Ever since Rachel Weisz tied the knot with James Bond star, Daniel Craig in 2011, much public discourse has been focused on her marriage, and as such, many people now primarily see her as the wife of the foremost British actor. Even though this is factually true, and she is quite proud of being Mrs. Craig, the truth, however, remains that Weisz is so much more than just Daniel Craig’s wife and is an accomplished Hollywood star in her own right
This quintessential English rose has featured in several critically acclaimed movies such as The Favourite, The Mummy, Enemy at The Gates, The Lovely Bones, and The Constant Gardener. She has also won several awards, including the 2006 Oscars, Screen Actors Guild, and Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress. Away from her numerous acting gigs, Weisz is making inroads into the world of production as she seeks to live a long-lasting Hollywood legacy.
Her Love Story with the James Bond Star
The Constant Gardener star is married to English actor, Daniel Craig. Craig has featured in several blockbuster movies but is most popular for his role as the iconic English spy, James Bond. Craig succeeded Pierce Brosnan as Bond in 2005 and has featured in about five Bond movies, including Casino Royale (2006), Quantum of Solace (2008), Skyfall (2012), Spectre (2015), and No Time to Die (2020).
Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz began their relationship in December 2010. They dated for six months and tied the knot on the 22nd of June 2011 in New York City. The wedding was held in a private ceremony, which had four guests in attendance. The couple now has a daughter together who was born in August 2018. They are yet to publicly reveal her name, and this may be in a bid to protect her from the spotlight, which can be brutal at times.
Weisz and her husband also have one child each from their past relationships. The actress was previously engaged to American filmmaker, Darren Aronofsky. The relationship lasted for almost ten years (between 2001 and 2010) and produced a son, named Henry Chance Aronofsky, in May 2006. Craig, on the other hand, was married to actress, Fiona Loudon, from 1992 to 1994. Their union produced a daughter named Ella. Both Henry and Ella were amongst the four persons that witnessed their parent’s nuptials.
6 Facts Which Prove that Rachel Is As Successful As Her Husband
She is the Star of the Blockbuster Franchise, The Mummy
Rachel Hannah Weisz commenced her professional career in 1992 in the TV movie, Advocates 11. Since then, she has gone on to acquire an impressive filmography comprising about 49 movies and 9 TV series, including The Simpsons, Death Machine, Swept From The Sea, The Shape of Things, and The Fountain. Her most famous project to date, however, remains The Mummy franchise.
The Mummy is a 1999 action horror about Rick O’Connell, an adventurer who travels to the city of the dead. It featured Brendan Fraser as Rick while Weisz portrayed his companion, a clumsy Egyptologist named Evelyn. The movie was a box office hit and grossed $414.4 million on a budget of $80 million. It has since spurned two remakes, namely The Mummy Returns (2001) and The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (2008). Weisz reprised her role for the 2nd film but missed out on the 3rd installment due to the imminent birth of her first child.
She Has Served As An Ambassador for Several Luxury and Fashion Brands.
Weisz’s talent, fame, and exquisite natural beauty have made her the toast of many brands, and as such, she has scored endorsement deals with the likes of Bulgari and Burberry. Additionally, in 2010, she was appointed the global ambassador of personal care giants, L’Oréal. That deal, however, experienced some hiccups after one of the ads that the actress did for the company was banned in the U.K. Weisz had featured in an ad for an anti-wrinkle cream, known as Revitalift, which some MPs deemed misleadingly exaggerated. They, therefore, campaigned for it to be banned, and it was upheld by the Advertising Standards Authority.
Rachel Weisz is Also An Award-winning Stage Actress
Rachel Weisz is also an accomplished stage actress, and this dates back to the early days of her career. Just two years after her professional debut, she took part in a 1994 revival of the play, Design For Living, and her performance earned her the London’s Critics’ Circle Award for the most promising newcomer. Since then, Weisz has featured in other theatrical productions such as Suddenly Last Summer (1999), The Shape of Things (1999), and A Street Car Named Desire (2009). Her performance in The Shape of Things fetched her the Theatre World Award while A Street Car Named Desire earned her the prestigious Laurence Olivier award for best actress.
She is a Producer And Owns A Production Company
Rachel Weisz is not just content to be another pretty face on TV. She also hopes to make waves behind the cameras and has dipped her toes into the pond of production. Her first project in this regard was the 2014 film, Radiator. The dark comedy chronicled the strain of coping with aging parents in a long-troubled family and won the jury prize at the Sarasota Film Festival, as well as the audience award at the Glasgow Film Festival.
This success spurred Weisz to set up her production company, LC6 Productions, in 2015, and two years later, she released her second executive-produced effort, Disobedience, through the company. Disobedience chronicled the story of a young Jewish woman who embarks on a same-sex relationship with her best friend. The film performed moderately well at the theatres and also received nominations at the British Independent Film Awards and GLAAD Awards.
She Has Several Accolades to Her Name, Including An Oscar Statuette
Rachel Weisz’s career has spanned nearly two decades, and during this time, she has impressed critics and fans alike with her mercurial performances. These marvelous performances have fetched her about 71 award nominations, out of which she has won 38. Some of her wins were for the 2005 drama thriller, The Constant Gardener.
In the film, Weisz played the role of Tessa, a murdered amnesty activist, whose husband, a British diplomat in Kenya, tries to unravel her killers. Her performance in the movie fetched her the 2006 Oscar for best supporting actress. She also went on to win the Golden Globe and SAG awards for that same category. The London-born star since revealed that she keeps the coveted Oscar statuette in her bedroom.
Another film that has brought Rachel Weisz top honors is the 2018 black comedy/historical drama, The Favourite. The Favourite revolves around the antics of two cousins, Abigail and Sarah, who are vying for the attention of Queen Anne. Weisz played the role of Lady Sarah, and her performance fetched her rave reviews, as well as the 2019 BAFTA award for best-supporting actress.
The Actress Has a Fortune Running into Millions of Dollars
Rachel Weisz may not be as rich as her husband, who reportedly has a net worth of $150 million, but there is no arguing the fact that she has done well for herself. The London-born actress has a net worth of $36 million, and part of this stems from her endorsement deals. Another avenue that has paid her well is her acting career. The Londoner was paid about £1 million in 1999 to star in The Mummy, and her professional fees have since risen considerably. Despite this fact and her obvious wealth, Weisz remains quite frugal, a habit she picked up from her parents. She does not deny herself the fine things of life but won’t go for unnecessarily expensive things.