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Melanie Laurent

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Laurent in 2013


(1983-02-21) 21 February 1983 (age 31)
Paris, Île-de-France, France


Actress, Model, Singer, Writer, Director

Years active



unnamed (m. c. 2012/2013)[1]


Julien Boisselier



Mélanie Laurent (born 21 February 1983) is a French actress, model, director, singer, and writer. She won the César Award for Most Promising Actress for her performance in Don't Worry, I'm Fine in 2006. She became known to international audiences for her role as Shoshanna Dreyfus in Quentin Tarantino's 2009 film Inglourious Basterds, for which she won Best Actress from the Online Film Critics Society and the Austin Film Critics Association.



Early life

Laurent was born in Paris, the daughter of Annick, a ballerina,[2] and Pierre Laurent, a voiceover actor (who dubs the character Ned Flanders in the French version of The Simpsons).[3][4] She is Jewish, and has both Ashkenazi (from Poland) and Sephardic (from Tunisia) ancestry.[5][6][7] Her grandfather survived deportation by the Nazis.[7] Her maternal grandparents were film poster editors.[2] She grew up in the 9th arrondissement of Paris, and was immersed in the arts from birth.[2]

Laurent's acting career began when actor Gérard Depardieu, seeing her while she watched her best friend's father working on the set of Asterix and Obelix, asked her if she wanted to be in movies. Laurent replied, "Why not?" and the next week his assistant called her. He strongly advised her not to take drama classes because, according to him, she already had the necessary skills. When Laurent was 16, Depardieu gave her a part in The Bridge, a drama he starred in and co-directed with Fréderic Auburtin.[8]


Laurent appeared in 20 films between 1999 and 2009. Playing a depressed 19 year-old who longed for her lost twin brother, she starred in Philippe Lioret's I'm Fine, Don't Worry (2006), for which she won a César Award for Most Promising Actress. In 2006, Laurent and Belgian actor Jérémie Renier were awarded France's Romy Schneider and Jean Gabin Prizes for "most promising actor and actress."[9]

In 2008, Laurent directed and wrote De moins en moins, which was nominated for Best Short Film at the 61st Annual Cannes Film Festival. It is a 7-minute film about a patient who, in front of her psychiatrist, "remembers less and less".[10] Laurent also directed À ses pieds,[11] an erotic short film aired on the French television channel Canal+ on 25–26 October 2008, as part of a series of such shorts, called X Femmes, shot by female directors with the goal of producing erotica from a female point of view.[11]

Laurent was scheduled to direct her first play, Mi-cuit cœur pistache (the name of a dessert she particularly likes) in January 2009 at the Théâtre Marigny in Paris. She had to abandon the project during the preparations and rehearsals when she was cast as Shoshanna Dreyfus in the Quentin Tarantino film Inglourious Basterds, a French-language role for which she had to learn to speak English for a few scenes.[12] Her then-partner Julien Boisselier, as well as Marie Denarnaud, Mélanie Doutey and Louise Monot were to act in the production while short movie clips were to be projected on stage, some of them shot at the nightclub Le Baron, which Laurent used to frequent during the writing period.[13]

Laurent also had planned another feature film, Putain de pluie!, whose script she co-wrote with Morgan Perez and which she intended to direct, produced by Alain Attal's Productions du Trésor. Originally set for filming in the spring of 2009, it was postponed because of her work on Inglourious Basterds.[13][14] Knowing that she could speak French and had already acted in French in one of the short films in Paris, je t'aime she offered the first role to Natalie Portman, who declined because of the language of the script.[10] Laurent played the part of the violinist in Radu Mihăileanu's Le Concert—she called it "a smart movie and a popular movie, and I'm glad because French people wanted to watch a movie with classical music."

Laurent was the hostess of the opening and closing ceremonies of the 64th Cannes Film Festival.[15] In 2011 she appeared opposite Ewan McGregor and Christopher Plummer in Beginners, and in 2013 appeared in the caper film Now You See Me.

Personal life

Laurent was in a long-term relationship with fellow French actor Julien Boisselier. She describes recording artist Damien Rice and filmographer Quentin Tarantino as two "masters" in terms of their art.[16] With Rice, she recorded her first album, living between Woodstock, New York and his home in Ireland. Spending time in his home in Ireland inspired her to maintain a compost heap and eat organic food.[2][17]

As of 2013, Laurent is married. Her first child, a son named Léo, was born in September 2013.[18][19]

Laurent has visited a Climate Defenders Camp in the peatlands of the Indonesian Rainforest with Greenpeace activists. She is also one of the Climate Ambassadors for Kofi Annan's Global Humanitarian Forum "Tck Tck Tck" Campaign.[20] Laurent has also joined the campaign against overfishing on the invitation of the Blue Marine Foundation, and was cast for the voice-over of documentary The End of the Line. She was also one of the leading celebrities of the campaign Fish Fight France, which aimed (and succeeded) at citizens asking for a new European law lowering the level of fish discards in European seas.[21]


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Laurent at the Berlinale 2013

As actress







Les malheurs de Sophie

Young Madeleine de Fleurville


TV Series (1 Episode: "Retour en France")


Un pont entre deux rives


Frédéric Auburtin
Gérard Depardieu



Route de nuit


Laurent Dussaux

TV Movie


Ceci est mon corps


Rodolphe Marconi



Summer Things


Michel Blanc



La Faucheuse


Vincenzo Marano
Patrick Timsit


Jean Moulin, une affaire française

Young Alice Arguel

Pierre Aknine

TV Movie



Olias Barco



Une vie à t'attendre

The girl at the factory

Thierry Klifa


Rice Rhapsody


Kenneth Bi


Le Dernier Jour


Rodolphe Marconi



The Beat That My Heart Skipped

Minskov's Girlfriend

Jacques Audiard


Les Visages d'Alice


David Ungaro



Days of Glory


Rachid Bouchareb




Olivier Van Hoofstadt

Étoiles d'Or for Best Female Newcomer

Don't Worry, I'm Fine

Élise "Lili" Tellier

Philippe Lioret

César Award for Most Promising Actress
Lumière Award for Most Promising Young Actress
Étoiles d'Or for Best Female Newcomer
Nominated – NRJ Ciné Award for Best Young Talent in a Debut Film


