Rachel Hannah Weisz (born March 7, 1970) is a British actress. She is the recipient of various accolades, including an Academy Award, a Laurence Olivier Award, and a BAFTA Award. She began acting in British stage and television in the early 1990s, and made her film debut in Death Machine (1994), with Brad Dourif, Ely Pouget, William Hootkins, John Sharian, and Richard Brake.
Other early film roles include Bernardo Bertolucci’s Stealing Beauty (1996), with Liv Tyler, Joseph Fiennes, Jeremy Irons, Sinéad Cusack, Jean Marais, and Stefania Sandrelli; Andrew Davis’s Chain Reaction (1996), with Keanu Reeves, Morgan Freeman, Fred Ward, Kevin Dunn, and Brian Cox; Bent (1997), with Clive Owen, Lothaire Bluteau, Ian McKellen, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Mick Jagger, Jude Law, and Paul Bettany; Going All the Way (1997), with Jeremy Davies, Ben Affleck, Amy Locane, Rose McGowan, Jill Clayburgh, and Lesley Ann Warren; and Beeban Kidron’s Swept from the Sea (1997), with Vincent Pérez, McKellen, Joss Ackland, and Kathy Bates.
Films in the late 1990s include David Leland’s The Land Girls (1998), with Catherine McCormack, Anna Friel, Steven Mackintosh, and Ann Bell; Michael Winterbottom’s I Want You (1998), with Alessandro Nivola; Stephen Sommer’s The Mummy (1999), with Brendan Fraser, John Hannah, Arnold Vosloo, Kevin J. O’Connor, and Jonathan Hyde; and István Szabó’s Sunshine (1999); with Ralph Fiennes, Rosemary Harris, Jennifer Ehle, Deborah Kara Unger, Molly Parker, James Frain, John Neville, Miriam Margolyes, and William Hurt.
Films in the 2000s include Beautiful Creatures (2000), with Susan Lynch, Iain Glen, Maurice Roëves, Tom Mannion, and Alex Norton; Jean-Jacques Annaud’s Enemy at the Gates (2001), with Joseph Fiennes, Law, Bob Hoskins, Ed Harris, and Ron Perlman; The Mummy Returns (2001), with Fraser, Hannah, Vosloo, Oded Fehr, Patricia Velásquez, Freddie Boath, Alun Armstrong, and Dwayne Johnson; Paul & Chris Weitz’s About a Boy (2002), with Hugh Grant, Nicholas Hoult, and Toni Collette; Confidence (2003), with Edward Burns, Andy García, Paul Giamatti, Donal Logue, Luis Guzmán, Brian Van Holt, Franky G, Robert Forster, Leland Orser, Morris Chestnut, and Dustin Hoffman; Neil LaBute’s The Shape of Things (2003), with Paul Rudd, Gretchen Mol, and Fred Weller; Runaway Jury (2003), with John Cusack, Gene Hackman, and Hoffman; and Barry Levinson’s Envy (2004), with Ben Stiller, Jack Black, Amy Poehler, and Christopher Walken.
Weisz won an Academy Award for Best Supporting actress for Fernando Meirelles’s The Constant Gardener (2005), with Ralph Fiennes, Danny Huston, Bill Nighy, and Pete Postlethwaite. Other roles in the mid to late 2000s include Constantine (2005), with Reeves, Shia LaBeouf, Tilda Swinton, Pruitt Taylor Vince, Djimon Hounsou, Gavin Rossdale, and Peter Stormare; Darren Aronofsky’s The Fountain (2006), with Hugh Jackman, Ellen Burstyn, Stephen McHattie, Mark Margolis, and Cliff Curtis; Eragon (2006), with Ed Speleers, Irons, Sienna Guillory, Robert Carlyle, Hounsou, Garrett Hedlund, Joss Stone, and John Malkovich; Fred Claus (2007), with Vince Vaughn, Giamatti, Miranda Richardson, John Michael Higgins, Elizabeth Banks, Bates, and Kevin Spacey; Wong Kar-wai’s My Blueberry Nights (2007), with Norah Jones, Law, David Strathairn, and Natalie Portman; Definitely, Maybe (2008), with Ryan Reynolds, Isla Fisher, Banks, Abigail Breslin, and Kevin Kline; Rian Johnson’s The Brothers Bloom (2008), with Adrien Brody, Mark Ruffalo, Rinko Kikuchi, Maximilian Schell, and Robbie Coltrane; Peter Jackson’s The Lovely Bones (2009), with Saoirse Ronan, Mark Wahlberg, Susan Sarandon, Stanley Tucci, and Michael Imperioli; and Alejandro Amenábar’s Agora (2009), with Max Minghella and Oscar Isaac.
