Tilda Swinton

Actor, Artist
A luminous actress capable of immersing herself into a vast array of characters, Tilda Swinton succeeded in both art house and mainstream cinema, thanks to her prodigious talent, dedication to art and striking ... Read more »
Born: 11/05/1960 in London, England, GB


Actor (66)

Hail, Caesar! 2016 (Movie)

Hedda Hopper (Actor)

Trainwreck 2015 (Movie)

Dianna (Actor)

A Bigger Splash 2014 (Movie)

Marianne (Actor)

Late Night with Seth Meyers 2014 (Tv Show)


Only Lovers Left Alive 2014 (Movie)

Eve (Actor)

Snowpiercer 2014 (Movie)

Mason (Actor)

The Grand Budapest Hotel 2014 (Movie)

Madame D. (Actor)

The Zero Theorem 2013 (Movie)

Dr. Shrink-Rom (Actor)

Moonrise Kingdom 2012 (Movie)

Social Services (Actor)

The 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)


The British Academy Film Awards 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)


We Need to Talk About Kevin 2011 (Movie)

Eva Khatchadourian (Actor)

Climate of Change 2010 (Movie)


I Am Love 2010 (Movie)

Emma Recchi (Actor)

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader 2010 (Movie)

The White Witch (Actor)

81st Annual Academy Awards 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)


Julia 2009 (Movie)

Julia Harris (Actor)

The Limits of Control 2009 (Movie)

Blonde (Actor)

Burn After Reading 2008 (Movie)

Katie Cox (Actor)

Derek 2008 (Movie)


The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian 2008 (Movie)

The White Witch (Actor)

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button 2008 (Movie)

Elizabeth Abbott (Actor)

The Late Show With David Letterman 2008 (Tv Show)


The Man From London 2008 (Movie)

Camelia (Actor)

Deep Water 2007 (Movie)


Manufacturing Dissent 2007 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Michael Clayton 2007 (Movie)

Karen Crowder (Actor)

Stephanie Daley 2007 (Movie)

Lydie Crane (Actor)

Strange Culture 2007 (Movie)

Hope Kurtz (Actor)

Broken Flowers 2005 (Movie)

Penny (Actor)

Constantine 2005 (Movie)

Gabriel (Actor)

Thumbsucker 2005 (Movie)

Audrey Cobb (Actor)

Teknolust 2004 (Movie)

Rosetta Stone/Ruby/Marine/Olive (Actor)

Young Adam 2004 (Movie)

Ella (Actor)

In the Company of Women 2003 (Movie)


The Statement 2003 (Movie)

Annemarie Livi (Actor)

Adaptation 2002 (Movie)

Valerie (Actor)

The Deep End 2001 (Movie)

Margaret Hall (Actor)

Vanilla Sky 2001 (Movie)

Rebecca Dearborn (Actor)

Possible Worlds 2000 (Movie)

Joyce (Actor)

The Beach 2000 (Movie)

Sal (Actor)

Conceiving Ada 1999 (Movie)

Ada Byron King--Countess of Lovelace (Actor)

The Dilapidated Dwelling 1999 (Movie)


The War Zone 1999 (Movie)

Mum (Actor)

Love Is the Devil 1998 (Movie)

Muriel Belcher (Actor)

The Protagonists 1998 (Movie)


Female Perversions 1997 (Movie)

Evelyn "Eve" Stephens (Actor)

Blue 1994 (Movie)


Remembrance of Things Fast 1994 (Movie)


Hamlet 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)


Orlando 1993 (Movie)

Orlando (Actor)

Wittgenstein 1993 (Movie)

Lady Ottoline Morrell (Actor)

Edward II 1992 (Movie)

Queen Isabella (Actor)

Glitterbug 1992 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Man to Man 1991 (Movie)

Ella/ Max Gericke (Actor)

Derek Jarman: A Portrait 1990 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

The Garden 1990 (Movie)

Madonna (Actor)

The Party: Nature Morte 1990 (Movie)

Queenie (Actor)

Friendship's Death 1989 (Movie)

Friendship (Actor)

The Last of England 1989 (Movie)


War Requiem 1989 (Movie)

The Nurse (Actor)

Aria 1988 (Movie)

Young Girl (Actor)

Caravaggio 1986 (Movie)

Lena (Actor)

Play Me Something 1986 (Movie)

Hairdresser (Actor)

Come Like Shadows (Movie)

Producer (5)

We Need to Talk About Kevin 2011 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

I Am Love 2010 (Movie)


Derek 2008 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Stephanie Daley 2007 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Thumbsucker 2005 (Movie)

(Co-Executive Producer)
Editor (1)

Derek 2008 (Movie)

Writer (1)

Derek 2008 (Movie)



A luminous actress capable of immersing herself into a vast array of characters, Tilda Swinton succeeded in both art house and mainstream cinema, thanks to her prodigious talent, dedication to art and striking appearance which set her apart from her peers. She began her career as a leading lady of European art cinema, working with directors like Derek Jarman, John Maybury and Sally Potter and earning acclaim as the gender-shifting lead in Potter's Academy Award-nominated "Orlando" (1992). The edgy icon expanded into American filmmaking with an acclaimed performances in "The Deep End" (2001) and experimental outings like "Vanilla Sky" (2001) and "Adaptation" (2002). Despite her art house bent, bigger productions were not immune to her captivating appeal. She achieved international fame despite her adventurous spirit both on- and off-screen. Her alabaster glow and 5'11" stature gave an otherworldly quality to the high profile role of the icy White Witch in "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and The Wardrobe" (2005). She later became an Oscar-winning actress for her performance in the tense legal thriller "Michael Clayton" (2007), while continuing to work steadily in projects obscure and high-profile alike. Gifted unlike any other actor of her generation, Swinton's career seemed limited only by the scope of her immense creativity.


