Kristin Scott Thomas biography
Kristin Scott Thomas
Date of Birth: May 24, 1960
Flying accidents have played a huge role in Kristin Scott Thomas' life. Born in Redruth, Cornwall, Thomas was five when she lost her father in a flying accident when he crashed while flying with the Royal Air Force. Her mother remarried. But when she was 11, her stepfather, also a pilot, died in another plane crash. Years later, Kristin would tap into all that grief when she played Ralph Fiennes' lover in The English Patient (1996), who is later horribly burned in a plane crash. "It is very, very easy for me to plug into all that sort of tragic stuff inside," Kristin has said. For her work in the film, she received nominations from both the Golden Globes and the Academy Awards.
At 16, Kristin began a teacher training course at the Central School of Speech and Drama. She quickly switched to drama studies where she was advised by the head of the department that she had no talent. So the then-18-year-old Kristin ditched the school and headed to Paris for a two-week holiday that ended up lasting much longer.
Kristin gained admission to Paris' L'Ecole Nationale des Arts et Techniques de Théâtre, which led to her being hired by Prince to act in his film Under the Cherry Moon (1986). That film began a long road to such more memorable fare as A Handful of Dust (1988) and Bitter Moon (1992) before she broke big on American shores with Four Weddings And A Funeral (1994). She has starred in many films since, including The Other Boleyn Girl (2008), Confessions of a Shopaholic (2009), Salmon Fishing in the Yemen (2011), The Woman in the Fifth (2012), Only God Forgives (2013), My Old Lady (2014) and most recently, The Party (2018) and Tomb Raider (2018).
But don't expect Kristin to make the move to California anytime soon. "When I get to Hollywood," she says, "I feel all this pressure to be exactly the same as everybody else. I think it's more interesting to dither around on the outskirts and just nip in from time to time."
Kristin is divorced from French obstetrician François Oliviennes. They have three children together. Fluent in French, Kristin has appeared in several French films.