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Tilda Swinton

Tilda Swinton


11/5/1960, London, England, UK

Birth Name

Katherine Matilda Swinton



Also Known As

Katherine Swinton
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She was born Katherine Matilda Swinton on the 5th of November, 1960, in London, England to Judith (an Australian) and Sir John Swinton (a Scottish major-general in the Scots Guards). She had two older brothers, James and Alexander, with another boy, William, arriving in 1965. Her lineage was…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • In 2008, Tilda won an Academy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role playing Karen Crowder on Michael Clayton.

    • Tilda was a member of the jury of the 2004 Cannes Film Festival.

    • Tilda's family is one of the oldest in Scotland.

    • Tilda's husband John also had a small role in Orlando in which Tilda appears as the main character.

    • She dabbled in classic stage productions such as "A Midsummer Night's Dream," "The Duchess of Malfi" and "The Comedy of Errors" before entertaining her passion for the decidedly weird.

    • On her days off from The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, she could be seen on-set, offering encouragement to her young co-stars.

    • Tilda has played two male characters, an Elizabethan nobleman in Orlando (1992) and the angel Gabriel in Constantine (2005). Actually, the Angel Gabriel was not male in Constantine (2005). Gabriel is androgynous.

    • Functions as the muse and mascot of Dutch haute-couture fashion designers Viktor and Rolf.

    • Tilda's mother is Australian.

    • Tilda lives an hour north of Inverness in Scotland, with her husband, John Byrne and their 2 children, Xavier and Honor.

    • Tilda was a champion sprinter when she was still in school.

    • In 1988, Tilda won a Teddy Jury Prize at the Berlin International Film Festival.
      In 2001, Tilda won the BSFC Award for Best Actress for: The Deep End (2001). In 2004, Tilda won a BAFTA Scotland Award for Best Actress in a Scottish Film
      for: Young Adam (2003).

    • Tilda appeared in Orbital's all-instrumental music video "The Box" in 1996.

    • Tilda recorded an audiobook adaptation of one of her best known roles: Orlando.

    • Tilda was a member of the jury at the Berlin International Film Festival in 1988.

    • Tilda attended West Heath, a girls' boarding school at one point in her childhood. Princess Diana attended the same school at the same time as Tilda.

    • Tilda graduated from Cambridge University in 1983 with a degree in Social and Political Science/English literature.

    • Tilda's father was a Major-General and former head of the Queen's Household Division. She spent most of her childhood in Germany since her father was posted there.

    • Tilda spent two years in South Africa and Kenya as a voluntary worker in children's schools.

    • Tilda's nickname is "Swilda."

  • Quotes

    • Tilda Swinton: (on her open relationship which sees her married, but maintain a romantic connection with artist Sandro Kopp) It may seem odd but it is certainly the best thing for the children. It's not something I try to promote as a radical lifestyle choice. But it's a situation I find very healthy. I can maintain my life with my children and their father and spend time with the man I've become very fond of.

    • Tilda Swinton: I think I enjoy my work now even more simply because it's even easier than it was. It sounds sacrilegious to say that anything's a delight when you're away from your children, but the truth is that it is refreshing to only have yourself to dress in the morning, and to lie diagonally across the bed. Making films, going round the world on tour - all these crazy things that were so difficult before are so much easier than breastfeeding twins for 14 months that frankly it is a delight.

    • Tilda Swinton: You're always playing yourself. It's all autobiography, whatever you're doing. It's using them as a kind of prism through which to throw something real about yourself, or something relaxed at least. Because the last thing you want is to look like you're acting.

    • Tilda Swinton: I sometimes think I was always left-wing. I know that sounds completely crazy, but I do know that I asked questions when I was about four, and I remember noticing that I wasn't getting an answer, and I remember it annoying me. Like why when we went to church on Sunday were we sitting upstairs and the people we'd been playing with the day before were sitting downstairs. And I noticed that my brothers were not asking these questions. I was aware that I was being embarrassing.

    • Tilda Swinton: There's such an effort to try and explain people.

    • Tilda Swinton: I don't work the future - I don't want to know what's coming. I don't feel I need any guarantees.

    • Tilda Swinton: True, there is all sorts of religious extremism all over the place, but the reason for this partly has to do with the fascist attitudes and language of absolutism coming from Washington. It's challenging for people outside of America that Bush was re-elected. It means we're all going to have to work a lot harder to understand what so many more Americans than we thought really want. It's an identity shift in our minds about America and maybe for many Americans as well.

    • Tilda Swinton: There is something insane about a lack of doubt. Doubt, to me anyway, is what makes you human, and without doubt even the righteous lose their grip not only on reality but also on their humanity.

    • Tilda Swinton: I'm basically interested in identity, and I still find fascinating the question, "How do we identify ourselves, and how do we settle into other people's expectations for our identity?"

    • Tilda Swinton: The other day, I was going through the airport security and I was searched by a male security guard. I'm very often referred to as "Sir" in elevators and such. I think it has to do with being this tall and not wearing much lipstick. I think people just can't imagine I'd be a woman if I look like this.

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  • androgynous capable, golden globe nominated, English, Cambridge graduate

    Porcelain skinned, rather thin woman and as seen in Constantine, can play both genders. It was The Beach that made me impressed with the actress. She can be intense. Chronicles of Narnia had some of it too. I have only seen 3 of her 32 movies to date. I found on IMDb that she went to school with Princess Diana, which I was impressed with. 'Tilda has two children that also somewhat surprised me. One thing that didn't surprise me much was her graduating Cambridge. She has won numerous awards in Europe and the US. She had a freaky role playing Gabrielle in Constantine that I liked.moreless