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Charlize Theron (7.8.1975)
Charlize Theron is an Academy Award winning actress from South Africa. She became an American citizen in 2007.
Childhood: Charlize Theron was born to Gerda and Charles Theron, in Benoni, South Africa. She is of French and German descent. Charlize's first language is Afrikaans but also speaks English and some Zulu.
Theron was raised on her parents' farm near Johannesburg and she attended Putfontein Primary School. At 13 years old, she was sent to boarding school, where she began her studies at the National School of the Arts in Johannesburg. Two years later, Charlize would witness the death of her father. He was an abusive alcoholic and Gerda shot him in self-defence when he tried to attack her. No charges were brought against Gerda.
When she was 16, Charlize Theron travelled to Milan, Italy to complete a one-year modeling contract that she had won in a local competition. When the year was up, she moved to New York and signed to Pauline's Model Management. Whilst in New York, Theron attended the Joffrey Ballet School, though her dancing career was scuppered when she injured her knee at the age of 19.
Charlize Theron then moved to Los Angeles, where her path into acting took an unusual course. When a bank teller refused to cash a cheque that her mother had sent her, Charlize entered into a shouting match with the teller. A talent agent happened to be in the queue behind her at the bank, and handed her a business card.
The agent briefly worked as her manager but she soon fired him, as he was sending her scripts for films similar to Showgirls and Species. It was eight months into her stay in Los Angeles before she got her first film role. It was a non-speaking part in Children of the Corn III, which went straight to video.
However, more significant roles soon followed. In 1997, she appeared in Devil's Advocate, alongside Keanu Reeves and Al Pacino and the following year, she starred in Mighty Joe Young opposite Bill Paxton.
In 1999, Charlize Theron earned her first taste of Academy Award success when she appeared in the award-winning film The Cider House Rules. Although Theron herself was not nominated, the film was nominated for Best Picture (among other awards) and Michael Caine won Best Actor in a Supporting Role. The film also starred Erykah Badu, Tobey Maguire and Paul Rudd. Later that year, Vanity Fair magazine put Charlize Theron on the cover, dubbing her the 'White Hot Venus'.
In 2002, she worked alongside Courtney Love, Kevin Bacon and Dakota Fanning in Trapped.
A pivotal moment in Charlize Theron's career came in 2003 when she played Aileen Wuornos in Monster, based on the true story of a serial killer. In the film, Christina Ricci plays her lover. Theron won the Best Actress Oscar at the 76th Academy Awards, becoming the first African to win an Oscar. The win catapulted her Hollywood status and as a consequence, she earned $10 million for her next two films, North Country (with Frances McDormand, Sissy Spacek and Woody Harrelson) and Aeon Flux (a science fiction action film starring Sophie Okonedo and Jonny Lee Miller). She joined the ranks of Cameron Diaz, Halle Berry, Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon and Drew Barrymore as one of the highest paid actresses in the US film industry.
In September 2005, Charlize Theron was granted her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
In the third series of the acclaimed comedy show Arrested Development, Charlize Theron played the role of Rita, Michael Bluth's (Jason Bateman) love interest. The series also starred Portia de Rossi and Michael Cera.
Charlize Theron received Golden Globe and Emmy nominations for her role as Britt Ekland in The Life and Death of Peter Sellers. The title role was played by Geoffrey Rush.
2008 saw Theron star alongside Will Smith in Hancock, which grossed almost $400 million across the world. Later that year, she was asked by Ban Ki-Moon to become a UN Messenger of Peace. It was also reported that Charlize Theron would star alongside Nicole Kidman in The Danish Girl, the story of the first known person to undergo sex reassignment surgery.
Personal Life: Charlize Theron lives in Los Angeles with her boyfriend Stuart Townsend.
Charlize Theron talks training for Atomic Blonde
After winning an Oscar for Monster in 2003, Charlize Theron has mixed serious roles with increasingly ambitious action movies, hitting the big time with the 2015 blockbuster Mad Max: Fury Road and this year's The Fate of the Furious. And now she's starring in and producing her own kick-ass thriller Atomic Blonde, saying that "physical storytelling" is in her blood.