Hidden Love


Alessandro Capone


Le tueur


Cédric Anger




Jean-Marc Fabre


La Chambre des morts

Lucie Hennebelle

Alfred Lot

Nominated – Lumière Award for Best Actress




Cédric Klapisch


Voyage d'affaires

Hotel receptionist

Sean Ellis



Jusqu'à toi


Jennifer Devoldère


Inglourious Basterds

Shosanna Dreyfus

Quentin Tarantino

Austin Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress
Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Cast
Central Ohio Film Critics Association for Best Ensemble
Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Actress
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Cast
San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Performance by an Ensemble
Nominated – Detroit Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated – Detroit Film Critics Society Award for Best Ensemble
Nominated – Empire Award for Best Actress
Nominated – San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated – Saturn Award for Best Actress
Nominated – St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated – Central Ohio Film Critics Association for Best Supporting Actress (2nd place)

Le Concert

Anne-Marie Jacquet

Radu Mihăileanu



The Round Up

Annette Monod

Rose Bosch





Mike Mills

Gotham Awards for Best Ensemble Cast
Nominated – San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actress



Louis Schwartzberg


Requiem pour une tueuse


Jérôme Le Gris


Et soudain tout le monde me manque

Justine Dhrey

Jennifer Devoldère

Newport Beach Film Festival for Best Actress

Les adoptés


Mélanie Laurent



Night Train to Lisbon

Young Estefania

Bille August


Now You See Me

Alma Dray

Louis Leterrier




Jannia Ressmore

Claudia Llosa




Denis Villeneuve





François Favrat




Tran Anh Hung


As director and writer





De moins en moins

Short film

X Femmes

Short erotic film (Season 1, Episode 6)


Les Adoptés

Star & Co-Writer



Short video documentary







    1. Jump up ^ Aftab, Kaleem (1 March 2013). "Melanie Laurent: Quentin Tarantino star is on the right track". The Independent. 
    2. ^ Jump up to: a b c d Le Vaillant, Luc (2009-06-08). "Mélanie Laurent : coup de fougue". Libération.fr. Retrieved 2009-08-27. [dead link]
    3. Jump up ^ "Mélanie Laurent – Director, Screenwriter, Actress". French movies professional directory. uniFrance. Retrieved 2009-08-21. 
    4. Jump up ^ Mélanie Laurent : Rétrospective. http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x1hkh3_melanie-laurent-retrospective_people: Dailymotion. 2009. 
    5. Jump up ^ WENN (2009-08-14). "Laurent is happy to be the 'face of Jewish vengeance'". Hollywood.com. Archived from the original on 2013-01-03. Retrieved 2009-08-16. 
    6. Jump up ^ Gorov, Lynda (2009-08-16). "Glorious women". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 2009-08-16. 
    7. ^ Jump up to: a b Frétard, Dominique (2007-12-05). "Elles s’appellent toutes Mélanie". Le Monde. pp. 50–53. Retrieved 2010-03-26. 
    8. Jump up ^ "Laurent interview with Kaleem Aftab, 'In it for the drama and the danger'" (2 July 2010) The Independent
    9. Jump up ^ James, Alison (2006-10-17). "Renier, Laurent win thesp kudos, Pair appear in police thriller 'La Chambre des morts'". Variety Magazine. Retrieved 2009-09-30. 
    10. ^ Jump up to: a b Antheaume, Alice (2008-05-20). "Mélanie Laurent: "Je vais demander à Natalie Portman de tenir le premier rôle de mon film"". Retrieved 2009-10-21. 
    11. ^ Jump up to: a b "X Femmes" à minuit sur C+ (−18)". le blog TV News (in French). tvnews.over-blog.com. 2008-10-25. Retrieved 2009-08-21. 
    12. Jump up ^ Inglourious Basterds Movie Special with Alex Zane, Channel 4
    13. ^ Jump up to: a b Reygner, Laureline (2008-09-25). "La sublime et talentueuse Mélanie Laurent est sur tous les fronts !". Retrieved 2009-10-21. 
    14. Jump up ^ "Hommage au Producteur Alain Attal en sa présence". Retrieved 2009-10-21. [dead link]
    15. Jump up ^ "Cannes 2011 : Carla Bruni, Mélanie Laurent et les films attendus!". Yahoo. Retrieved 2011-03-05. 
    16. Jump up ^ Interview: Melanie Laurent for Inglourious Basterds
    17. Jump up ^ "La vie en vert de Mélanie Laurent". Elle. Retrieved 2009-11-13.  (interview)
    18. Jump up ^ http://www.lanouvellerepublique.fr/Toute-zone/Loisirs/Cinema/n/Contenus/Articles/2013/05/19/Melanie-Laurent-bientot-le-plus-beau-des-roles-1471529 (interview)
    19. Jump up ^ http://madame.lefigaro.fr/celebrites/melanie-laurent-accouche-011013-591242
    20. Jump up ^ "Inglourious treehuggers dam climate change!". Greenpeace International. 3 November 2009. Retrieved 2009-11-13. 
    21. Jump up ^ Article in Le Monde about Mélanie Laurent and Fish Fight
    22. Jump up ^ "Promenade de santé – Mélanie Laurent" (in French), Artistik Rezo, Mathilde Degorce. 2010-02-22.
    23. Jump up ^ Mélanie Laurent Enlists Damien Rice for Debut Album Twenty Four Bit. 6 March 2011

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Candice Swanpoel and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley  (741)
Oil on canvas
45 x 53 cm

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Candice Swanpoel

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Swanepoel at Victoria's Secret Michigan Avenue Store Hosting "The Nakeds" Launch in Chicago, Illinois, 2010


(1988-10-20) 20 October 1988 (age 25)
Mooi River, Natal Province, South Africa



Years active



Hermann Nicoli (2005–present)

Modeling information


5 ft 9.5 in (1.77 m)[1]

Hair color


Eye color



(US) 33-23-34.5; (EU) 84-59-88[1]

Dress size

(US) 0-2; (EU) 32-34

Shoe size

(US) 8; (EU) 38


Ice Model Management
IMG Models
Why Not Model Agency


Official website

Candice Swanepoel (/ˈkæn.dɪs ˈswɒn.ʌ.puːl/ KAN-dis swon-A-pool;[2] born 20 October 1988) is a South African fashion model best known for her work with Victoria's Secret. In 2012, she came in 10th on the Forbes top-earning models list.[3]


