Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Kiss and Tell: What Pearl Harbor Kate Does Now

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Kiss and Tell: What Pearl Harbor Kate Does Now

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EVEN a lot of people who voted the movie Pearl Harbor biggest turkey of the year also voted Kate Beckinsale the sexiest thing on celluloid.

Critics on both sides of the Atlantic carved Pearl into small pieces with an enthusiasm increased by the fact that it cost as much as a small war in Afghanistan. But 27-year-old Kate was one of the few survivors who swam ashore from the wreckage with a reputation - and bankability - increased by her portrayal of a sultry US nurse with a tangled love life.

Today she breaks cover again in a classic glamour shoot for Tatler, which shows her off as one of the hottest glamour talents of her generation on either side of the Atlantic. After shooting a string of new movies since the war epic, Ms Beckinsale says she reckons she has had a pretty good 2001: "I've had a great snogging year, I have to say. There was this weird couple of weeks when I snogged Ben Affleck, Josh Hartnett and John Cusack."

She has also notched up recent screen clinches with Christian Bale, Alessandro Nivola and Frances McDormand. British audiences will soon see her in the romantic comedy Serendipity, in which she stars alongside Hollywood favourite John Cusack. She is also working on the independent movie Laurel Canyon.

Beckinsale lives in Los Angeles with her Welsh actor partner Michael Sheen and their two-and-a-half-year-old daughter Lily, but the former London schoolgirl shrugs off the Hollywood lifestyle: "If I didn't have a child I think I'd feel very much more thrown to the wolves than I do.

I've got no choice, and I'm glad I have no choice.

"I've got my priorities jumping on me earlier in the morning than I would like but it hasn't got out of control so far."

Beckinsale's father was, of course, the much-loved television actor Richard Beckinsale famous for his roles in Porridge and Rising Damp, who died tragically young, only a few years older than his daughter today. …

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