Studied at New College Oxford, but left to pursue her acting career before completing her degree course.
Her mother, Judy Loe is an actress, and her father, Richard Beckinsale, was famous as a comedy actor.
Attended grade/primary school at Flexlands Private School in London, England, she took ballet there and it was at this young age that her father died of a heart attack.
Half-sister of Samantha Beckinsale.
Got the lead female role in Pearl Harbor (2001) after Charlize Theron pulled out to do Sweet November (2001).
Lost out to Juliette Binoche for a part in Wuthering Heights (1992).
Has a daughter, Lily Mo Sheen (b. 31 January 1999), with Welsh actor Michael Sheen.
Suffers from stomach ulcers.
According to an interview she gave on the UK show _"Big Breakfast, The" (1992)_ (December 2001), she hates wearing knickers.
Selected by Hello Magazine as England's Number #1 Beauty.(2002)
Richard Beckinsale's maternal grandfather - her great-grandfather - was Burmese.
Won the prestigious WH Smith's Young Writers' competition two years running, once for her short stories, once for poetry.
Shares a birthday with Sandra Bullock, Kevin Spacey and Jeremy Piven.
Was in close competition for the role of Rachel Keller in The Ring (2002), but lost out because producers felt she looked too young.
Normally slender, she gained twenty pounds for roles in 2004 - ten pounds for Van Helsing (2004) and another ten pounds to portray the voluptuous Ava Gardner in The Aviator (2004).