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Katherine Matilda "Tilda" Swinton (born 1960) is a British actress of English and [[UsefulNotes/{{Scotland}} Scottish]] descent. She studied social and political science at Cambridge, and joined the Communist Party. After graduating in 1983, she briefly worked in theater before acting in films. Her initial projects were very [[LeFilmArtistique experimental and artistic]], but the last ten years have seen her move to more mainstream films. She lives in Scotland with her ex-partner John Byrne ([[NamesTheSame not]] Creator/JohnByrne the comic book artist), their two children, and her current partner Sandro Kopp.
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!!Roles:
* ''Egomania - Insel ohne Hoffnung'' (1986) as Sally
* ''Zastrozzi: A Romance'' (1986) as Julia
* ''Caravaggio'' (1986) as Lena
* ''Aria'' (1987) as Young Girl
* ''Friendship's Death'' (1987) as Friendship
* ''The Last of England'' (1988)
* ''War Requiem'' (1989) as the nurse
* ''Your Cheatin Heart'' (1990) as Cissie Crouch
* ''The Garden'' (1990) as Madonna
* ''Edward II'' (1991) as Isabella
* ''[[Creator/WilliamShakespeare Shakespeare: The Animated Tales]]'' (1992) as [[Theatre/{{Hamlet}} Ophelia]]
* ''Literature/OrlandoABiography'' (1992) as [[GenderBender Orlando]]
* ''Film/{{Wittgenstein}}'' as Lady Ottoline Morrell
* ''Blue'' (1993) as a voice
* ''Female Perversions'' (1996) as Eve Stephens
* ''Conceiving Ada'' (1997) as Ada Augusta Byron King
* ''Love Is the Devil: Study for a Portrait of Francis Bacon'' (1998) as Muriel Belcher
* ''The Protagonists'' (1998) as an actress
* ''The War Zone'' (1999) as Mum
* ''Possible Worlds'' (2000) as Joyce
* ''Film/TheBeach'' (2000) as Sal
* ''Film/VanillaSky'' (2001) as Rebecca Dearborn
* ''Film/TheDeepEnd'' (2001) as Margaret Hall
* ''Film/{{Adaptation}}'' (2002) as Valerie Thomas
* ''Teknolust'' (2002) as Rosetta, Ruby, Marianne, and Olive
* ''Young Adam'' (2003) as Ella Gault
* ''Film/TheChroniclesOfNarnia: Film/TheLionTheWitchAndTheWardrobe'' (2005) as [[IceQueen Jadis the White Witch]]
* ''Film/{{Constantine}}'' (2005) as the ArchangelGabriel
* ''The Man From London'' (2007) as Camélia
* ''Film/MichaelClayton'' (2007) as Karen Crowder
* ''TheChroniclesOfNarnia: Film/PrinceCaspian'' (2007) as [[IceQueen Jadis the White Witch]]
* ''Film/BurnAfterReading'' (2008) as Katie Cox
* ''Film/TheCuriousCaseOfBenjaminButton'' (2008) as Elizabeth Abbott
* ''I Am Love'' (2009) as Emma Recchi
* ''Film/TheLimitsOfControl'' (2009) as [[TheCameo Blonde]] (cameo role)
* ''TheChroniclesOfNarnia: Film/TheVoyageOfTheDawnTreader'' (2010) as [[IceQueen Jadis the White Witch]]
* ''Film/WeNeedToTalkAboutKevin'' (2011) as Eva Khatchadourian
* ''Film/MoonriseKingdom'' (2012) as Social Services
* ''Film/SnowPiercer'' (2013)
* ''Film/OnlyLoversLeftAlive'' (2013)
* ''Film/TheZeroTheorem'' (2013)
* ''Film/TheGrandBudapestHotel'' (2014) as Madame D.
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!!This actress provides examples of:
* AmbiguousGender, GenderBender, ViewerGenderConfusion: Has many roles like this, such as Orlando and the archangel Gabriel.
* DoingItForTheArt: She learned Russian and Italian for ''I Am Love.'' No, seriously, she ''learned two languages''.
* IceQueen: Many of her roles. She's ''literally'' an ice queen in ''{{Narnia}}''.
* IdenticalStranger: Fellow androgyne Music/DavidBowie. [[http://www.buzzfeed.com/lyapalater/conspiracy-are-tilda-swinton-and-david-bowie-the Seriously]].
** Swinton is a Bowie fan, and in the 2013 music video for his song "The Stars (Are Out Tonight)" [[PromotedFanboy she plays his wife]], with their resemblance to each other played with for all it's worth.
** [[http://25.media.tumblr.com/61bbc10a663ed1aa0bd33e1f18208f7c/tumblr_mk4h1xNsDW1qj5xw4o1_500.jpg And just to fuck with your head further]].[[note]] Yes, that is David Bowie and Tilda cross-dressing as each other.[[/note]]
* LongHairIsFeminine: Will only have long hair in a film if she's playing a non-androgynous character.
* MadArtist: The Museum of Modern Art: Come for the ambiance, stay for Tilda Swinton sleeping in a glass box.
* MysticalWhiteHair: As the White Witch and as the Angel Gabriel.
* OlderThanTheyLook: At the current time of this article, she's 53. ''Yeah.''
* RealLife/MeanCharacterNiceActor: Has done many nasty characters.
* {{Typecasting}}: As a cold androgyne.
** PlayingAgainstType: In ''TheCuriousCaseOfBenjaminButton'' she plays a ShrinkingViolet.
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