Christian Bale

Actor / Character Actor / Film Producer | * 01/30/1974 (47) | Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, Wales, UK
Christian Charles Philip Bale (born 30 January 1974) is an English actor. Known for his versatility and intensive method acting, he is the recipient of many awards, including an Academy Award and two Golden Globe Awards, and was featured on the Time 100 list of 2011. Born in Haverfordwest, Wales to English parents, Bale had his first starring role at age 13 in Steven Spielberg's war film Empire of the Sun (1987). Following a decade of leading and supporting roles, including in Little Women (1994) and Pocahontas (1995), he gained wider recognition for portraying serial killer Patrick Bateman in American Psycho (2000). Bale lost 4 stone 7 pounds (29 kg; 63 lb) for his role in the psychological thriller The Machinist (2004), and within six months, gained 7 stone 2 pounds (45 kg; 100 lb) to star as Batman in Chr... ()
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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.

Most frequent genres for this person: Drama | Thriller | Action

Known for these Movies & Shows

Awards & Nominations for Christian Bale

Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor in a Comedy Academy Award for Best Actor 2x Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor European Film Award – Jameson People's Choice Award – Best Actor

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Movies with Christian Bale as Actor(67)

as Self (archive footage)2021 Out of Shadows
as Ken Miles2019 Ford v Ferrari
as Dick Cheney2018 Vice
as Captain Joseph J. Blocker2017 Hostiles
as himself2017 Spielberg
as deleted scenes2017 Song to Song
as Chris Myers2016 The Promise
as Michael Burry2015 The Big Short
as Rick2015 Knight of Cups
as Irving Rosenfeld2013 American Hustle
as Russell Baze2013 Out of the Furnace
as Self2012 Ending the Knight
as Bruce Wayne / Batman2012 The Dark Knight Rises
as himself2012 The Batmobile
as John Miller2011 The Flowers of War
as Dick "Dicky" Eklund2010 The Fighter
as John Connor2009 Terminator Salvation
as Melvin Purvis2009 Public Enemies
as Bruce Wayne / Batman2008 The Dark Knight
as Dan Evans2007 3:10 to Yuma
as Jack/Pastor John2007 I'm Not There
as Alfred Borden2006 The Prestige
as Dieter Dengler2006 Rescue Dawn
as Batman (archive footage) (uncredited)2005 Tankman Begins
as Jim Luther Davis2005 Harsh Times
as Bruce Wayne / Batman2005 Batman Begins
as John Rolfe2005 The New World
as Howl (English Dub)2004 Howl's Moving Castle
as Trevor Reznik2004 The Machinist
as Sam2003 Laurel Canyon
as Quinn Abercromby2002 Reign of Fire
as John Preston2002 Equilibrium
as Walter Wade, Jr.2000 Shaft
as Patrick Bateman2000 American Psycho
as Demetrius1999 A Midsummer Night's Dream
as Jesus of Nazareth1999 Mary, Mother of Jesus
as Bobby Platt1999 All the Little Animals
as Arthur Stuart1998 Velvet Goldmine
as Stevie1996 The Secret Agent
as Edward Rosier1996 The Portrait of a Lady
as Thomas (voice)1995 Pocahontas
as Theodore "Laurie" Laurence1994 Little Women
as Amled1994 Royal Deceit
as Thomas Berger1993 Swing Kids
as Jack 'Cowboy' Kelly1992 Newsies
as Tim Perkins1991 A Murder of Quality
as Jim Hawkins1990 Treasure Island
as Robin the Luggage-Boy1989 Henry V
as Jim 'Jamie' Graham1987 Empire of the Sun
as Jum-Jum / Benke1987 Mio in the Land of Faraway

TV Shows/Series with Christian Bale as Actor(4)

Movies with Christian Bale as Crew(2)

Production/Executive Producer2005 Harsh Times
Crew/Thanks1999 The Alien Legacy

Born: Wednesday, 01/30 1974 (January) in Haverfordwest (current age: 47 years + 36 days)
Zodiac sign: Aquarius (Chinese zodiac sign: Tiger)
Languages: English (EN, native language)
Spouses (current/former): Sandra Blažić
Father: David Bale
Mother: Jenny James
Stepparent: Gloria Steinem
Other names for Christian Bale (nicknames, foreign languages etc.):
"Кристиан Бейл"
"คริสเตียน เบล"
"크리스찬 베일"
"كريستيان بيل"
"Christian Charles Philip Bale"
"Κρίστιαν Μπέιλ"
Christian Bale frequently works together with these people:
Christopher Nolan (18x, Crew)
Nathan Crowley (9x, Crew)
Michael Mann (7x, Crew)
Wally Pfister (7x, Crew)
Jordan Goldberg (7x, Crew)
Emma Thomas (7x, Crew)
Richard King (7x, Crew)
Michael Caine (6x, Actor)
Marion Cotillard (6x, Actress)
Michael Uslan (6x, Crew)
David O. Russell (6x, Crew)
Esther Rantzen (4x, Actress)
WatchPlayStream ID: PEOPLE:32, Added: 03/23/2018, Last updated: 03/02/2021