Kate Winslet was born on October 5, 1975 in Reading, England. She was born to a family that had acting in their blood and that each one of them practiced. Both of her grandparents were theatre managers and her parents were actors. That is why they were so proud when she had the interest to dabble into acting herself. As only a small child she began her love of acting and made her first appearance on British television when she was only seven in a commercial.
In 1988 she was cast in the series Shrinks and only three years later she chose to leave her school in order to make an acting career. Winslet's next big role was in the British stage productions Peter Pan and Adrian Mole. She was also seen many times in the British sitcom Get Back. It wasn't long for people to take notice of her extraordinary acting abilities and she was cast in her debut film in 1994 in Heavenly Creatures that was directed by Peter Jackson.
But audiences wouldn't really take notice of her until her role as the high spirited Marianne Dashwood in Ang Lee's film adaptation of Sense and Sensibility. This movie gave her a nomination for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. Soon she was landing roles left and right and landed herself on the A-list for leading ladies after starring in the hit drama Titanic. Winslet was once again nominated for another Best Actress Academy Award for her role in Titanic.
Kate Winslet met Jim Threapleton on the set of the movie she was starring in Hideous Kinky in which he was the assistant director. They married in 1998 and had a daughter - Mia - together. Unfortunately the couple had problems and in 2001 they divorced. In 2003 Winslet married Sam Mended the Oscar winning director of American Beauty.