Christian Bale Biography

Christian Bale Biography Here is an actor who picked up the roles after much deliberation earning plaudits for realistic portrayal of characters.

Born on 30 January, 1974 in Wales, Christian Bale played the lead role as a vagabond child in Empire of the Sun (1987) directed by Steven Spielberg.

Though Batman series made him popular, Bale has many versatile roles to his credit.

Family background of Christian Bale

His family has been in the acting business for years.

Bale's mother was a dance cum clown, while his older sister was asmall time actress.

His grandfather was a stunt double for actor John Wayne in the film Hatari (1962).

Spielberg picked Bale out of 4,000 other youngsters to play thepart of Jim Graham in Empire of the Sun.

Rise of exceptional talent

Bale's remarkable performance as a wandering child in Empire of the Sun won him praise, awards and recognition.

In 1994, Bale did a supporting role in the film adaptation of the Louisa May Alcott classic Little Women.

However, he has to wait for six more years till he got noticed as aserial killer in American Psycho (2000) that fully exploited his acting skills.

His Batman Begins (2005) and The Dark Knight (2008) made him a blockbuster star.

Supporting roles

Bale took up supporting roles in the early daysof his acting career to hone the skills.

He did a small part in the adaptation of Shakespeare's Heny V (1989) by Kenneth Branagh.

After a gap, Bale did a project Newsies, 1992 musical onstreet boys who delivered newspapers.

This film produced by Walt Disney Pictures was a box office flop.

Once again, in 1994 Bale did a supporting role in the filmadaptation of the Louisa May Alcott classic Little Women.

Another literary role Edward Rosier was enacted by Bale opposite Nicole Kidman in Henry James's The Portrait of a Lady (1996).

He teamed with Branagh for A Midsummer Night's Dream (1999) to do a meaty role as young Demetrius.

Critical acclaim, recognition

American Psycho proved to be turning point in the film career of Christian Bale.

The role of Patrick Bateman, an investment banker who turned sadist in the night, was much discussed by the film fraternity.

Bale had to physically change himself to develop a physique reflecting the character.

For The Machinist (2004), Bale had to shed 60 pounds to resemble the lead character of a mentally ill man.

Taking a quick U-turn, Bale had to put on weight to play the super hero role of Batman in Batman Begins (2005).

As Batman he befittingly reprised the sterling roles once played by George Clooney and Michael Keaton.

He took up diverse roles as an ex-army ranger in Harsh times (2005); John Rolfe in a historical drama The New World (2005); and captured American pilot in For Rescue Dawn(2006)

Bold and experimental films

Bale co-starred opposite Hugh Jackman in The Prestige (2006) as the duo played rival magicians based in England of 19th century.

Christian Bale was one of several actors to portray folk music legend Bob Dylan in the experimental film I'm Not There (2007).

Bale and Health Ledger, a legendary actor, had a chance to work together on the second edition of Christopher Nolan's Batman series -- The Dark Knight (2008).


But Ledger died in January 2008 before the film's release and Bale was shell shocked as the two have become good friends.

In 2009, Bale did the role of John Connor in the Terminator Salvation. He also acted in the film Public Enemies on the mobster John Dillinger.

Bale received a Golden Globe nomination for his performance in The Fighter (2010). In 2012, Bale joined with Christopher Nolan for his third Batman film -- The Dark Knight Rises.

Christian Bale Personal Life

Bale prefers to keep his personal life out of public glare, but was accused of assaulting his mother and sister in 2008and was briefly held in custody.

Christian Bale was married to a producer Sibi Blazic since 2000 and have a 10-year-old daughter Emmeline and a son born in 2014.

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Bale wants US to have diversity in power

    Updated On : Dec 21,2017   4:16 am
Los Angeles, Dec 21 (IANS) Actor Christian Bale thinks the US would be a better place to work if there were more than just "white dudes" in positions of power. View More..