Swanepoel's resume includes covers for Australian, Brazilian, Mexican, Greek, Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese and Italian Vogue, Brazilian, British, German and South African ELLE, British, South African, Romanian, Mexican and Chinese GQ, American, Turkish, Spanish, Czech and Argentine Harper's Bazaar, i-D, Lush and Ocean Drive (U.S.)[1] and advertisements for Nike, Diesel, Guess?, Tommy Hilfiger, Tom Ford, Prabal Gurung, Swarovski, Colcci, True Religion, Ralph Lauren, Miu Miu, Juicy Couture and Versace.[1]



Swanepoel has walked the runway for Tommy Hilfiger, Dolce and Gabbana, Michael Kors, Donna Karan, Giambattista Valli, Jason Wu, Prabal Gurung, Rag & Bone, Oscar de la Renta, Fendi, Chanel, Elie Saab, Diane von Fürstenberg, Sportmax, Betsey Johnson, Stella McCartney, Viktor and Rolf, Givenchy, Jean Paul Gaultier, Christian Dior, Blumarine and numerous other designers,[1] as well as for Victoria's Secret since 2007. In addition to appearing in the lingerie brand's commercials, she was a featured model in the 2010 "SWIM" catalog,[4] along with Lindsay Ellingson, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Behati Prinsloo and Erin Heatherton.

In 2010, Swanepoel became a Victoria's Secret Angel. Swanepoel modeled for the Kardashians' 2010 swimwear line. On 12 August 2010, Swanepoel officially opened the first Victoria's Secret retail store in Canada, at West Edmonton Mall, Edmonton.[5] In 2013, Swanepoel was named the cover model of the coveted Victoria's Secret Swim Catalogue. Swanepoel was chosen to wear the "Fantasy Bra" in the 2013 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show. The 10 million dollar bra, named the "Royal Fantasy Bra," was created by Mouawad. The bra and its matching belt featured over 4,200 precious gems, including rubies, diamonds and yellow sapphires set in 18 carat gold with a 52-carat ruby at the center. The "Royal Fantasy Bra" is the most expensive Fantasy Bra since the 2005 "Sexy Splendor Fantasy Bra" worn by Gisele Bündchen.[6]


Swanepoel was voted No. 61 in 2010 and No. 62 in 2011 in FHM's annual "100 Sexiest Women in the World" poll[7] and No. 1 in 2014 Maxim's "Hot 100 List".[8]


Swanepoel made her debut at No. 10 on Forbes' The World's Top-Earning Models list, with estimated earnings of $3 million between 2010 and 2011.[9] She was ranked No. 9 in 2013 with estimated earnings of $3.3 million.

Personal life

Swanepoel was born and raised in Mooi River, South Africa, to an Afrikaner family of Dutch origin.[10][11] At age 15, she was spotted by a model scout in a Durban flea market.[12] She is fluent in Afrikaans and Portuguese, which she learned from her boyfriend, Hermann Nicoli, a Brazilian male model.[13][14] She has been dating him ever since they met in Paris when she was 17.[15] She is close friends with fellow African and Victoria's Secret Angel Behati Prinsloo and British model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley.[16]


    1. ^ Jump up to: a b c d e f g Profile at IMG Models
    2. Jump up ^ "Candice Swanepoel pronunciation". Forvo. Retrieved 20 April 2014. 
    3. Jump up ^ Solomon, Brian (14 June 2012). "The World's Highest Paid Models". Forbes.com. Forbes.com LLC. Retrieved 2012-06-20. 
    4. Jump up ^ Go Behind the Scenes of the Victoria's Secret Swim Catalog! ETonline.com.
    5. Jump up ^ Supermodel to open Edmonton Victoria’s Secret edmontonjournal.com
    6. Jump up ^ Victoria’s Secret Fantasy Bra 2013, Candice Swanepoel Fantasy Bra – Style News - StyleWatch - People.com
    7. Jump up ^ Candice Swanepoel at FHM.com, 2011-02-04.
    8. Jump up ^ http://www.maxim.com/hot100/2014
    9. Jump up ^ and Steven Bertoni, Keren Blankfeld (5 May 2011). "The World's Top-Earning Models". forbes. Retrieved 11 May 2011. 
    10. Jump up ^ Derek Blasberg (2012-12-18). "A Candid Interview with the Impossibly Beautiful Candice". 
    11. Jump up ^ Born (New York Magazine) and raised (Daily Mail)
    12. Jump up ^ "Mooiriver magic". Carte Blanche. 2005-05-29. Retrieved 2008-01-06. 
    13. Jump up ^ "'Pretendo morar no Brasil', conta a angel Candice Swanepoel.Confira!" (in Portuguese). 180graus. 29 January 2011. Retrieved 20 August 2011. 
    14. Jump up ^ "Candice Swanepoel para WLM‏". YouTube. Retrieved 2011-07-03. 
    15. Jump up ^ "GQ Girl: Candice Swanepoel". GQ South Africa: 68. May 2010. Retrieved 2011-07-03. 
    16. Jump up ^ "Candice Swanepoel". Ny Mag. Retrieved 19 June 2013. 

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Rosie Huntington-Whiteley

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Huntington-Whiteley at The Covino and Rich Show, June 2011


Rosie Alice Huntington-Whiteley
(1987-04-18) 18 April 1987 (age 27)
Plymouth, Devon, England, UK


Model, actress

Years active



Jason Statham

Modeling information


1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)

Hair colour


Eye colour



81-61-86.5 (EU)
32-24-34 (US)

Dress size

32 (EU), 2 (US), 6 (UK)


IMG Models New York City

Rosie Alice Huntington-Whiteley[1] (born 18 April 1987) is an English model and actress. She is best known for her work for lingerie retailer Victoria's Secret and Burberry, and also for her role as Carly Spencer in the 2011 film Transformers: Dark of the Moon, the third installment in the Transformers film series.[2]

Early life and family

Huntington-Whiteley was born at the Freedom Fields Hospital, in Plymouth, Devon. Her mother, Fiona (née Jackson), is a fitness instructor, and her father, Charles Andrew Huntington-Whiteley, is a chartered surveyor.[3][4] Her paternal great-grandfather, Eric Huntington-Whiteley, was from a known English political family, and was the son of politician Sir Herbert Huntington-Whiteley, 1st Baronet;



