Kristin Scott Thomas

Kristin Scott Thomas


5/24/1960, Redruth, Cornwall, England

Birth Name

Kristin Scott Thomas


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Kristin grew up in Dorset, England, as the eldest of five children. Her father, a Royal Navy pilot, was killed in a flying accident when she was very young. Her mother then married another pilot, but Kristin's step-father then died in the same way as her father. Kristin…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • In 1997, Kristin was nominated for two SAG Awards for her role in The English Patient. The categories were 'Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role' and 'Outstanding Performance by a Cast'. In 2002, she was one of the winners of a SAG Award, 'Outstanding Performance by the Cast of a Theatrical Motion Picture', for Gosford Park.

    • When they were together, Kristin and her husband François lived in an apartment in Paris near the Jardins du Luxembourg.

    • From thirteen to sixteen, Kristin was at Cheltenham Ladies College, a traditional boarding school for girls in Gloucestershire, England - what Americans call a prep school. She then moved to a convent school for her 'A' levels.

    • Kristin is a Roman Catholic.

    • Although she grew up in the English county of Dorset, Kristin was born in Redruth, Cornwall. Her father, a Royal Navy pilot, was stationed in Cornwall at the time.

    • She was nominated for an Academy Award (Best Actress) for The English Patient (1996).

    • Kristin speaks French fluently, and during the early part of her acting career she played more parts in French than in English.

    • Kristin's main fan site is bilingual, in English and French. Around half of her fans are French-speaking.

    • In the Golden Raspberry Awards, 1986, Kristin was nominated for a 'Razzie', namely, the award in the 'Worst New Star' category. Luckily, she lost, to "the six guys and gals in the duck suit in Howard the Duck".

    • In the U.K. motoring program Top Gear, presenter Jeremy Clarkson uses Kristin as a touchstone of good taste. He asks himself what she would think of a new car. If he thinks she would like it, the car gets a high place on what he calls the "cool wall".

    • In 2005, she was awarded the Order of the Legion of Honour (l'Ordre National de la Légion d'Honneur) by the French government.

    • Kristin was appointed an OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in H.M. the Queen's Birthday Honours list, 2003.

    • Kristin trained for her career at the École Nationale des Arts et Technique de Théâtre (National School of Arts and Drama), Paris.

    • She was married for nearly twenty years to a French obstetrician, François Oliviennes, and they have three children, Hannah, Joseph and George.

    • Contact address: c/o Intertalent, 5 Clément-Marot, 75008 Paris, France

  • Quotes

    • Kristin Scott Thomas: Having sons unravels the mystery of men.

    • Kristin Scott Thomas: You wouldn't in my whole life see me in a transparent blouse, but on stage I can wear practically nothing and not give a damn - just strut around, and actually quite enjoy it, because it's not me at all.

    • Kristin Scott Thomas: I've always thought of myself as a character actress. I like finding something that makes this character prickly or difficult at the beginning, and then slowly we come to understand her. I like making the audience change their minds.

    • Kristin Scott Thomas: People have always told me I was beautiful, but beauty isn't the same as attractiveness, and I have never been attractive. I've always felt slightly out of place as the love interest, because I'm not like that. I'm not the kind of person who attracts lots of men, I never wear short skirts, and, you know, I just don't do sexy.

    • Kristin Scott Thomas: Successful films are very dangerous things.

    • Kristin Scott Thomas: (of her role in 'Tell No One') I usually play sexually frustrated mothers, so I was an unusual choice for a lesbian.

    • Kristin Scott Thomas: I still love living in Paris and I can't imagine being anywhere else. When I walk down the street there's always someone to say hello to.

    • Kristin Scott Thomas: Your life goes on hold when you are in a play.

    • Kristin Scott Thomas: Men don't fall in love with me, only young ones. I've had to tell some young actors to calm down.

    • Kristin Scott Thomas: People accuse me of being Methody, but I'm not at all. The one thing I don't want people to see is me.

    • Kristin Scott Thomas: I'm not at all fed up with British films, but I am fed up with playing upper-class people.

    • Kristin Scott Thomas: I never go straight to the point if I can go the most difficult way. Why be simple when you can be complicated?

    • Kristin Scott Thomas: Buy, buy, buy, buy! They want to grab you and trap you and turn you into little Elizabeth Hurleys.

    • Kristin Scott Thomas: I am bitchy about people behind their backs and I can be callous, insensitive and brutal. I try to be good, but I am very wicked.

    • Kristin Scott Thomas: Having a leading man who is actually prettier than you are is quite upsetting.

    • Kristin Scott Thomas: If you're feeling insecure and you need to feel special, the best place to go is somewhere foreign where people treat you as special because you're different.

    • Kristin Scott Thomas: I mean, what's wrong with being middle-class? I'm middle-class! However, I've got over it now. I'll be an aristocrat now if they want me to be. I suppose having an image as a brainy upper-class beauty is better than the alternative.

    • Kristin Scott Thomas: My idea of bliss was to be on a TV talent show from somewhere like Blackpool, doing tap or singing. I loved that stuff, but my mother thought it was vulgar.

    • Kristin Scott Thomas: Seeing The English Patient is wonderfully draining, but imagine acting in it for six months.

    • Kristin Scott Thomas: I resent articles that have described my childhood as tragic. It wasn't a bed of roses and it wasn't a hellhole. You just get on with it.

    • Kristin Scott Thomas: I can look pig ugly standing on my head.

    • Kristin Scott Thomas: I find it difficult to explain, but I'm quite ashamed of being an actress.

    • Kristin Scott Thomas: The one thing I do not want to be in is a film in which I'm someone there to make men look good, muscular and strong.

    • Kristin Scott Thomas: I wanted to be a saint.

    • Kristin: Movies make you immortal and ageless.

    • Kristin Scott Thomas: People are always saying, English, English, English rose, and I just feel so completely different.

    • Kristin Scott Thomas: Have you ever been to the proper desert? The most extraordinary thing is the silence. There's nothing to move out there. I got such a buzz out of it.

    • Kristin: (of her abandoned course at the Central School of Speech and Drama) It was disastrous!

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    I have to admit that Kirsten Scott Thomas is really a wonderful actress. In every role she really makes you believe that she actually is the character she's portraying. This sense of realism is what makes her really stand out above the masses of the rest of actresses today. My favorite movie of her's is "Gosford Park."
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    She is a good actress, I must say. Her style is really something outstanding and from what I heard and seen, she is certainly stands above the rest. I think that she has appeared in some cool movies like "Keeping Mum" and "Four Weddings and a Funeral" and her style is certainly very cool. She is a good actress.