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Tilda Swinton previously appeared for Jim Jarmusch in his film Broken Flowers, opposite Bill Murray; and recently starred with George Clooney and John Malkovich in Joel and Ethan Coen’s Burn After Reading, both also for Focus Features. Her performance in the latter movie brought her a BAFTA Award nomination.
Ms. Swinton won an Academy Award and a BAFTA Award for her performance in Tony Gilroy’s Michael Clayton. She also received Screen Actors Guild and Golden Globe Award nominations for her portrayal. Ms. Swinton had earlier been a Golden Globe Award nominee for David Siegel and Scott McGehee’s The Deep End, which also brought her an Independent Spirit Award nomination.
A native of Scotland, she started making films with the English director Derek Jarman in 1985, with Caravaggio. They made several more films together, including The Last of England, The Garden, War Requiem, Edward II (for which she was named Best Actress at the 1991 Venice International Film Festival), and Wittgenstein, before Mr. Jarman’s death in 1994.
Ms. Swinton gained wider international recognition in 1992 with her portrayal of Orlando, based on the novel by Virginia Woolf under the direction of Sally Potter. Since then, her films have included Lynn Hershman-Leeson’s Conceiving Ada and Teknolust (in four roles); Susan Streitfeld’s Female Perversions; John Maybury’s Love is the Devil; Robert Lepage’s Possible Worlds; Danny Boyle’s The Beach; Cameron Crowe’s Vanilla Sky; Spike Jonze’s Adaptation; David Mackenzie’s Young Adam; two films costarring with Keanu Reeves, Mike Mills’ Thumbsucker and Francis Lawrence’s Constantine; Béla Tarr’s The Man from London; Andrew Adamson’s two blockbuster The Chronicles of Narnia tales;Erick Zonca’s Julia, for which she won the Evening Standard Award for Best Actress and was a César Award nominee for Best Actress; and David Fincher’s The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, for which she was named Supporting Actress of the Year by the London Film Critics Circle.