Christian Bale


Biography

Christian Charles Philip Bale is 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 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.


2018Jungle Book as Bagheera
2017Hostiles as Captain Joseph J. Blocker
2017Spielberg as Himself
2016The Promise as Chris Myers
2015The Big Short as Michael Burry
2015Keepers of the Covenant: Making Exodus: Gods and Kings as Himself
2015Knight of Cups as Rick
2014Exodus: Gods and Kings as Moses
2013American Hustle as Irving Rosenfeld
2013Out of the Furnace as Russell Baze
2012The Batmobile as Himself
2012The Dark Knight Rises as Bruce Wayne
2011The Flowers of War as John Miller
2010The Fighter as Dick "Dicky" Eklund
2009Public Enemies as Melvin Purvis
2009Terminator Salvation as John Connor
2008The Dark Knight as Bruce Wayne / Batman
2008Batman Unmasked: The Psychology of the Dark Knight as himself
2008Gotham Uncovered: Creation of a Scene as Himself
2007I'm Not There. as Jack/Pastor John
20073:10 to Yuma as Dan Evans
2006The Prestige as Alfred Borden
2006Rescue Dawn as Dieter Dengler
2005The New World as John Rolfe
2005Harsh Times as Jim Luther Davis
2005Batman Begins as Bruce Wayne / Batman
2005Tankman Begins as
2004The Machinist as Trevor Reznik
2002Equilibrium as John Preston
2002Reign of Fire as Quinn Abercromby
2002Laurel Canyon as Sam
2001Captain Corelli's Mandolin as Mandras
2000Shaft as Walter Wade, Jr.
2000American Psycho as Patrick Bateman
1999The Early Show as
1999Blood Drips Heavily on Newsies Square as Himself
1999Mary, Mother of Jesus as Jesus of Nazareth
1999All the Little Animals as Bobby Platt
1999A Midsummer Night's Dream as Demetrius
1999The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn as
1999Family Guy as
1998Velvet Goldmine as Arthur Stuart
1997Metroland as
1996The Secret Agent as Stevie
1996The Portrait of a Lady as Edward Rosier
1996Critics' Choice Movie Awards as Himself - Nominee (credit only)
1995Pocahontas as Thomas (voice)
1994Little Women as Theodore "Laurie" Laurence
1994Royal Deceit as Amled
1993Swing Kids as Thomas Berger
1993GMTV as
1992Newsies as Jack 'Cowboy' Kelly
1991A Murder of Quality as Tim Perkins
1990Treasure Island as Jim Hawkins
1989Henry V as Robin the Luggage-Boy
1987Empire of the Sun as Jim 'Jamie' Graham
1987Mio in the Land of Faraway as Jum-Jum / Benke
1986Anastasia: The Mystery of Anna as Alexei
1982Wogan as
1953The Academy Awards as Christian Bale
-Concrete Island as
-Backseat as Dick Cheney