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Christian Bale

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.

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Jan 30, 1974 In Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, Wales, UK
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series Wogan 1982-05-04
Latest Project:
Movie Thor: Love and Thunder 2022-04-28
Known For
Poster of Ford v Ferrari
Poster of Exodus: Gods and Kings - The Lawgiver's Legacy: Moses Throughout History
Poster of The Dark Knight Rises
Poster of Batman Begins
Movie The Pale Blue Eye Augustus Landor 2022
Movie Canterbury Glass Unknown 2022
Movie Thor: Love and Thunder Gorr the God Butcher 2022-04-28
Movie Joker: Put on a Happy Face Self 2020-08-18
Movie Ford v Ferrari Ken Miles 2019-11-13
Movie Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle Bagheera 2018-11-25
Movie Vice Dick Cheney 2018-12-25
Movie Spielberg Self 2017-10-05
Movie Hostiles Captain Joseph J. Blocker 2017-12-22
Movie The Promise Chris Myers 2016-12-02
Movie Knight of Cups Rick 2015-02-08
Movie Exodus: Gods and Kings - The Lawgiver's Legacy: Moses Throughout History Self 2015-03-17
Movie Keepers of the Covenant: Making 'Exodus: Gods and Kings' Self 2015-03-17
Movie The Big Short Michael Burry 2015-12-11
Movie Exodus: Gods and Kings Moses 2014-12-03
Movie Out of the Furnace Russell Baze 2013-12-06
Movie The Fire Rises: The Creation and Impact of The Dark Knight Trilogy Himself (archive footage) 2013-09-24
Movie American Hustle Irving Rosenfeld 2013-12-12
Movie The Dark Knight Rises Bruce Wayne / Batman 2012-07-16
Movie The Batmobile Himself 2012-07-16
Movie Ending the Knight Self 2012-12-04
Movie The Flowers of War John Miller 2011-12-15
Movie The Fighter Dick "Dicky" Eklund 2010-12-17
Movie Public Enemies Melvin Purvis 2009-07-01
Movie Terminator Salvation John Connor 2009-05-20
Movie Michael Mann: Making 'Public Enemies' Self 2009-11-10
Movie Gotham Uncovered: Creation of a Scene Himself 2008-07-15
Series Gotham Tonight Bruce Wayne 2008-06-13
Movie The Dark Knight Bruce Wayne / Batman 2008-07-16
Movie Batman Unmasked: The Psychology of the Dark Knight himself 2008-07-15
Movie 3:10 to Yuma Dan Evans 2007-09-06
Movie I'm Not There Jack/Pastor John 2007-10-01
Movie Rescue Dawn Dieter Dengler 2006-09-09
Movie The Prestige Alfred Borden 2006-10-19
Movie Tankman Begins Batman (archive footage) (uncredited) 2005-01-01
Movie Batman Begins Bruce Wayne / Batman 2005-06-10
Movie Harsh Times Jim Luther Davis 2005-09-11
Movie The New World John Rolfe 2005-12-25
Movie The Machinist Trevor Reznik 2004-02-09
Movie Laurel Canyon Sam 2003-03-07
Movie Equilibrium John Preston 2002-12-06
Movie Reign of Fire Quinn Abercromby 2002-07-12
Movie Captain Corelli's Mandolin Mandras 2001-04-18
Movie American Psycho Patrick Bateman 2000-04-13
Movie Shaft Walter Wade, Jr. 2000-06-15
Series The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn Himself 1999-03-30
Movie All the Little Animals Bobby Platt 1999-07-09
Movie A Midsummer Night's Dream Demetrius 1999-05-14
Series The Early Show Unknown 1999-11-01
Movie Mary, Mother of Jesus Jesus of Nazareth 1999-11-14
Movie Velvet Goldmine Arthur Stuart 1998-10-23
Movie Metroland Chris 1997-08-30
Movie The Portrait of a Lady Edward Rosier 1996-10-17
Series Critics' Choice Movie Awards Himself - Nominee (credit only) 1996-01-10
Movie The Secret Agent Stevie 1996-11-08
Movie Pocahontas Thomas (voice) 1995-06-14
Movie Royal Deceit Amled 1994-02-23
Movie Little Women Theodore "Laurie" Laurence 1994-12-21
Series GMTV Unknown 1993-01-01
Movie Swing Kids Thomas Berger 1993-03-05
Movie Newsies Jack 'Cowboy' Kelly 1992-04-10
Series HBO First Look Self 1992-06-12
Movie Blood Drips Heavily on Newsie Square Himself 1991-01-01
Movie A Murder of Quality Tim Perkins 1991-10-04
Movie Treasure Island Jim Hawkins 1990-06-08
Movie Henry V Robin the Luggage-Boy 1989-10-05
Movie Mio in the Land of Faraway Jum-Jum / Benke 1987-07-01
Series Heart of the Country Ben Harris 1987-02-25
Movie Empire of the Sun Jim 'Jamie' Graham 1987-12-09
Movie The China Odyssey: Empire of the Sun Himself 1987-12-30
Series Anastasia: The Mystery of Anna Tsarevich Alexei 1986-12-07
Movie Anastasia: The Mystery of Anna Alexei 1986-12-07
Series Wogan Unknown 1982-05-04