Early life and background
eisz' father is Jewish and her mother is of Jewish, Catholic Viennese and Italian descent. Weisz's maternal grandfather, Alexander Teich, was a secretary of the World Union of Jewish Students, and Weisz' maternal grandmother's mother was Italian. Weisz has
a sister, Minnie, who is an artist.
Weisz was educated privately at independent schools for girls: North London Collegiate School, Benenden School, and St Paul's Girls' School. She then entered Trinity Hall, Cambridge, where she graduated with a 2:1 in English. During her university years, she appeared in various student productions
, co-founding a student drama group called Cambridge Talking Tongues, which went on to win a Guardian Student Drama Award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival for an improvised piece called Slight Possession.
In 2005, Weisz starred in Fernando Meirelles's 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.Having already worked for television productions, such as Inspector Morse (1993), Weisz started her cinema career in 1995 with Chain Reaction and then appeared in Bernardo Bertolucci'sStealing 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. Although she received favourable critical recognition for her work to this point, her breakout into wide audience recognition came from a horror movie The Mummy, i
n which she played the lead female role alongside Brend
an Fraser. She followed this up with two hits, The Mummy Returns(2001), which grossed $433m, even higher than the original, and About a Boy (2002) with Hugh Grant. She then appeared in Enemy at the Gates (2001), Runaway Jury (2003) and Constantine(2005).
ma My Blueberry Nights(in which she played an "anti-Southern belle") and director Rian Johnson's The Brothers Bloom, in which she plays a wealthy American woman targeted by two con man brothers (Adrien Brody,Mark Ruffalo).In 2006 she was offered the role of Becky Sc
Her film The Whistleblower debuted at the Toronto Film Festival in 2010. The film made a woman in the crowd faint. In 2010, She guest Starred in the animated series The Simpsons Season 22 Episode How Munched is that Birdie in the Window as the voice of Dr Thurston
Her breakthrough role was that of Gilda in Welsh dire
ctor Sean Mathias's 1994 West End revival of Noel Coward's 1933 play Design for Livingat the Gielgud Theatre. Her other stage work includes the role of Catherine in the Donmar's production of Tennessee Williams'Suddenly Last Su
On 7 July 2007, Weisz presented at the American leg of
Live Earth. She is represented by Independent Models in London.
Weisz began dating American filmmaker and producer Darren Aronofsky in the summer of 2001. They met backstage at London's Almeida Theatre, where she was starring in The Shape of Things. They became engaged in 2005. Their son, Henry Chance, was born on 31 May 2006 in New York City. The couple resided in the East Village in