Eric married Rosie's great-grandmother, Enid Kohn, who was from a family of Polish Jews who emigrated to Britain in the 1870s.[5] Rosie's paternal grandmother, Gillian, who was also from a Jewish family, was the daughter of Jacob Franks, a prominent surgeon in Sussex.[6][7][8]

Huntington-Whiteley grew up on a farm near Tavistock, Devon.[9][10] Educated at Tavistock College, she later stated that she was bullied and teased at school for having a double-barrelled name, small breasts and full lips.[1][11]


While a 15 years old student, she undertook work experience at West End, London-based model agency Profile, before taking her GCSEs.[12] Signed after graduating in summer 2003 aged 16, her first modelling session was for a Levi's jeans commercial.[1] She got her first big break in January 2004 when she travelled to New York for a shoot with Teen Vogue.[12] She later made her catwalk debut alongside Naomi Campbell in New York in Spring 2004,[12] and was then photographed by Bruce Weber for Abercrombie & Fitch.[13]

In early 2006, she was tipped to be "the next Kate Moss" by fashion experts, picked as one of five international models to look out for in the following 12 months.[12] She was signed that year to American lingerie brand Victoria's Secret, making her debut for the brand at the brand's 2006 show in Los Angeles.[citation needed]

Huntington-Whiteley remained unknown outside the fashion industry up until 2008, when she was cast by chief creative director Christopher Bailey, replacing Agyness Deyn for Burberry's autumn/winter campaign with actor Sam Riley.[14][15] She got her first British Vogue cover on the November 2008 issue, alongside Eden Clark and Jourdan Dunn in a feature celebrating British models.[citation needed] The following year, she was featured as the face of Karen Millen's spring/summer 2009 advertising campaign.[16] Huntington-Whiteley received an Elle Style Award for 2009's "Model of the Year".[17] She starred in a short film for Agent Provocateur playing a woman whose boyfriend forgets Valentine's Day.[citation needed] For fall/winter 2009, she modelled campaigns for Godiva and Miss Sixty.[18] In February 2010, Huntington-Whiteley officially became a Victoria's Secret Angel,[citation needed] modelling for the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show in New York City.[19]

In 2010, she posed nude for the Pirelli Calendar, which was photographed by Terry Richardson.[19][20] Huntington-Whiteley hit the runway for designers Prada in Milan and Giles Deacon in Paris.[21][22] For SS10 her advertising campaigns included Monsoon's first underwear line, Thomas Wylde, Full Circle, and VS Online.[18][23] In March, she collaborated with VOGUE.COM to share her outfit choices daily for the Today I'm Wearing feature.[citation needed] She appeared on the covers of the May 2010 issues of Harper's Bazaar Russia and GQ UK.[24] She was featured on the cover of LOVE Magazine's September issue, styled as a pinup girl.[25] For FW10 she modelled for Burberry as well as the company's first Beauty line ad; her other advertising campaigns included Loewe, Thomas Wylde, and Leon Max.[18][26][27] Fashion photographer Rankin devoted a book entirely to her entitled Ten Times Rosie. Rankin thinks Huntington-Whiteley puts diversity back into fashion: "We’ve been looking at very, very skinny, almost masculine girls for a long time. [Rosie] really is the model of the moment. She’s the actress of the moment. She’s definitely going to become something much, much bigger."[28][29] Celebrity make-up artist Ruby Hammer, who has worked with Huntington-Whiteley for years, described her as the "quintessential" English rose.[30]

In March 2011, she landed her first solo British Vogue cover.[31] In May, she was voted No. 1 in Maxim Magazine's "Hot 100" list.[32] She was also voted No.1 in FHM's World's Sexiest Woman 2011 poll.[33] She appeared on the covers of the UK's July issues of Elle and GQ.[24][34]

Huntington-Whiteley was unveiled as the face of Burberry's newest fragrance, Burberry Body, in July 2011.[35][36]

As of July 2011, she ranks No. 15 on "The Money Girls" list and No. 3 on the "Top 20 Sexiest Models" list at MODELS.COM.[37][38]

In 2012, Huntington-Whiteley was named the top style icon at the Elle Style Awards.[39] In 2013, Huntington-Whiteley starred alongside Helena Bonham Carter and David Gandy in the Marks & Spencer Xmas advert.[40]


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Huntington-Whiteley at the Transformers: Dark of the Moon premiere in June 2011

In May 2010, it was announced that Huntington-Whiteley would become the new female lead in Transformers: Dark of the Moon, released 29 June 2011, replacing Megan Fox.[2] She had previously worked with the film's director, Michael Bay, on a Victoria's Secret commercial.[41] MTV Networks' NextMovie.com named her one of the "Breakout Stars to Watch for in 2011".[42] Prior to the film's release, she won the "Female Star of Tomorrow" award at the 2011 CinemaCon Awards.[43] Critics were highly critical of the acting of Huntington-Whiteley and co-star Shia LaBeouf. Peter Travers stated the two "couldn't be duller".[44] Jason Solomons of The Observer wrote that "we're first introduced to Rosie via a close-up of her bum, segueing straight from the film's opening sequence and titles on to the pert buttocks and underwear of our heroine", and that Huntington-Whiteley's English posh girl accent "renders her practically unintelligible when surrounded by American accents and falling masonry".[45] Much of the criticism towards Rosie Huntington-Whiteley compared her in an unfavorable light to Megan Fox. Lou Lumenick said that her "'acting' makes...Megan Fox look like Meryl Streep in comparison".[46] Baz Bamigboye gave his review of the film the title 'Come back Megan Fox, all is forgiven...'.[47] In a positive review, Drew McWeeny of HitFix said, "She reminds me of Cameron Diaz in The Mask, an actress who doesn't really show off any range, but who gives a natural, winning performance and who is up to the challenge of this particular picture."[48]

Huntington-Whiteley will have a role in the film Mad Max: Fury Road, which is scheduled for release in 2015.[49]

