Kristin Scott Thomas

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Kristin Scott Thomas
Kristin Scott Thomas Cannes.jpg
Scott Thomas at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival
BornKristin A. Scott Thomas
(1960-05-24) 24 May 1960 (age 53)
Redruth, Cornwall, England, UK
CitizenshipBritish, French
Years active1984–present
Spouse(s)François Olivennes (1987–2005; divorced; 3 children)
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Kristin Scott Thomas
Kristin Scott Thomas Cannes.jpg
Scott Thomas at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival
BornKristin A. Scott Thomas
(1960-05-24) 24 May 1960 (age 53)
Redruth, Cornwall, England, UK
CitizenshipBritish, French
Years active1984–present
Spouse(s)François Olivennes (1987–2005; divorced; 3 children)

Kristin A. Scott Thomas,[1] OBE (born 24 May 1960) is an English actress. She gained international fame in the 1990s for her roles in Bitter Moon, Four Weddings and a Funeral, and The English Patient.

Since the 1980s, she has also worked in French cinema in films such as the thriller Tell No One and Philippe Claudel's I've Loved You So Long. She has lived in France since she was 19, has brought up her three children in Paris, and says she considers herself more French than British.[2] She was made a Chevalier of the Légion d'honneur in 2005.

Early life[edit]

Kristin 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,[3] Lieutenant Commander Simon Scott Thomas, a pilot for the Royal Navy's Fleet Air Arm who died in a flying accident when Kristin was five.[4][5] She is the elder sister of actress Serena Scott Thomas, the niece of Admiral Sir Richard Thomas (who was a Black Rod in the House of Lords), and a more distant great-great-niece of Captain Scott, the ill-fated explorer who lost the race to the South Pole.

Scott Thomas was brought up as a Roman Catholic.[6][7] Her childhood home was in Trent, Dorset, England. Her mother remarried, to another Royal Navy pilot, who also died in a flying accident, 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.[8] 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 real breakout 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. 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.[9] She reprised the role in New York in September 2008.[10] 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.

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 as an American journalist living in Paris who discovers that the apartment her husband is renovating for them was once the home of a Jewish family who were taken away in the Vel' d'Hiv Roundup.

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).[11] and was also seen in Nicolas Winding Refn's Only God Forgives, which premiered at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival.

She was awarded an OBE in the 2003 Queen's Birthday Honours list, and was also made a chevalier of the Légion d'honneur by the French government in 2005.[12][13]

Personal life[edit]

Scott Thomas is divorced from French gynaecologist François Olivennes, with whom she has three children: Hannah (born in 1988), Joseph (1991), and George (2000).

The separation was reportedly precipitated by her romantic involvement with English actor Tobias Menzies, whom she met while appearing in Chekhov's play Three Sisters in London's West End around 2003.[14] Menzies was also her co-star in a London production of Pirandello's As You Desire Me in 2006.[15]

She was listed as one of the fifty best-dressed women over 50 by The Guardian in March 2013.[16]


1984Mistral's DaughterNancyTV miniseries
1986Under the Cherry MoonMary SharonNominated – Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Supporting Actress

