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Christian Bale

1974-01-30 Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, Wales, UK

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Christian Charles Philip Bale (born 30 January 1974) is an English actor. Known for his versatility and physical transformations for his roles, he has been a leading man in films of several genres. He has received various accolades, including an Academy Award and two Golden Globe Awards. Forbes magazine ranked him as one of the highest-paid actors in 2014. Born in Wales to English parents, Bale had his breakthrough role at age 13 in Steven Spielberg's 1987 war film Empire of the Sun. After more than a decade of performing in leading and supporting roles in films, he gained wider recognition for his portrayals of serial killer Patrick Bateman in the black comedy American Psycho (2000) and the titular role in the psychological thriller The Machinist (2004). In 2005, he played superhero Batman in Batman Begins and again in The Dark Knight (2008) and The Dark Knight Rises (2012), garnering acclaim for his performance in the trilogy, which is one of the highest-grossing film franchises. Bale continued in starring roles in a range of films outside his work as Batman, including the period drama The Prestige (2006), the action film Terminator Salvation (2009), the crime drama Public Enemies (2009), the epic film Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014) and the superhero film Thor: Love and Thunder (2022). For his portrayal of boxer Dicky Eklund in the 2010 biographical film The Fighter, he won an Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award. Further Academy Award and Golden Globe Award nominations came for his work in the black comedy American Hustle (2013) and the biographical dramedies The Big Short (2015) and Vice (2018). His performances as politician Dick Cheney in Vice and race car driver Ken Miles in the sports drama Ford v Ferrari (2019) earned him a second win and a fifth nomination respectively at the Golden Globe Awards.


The Bride! The Monster 2025-10-03
Werner Herzog: Radical Dreamer Self 2022-10-27
Amsterdam Burt Berendsen 2022-09-27
Thor: Love and Thunder Gorr 2022-07-06
The Pale Blue Eye Augustus Landor 2022-12-22
Marvel Studios Assembled: The Making of Thor: Love and Thunder Self - Gorr 2022-09-08
Catwoman: The Feline Femme Fatale Self 2021-05-05
Ford v Ferrari: Bringing the Rivalry to Life Himself 2020-02-11
Joker: Put on a Happy Face Self 2020-08-18
Ford v Ferrari Ken Miles 2019-11-13
Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle Bagheera 2018-11-25
Vice Dick Cheney 2018-12-25
Hostiles Captain Joseph J. Blocker 2017-12-22
Spielberg Self - Segment "Empire of the Sun" 2017-10-05
The Promise Chris Myers 2016-12-02
The Big Short Michael Burry 2015-12-11
Keepers of the Covenant: Making 'Exodus: Gods and Kings' Self 2015-03-17
Knight of Cups Rick 2015-09-10
Exodus: Gods and Kings Moses 2014-12-03
Out of the Furnace Russell Baze 2013-11-09
American Hustle Irving Rosenfeld 2013-12-03
The Fire Rises: The Creation and Impact of The Dark Knight Trilogy Self (archive footage) 2013-09-24
The Batmobile Self 2012-07-16
The Dark Knight Rises Bruce Wayne / Batman 2012-07-17
Ending the Knight Self 2012-12-04
金陵十三釵 John Miller 2011-12-15
The Fighter Dicky Eklund 2010-12-10
Michael Mann: Making 'Public Enemies' Self 2009-11-10
Terminator Salvation John Connor 2009-05-20
Heath Ledger: A Tribute Self 2009-06-01
Public Enemies Melvin Purvis 2009-07-01
Batman Unmasked: The Psychology of 'The Dark Knight' Self 2008-07-15
Gotham Uncovered: Creation of a Scene Self 2008-07-15
The Dark Knight Bruce Wayne / Batman 2008-07-16
I'm Not There Jack / Pastor John 2007-10-01
The Director's Notebook: The Cinematic Sleight of Hand of Christopher Nolan Self 2007-02-20
Making of a True Story: Rescue Dawn Self 2007-11-20
3:10 to Yuma Dan Evans 2007-09-06
The Prestige Alfred Borden 2006-10-17
Rescue Dawn Dieter Dengler 2006-09-09
Tankman Begins Batman (archive footage) 2005-06-09
Harsh Times Jim Luther Davis 2005-09-11
The New World John Rolfe 2005-12-25
Batman Begins Bruce Wayne / Batman 2005-06-10
The Machinist Trevor Reznik 2004-07-02
Laurel Canyon Sam 2003-03-07
Reign of Fire Quinn Abercromby 2002-07-09
Equilibrium John Preston 2002-12-06
Captain Corelli's Mandolin Mandras 2001-04-18
Shaft Walter Wade, Jr. 2000-06-15
Shaft: Still the Man Self 2000-01-01
American Psycho Patrick Bateman 2000-04-13
A Midsummer Night's Dream Demetrius 1999-05-14
All the Little Animals Bobby Platt 1999-07-09
Mary, Mother of Jesus Jesus of Nazareth 1999-11-14
Velvet Goldmine Arthur Stuart 1998-08-28
Dying to Tell the Story Narrator / Dan Eldon (uncredited) (voice) 1998-09-14
Metroland Chris 1997-08-30
The Portrait of a Lady Edward Rosier 1996-10-17
The Secret Agent Stevie 1996-11-08
Pocahontas Thomas (voice) 1995-06-14
Prince of Jutland Amled 1994-02-23
Little Women Laurie 1994-12-21
Swing Kids Thomas Berger 1993-03-05
Newsies Jack 'Cowboy' Kelly 1992-04-10
A Murder of Quality Tim Perkins 1991-10-04
Blood Drips Heavily on Newsie Square Self 1991-01-01
Treasure Island Jim Hawkins 1990-01-22
Henry V Robin the Luggage-Boy 1989-10-05
The China Odyssey: Empire of the Sun Self 1987-12-30
Citizen Steve Self - Actor 1987-01-01
Mio min Mio Jum-Jum / Benke 1987-07-01
Empire of the Sun Jim 1987-12-09
Best Of Enemies Gennady Vasilenko
Batman Begins - Behind the Story Self
The Church of Living Dangerously