Personal life

Huntington-Whiteley dated Tyrone Wood, the youngest son of Rolling Stones member Ronnie Wood, from August 2007 until October 2009.[20][50][51] After she and Wood separated, Huntington-Whiteley was briefly involved with French actor Olivier Martinez.[51] By April 2010, her new relationship with English actor Jason Statham became public after Statham and Huntington-Whiteley attended the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival together and were subsequently photographed after a shopping trip to Cartier of Beverly Hills.[51]







Transformers: Dark of the Moon

Carly Spencer[52]



Mad Max: Fury Road






Nominated work



Spike Guys' Choice Award - Our New Girlfriend




CinemaCon Award Female Star of Tomorrow

Transformers: Dark of the Moon



Teen Choice Award for Choice Summer Movie Star – Female

Transformers: Dark of the Moon



Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Supporting Actress

Transformers: Dark of the Moon



Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Screen Couple (shared with Shia LaBeouf)

Transformers: Dark of the Moon



Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Ensemble (shared with cast)

Transformers: Dark of the Moon



    1. ^ Jump up to: a b c Mills, Simon (25 May 2011). "When GQ met Rosie". GQ. Retrieved 8 June 2011. 
    2. ^ Jump up to: a b "Model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley To Replace Megan Fox In". MTV. 26 May 2010. Retrieved 26 May 2010. 
    3. Jump up ^ Fulton, Rick (17 June 2011). "Rosie Huntington Whiteley: I may be the world's sexiest woman, but i didn't get this body by accident". Daily Record. Retrieved 29 June 2011. 
    4. Jump up ^ The Times, 22 April 1987
    5. Jump up ^ Joseph, Claudia; Trump, Simon. "Did Rosie Huntington-Whiteley get her looks from Royalty? No, a bootmaker called Stump", Daily Mail, 16 January 2010. Retrieved 26 May 2010.
    6. Jump up ^ Debrett's peerage and baronetage. Kelly's Directories. 1976. p. 2129. 
    7. Jump up ^ Gillian HUNTINGTON-WHITELEY Obituary
    8. Jump up ^ http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2492819/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm
    9. Jump up ^ http://www.express.co.uk/posts/view/245241/Is-this-the-sexiest-woman-in-the-world-
    10. Jump up ^ http://www.nowmagazine.co.uk/celebrity-news/529221/transformers-star-rosie-huntington-whiteley-i-m-not-posh-i-grew-up-with-pigs-and-sheep
    11. Jump up ^ Alexander, Ella (31 May 2011). "Lippy Girls". Vogue UK. Retrieved 8 June 2011. 
    12. ^ Jump up to: a b c d "I'm the luckiest girl". This is Plymouth. 26 July 2008. Retrieved 12 November 2013. 
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Caine at the Vienna International Film Festival on 26 October 2012


Maurice Joseph Micklewhite
(1933-03-14) 14 March 1933 (age 81)
Rotherhithe,[2] Bermondsey, London, England


Leatherhead, Surrey
Miami Beach, Florida




Actor, author

Years active



6 feet 12 inch (1.84 m)


Patricia Haines (m. 1955; div. 1962)
Shakira Baksh (m. 1973)


Dominique Caine (b. 1956)
Natasha Caine (b. 1973)


Stanley Caine
(brother, deceased)

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Sir Michael Caine (IPA: /maɪ-koʊˈkeɪn/), CBE (born Maurice Joseph Micklewhite; 14 March 1933) is an English actor and author. Renowned for his distinctive Cockney accent, Caine has appeared in over 115 films and is one of the UK's most recognisable actors.[4]

He made his breakthrough in the 1960s with starring roles in a number of acclaimed British films, including Zulu (1964), The Ipcress File (1965), Alfie (1966), for which he was nominated for an Academy Award, The Italian Job (1969), and Battle of Britain (1969). His most notable roles in the 1970s included Get Carter (1971), The Last Valley, Sleuth (1972), for which he earned his second Academy Award nomination, The Man Who Would Be King (1975), and A Bridge Too Far (1978).



He achieved some of his greatest critical success in the 1980s, with Educating Rita (1983) earning him the BAFTA and Golden Globe Award for Best Actor. In 1986 he received an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Woody Allen's Hannah and Her Sisters.

Caine played Ebenezer Scrooge in The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992). Having by that time practically retired from acting on the big screen, he enjoyed a career resurgence in the late 1990s, receiving his second Golden Globe Award for his performance in Little Voice in 1998 and receiving his second Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for The Cider House Rules the following year. Caine played Nigel Powers in the 2002 parody Austin Powers in Goldmember, and more recently portrayed Alfred Pennyworth in Christopher Nolan's Batman film series. He also appeared as a supporting character in Alfonso Cuarón's Children of Men, Nolan's 2006 film The Prestige, the 2010 film Inception and Pixar's 2011 film Cars 2.

Caine is one of only two actors nominated for an Academy Award for acting in every decade from the 1960s to 2000s (the other one being Jack Nicholson; Laurence Olivier was also nominated for an acting Academy Award in five different decades, beginning in 1939 and ending in 1978). In 2000, Caine was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in recognition of his contribution to cinema.

Early life

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A blue plaque erected in 2003 marks Caine's birthplace at St Olave's Hospital

Caine was born in St Olave's Hospital, Rotherhithe, Bermondsey,[2][5] London, the son of Ellen Frances Marie (née Burchell; 1900–1989), a cook and charwoman, and Maurice Joseph Micklewhite, a fish market porter.[6] His father was of English, Irish, and, reportedly, Irish Traveller, ancestry.[7][8] He was brought up in his mother's Protestant religion (his father was Catholic).[9]

Caine had a maternal half-brother, David William Burchell (1925–1992) and a full brother, Stanley Micklewhite (1936–2013). Caine grew up in Southwark, South London, and during the Second World War, he was evacuated to North Runcton near King's Lynn in Norfolk.[10] After the war, his father was demobilised, and the family were rehoused by the council in Marshall Gardens at the Elephant and Castle in a pre-fabricated house made in Canada,[11] as much of London's housing stock had been damaged during the Blitz in 1940–41.

