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Kristin Scott Thomas (1960)

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Kristin A. Scott Thomas, OBE is an English actress who has also acquired French nationality. She gained international recognition 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. She was made a chevalier of the Légion d'honneur in 2005.

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 early life
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 Scott Thomas's father. Her father, Lieutenant Commander Simon Scott Thomas, was a pilot for the Royal Navy's Fleet Air Arm who died in a flying accident in 1964. She is the elder sister of actress Serena Scott Thomas, the niece of Admiral Sir Richard Thomas , 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. 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 School for Girls 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. Speaking French fluently, she studied acting at the École nationale supérieure des arts et techniques du théâtre 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. On his 2009 3-CD set LOtUSFLOW3R, the album MPLSoUND has a song titled "Better With Time", which Prince has said is an ode to Kristin.

 career
Scott Thomas played the central role of an unfaithful wife in the 1996 film The English Patient. During the 1990s, she appeared opposite Hugh Grant in Bitter Moon and Four Weddings and a Funeral and in 2001 she played the role of Lady Sylvia McCordle in Gosford Park. She has also appeared in the theatre and on TV in the 2003 Book Clubbin' episode of Absolutely Fabulous, where she played a character called Plum Berkeley.

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.

Scott Thomas is a frequent subject on the British motoring programme Top Gear. She was used as a standard of reference for "good taste," such as during the "Cool Wall" segment of the programme. Presenter Jeremy Clarkson would rate a car's coolness based mostly on what he thought Scott Thomas's level of distaste for it would be. She appeared as the "Star in a Reasonably Priced Car" on the episode broadcast on 25 February 2007 and, proceeded to rubbish most of the decisions Clarkson had made over the past years of the Cool Wall. She also ridiculed the car that he had just ordered, a Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder. She completed her lap in a time of 1min 54secs, placing her just above Philip Glenister, although still near the bottom of the leaderboard.

In early 2007, she played Arkadina in a London West End production of Anton Chekhov's The Seagull, for which she won a Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actress on 9 March 2008. She reprised the role in New York in September 2008.

In 2006, she played the role of Hélène, in French, in Ne le dis à personne , by French director Guillaume Canet. In 2008, Scott Thomas received many accolades for her performance in another French film, Il y a longtemps que je t'aime (I've Loved You So Long), including BAFTA and Golden Globe nominations for Best Actress.

In 2008, Scott Thomas took the role of Elizabeth Boleyn, Countess of Wiltshire and Ormond, mother of Henry VIII's second wife Anne, in The Other Boleyn Girl.

In 2009, she played the role of a fashion magazine creator and editor in the film Confessions of a Shopaholic.

She stars in the film adaption of Douglas Kennedy's novel The Woman in the Fifth, which is planned with a release in late 2011.

In Sarah's Key , 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; she becomes obsessed with learning what happened to the family's daughter, Sarah. Also in 2011, Scott Thomas will star in the upcoming film Bel Ami as another love interest of George Duroy .

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 brought to life by director Ian Rickson. Her husband was played by Ben Miles and the love triangle was completed by Douglas Henshall.

 personal life
Scott Thomas is divorced from French gynaecologist François Olivennes, with whom she has three children: Hannah , Joseph and George . They had been together for 18 years.

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. Menzies was also her costar in a London production of Pirandello's As You Desire Me in 2006.

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