Sunday, November 05, 2017

Happy Birthday to Gender-Fluid Actress Tilda Swinton

Katherine Matilda Swinton, also known as Tilda, was born today, November 5, 1960. She is a British actress, model, and artist. She is known for her roles in both arthouse and independent films to large-scale Hollywood productions. 

She won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress and the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her performance as Karen Crowder in the 2007 film Michael Clayton. She also won the BAFTA Scotland Award as Best Actress for the 2003 film Young Adam, and has received three nominations for a Golden Globe Award.

Swinton began her career in films directed by Derek Jarman, starting with Caravaggio (1986), followed by The Last of England (1988), War Requiem (1989) and The Garden (1990). Swinton won the Volpi Cup for Best Actress at the Venice Film Festival for her performance as Isabella of France in Edward II (1991). She next starred in Sally Potter's Orlando (1992), and was nominated for the European Film Award for Best Actress.

Swinton was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for her performance in The Deep End (2001). She followed this with appearances in Vanilla Sky (2001), Adaptation (2002), Constantine (2005), Julia (2008) and I Am Love (2009). She won the European Film Award for Best Actress and received a nomination for the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role for the psychological thriller We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011).

Swinton holds a rainbow flag up in Russia in 2013 to support LGBT rights.

She is also known for her performances as the White Witch in the Chronicles of Narnia series (2005–10). Her other film appearances include Female Perversions (1996), The War Zone (1998), The Beach (2000), Thumbsucker (2005), The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008), Burn After Reading (2008), Moonrise Kingdom (2012), Only Lovers Left Alive (2013), Snowpiercer (2013), The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014), Trainwreck (2015), A Bigger Splash (2015), Doctor Strange (2016) and Okja (2017).

When Swinton played the title role of Orlando, base on the novel by Virginia Woolf, it allowed her to explore matters of gender presentation onscreen which reflected her lifelong interest in androgynous style. Swinton later reflected on the role in an interview accompanied by a striking photoshoot. "People talk about androgyny in all sorts of dull ways," said Swinton, noting that the recent rerelease of Orlando had her thinking again about its pliancy. She referred to 1920s French artist and playful gender-bender Claude Cahun: "Cahun looked at the limitlessness of an androgynous gesture, which I’ve always been interested in."

Swinton and her former partner John Byrne have two children, twins Honor and Xavier Swinton Byrne (born October 6,1997). She lives in Nairn, overlooking the Moray Firth in the Highland region of Scotland, with her children and her partner Sandro Kopp, a German painter.

1 comment:

Raybeard said...

She's always managed to keep her feet on the ground with good acting choices in her career. An understated examplar of rare sanity in an increasingly mad film business - and mad world.