The prefabs, as they were known, were intended to be temporary homes while London was reconstructed, but we ended up living there for eighteen years and for us, after a cramped flat with an outside toilet, it was luxury.[12]

In 1944, he passed his eleven plus exam, winning a scholarship to Hackney Downs Grocers' School.[13] After a year there he moved to Wilson's Grammar School in Camberwell (now Wilson's School in Wallington, South London), which he left at sixteen after gaining a School Certificate in six subjects. He then worked briefly as a filing clerk and messenger for a film company in Victoria Street and film producer Jay Lewis in Wardour Street.[14] From 1952, when he was called up to do his national service until 1954, he served in the British Army's Royal Fusiliers, first at the BAOR HQ in Iserlohn, Germany and then on active service during the Korean War. Caine has said he would like to see the return of national service to help combat youth violence, stating: "I'm just saying, put them in the Army for six months. You're there to learn how to defend your country. You belong to the country. Then when you come out, you have a sense of belonging rather than a sense of violence".[15] He has also said that when he was a soldier in Korea he got into a situation where he knew he was going to die and the memory of that experience lasted with him and formed his character for the rest of his life: “The rest of my life I have lived every bloody moment from the moment I wake up until the time I go to sleep.”[16]



Caine's acting career began at the age of 20 in Horsham, Sussex when he responded to an advertisement in The Stage for an assistant stage manager who would also perform small walk-on parts for the Horsham-based Westminster Repertory Company who were performing at the Carfax Electric Theatre.[17] Adopting the stage name "Michael Scott", in July 1953 he was cast as the drunkard Hindley in the Company's production of Wuthering Heights.[18] He moved to the Lowestoft Repertory Company in Suffolk for a year when he was 22. It was here that he met his first wife.[19] He has described the first nine years of his career as "really, really brutal."[20]

When his career took him to London in 1954 after his provincial apprenticeship, his agent informed him that there was already a Michael Scott performing as an actor in London and that he had to come up with a new name immediately. Speaking to his agent from a telephone box in Leicester Square, London, he looked around for inspiration, noted that The Caine Mutiny was being shown at the Odeon Cinema in 1954, and decided to change his name to "Michael Caine". He joked on television in 1987 that, had a tree partly blocking his view been a few feet to the left, he might have been called "Michael Mutiny". (Humphrey Bogart was his "screen idol" and he would later play the part originally intended for Bogart in John Huston's The Man Who Would Be King.[21]) He also later joked in interviews that had he looked the other way, he would have ended up as "Michael One Hundred and One Dalmatians".[22] (This quip is obviously tongue-in-cheek as the film One Hundred and One Dalmatians was not made until seven years later in 1961). In 1959, he was Peter O'Toole's understudy in Lindsay Anderson's West End staging of Willis Hall's The Long and the Short and the Tall. He took over the role when O'Toole left to make Lawrence of Arabia and went on to a four-month tour of Britain and Ireland.

Michael Caine's first film role was as one of the privates in George Baker's platoon in the 1956 film A Hill in Korea. The stars of the film were George Baker, Stanley Baker, Harry Andrews and Michael Medwin, with Stephen Boyd and Ronald Lewis, and Robert Shaw also had a small part.


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Michael Caine in trailer for "Zulu" (1964)

A big break came for Caine when he was cast as Meff in James Saunders' Cockney comedy Next Time I'll Sing To You, when this play was presented at the New Arts Theatre in London on 23 January 1963.[23] Scenes from the play's performance were featured in the April 1963 issue of Theatre World magazine.[24]

When this play moved to the Criterion in Piccadilly with Michael Codron directing, he was visited backstage by Stanley Baker, one of the four stars in Caine's first film, A Hill in Korea, who told him about the part of a Cockney private in his upcoming film Zulu, a film Baker was producing and starring in. Baker told Caine to meet the director, Cy Endfield, who informed him that he already had given the part to James Booth, a fellow Cockney who was Caine's friend, because he looked more Cockney than Caine did. Endfield then told the 6'2" Caine that he did not look like a Cockney but like an officer, and offered him a screen test for the role of a snobbish, upper class officer after Caine assured him that he could do a posh accent. Caine believes Enfield offered him, a Cockney, the role of an aristocrat because, being American, he did not have the endemic British class-prejudice. Though he tested poorly, Endfield gave him the part that would make him a film star.[25]

Location shooting for Zulu took place 14 weeks in Natal, South Africa in 1963.[26][27][28] According to his 2011 autobiography The Elephant to Hollywood, Caine had been signed to a seven-year contract by Joseph E. Levine, whose Embassy Films was distributing Zulu. After the return of the cast to England and the completion of the film, Levine released him from the contract, telling him, "I know you're not, but you gotta face the fact that you look like a queer on screen." Levine gave his contract to his Zulu co-star James Booth.[29]

Subsequently, Caine's agent got him cast in the BBC production Hamlet at Elsinore (1964) as Horatio, in support of Christopher Plummer's Hamlet. Horatio was the only classical role Caine, who had never received dramatic training, would ever play.

Caine wrote, "...I decided that if my on-screen appearance was going to be an issue, then I would use it to bring out all Horatio's ambiguous sexuality."[30]

After dozens of minor TV roles, Caine finally entered the public eye as the upper-class British Army officer Gonville Bromhead in Zulu. This proved paradoxical, as Caine was to become notable for using a regional accent, rather than the Received Pronunciation hitherto considered proper for film actors. At the time, Caine's working class Cockney, just as with the Beatles' Liverpudlian accents, stood out to American and British audiences alike.

Zulu was closely followed by two of his best-known roles: the spy Harry Palmer in The Ipcress File (1965), and the womanising title character in Alfie (1966). He went on to play Palmer in a further four films, Funeral in Berlin (1966), Billion Dollar Brain (1967), Bullet to Beijing (1995) and Midnight in Saint Petersburg (1995). Caine made his first film in the United States in 1966, after an invitation from Shirley MacLaine to play opposite her in Gambit. During the first two weeks, whilst staying at the Beverly Hills Hotel, he met long-term friends John Wayne and agent "Swifty" Lazar.[31]


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Michael Caine in trailer for Get Carter (1971)

After working on The Italian Job with Noël Coward, and a solid role as RAF fighter pilot Squadron Leader Canfield in the all-star cast of Battle of Britain (both 1969), Caine played the lead in Get Carter (1971), a British gangster film. Caine was busy with successes including Sleuth (1972) opposite Laurence Olivier, and The Man Who Would Be King (1975) co-starring Sean Connery and directed by John Huston (which he has stated will be the film he wishes to be remembered for after his death). In 1976 he appeared in the screen adaptation by Tom Mankiewicz of the Jack Higgins novel The Eagle Has Landed as Oberst (Colonel) Kurt Steiner, the commander of a Luftwaffe paratroop brigade disguised as Polish paratroopers, whose mission was to kidnap or kill the then-British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, alongside co-stars Donald Sutherland, Robert Duvall, Jenny Agutter and Donald Pleasence. Subsequently in 1978, he starred in The Silver Bears, an adaptation of Paul Erdman's (1974) novel of the same name. Caine also was part of an all-star cast in A Bridge Too Far (1977).


