Actor. Born Katherine Matilda Swinton on November 5, 1960 in London, England. The daughter of a major general in the Scots Guard, Tilda Swinton attended the exclusive West Heath Girls School in Kent, England, where she was classmate and friend to Lady Diana Spencer. In 1983, she graduated from Cambridge University with a degree in Social and Political Science, but her interest lie in acting.
Swinton began her career in theater, performing with the Royal Shakespeare Company in London and transitioning to less mainstream productions before finding her way to film. Her big screen debut arrived in Derek Jarman’s Caravaggio in 1986. She completed two more films for Jarman, 1988’s The Last of Englandand 1990’s The Garden, before garnering international recognition for her portrayal of Queen Isabella in Edward II.
Swinton continued to pursue avante garde films throughout her career to great acclaim, including 1992’s Orlando, 1996’s Female Perversions, 2001’s The Deep End and 2004’s Thumbsucker. Despite her draw to independent art house films, Swinton has worked on several commercial projects, including The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobeand 2007’s much-lauded thriller Michael Clayton. Swinton earned an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her turn as a CEO in the midst of a moral breakdown in the latter.
Tilda Swinton has been coupled with John Byrne since the 1980s. They have twins, Honor and Xavier.