Rachel Weisz is an English actress best known for her roles in the feature films The Mummy (and its sequel, The Mummy Returns); Constantine; Enemy At The Gates, Runaway Jury; About A Boy; and The Constant Gardener, for which she won Best Supporting Actress awards in 2006 at the Golden Globes and the Oscars.
Other notable film roles include Chain Reaction; Confidence; Envy; Stealing Beauty; The Fountain; and I Want You.
Her breakthrough role was that of Gilda in Welsh director Sean Mathias's 1995 West End revival of Noel Coward's 1933 play Design for Living, at the Gielgud Theatre.
Having already worked for television, with strong parts in major UK series such as Inspector Morse (1993), Weisz started her cinema career in 1995 with Chain Reaction and then appeared in Bernardo Bertolucci's Stealing Beauty.
She followed this work with more English films including My Summer with Des, Swept from the Sea, The Land Girls, and Michael Winterbottom's I Want You.
Since then she has starred in a number of films including The Mummy (1999) and its sequel The Mummy Returns (2001), Enemy at the Gates (2001), About a Boy (2002), Runaway Jury (2003) and Constantine (2005).
Her stage work includes the role of Catherine in a London production of Tennessee Williams' Suddenly Last Summer and Evelyn in Neil LaBute's The Shape of Things at the Almeida Theatre (also film).
In 2005, Weisz starred in The Constant Gardener, a film adaptation of a John le Carré thriller of the same title set in the slums of Kibera and Loiyangalani, Kenya.
For this role, Weisz won the 2006 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, the 2006 Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress and the 2006 Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role.
In her home country, she was recognised as a leading role for the film according to the nomination from the BAFTA awards and winnings from the London Critics Circle Film Awards and British Independent Film Awards.
In 2006, she starred in The Fountain and also provided the voice for Saphira in Eragon.