By the end of the decade, he had moved to the United States, but his later choice of roles was frequently criticised—something to which he since admitted with many self-deprecating comments about taking parts strictly for the money in numerous films he knew to be bad, despite working with highly regarded Hollywood directors such as Irwin Allen, Richard Fleischer, Michael Ritchie and Oliver Stone. Caine then averaged two films a year, but these included such failures as the BAFTA Award-nominated The Magus (1968), the Academy Award-nominated The Swarm (1978), Ashanti (1979) (which he claimed were the worst three films of all the other worst films he ever made), Beyond the Poseidon Adventure (1979), The Island (1980), The Hand (1981) and a reunion with his Sleuth co-star Laurence Olivier in The Jigsaw Man (1982).

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Sidney Lumet and Caine at the set for Deathtrap, 1982

Although Caine also took better roles, including a BAFTA-winning turn in Educating Rita (1983), an Oscar-winning one in Hannah and Her Sisters (1986) and a Golden Globe-nominated one in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988), he continued to appear in notorious duds like the thinly-veiled skin flick Blame It on Rio, the Dick Clement and Ian Le Frenais comedy Water, the critical-commercial flop Jaws: The Revenge (1987) (about which he had mixed feelings concerning the production and the final cut), and Bullseye! (1990); his appearing in so many films that did not meet with critical or box office acclaim made him the butt of numerous jokes on the subject. Of "Jaws: The Revenge", Caine famously said "I have never seen the film, but by all accounts it was terrible. However, I have seen the house that it built, and it is terrific."[32] [33]His other successful films (critically and/or financially) were the 1978 Academy Award-winning California Suite, the 1980 Golden Globe-nominated slasher film Dressed to Kill, the 1981 war film Escape to Victory (known simply as "Victory" in the United States), the 1982 film Deathtrap, and the 1986 Academy Award-nominated Mona Lisa. In 1987, Caine narrated Hero, the official film of the 1986 FIFA World Cup.[34] He also starred in Without a Clue, portraying Sherlock Holmes and also acted as Chief Insp. Frederick Abberline in the 1988 TV series 'Jack the Ripper'.


In the 1990s, he found good parts harder to come by. He played the mysterious bartender Mike in Mr. Destiny in 1990. A high point came when he played Ebenezer Scrooge in the critically acclaimed The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992). He played the beleaguered stage director Lloyd Fellowes in the film adaptation of Noises Off (1992). He also played a villain in the Steven Seagal film On Deadly Ground (1994). He was in two straight to video Harry Palmer sequels and a few television films. However, Caine's reputation as a pop icon was still intact, thanks to his roles in films such as The Italian Job and Get Carter. His performance in 1998's Little Voice was seen as something of a return to form, and won him a Golden Globe Award. Better parts followed, including The Cider House Rules (1999), for which he won his second Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.[35]


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Caine in London at the European premiere of The Dark Knight, July 2008

In the 2000s, Caine appeared in Miss Congeniality (2000), Last Orders (2001), The Quiet American (2002), for which he was Oscar-nominated, and others. Several of Caine's classic films have been remade, including The Italian Job, Get Carter, Alfie and Sleuth. In the 2007 remake of Sleuth, Caine took over the role Laurence Olivier played in the 1972 version and Jude Law played Caine's original role. Caine also starred in Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002) as Austin's father and in 2003 he co-starred with Robert Duvall in Secondhand Lions. Caine played family elder Henry Lair in the 2004 film, Around the Bend. In 2005, he was cast as Bruce Wayne's butler Alfred Pennyworth in the first production of the new Batman film series, Batman Begins. In 2006, he appeared in the films Children of Men and The Prestige. In 2007 he appeared in Flawless, and in 2008 and 2012 he reprised his role as Alfred in Christopher Nolan's critically acclaimed Batman sequels, The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises as well as starring in the British drama Is Anybody There?, which explores the final days of life.

It was reported by Empire magazine that Caine had said that Harry Brown (released on 13 November 2009) would be his last lead role.[36] Caine later declared (in the Daily Mirror) that he had been misquoted by the magazine.[37]


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Caine (second from right) with the cast of Inception at the 10 July premiere in 2010

Caine appeared in Christopher Nolan's science fiction thriller Inception as Prof. Stephen Miles, Cobb's (Leonardo DiCaprio) mentor and father-in-law. He voiced Finn McMissile in Pixar's 2011 film Cars 2 and also voiced a supporting role in the animation, Gnomeo & Juliet. He also starred in the 2012 film Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, as Josh Hutcherson's character's grandfather; the film also featured Dwayne Johnson and Vanessa Hudgens. Caine reprised his role as Alfred Pennyworth in the Batman sequel, The Dark Knight Rises, which was released in July 2012. Filming of his scenes took place at Wollaton Hall, Wollaton, Nottinghamshire, England. He is expected to appear in Christopher Nolan's 2014 science-fiction film, Interstellar.[38] Caine is cast in Kingsman: The Secret Service for director Matthew Vaughn.[39]

Awards and honours[edit]

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Caine has been Oscar-nominated six times, winning his first Academy Award for the 1986 film Hannah and Her Sisters, and his second in 1999 for The Cider House Rules, in both cases as a supporting actor. His performance in Educating Rita in 1983 earned him the BAFTA and Golden Globe Award for Best Actor.