Films in the 2010s include The Whistleblower (2010), with Strathairn, Nikolaj Lie Kaas, Anna Anissimova, Monica Bellucci, Vanessa Redgrave, and Liam Cunningham; 360 (2011), with Lucia Siposová, Gabriela Marcinkova, Johannes Krisch, Law, Moritz Bleibtreu, Jamel Debbouze, Dinara Drukarova, Vladimir Vdovichenkov, Juliano Cazarré, Maria Flor, Ben Foster, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Anthony Hopkins, and Mark Ivanir; Jim Sheridan’s Dream House (2011), with Daniel Craig (whom she married), Naomi Watts, Marton Csokas, and Elias Koteas; Terence Davies’s The Deep Blue Sea (2011), with Tom Hiddleston, Simon Russell Beale, and Harry Hadden-Paton; Tony Gilroy’s The Bourne Legacy (2012), with Jeremy Renner, Edward Norton, Stacy Keach, Isaac, Joan Allen, Albert Finney, Strathairn, and Scott Glenn; Sam Raimi’s Oz the Great and Powerful (2013), with James Franco, Mila Kunis, Michelle Williams, Zach Braff, Bill Cobbs, Joey King, William Bock, and Tony Cox; Yorgos Lanthimos’s The Lobster (2015), with Colin Farrell, Jessica Barden, Olivia Colman, Ashley Jensen, Ariane Labed, Angeliki Papoulia, John C. Reilly, Léa Seydoux, Michael Smiley, and Ben Whishaw; and Paolo Sorrentino’s Youth (2015), with Michael Caine, Harvey Keitel, Paul Dano, and Jane Fonda.
Films in the mid to late 2010s include Joshua Marston’s Complete Unknown (2016), with Michael Shannon, Bates, and Danny Glover; Derek Cianfrance’s The Light Between Oceans (2016), with Michael Fassbender, Alicia Vikander, Bryan Brown, and Jack Thompson; Denial (2016), with Tom Wilkinson, Timothy Spall, Andrew Scott, Jack Lowden, Caren Pistorius, and Alex Jennings; Roger Mitchell’s My Cousin Rachel (2017), with Sam Claflin, Glen, Holliday Grainger, and Pierfrancesco Favino; Sebastián Lelia’s Disobedience (2017), with Rachel McAdams and Alessandro Nivola; James Marsh’s The Mercy (2017), with Colin Firth, David Thewlis, and Ken Scott; and The Favourite (2018), with Olivia Colman and Emma Stone – for which received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress.
Films in the 2020s include Cate Shortland’s MCU entry Black Widow (2021), with Scarlett Johansson, Florence Pugh, David Harbour, O-T Fagbenle, Olga Kurylenko, Hurt, and Ray Winstone.
Each review will be linked to the title below.
(*seen originally in theaters)
(**seen rereleased in theaters)
- Scarlet and Black (1993) – directed by Ben Bolt – miniseries
- Death Machine (1994) – directed by Stephen Norrington
- White Goods (1994) – directed by Al Ashton & Robert Young – TV movie
- Seventeen (1994) – directed by Sandra Goldbacher – TV short
- Stealing Beauty (1996) – directed by Bernardo Bertolucci
- Chain Reaction (1996) – directed by Andrew Davis
- Going All the Way (1997) – directed by Mark Pellington
- Bent (1997) – directed by Sean Mathias
- Swept from the Sea (1997) – directed by Beeban Kidron
- The Land Girls (1998) – directed by David Leland
- I Want You (1998) – directed by Michael Winterbottom
- My Summer with Des (1998) – directed by Simon Curtis – TV movie
- The Mummy (1999) – directed by Stephen Sommers
- Sunshine (1999) – directed by István Szabó
- Tube Tales (1999) – directed by Amy Jenkins, Stephen Hopkins, Menhaj Huda, Charles McDougall, Bob Hoskins, Ewan McGregor, Jude Law, Armando Iannucci, & Gaby Dellal – anthology
- This Is Not an Exit: The Fictional World of Bret Easton Ellis (1999) – directed by Gerald Fox – documentary
- Beautiful Creatures (2000) – directed by Bill Eagles
- Enemy at the Gates (2001) – directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud
- The Mummy Returns (2001) – directed by Stephen Sommers
- About a Boy (2002) – directed by Paul & Chris Weitz
- Confidence (2003) – directed by James Foley
- The Shape of Things (2003) – directed by Neil LaBute
- Runaway Jury (2003) – directed by Gary Fleder
- Envy (2004) – directed by Barry Levinson
- Constantine (2005) – directed by Francis Lawrence
- The Constant Gardener (2005) – directed by Fernando Meirelles
- The Fountain (2006) – directed by Darren Aronofsky
- Eragon (2006) – directed by Stefen Fangmeier
- My Blueberry Nights (2007) – directed by Wong Kar-wai
- Fred Claus (2007) – directed by David Dobkin
- Definitely, Maybe (2008)* – directed by Adam Brooks
- The Brothers Bloom (2008) – directed by Rian Johnson
- The Lovely Bones (2009) – directed by Peter Jackson
- Agora (2009) – directed by Alejandro Amenábar
- The Whistleblower (2010) – directed by Larysa Kondracki
- Page Eight (2011) – directed by David Hare – TV movie
- 360 (2011) – directed by Fernando Meirelles
- Dream House (2011) – directed by Jim Sheridan
- The Deep Blue Sea (2011) – directed by Terence Davies
- The Bourne Legacy (2012) – directed by Tony Gilroy
- Oz the Great and Powerful (2013)* – directed by Sam Raimi
- The Lobster (2015) – directed by Yorgos Lanthimos
- Youth (2015) – directed by Paolo Sorrentino
- Complete Unknown (2016) – directed by Joshua Marston
- The Light Between Oceans (2016) – directed by Derek Cianfrance
- Denial (2016) – directed by Mick Jackson
- My Cousin Rachel (2017) – directed by Roger Michell
- Disobedience (2017) – directed by Sebastián Lelio – also producer
- The Mercy (2017) – directed by James Marsh
- The Favourite (2018) – directed by Yorgos Lanthimos
- Black Widow (2021)* – directed by Cate Shortland