Andy Serkis' 'Jungle Book: Origins' retitled as 'Mowgli'

    Updated On : Dec 20,2017   12:58 pm
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    Updated On : Dec 15,2017   6:50 pm
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Rosamund Pike 'barely spoke' to Christian Bale

    Updated On : Sep 16,2017   4:36 am
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Christian Bale looks unrecognisable for Dick Cheney role

    Updated On : Sep 12,2017   1:44 pm
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Cumberbatch is 'really scary' as Shere Khan

    Updated On : May 28,2017   7:14 pm
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    Updated On : Apr 14,2017   7:16 pm
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Rosamund Pike is 'comfortable' being number two

    Updated On : Nov 25,2016   8:22 am
London, Nov 25 (IANS) Actress star Rosamund Pike has shared that she's "quite comfortable" playing second fiddle to a man and doesn't think she's ready to carry a movie. View More..

Spielberg takes pride in Christian Bale's success

    Updated On : Jul 04,2016   1:32 pm
Los Angeles, July 4 (IANS) Award-winning director Steven Spielberg has shared that he takes pride in Hollywood star Christian Bale's success. View More..

Diversity not all about skin colour, ethnicity: Freida Pinto

    Updated On : May 18,2016   12:06 pm
New Delhi, May 18 (IANS) For Freida Pinto, diversity is not about being "black or brown" or isn't just confined to what one sees on camera but is what goes behind it. The US-based Indian actress, who found fame with the Oscar winning "Slumdog Millionaire", says unless the debate on diversity extends beyond skin colour, it is "pointless and redundant". View More..

We Do It Together is way to tackle gender gap: Freida Pinto

    Updated On : May 17,2016   4:08 pm
New Delhi, May 17 (IANS) Freida Pinto is attending the ongoing Cannes Film Festival with a purpose in mind -- women empowerment in showbiz. The US-based Indian actress says the non-profit production company called We Do It Together is the answer to the 'gender and pay gap' buzz, adding that the campaign is a 'doer not a talker'. View More..

No inhibitions in shooting without script: Freida Pinto

    Updated On : Mar 17,2016   2:00 pm
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Life comes full circle with 'Jungle Book...': Freida Pinto

    Updated On : Mar 14,2016   2:56 pm
New Delhi, March 14 (IANS) With her childhood memories attached to Rudyard Kipling's timeless classic, actress Freida Pinto, who found popularity in the West post "Slumdog Millionaire", is excited to be a part of "Jungle Book: Origins". She says her life has come full circle with the Hollywood project. View More..

Mark Rylance grabs Oscar for 'Bridge of Spies'

    Updated On : Feb 29,2016   9:30 am
Los Angeles, Feb 29 (IANS) Mark Rylance was named as the Best Supporting Actor at the 88th Academy Awards ceremony here on Sunday night for Steven Spielberg's cold war drama "Bridge of Spies", which was backed by Indian businessman Anil Ambani-led Reliance Entertainment Film. View More..

Christian Bale, Scott Cooper reunite for 'Hostiles'

    Updated On : Feb 19,2016   11:40 am
Los Angeles, Feb 19 (IANS) Actor Christian Bale will be reuniting with "Out of the Furnace" director Scott Cooper for the upcoming Western film "Hostiles". View More..

Affleck got 'valuable' Batman advice from Clooney, Bale

    Updated On : Feb 18,2016   2:42 am
Los Angeles, Feb 18 (IANS) Ben Affleck, who is the latest actor to play Batman, sought advice on the role from actors George Clooney and Christian Bale. View More..

'Mad Max: Fury Road' shines at Critics' Choice Awards

    Updated On : Jan 18,2016   4:24 pm
Los Angeles, Jan 18 (IANS) "Mad Max: Fury Road" took as many as nine awards at the 21st annual Critics' Choice Awards. View More..

Christian Bale drops out of '"Enzo Ferrari' over health concerns

    Updated On : Jan 16,2016   3:26 pm
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'The Revenant' rules over Oscar nominations list (Roundup)

    Updated On : Jan 14,2016   10:30 pm
Los Angeles, Jan 14 (IANS) Filmmaker Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's semi-biographical western film "The Revenant", starring Leonardo DiCaprio, has bagged 12 nods at the upcoming 88th Academy Awards. However, Indian films failed to make it to the list yet again. View More..

Black actresses paid much less than Jennifer Lawrence: Chris Rock

    Updated On : Dec 31,2015   1:34 pm
Los Angeles, Dec 31 (IANS) Actor Chris Rock says actress Jennifer Lawrence, who has been speaking out against gender pay-gap in Hollywood, has a lot less to complain about the issue than black women actors. View More..