He was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 1992 Queen's Birthday Honours,[40] and in the 2000 New Year Honours he was knighted as Sir Maurice Micklewhite CBE.[41][42] In 2000 he received a BAFTA Academy Fellowship Award.[43] On 5 January 2011, Caine was made a Commander of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by France's culture minister, Frédéric Mitterrand.[44]

In 2008, he was awarded the prize for Outstanding Contribution to Showbusiness at the Variety Club Awards.[45]

In popular culture

Caine is a popular subject for impressionists and mimics, having a voice and manner of speaking that are distinctive, yet fairly easy to imitate.[citation needed] Most Caine impressions include the catchphrase "Not a lot of people know that." Peter Sellers initiated this when he appeared on BBC1's Parkinson show on 28 October 1972 and said: "Not many people know that. This is my Michael Caine impression. You see, Mike's always quoting from the Guinness Book of Records. At the drop of a hat he'll trot one out. 'Did you know that it takes a man in a tweed suit five and a half seconds to fall from the top of Big Ben to the ground?' Now there's not many people who know that!". The line had been used earlier in Spike Milligan's script for The Last Goon Show of All, performed on 5 October 1972.[46] In 1983, Caine was given the line to say as an in-joke in the film Educating Rita.

The British comedy sketch show, Harry Enfield's Television Programme, included a series of sketches in which Paul Whitehouse played a character called Michael Paine; an amalgam of previous Michael Caine impressions, who in a reference to The Ipcress File wears oversized, thick-rimmed glasses and a trench coat. He introduces himself with the line, "My name is Michael Paine, and I am a nosy neighbour" and in a spoof of the stakeout at the beginning of The Ipcress File, recounts to the camera the 'suspiciously' mundane behaviour of his neighbours, before saying, "Not a lot of people know that I know that".

Caine himself parodied the phenomenon in an interview with Michael Parkinson, imitating others' impressions of him and including the catchphrase.[47]

A parody of Michael Caine also appears in the animated series Ugly Americans, in the episode "The Dork Knight", which also parodies the film The Dark Knight. In the episode, Caine appears as himself, portrayed in the light of his Alfred Pennyworth interpretation, and constantly annoys the protagonists with endless anecdotes of his career.

The Trip, starring Rob Brydon and Steve Coogan, featured improvised scenes in which the two leads argue over who can do the better Michael Caine impression. Among the lines they repeat in their attempts to outdo each other are, "You were only supposed to blow the bloody doors off!" and, "She was only sixteen" – from The Italian Job and Get Carter, respectively.

Craig Ferguson has run segments on his show where he parodies Caine, usually while wearing a space suit.[48]

Personal life

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Caine with Scarlett Johansson at the Nobel Peace Prize Concert, December 2008

Caine lives in Leatherhead, Surrey, and is patron to the Leatherhead Drama Festival.[49] He has also lived in North Stoke, Oxfordshire, Clewer near Windsor, Berkshire, Lowestoft in Suffolk and Chelsea Harbour in London. In addition, Caine owns an apartment at the Apogee in Miami Beach, Florida. He still keeps a small flat near where he grew up in south east London. Caine has published two volumes of memoirs, What's It All About? in 1992 and The Elephant to Hollywood in 2010.[50]

He was married to actress Patricia Haines from 1955 to 1962. They have a daughter, Dominique (who was named after the heroine of the novel The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand).[51] He dated Bianca Jagger in 1968. Caine has been married to actress and model Shakira Baksh since 8 January 1973. They met after Caine saw her appearing in a Maxwell House coffee commercial and a friend gave him her telephone number. They have a daughter, Natasha Haleema.[52][53]

Caine is a Christian.[54]

Caine quit his 80-a-day cigarette habit in the early 1970s after a lecture by Tony Curtis.[55]

Some time after his mother died, Caine and his younger brother, Stanley, learned they had an elder half-brother, named David. He suffered from severe epilepsy and had been kept in Cane Hill Mental Hospital his entire life. Although their mother regularly visited her first son in the hospital, even her husband did not know the child existed. David died in 1992.[56]

Trivia books written by Caine include Not Many People Know That!, And Not Many People Know This Either!, Michael Caine's Moving Picture Show and Not A Lot of People Know This is 1988. Proceeds from the books went to the National Playing Fields Association (now Fields in Trust) of which Caine was a prominent supporter.

Caine was called up for national service in the British Army in 1951 when he was aged 18 and was deployed to South Korea to help in the aftermath of the North Korean invasion. He served as part of the Royal Fusiliers. He said he had gone into it feeling sympathetic to communism, coming as he did from a poor family. But he has said the experience left him permanently repelled.[57]

Caine is a frequent collaborator with director Christopher Nolan, having appeared in six of the filmmaker's nine films: Batman Begins, The Prestige, The Dark Knight, Inception, The Dark Knight Rises, and Interstellar.


Caine has often spoken publicly about his political views. He left the UK for the United States in the late 1970s, citing the 83% income tax levied on top earners by the Labour government of James Callaghan, but returned to Britain eight years later after taxes had been lowered by the Conservative government of Margaret Thatcher:

I decided not to become a tax exile, so I stayed in Britain, but they kept putting the tax up, so I'd do any old thing every now and then to pay the tax, that was my tax exile money. I realised that's not a democratic country, it's a communist country without a dictator, so I left and I was never going to come back. Maggie Thatcher came in and put the taxes back down and in the end, you know, you don't mind paying tax. What am I going to do? Not pay tax and drive around in a Rolls Royce, with cripples begging on the street like you see in some countries?[58]

Following the launch of his film Harry Brown, Caine called for the reintroduction of national service in the UK to give young people "a sense of belonging rather than a sense of violence".[59]

In 2009, Caine publicly criticized the Labour government of Gordon Brown for its newly introduced 50 per cent income tax rate on top earners and threatened to return to the United States if his taxes were increased further.[60] During the run up to the 2010 General Election, Caine publicly endorsed the Conservative Party and appeared with party leader David Cameron for the launch of a civilian non-compulsory "National Service" for 16-year-olds, although he claimed he had previously supported New Labour under the leadership of Tony Blair in 1997.[61] In July 2014, Caine was revealed to be a celebrity investor in a tax avoidance scheme called Liberty.[62]

Musical career

Caine is a fan of chill-out music and released a compilation CD called Cained in 2007 on the UMTV record label.[63][64] He met Elton John and was discussing musical tastes, when Caine claimed that he had been creating chillout mix tapes as an amateur for years.[64][65] Also in music, Caine provided vocal samples for the Ska-pop band Madness for their 1984 hit "Michael Caine" as his daughter was a fan. He has sung in film roles as well, including for the musical film The Muppet Christmas Carol.


Main article: Michael Caine filmography


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