Nominated – Golden Raspberry Award for Worst New Star

1987Djamal et Juliette
1987Agent troubleJulie
1988Lounge ChairMarie
1988Handful of Dust, AA Handful of DustBrenda LastEvening Standard British Film Award for Most Promising Newcomer
1988Tenth Man, TheThe Tenth ManThérèse
1989Bille en têteClaraalso released as Headstrong
1989Force majeureKatia
1990bal du gouverneur, LeLe bal du gouverneurMarie Forestier
1990Spymaker: The Secret Life of Ian FlemingLeda St Gabriel
1991Aux yeux du mondeL'institutrice
1991Valentino! I Love You
1991Mio caro dottor GräslerSabine
1992Bitter MoonFiona
1994Unforgettable Summer, AnAn Unforgettable SummerMarie-Thérèse Von Debretsy
1994Four Weddings and a FuneralFiona
1994Confessional, LeLe ConfessionalAlfred Hitchcock's assistant
1995Plaisir d'offrir
1995En mai, fais ce qu'il te plaîtMartine
1995Milles, LesLes MillesMary–Jane Cooper
1995Richard IIILady Anne
1995Angels & InsectsMatty Crompton
1996Gulliver's TravelsImmortal GatekeeperMiniseries
1996English Patient, TheThe English PatientKatharine Clifton
1996Mission: ImpossibleSarah Davies
1996Somebody to Love
1996Pompatus of Love, TheThe Pompatus of LoveCaroline
1997Amour et confusionsSarah
1998Sweet RevengeImogen Staxton-Billing
1998Horse Whisperer, TheThe Horse WhispererAnnie MacLean
1999Random HeartsKay Chandler
2000Up at the VillaMary Panton
2000PlayFirst Woman
2001Life as a HouseRobin Monroe
2001Gosford ParkSylvia McCordle
2003Small CutsBéatricePetites coupures
2004Arsène LupinJoséphine, comtesse de Cagliostro
2005Man to ManElena Van Den Ende
2005ChromophobiaIona Aylesbury
2005Keeping MumGloria GoodfellowNominated – London Film Critics' Circle Award for British Actress of the Year
2006Valet, TheThe ValetChristine Levasseur
2007Mauvaise pente
2007Tell No OneHélène Perkins
2007Walker, TheThe WalkerLynn Lockner
2007Golden Compass, TheThe Golden CompassStelmaria
2008I've Loved You So LongJuliette
2008Other Boleyn Girl, TheThe Other Boleyn GirlElizabeth Boleyn
2008Seuls twoL'antiquaire
2008Easy VirtueMrs. Whittaker
2008Largo WinchAnn Fergusson
2009Confessions of a ShopaholicAlette Naylor
2009LeavingSuzanneNominated – Cesar Award for Best Actress
2010Nowhere BoyMimi Smith
2010Contre ToiAnna Cooper
2010Crime d'amour (Love Crime)Christine
2010Sarah's KeyJulia JarmondNominated – Cesar Award for Best Actress
2011The Woman in the FifthMargit Kadar
2011Salmon Fishing in the YemenPatricia Maxwell
2012Bel AmiVirginie Walters
2012In the HouseJeanne Germain
2012Looking for HortenseIva DelusiFrench title: Cherchez Hortense
2013Only God ForgivesCrystal
2013The Invisible WomanCatherine Ternan
2013Before the Winter ChillLucie
2014Suite françaiseMadame Angellier
2014My Old LadyChloé Girard
2015The Kitchen BoyAlexandra Romanov



  1. ^ BFI | Film & TV Database | SCOTT THOMAS, Kristin
  2. ^ INTERVIEW : Kristin Scott Thomas
  3. ^ "Scene change". The Age (Melbourne). 12 October 2003. 
  4. ^ Kristin Scott Thomas Biography (1960–)
  5. ^ "Kristin Scott Thomas learning to be herself". The New Zealand Herald. The Observer. 7 March 2008. Retrieved 13 October 2011. 
  6. ^ Hattenstone, Simon (27 March 2003). "'I'm a horrible bully'". The Guardian (UK). Retrieved 22 June 2010. "She was brought up as a Catholic and felt guilty about everything." 
  7. ^ Hattersley, Giles (21 September 2008). "Kristin Scott Thomas, haughty but nice". The Sunday Times (UK). Retrieved 22 June 2010. 
  8. ^ Anstead, Mark (10 June 2007). "On the move Kristin Scott Thomas". The Times (London). Retrieved 7 May 2010. 
  9. ^ Playbill News: Chiwetel Ejiofor and Kristin Scott Thomas Win 2008 Laurence Olivier Awards
  10. ^ What's On Stage.Speeches: And the Laurence Olivier Winners Said Retrieved: 5 June 2011
  11. ^ Carole Horst (19 May 2009). "Rob Pattinson to star in 'Bel Ami'". Variety. Retrieved 11 January 2010. 
  12. ^ "English rose at home in Paris". The Connexion. March 2011. Retrieved 8 July 2011. 
  13. ^ "Clash de la semaine : Kristin Scott Thomas VS Sharon Stone". Excessif (in French). 1 February 2011. Retrieved 8 July 2011. 
  14. ^ Preston, John (17 October 2005). "I'm very wary of trust". The Daily Telegraph (London). 
  15. ^ Gilbey, Ryan (27 July 2007). "The three stages of Kristin". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 7 May 2010. 
  16. ^ "The 50 best-dressed over 50s". The Guardian. 
  17. ^ Comedy Theatre website "Ambassador Theatre Group's", accessed 24 June 2011.
  18. ^ "Role-swapping: just a gimmick or an extra dimension to the drama?". The Independent. 29 January 2013. Retrieved 29 January 2013. 
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