrison Ford. While willing to participate in Hollywood projects, though, Kristin has never pursued American-style celebrity. In one interview before the release of The English Patient, she said the only reason she acts was "I can't do anything else."
Scott Thomas was married for 18 years to François Oliviennes, a French obstetrician and fertility specialist. They have three children, Hannah, Joseph, and George, but divorced in 2005, after Scott Thomas was briefly linked to Tobias Menzies, a much younger actor she met during a London stage production.
Kristin continues to live in Paris and continues to receive plaudits for her work, earning her latest nomination for a Cesár in 2010 for Partir. Again playing an unfaithful wife, Scott Thomas passionately simulated sex with Sergi López. At 50, her nude scenes allowed Kristin to display the advantages of being skinny: while her body hasn't improved over the years, it has held up better than more exuberant ones.
In 2011, her next French movie, Elle s'appelait Sarah (English title Sarah's Key), performed strongly at the box office in American arthouse theaters.
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