John Byrne Screenplay

Met in the 1980s; had two children No longer together

Honor Byrne

Born c. 1997; twin of Xavier; father, John Byrne

Xavier Byrne

Born c. 1997; twin of Honor; father, John Byrne

Sandro Kopp Screenplay

Began dating in 2004

John Swinton

Was a major-general in the Scots Guards

Judith Swinton



West Heath Girls' School

An exclusive girls' boarding school; classmates included Diana Spencer, the future Princess of Wales

Cambridge University

Appeared with Cambridge Mummers; graduated from New Hall, a women-only college in the University of Cambridge

Fettes College

An independent boarding and day school; attended only briefly



Cast as a social services worker in Wes Anderson's romantic adventure "Moonrise Kingdom"


Played the grieving mother of a young man who goes on a high school killing spree in "We Need to Talk About Kevin"


Starred in the drama "Io sono l'amore" ("I Am Love")


Returned to playing the White Witch in "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader"


Reprised role of the White Witch in "The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian"


Joined an ensemble cast for the Coen's brothers' "Burn After Reading"


Featured in "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button"


Co-starred with George Clooney in Tony Gilroy's "Michael Clayton"; earned Golden Globe and SAG nominations for Best Supporting Actress


Portrayed a forensic psychologist in the indie movie "Stephanie Daley"


Played as an ex-flame of Bill Murray's in Jim Jarmusch's "Broken Flowers"


Cast as the White Witch in Andrew Adamson's feature adaptation of C.S. Lewis' The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe


Co-starred with Ewan McGregor in the thriller "Young Adam"


Cast opposite Michael Caine in "The Statement"


Acted alongside Meryl Streep and Nicolas Cage in "Adaptation"


Landed featured role as a smooth-talking cryogenics saleswoman in "Vanilla Sky"


Portrayed a mother who goes to any length to protect her son in "The Deep End"; premiered at Sundance


Played Sal, the leader of the beach community in Danny Boyle's feature adaptation of Alex Garland's novel The Beach


Co-starred in "The War Zone"


Third teaming with Maybury in his feature directorial debut "Love Is the Devil"


Portrayed Ada Byron in "Conceiving Ada"


Co-starred in the controversial drama "Female Perversions"


Featured in an art installation entitled "The Maybe" in London and Rome, which consisted of her sleeping for eight hours at a time; part of a collaboration with Cornelia Parker


Final film with Jarman as one of the voices in "Blue"


Reteamed with Maybury for "Remembrance of Things Fast"


Recreated her stage role in John Maybury's film version of "Man to Man"; played a woman who assumed her husband's identity


Breakthrough screen lead in "Orlando," directed by Sally Potter


Cast as Queen Isabella in Jarman's "Edward II"


British TV debut with the Channel 4 miniseries "Zastrozzi: A Romance"


Film debut, "Caravaggio"; first of seven collaborations with director Derek Jarman

Toured Europe with the Cambridge Mummers production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream"

Performed onstage with the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Travers Theater in Edinburgh

Bonus Trivia


One source gave 1961 as the year of Ms. Swinton's birth, while another claimed that she was born in London.


Swinton was born into a patrician Scottish military family – one of the oldest in the country's history – and was educated at an English boarding school alongside classmate Diana Spencer, the future Princess of Wales.


"For me ['Orlando' and 'Female Perversions'] are bookend projects and explore gender identity, the way in which alienated women find themselves relating to society in general. I feel that something has been completed by them for me." – Swinton quoted in the British edition of Premiere, April 1997


"There is an impact in literally feeling that I've lost my day job. But there's no doubt about it, and he [Jarman] would be the first to agree with me, that there are so many areas of my existence, my interest, that he didn't share. And there is that mourning thing which does go on for a very long time, I discover. I'm actually a real advocate for bringing back black bombazine [traditional mourning dress], then you move into purple, and then into grey. I wish I'd done it, actually. It's one year for each color, I think, and I think that's about right. I'm probably moving into the grey." – Swinton on the death of director Derek Jarman and its impact on her life, to the British edition of Premiere, April 1997


"The truth is, I'm not interested in acting whatsoever. It's never interested me. The reason that I, when I first worked as a performer, worked in the theater, was simply that I couldn't find my way in front of a camera soon enough. And the second I found myself on a film set, I knew that that was where I wanted to be. It was not simply because of the caliber of performance available to the camera, and required by the camera, but also the environment of filmmaking and the science of it."And the atmosphere and landscape of filmmaking. In such films as 'The Last of England,' you cannot possibly describe me as an actor in those films. Because there ain't no acting going on. Those are performances." – Swinton quoted in The New York Times, Aug. 5, 2001


"I realize that I really love working with first time filmmakers, partly because of seeing this wonderful moment happen when, after carrying it by yourself for so long, you suddenly realize that if you went, 'Oh, f*ck, I'm not going to do it,' all these other people would go, 'Hey!'" – Swinton to Interview magazine, October 2005