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Christian Bale

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

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A Welsh-born English actor. In addition to starring roles in big budget Hollywood films, he has long been heavily involved in films produced by independent producers and art houses. Bale first caught the public eye when he was cast in the starring role of Steven Spielberg's Empire of the Sun at the age of 13, playing an English boy who is separated from his parents and subsequently finds himself lost in a Japanese internment camp during World War II. Since then, he has portrayed a wide range of characters. Bale is especially noted for his cult following: the tenth anniversary issue of Entertainment Weekly hailed him as one of the "Top 8 Most Powerful Cult Figures of the Past Decade", citing his cult status on the Internet. EW called Bale one of the "Most Creative People in Entertainment" in anticipation of the release American Psycho (2000). The Guardian named Bale as one of the best actors never to have received an Academy Award nomination. Bale is most well-known for starring as Bruce Wayne/Batman in Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy. All three films earned critical praise and did well at the box office by making over 2 billion combined dollars between the three films. Bale was born in Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, Wales to parents of English descent. His father, David Bale, was an entrepreneur, commercial pilot, and talent manager and his mother, Jenny James, was a circus clown and performer. He is the youngest of four children. After leaving Wales in 1976, Bale spent his childhood in several countries, including England, Portugal and the United States. Settling for four years in Bournemouth and Henley-on-Thames, Bale was educated at Shiplake C of E Primary School, the independent Dolphin School in Berkshire, and at Bournemouth School. He participated actively in rugby union. Bale has described his childhood, with respect to his mother being in the circus, as "interesting". He recalled his first kiss was with an acrobat named Barta. As a child, he trained in ballet and guitar. His sister Louise's work in theatre also influenced his decision to become an actor. Bale's father was very supportive of his son's acting, resigning from his job as a commercial pilot to travel and manage Bale's burgeoning career. Bale's first foray into acting was a commercial for the fabric softener Lenor in 1982, when he was eight years old. He appeared in a Pac-Man cereal commercial playing a child rock star a year later and in 1984 made his stage debut in The Nerd, opposite Rowan Atkinson. On 29 January, 2000, Bale married Sandra "Sibi" Blažić (born 1970), a one-time model, make-up artist and personal assistant to Winona Ryder; the couple have a daughter, Emmeline, who was born on 27 March 2005, in Santa Monica, California. Since 1992, Bale has resided in Los Angeles.


Canterbury Glass 2022-11-04
Thor: Love and Thunder Gorr the God Butcher 2022-07-07
DC Villains - Catwoman: The Feline Femme Fatale Himself 2021-05-05
Joker: Put on a Happy Face Self 2020-08-18
Ford v Ferrari Ken Miles 2019-11-13
Vice Dick Cheney 2018-12-25
Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle Bagheera 2018-11-25
Spielberg Self 2017-10-05
Hostiles Captain Joseph J. Blocker 2017-12-22
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 2015-02-08
Exodus: Gods and Kings Moses 2014-12-03
Out of the Furnace Russell Baze 2013-12-06
The Fire Rises: The Creation and Impact of The Dark Knight Trilogy Himself (archive footage) 2013-09-24
American Hustle Irving Rosenfeld 2013-12-03
The Dark Knight Rises Bruce Wayne / Batman 2012-07-16
Ending the Knight Self 2012-12-04
The Batmobile Himself 2012-07-16
金陵十三釵 John Miller 2011-12-15
The Fighter Dick "Dicky" Eklund 2010-12-17
Michael Mann: Making 'Public Enemies' Self 2009-11-10
Public Enemies Melvin Purvis 2009-07-01
Terminator Salvation John Connor 2009-05-20
The Dark Knight Bruce Wayne / Batman 2008-07-14
Gotham Uncovered: Creation of a Scene Himself 2008-07-15
Batman Unmasked: The Psychology of the Dark Knight himself 2008-07-15
3:10 to Yuma Dan Evans 2007-09-06
I'm Not There Jack/Pastor John 2007-10-01
The Prestige Alfred Borden 2006-10-19
Rescue Dawn Dieter Dengler 2006-09-09
Tankman Begins Batman (archive footage) (uncredited) 2005-01-01
The New World John Rolfe 2005-12-25
Harsh Times Jim Luther Davis 2005-09-11
Batman Begins Bruce Wayne / Batman 2005-06-10
The Machinist Trevor Reznik 2004-02-09
Laurel Canyon Sam 2003-03-07
Equilibrium John Preston 2002-12-06
Reign of Fire Quinn Abercromby 2002-07-12
Captain Corelli's Mandolin Mandras 2001-04-18
Shaft Walter Wade, Jr. 2000-06-15
American Psycho Patrick Bateman 2000-04-13
All the Little Animals Bobby Platt 1999-07-09
A Midsummer Night's Dream Demetrius 1999-05-14
Mary, Mother of Jesus Jesus of Nazareth 1999-11-14
Velvet Goldmine Arthur Stuart 1998-10-23
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
Little Women Theodore "Laurie" Laurence 1994-12-21
Prince of Jutland Amled 1994-02-23
Swing Kids Thomas Berger 1993-03-05
Newsies Jack 'Cowboy' Kelly 1992-04-10
Blood Drips Heavily on Newsie Square Himself 1991-01-01
A Murder of Quality Tim Perkins 1991-10-04
Treasure Island Jim Hawkins 1990-06-08
Henry V Robin the Luggage-Boy 1989-10-05
Mio min Mio Jum-Jum / Benke 1987-07-01
Empire of the Sun Jim 'Jamie' Graham 1987-12-09
The China Odyssey: Empire of the Sun Himself 1987-12-30
Anastasia: The Mystery of Anna Alexei 1986-12-07
The Church of Living Dangerously
The Pale Blue Eye Augustus Landor