Kristin Scott Thomas’ latest TV series, net worth and Dorset relationships
A five-time BAFTA nominee and British acting icon with Dorset roots is back on the small screen in an exclusive Apple TV series. Dame Kristin Scott Thomas stars in slow horsesa less than glamorous spy thriller about MI5 releases based on a novel by Mick Heron.
Dame Kristin plays Diana Taverner, MI5’s Deputy Director General and Chief Operating Officer whose code name is “Second Desk”. She stars opposite Gary Oldman as Jackson Lamb, head of Slough House – an administrative purgatory where low-grade officers push the paper as punishment for their failures in the field.
Most famous for his roles in Four weddings and a funeral, Impossible mission and The English PatientDame Kristin rose to fame in the late 1980s. She made her film debut in under the cherry moon in 1986, while his performance in A handful of dust in 1988 won an Evening Standard Film Award for Most Promising Newcomer.
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But before her big break, the stage and screen star grew up in the West Country. This included a living and educated spell in Dorset.
Raised in Dorset
Kristin Ann Scott Thomas was born in Redruth, Cornwall to Deborah and Simon Scott Thomas. Her father, a pilot in the Royal Navy’s Fleet Air Arm, was killed in a plane crash when she was just five years old.
Deborah remarried another Royal Navy pilot named Simon Idiens – but he was also tragically killed in a plane crash, just six years after Kristin’s father. His other ancestors include Admiral Sir Richard Thomas, a former Black Rod, and polar explorer Captain Robert Falcon Scott.
Kristin’s childhood home was in Trent, Dorset. She was educated at Cheltenham Ladies’ College for a time, before transferring to St Antony’s Leweston in Sherborne.
Deborah had trained as an actor before marrying Simon, perhaps inspiring Kristin to try the same craft. On leaving school in 1978, she moved to London, working in a department store while attending the Central School of Speech and Drama.
She started training as a drama teacher, but later asked to transfer to the theater program – she was turned down and decided to quit school and move to Paris, where she has lived ever since. Already fluent in French, Kristin worked as an au pair while studying theater in Paris. National School of Theater Arts and Techniques.
She was 25 when, in 1986, she was cast as Mary Sharon in under the cherry moon, with Prince. The film was widely panned by critics.
A revolutionary role
Undeterred, Kristin auditioned for a film adaptation of Evelyn Waugh A handful of dust and was cast in Brenda Last, a role for which she won her first award. A BAFTA followed after starring in two films alongside Hugh Grant: first bitter moon in 1992 then Four weddings and a funeral In 1994.
In the same year, she starred in the Romanian-French film An unforgettable summer, in which she plays Marie-Thérèse Von Debretsy. Rather than learning Romanian, she read her lines phonetically, having first translated them into French to find out what she was saying.
In 1996, Kristin starred as Katharine Clifton in The English Patient, earning Golden Globe and Oscar nominations as well as other critically acclaimed roles alongside Robert Redford (The Horse Whisperer1998) and Harrison Ford (Random hearts1999) followed, before Kristin took a year off from making films to have her third child, George.
Earning an OBE in the 2003 Anniversary Honors and a DBE in the 2015 New Year’s Honors for her services to the theatre, Dame Kristin continued to work in film for the next two decades. His appearance in 2013 in Only God forgivesagainst Ryan Gosling, is one of his proudest.
The actress has also worked extensively on television, in English and French, with roles in Gulliver’s Travels, absolutely fabulous, Flea bag and much more. The job has been lucrative – alongside numerous industry accolades, Dame Kristin is said to have amassed a net worth of around $12m (over £9.5m).
His latest work, on slow horses, is just the latest installment in a career that has spanned formats, languages and continents. Upcoming roles listed on Listed on IMDb include Tomb Raider 2 and several French projects, suggesting that the famous British Francophile, now 61, has no plans to retire any time soon.