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Academy Award-winning actress RACHEL WEISZ, who is known for portraying women of incredible spirit and intelligence, continues to seek out challenging projects and roles both on screen and on stage.

In 2005 Weisz received overwhelming critical praise as well as a Screen Actors Guild Award, Golden Globe and an Academy Award for her performance in Fernando Meirelles' film adaptation of the best-selling John le Carre novel, The Constant Gardner.

Most recently, Weisz has been seen in the indie political drama The Whistleblower, directed by Larysa Kondracki. Based on a true story, the film chronicles the trials of a female cop from Nebraska (Weisz) who serves as a peacekeeper in post-war Bosnia and exposes a United Nations cover-up of a sex trafficking scandal.

Weisz will next be seen in Jim Sheridan's thriller Dream House opposite Daniel Craig and Naomi Watts, and David Hare's Page Eight alongside Bill Nighy and Ralph Fiennes for BBC. Following that, Weisz will appear with Tom Hiddleston in Terence Davies The Deep Blue Sea, a film adaptation of Terrence Rattigan's play. Also in the pipeline for 2012 is a starring role in an as-yet-untitled Terrence Malick (Tree of Life, The New World) project alongside Javier Bardem, Rachel McAdams and Ben Affleck.

Weisz is currently filming Sam Raimi's Oz: The Great and Powerful, co-starring Mila Kunis, James Franco and Michelle Williams, which is slated for a 2013 release by Walt Disney Pictures. Weisz will then begin production on a starring role in Tony Gilroy's The Bourne Legacy, the fourth installment of the franchise, which co-stars Edward Norton and Jeremy Renner and will hit theaters in 2012.

In 2009 Weisz received critical acclaim for her performance in Alejandro Amenabar's ancient Egyptian epic Agora, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival and co-starred Max Minghella. Weisz's previous film credits include Rian Johnson's international con man adventure The Brothers Bloom opposite Mark Ruffalo and Adrien Brody, Wong Kar Wei's My Blueberry Nights, Peter Jackson's The Lovely Bones, Adam Brooks' romantic comedy Definitely Maybe opposite Ryan Reynolds, David Dobkin's Fred Claus opposite Vince Vaughn and Paul Giamatti, Darren Aronofsky's sci-fi/romantic fantasy adventure The Fountain opposite Hugh Jackman, Francis Lawrence's hit thriller Constantine, Gary Fleder's Runaway Jury, James Foley's Confidence, and Chris and Paul Weitz's About a Boy. She is known to audiences worldwide for her lead role opposite Brendan Fraser in Stephen Sommers' blockbuster movies The Mummy and The Mummy Returns. Weisz also starred in Jean-Jacques Annaud's Enemy at the Gates, Michael Winterbottom's I Want You, David Leland's The Land Girls, Beeban Kidron's Swept from the Sea, and Bernardo Bertolucci's Stealing Beauty.

In 2010, Weisz won the Laurence Olivier Award in the category of "Best Actress" for her performance as Blanche DuBois in the West End revival of Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire. Weisz received critical acclaim for Focus Features The Shape of Things, which also marked her first venture into producing. She had previously starred in writer/director Neil LaBute's staging of his original play of the same name, in both London and New York City. Her performance in Sean Mathias' U.K. staging of Noel Coward's Design for Living garnered her the London Drama Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Newcomer. She also starred in the West End production of Suddenly Last Summer, directed by Mathias.

Weisz began her career as a student at Cambridge University where she formed the Talking Tongues Theatre Group, which performed numerous experimental pieces and won the prestigious Guardian Award at the Edinburgh Festival.


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