Kate Beckinsale (from IMDB bio) Kathryn Romany Beckinsale, who stands 5' 7", was born on 26 July 1973 in England, and has resided in London for most of her life. She attended private schools and twice won a prestigious British Young Writers' competition. Her major acting debut came in a TV film about World War II called One Against the Wind (1991). She attended Oxford, majoring in French and Russian literature. Her big break came in 1993 in Kenneth Branagh's film adaptation of William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing. But she became widely known Selene in the Underworld series of films. Underworld: Awakening has just opened.