"I think it's the ballerina in me, the fact that I started as a dancer," she explains. "I'm not interested in doing stupid things, but I am interested in learning new things."
Continue reading: Charlize Theron Beat Herself Up Making Atomic Blonde
From the co-director of John Wick, this similarly styled action romp puts Charlize Theron front and centre as an unstoppable government operative. Set during the Cold War, it has buckets of visual panache, with eye-popping action choreography that makes it a guilty pleasure. If only that much attention had been given to the script, because both the characters and plot feel naggingly thin, never making the most of the people or places.
The film opens in 1989 London, as top MI6 spy Lorraine (Theron) recounts her recent mission to her British and American superiors (Toby Jones and John Goodman). Sent to Berlin just before the wall comes down, her main job is to discover what happened to a secret list of agents that was being held by a murdered colleague. In East Germany, she makes contact with David (James McAvoy), a fellow agent who has gone native, a little too deep undercover as a black market smuggler. While tracking down this elusive list, Lorraine meets a nervous Stasi officer (Eddie Marsan) desperate to defect to the west, and she faces off against a KGB boss (Roland Moller) with slash-and-burn tactics. And then there's the French spy Delphine (Sofia Boutella), with whom she enjoys rather more than a professional coupling.
James Macavoy in Atomic Blonde
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Check out her hilarious dance battle with Jimmy Fallon.
Who knew Charlize Theron could dance like that? She went head to head with Jimmy Fallon in a dance battle that saw her pull off some classic moves like 'Slap the Giraffe' and 'The Tennis Pro'. Of course, they're not real moves, but they're ones we're adopting for the next club night.
Charlize Theron at the 'Atomic Blonde' premiere
'The Fate of the Furious' star appeared on 'The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon' to promote her new movie 'Atomic Blonde' and in honour of that movie, they boogied to 80s tunes from the film's soundtrack as they randomly selected made-up dance moves from the Dance Move Generator.
Continue reading: Charlize Theron Has Some Really Weird Dance Moves Under Pressure
From 'Mad Max' to 'Monster', she's really one of Hollywood's finest stars.
Charlize Theron has long been one of our favourite actresses for portraying strong female characters, with a list of furious heroines under her belt that seems to never end. Her latest is the David Leitch directed 'Atomic Blonde', based on the graphic spy novel by Antony Johnston.
Here are Charlize Theron's strongest female roles so far:
Charlize Theron is set to star in 'Atomic Blonde'
Continue reading: Ten Of Charlize Theron's Most Bad-Ass Roles
'The Fate of the Furious' saw Nathalie Emmanuel united with her childhood heroine.
Nathalie Emmanuel has gone from small-time TV actress to big-time Hollywood film star with the 'Fast and Furious' franchise. And if it wasn't enough that she was invited to reprise her role of Ramsey in 'The Fate of the Furious', she also gets to work with one of her all-time favourite actresses.
Nathalie Emmanuel at the premiere for 'The Fate of the Furious'
Working alongside the Academy Award winning Charlize Theron was a dream come true for Nathalie, who plays computer hacker Ramsey in 'Furious 7' and the newest installment 'The Fate of the Furious'. Their characters may be the opposite sides of a coin, but Nathalie was thrilled to get to meet her in person.
Continue reading: Nathalie Emmanuel Admits Adoration For Charlize Theron
Dominic Toretto has gone rogue. It seemed like the game was finally up with Brian and Mia retiring from their fast and furious lifestyles, and Dom and Letty swapping that life for marriage, but as it turns out things are not that simple. Dom has apparently sold out his family and friends to embark on another dangerous adventure. He seems to have been lured into action again by a very beautiful but extremely dangerous individual named Cipher. She has some seriously advanced technology at her disposal that she wants to use to execute her plan to take control of every motor vehicle in the city and cause some serious mass destruction. But Letty refuses to lose faith in him because she's sure there must be something more going on, though she doesn't know what yet. She re-teams with Tej Parker and Hobbs and this time they got a tank. Unfortunately for Hobbs, the only way they can take on Dom and his new girlfriend is by enlisting the help of his criminal nemesis Deckard Shaw.
