Actress Kate Beckinsale was born on 26 July 1973 in Hounslow, Middlesex, England, and has resided in London for most of her life.
She started out as a model and was recommended at the age of six to act.
Her father, Emil Erich Zellweger, is a Swiss-born engineer.
She moved with her divorced mother and three sisters to Los Angeles at age 12.
Her father is French-Canadian and her mother is Japanese but she was raised in Japan and speaks both English and Japanese.