Many acting enthusiasts in England might have taught that Rachel Weisz, and those around her, were out of their minds when she declined a chance to appear alongside American actor, Richard Gere in a movie. While the jury is still out on what could have been if the then 14-year-old took the opportunity, the actress has gone ahead to have a decent career that has garnered her numerous accolades including an Academy, Golden Globe, and BAFTA Award. Read on to find out more about her life, career, and other notable achievements.
Age, Early Life, and Rise to Fame
Rachel Weisz was born Rachel Hannah Weisz to Edith Ruth (nee Teich) and George Weisz, on the 7th of March 1970 in Westminster, London, England. Her father was a mechanical engineer of Hungarian origin while her mother was a former teacher and psychotherapist of Austrian origin. Both of her parents, who had Jewish ancestry, met in the United Kingdom after having fled their home countries in order to escape persecution from the Nazis.
From a very young age, Weisz was interested in the arts, which her parents encouraged her to pursue as she attended North London Collegiate School and then Benenden School. Weisz, at the young age of 14, made headlines across the entertainment world for declining an offer to appear alongside Richard Gere in King David (1985). Regardless of this, the young girl appeared to have the world at her feet, as her stock kept rising in the modeling and acting world. She went on to complete her A-levels at St Paul’s Girls School before enrolling to study English at Trinity Hall, Cambridge.
In 1992, after graduating with second-class honors, upper division (2:1) Bachelor of Arts degree in English, Rachel Weisz made an appearance in the television film Advocates II, among other tv shows, before later getting to appear in a minor role in Death Machine (1994). By 1996, the young actress was able to land her first major roles, first as Dr. Lily Sinclair alongside Keanu Reeves and Morgan Freeman in Chain Reaction (1996), and then as Miranda Fox in Stealing Beauty (1996).
Weisz’s performances in these movies went a long way in helping her land roles in Swept from the Sea (1997), Going All the Way (1997), My Summer with Des (1998), Sunshine (1999), and The Mummy (1999), which gave her international fame. She has in recent time appeared in films like The Fountain (2006), The Constant Gardener (2006), The Brothers Bloom (2008), The Whistleblower (2010), The Deep Blue Sea (2011), Oz the Great and Powerful (2013), and Denial (2016), among many others.
Her Net Worth
Having starred in the Broadway revival of Harold Pinter’s Betrayal, which was the second highest grossing Broadway play of 2013, as well as in other high-grossing films like The Mummy Returns (2001), among others, Rachel Weisz is estimated to have accumulated a net worth of around $30 Million.
Rachel Weisz Husband – Daniel Craig, and Son
After notable relationships with people like the English actor Neil Morrissey (1998-2000), and American filmmaker Darren Aronofsky (2001-2010), Rachel Weisz married actor Daniel Craig, who is most famous for playing the role of Ian Fleming’s British secret agent character, James Bond.
Weisz and Craig had known each other and had been friends since 1992 when they first worked together. They began dating in December 2010, around the same time that they were cast in the psychological thriller film, Dream House (2011). On the 22nd of June, 2011, the duo went ahead to exchange vows in a private ceremony in New York that only had four guests in attendance. Two of those guests were said to be Craig’s daughter, Ella, from his marriage to actress Fiona Loudon and Weisz’s son, Henry Aronofsky, from her relationship with Darren Aronofsky.
According to reports, the duo has gone ahead to welcome a child of their own, a daughter whose name is unknown but was reportedly born on the 1st of September 2018.
Height and Other Measurements
Rachel Weisz has a seemingly above-average height of 5 feet 6 inches (168 cm). The slim actress, who is noted for her effervescent smile, long brown hair, and beautiful hazel colored eyes weighs about 125 lb (57 kg) and has body measurements of 37-24-35 inches (94-61-89 cm). Her shoe size is said to be 9.5 (US) or 40 (EU) while her dress size is 4 (US), 36 (EU), or 8 (UK).