She plays an MI6 agent in this retro spy thriller.
Charlize Theron returns to the big screen in yet another bad-ass role, this time as an MI6 super-spy in 'Atomic Blonde'. Having just made its SXSW debut, this late-80s set crime drama is scheduled to roar into cinemas this summer and is the first of four movie projects Charlize has coming up this year.
Charlize Theron stars in 'Atomic Blonde'
'Atomic Blonde' made its world premiere at SXSW yesterday (March 12th 2017), introducing Charlize Theron as the extremely able intelligence agent Lorraine Broughton. She stars opposite James McAvoy, who plays Berlin station chief David Percival, in this intense spy thriller set in 1989 during the Cold War.
Continue reading: Charlize Theron Gets Sexy And Savage In The Trailer For 'Atomic Blonde'
Lorraine Broughton is an experienced MI6 agent who, in 1989, is assigned on a mission to Berlin during the Cold War, just ahead of the fall of the Berlin Wall. She teams up with station chief David Percival as they attempt to uncover the truth behind the murder of one of their own agents, James Gascoigne; it's a personal mission for Lorraine, who once had quite the romantic connection with the spy. Along the way, she and David discover that they have been infiltrated by more than one double agent. They must use their skills of disguise, combat and driving to find the document that will expose the espionage group that betrayed them, being careful not to put their trust in anyone - no matter how seductive they may be.
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Kubo is a young boy who lives with his mother. Kubo has always been influences by his vivid imagination and he's able to use magic spells to bring his stories to life to entertain the local towns folk. One night the winds change and Kubo finds himself being haunted by surrounding and characters that he's seen before - monsters, witches and devil like creatures from his stories.
With little other option, Kubo's mother casts a spell on Kubo and sends him on a mission to find his father's armour. She doesn't leave her son alone though, she also brings a protector to life whose sole purpose is to protect the little boy. The only thing is Kubo's protector doesn't look human, she's a monkey who won't take any nonsense from the young boy.
As they journey together, Kubo and Monkey meet another companion called Beetle. Monkey is reluctant to take in the new cohort but the boy is taken in by Beetles tales and knowledge of his father. Armed with his magical shamisen (a musical instrument) Kubo must battle demons and ancient gods to resolve the mystery of his father's life and death.
Aside from success at the box office, there was nothing about 2012's rather uneven fantasy Snow White and the Huntsman that screamed out for a sequel. And indeed, this prequel/sequel hybrid doesn't quite make sense, muddling its premise by straining to keep Snow White herself out of the story (she's always just off screen) while spinning a tale that feels so derivative that we feel like we've seen it all before. The powerhouse cast does what it can, aided by some fabulous costumes, but it's impossible to escape the feeling that there's nothing to it.
Decades before her encounter with Snow White, Queen Ravenna (Charlize Theron) was just beginning her violent march toward power when her sister Freya (Emily Blunt) suffered a terrible tragedy. Believing that love itself betrayed her, Freya moves to another kingdom and inflicts a frozen winter on her subjects, raiding the surrounding lands for children she will raise to fight, with love between them forbidden. When her two top fighters, Eric and Sara (Chris Hemsworth and Jessica Chastain), can't help but fall for each other, they are severely punished. Years later, after Eric's adventure with Ravenna and Snow White, he sets out to get rid of Ravenna's pesky magic mirror, accompanied by four frisky dwarfs (Nick Frost, Rob Brydon, Sheridan Smith and Alexandra Roach). And this puts them all on a collision course with the icy Freya.
The script feels like it was written by a committee desperate to get something, anything on-screen. The first half of the film is essentially the backstory, and the second half is a Hobbit-style quest with moments of random Game of Thrones-style action thrown in simply to give the special effects team a workout. This isn't too surprising considering that the movie is the directing debut of effects expert Cedric Nicolas-Troyan. So if it makes little logical sense, at least it looks achingly cool, especially when the duelling divas are clad in spectacular frocks by Colleen Atwood.
Continue reading: The Huntsman: Winter's War Review
Date of birth
7th August, 1975
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