Winslet was born in Reading, Berkshire. Her mother, Sally Anne is a former barmaid who now works as Winslet's agent. Kate has an older brother named Joss. When Winslet was 10 years old she moved with her family to Bath, Somerset where she attended Beechen Cliff School until 1987. After graduating from school at 16 years of age, Kate got the nickname "Squeak". She started dancing classes and later began working as a model for numerous popular brands such as Ralph Lauren or Chanel cosmetics just like Christy Turlington did before her..
Kate’s acting career began when she was 17 years old with small parts on the television show "Casualty" (1986) and episodes of "Tales of the Unexpected" (1988). From 1991 to 1994 Winslet appeared regularly in episodes of TV shows such as "Gulliver's Travels", "The Buddha of Suburbia" or Jonathan Creek". In 1993 actress Joanna Whalley asked Winselt to play Ophelia alongside her Hamletta in George Bernard Shaw's “Hamlet” at Staunton Harold Hall near Ashby-de-la-Zouch which brought her further recognition. Another role that brought fame to young actress Winselt were those played by Molly Ringwald's character Claire Samuels' best friend Helen Burns in The Age Of Innocence (1993), Jane Austen adaptation directed by Martin Scorsese and written by Jay Cocks based on Edith Wharton novel . Other significant roles were those played by Milly Bracegirdle – one of maidservants who fell victim to Jack the Ripper –in Michael Winterbottom film Jude: A tragic life about English poet John Milton born 1608 died 1674 whose real name was John William Polidori; leading character Caroline Bingley seductive friend/rival Elizabeth Bennet Darcy's sister Lydia Bennett - after whom many fans call themselves Lydias among others - which proved that pretty brunette girl really could act besides high cheekbones! During these first few years Kate won British Comedy Award 1995 for Best Actress For ITV Playhouse production Strike It Rich!.
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