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Academy Award®-winning actress Rachel Weisz is known for portraying women of incredible spirit and intelligence and continues to seek out challenging projects and roles both on screen and on stage.

Weisz received overwhelming critical praise and a Screen Actors Guild Award, a Golden Globe and an Academy Award® for her performance in The Constant Gardener directed by Fernando Meirelles (City of God) and based on the best-selling John le Carré novel.

Weisz recently returned to the London stage after eight years, opening to rave reviews as Blanche DuBois in the revival of Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire.  The story follows fading southern belle Blanche DuBois who unexpectedly appears at her sister’s home in the stifling world of downtown New Orleans.  With delusions of grandeur, Blanche stands in stark contrast to her new surroundings and her brother-in-law Stanley.  His determination to reveal her secrets leads her to withdraw even further away from reality, into a world of illusions. 

Weisz will next be seen in Alejandro Amenábar’s ancient Egyptian epic Agora opposite Max Minghella.  She plays astrologer-philosopher Hypatia of Alexandria, who fights to save the collected wisdom of the ancient world.  Her slave Davus (Minghella) is torn between his love for his mistress and the possibility of gaining his freedom by joining the rising tide of Christianity.  The film premiered at the Cannes Film Festival on May 17th, 2009.

She recently signed on to star in the indie political drama The Whistleblower directed by Larysa Kondracki.  Based on a true story, the film chronicles the trials of a female cop from Nebraska who serves as a peacekeeper in post-war Bosnia and exposes a United Nations cover-up of a sex trafficking scandal.  The film, produced by Primary Production, First Generation, and Plum Pictures, will be released by HBO Films.

Weisz was recently seen in Rian Johnson’s international con man adventure The Brothers Bloom opposite Adrien Brody and Mark Ruffalo.  Summit Entertainment released the film on May 15, 2009.

Last year, Weisz was seen in Wong Kar Wai's English-language directorial debut, My Blueberry Nights.  The romantic comedy also starred Jude Law, Norah Jones and Natalie Portman and is the story of a young woman (Jones) who travels across America to find the true meaning of love while encountering offbeat characters along the way.  The film premiered at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival and was released on April 4th, 2008 by The Weinstein Company.

Weisz’s previous film credits include Adam Brooks’ romantic comedy Definitely, Maybe opposite Ryan Reynolds, Isla Fisher and Abigail Breslin, David Dobkin's Fred Claus opposite Vince Vaughn and Paul Giamatti, Darren Aronofsky’s much-anticipated sci-fi/romantic fantasy adventure The Fountain opposite Hugh Jackman, Francis Lawrence’s hit thriller Constantine, Gary Fleder’s Runaway Jury, James Foley’s Confidence and Chris and Paul Weitz’s About a Boy.  She is known to audiences worldwide for her lead role opposite Brendan Fraser in Stephen Sommers’ blockbuster movies The Mummy and The Mummy Returns.  Weisz also starred in Jean-Jacques Annaud’s Enemy at the Gates, Michael Winterbottom’s I Want You, David Leland’s The Land Girls, Beeban Kidron’s Swept from the Sea and Bernardo Bertolucci’s Stealing Beauty.

Weisz received critical acclaim for Focus Features’ The Shape of Things, which also marked her first venture into producing.  She had previously starred in writer/director Neil LaBute’s staging of his original play of the same name, in both London and New York City.

On stage, her performance in Sean Mathias’ UK staging of Noel Coward’s Design for Living garnered her the London Drama Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Newcomer.  She also starred in the West End production of Suddenly, Last Summer directed by Mathias.

Weisz began her career as a student at Cambridge University, where she formed the Talking Tongues Theatre Group, which performed numerous experimental pieces and won the prestigious Guardian Award at the Edinburgh Festival.

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