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CHRISTIAN BALE (Patrick Bateman) is one of the finest -- and busiest -- young actors working today. Currently on location in New York shooting the Paramount Pictures re-make of SHAFT, directed by John Singleton and starring Samuel L. Jackson (in which Bale plays the villain), his recent starring roles were opposite Ewan McGregor in Todd Haynes' VELVET GOLDMINE; opposite Emily Watson in METROLAND; and opposite John Hurt in Jeremy Thomas' ALL THE LITTLE ANIMALS. He also appeared in A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM with Kevin Kline, Michele Pfeiffer, and Calista Flockhart.

Born in Wales, Bale made his major film debut starring in Steven Spielberg's epic EMPIRE OF THE SUN, then followed with Kenneth Branagh's HENRY V, the cult musical NEWSIES and TREASURE ISLAND, opposite Charlton Heston and Oliver Reed. Bale co-starred with Mel Gibson in the Disney animated feature POCAHONTAS, then broke hearts around the world when he starred with Winona Ryder in LITTLE WOMEN, and opposite Nicole Kidman in Jane Campion's THE PORTRAIT OF A LADY. Bale continued to garner critical kudos for his work in "Christopher Hampton's THE SECRET AGENT and other credits include SWING KIDS with Barbara Hershey and Kenneth Branagh, A MURDER OF QUALITY and HEART OF THE COUNTRY for the BBC, "Anastasia: The Mystery of Anna" for NBC and the recent holiday special, "Mary, Mother of Jesus."


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