|Beckinsale as Selene in "Underworld" (2003)|
Born in England to a theatrical family, she studied French and Russian Literature at Oxford until her acting sideline distracted her from the more remunerative career of the academic.
|As Nurse Johnson in "Pearl Harbor"|
She began her career on the big screen in Kevin Branagh's adaption of Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing" (1993) while still at Oxford, and three other films, including the appropriately named "Uncovered" (1994), before leaving school for the bright lights.
|As Anna Valerius in "Van Hesling" (2004)|
Her life seems relatively unmarred by scandal, at least for a Hollywood star. She is on her first marriage, having broken up with the father of her daughter long time actor boyfriend Martin Sheen during the filming of "Underworld" (2003) when she 'fell' for the producer, Les Wiseman, who was married at the time. So, just a bit boring, by Hollywood standards.
|A little produce placement shot...|