|Born||Christian Charles Philip Bale
30 January 1974 (age 39; Aquarius)
Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, Wales, UK
|Residence||Los Angeles, California, US|
|FAMILY||Wife (29/01/2000–present): Sandra (Sibi) Bale (born Blažic, 14/04/1970)
Children: 1 daughter (b. 2005) – 1 son (b. 2014)
|Parents/SIBLINGS||David Bale (South African–born)
Jenny Bale (English)
Gloria Steinem (stepmother)
Erin Bale, Sharon Bale, Louise Bale (sisters)
Christian Charles Philip Bale (born 30 January 1974) is an English actor. In addition to starring roles in big budget Hollywood films, he has long been heavily involved in films produced by independent producers and art houses. Christian Bale first caught the public eye when he was cast in the starring role of Steven Spielberg’s Empire of the Sun at the age of 13, playing an English boy who is separated from his parents and subsequently finds himself lost in a Japanese internment camp during World War II. Since then, he has portrayed a wide range of characters.
Bale is especially noted for his cult following: the tenth anniversary issue of Entertainment Weekly hailed him as one of the “Top 8 Most Powerful Cult Figures of the Past Decade”, citing his cult status on the Internet. EW called Bale one of the “Most Creative People in Entertainment” in anticipation of the release American Psycho (2000). He earned a reputation as a method actor after he lost 63 pounds to play the role of Trevor Reznik in the 2004 film The Machinist. Bale went on to receive greater commercial recognition and acclaim for his role as Bruce Wayne / Batman in Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins (2005), The Dark Knight (2008), and The Dark Knight Rises (2012). He also portrayed Dicky Eklund in the biopic The Fighter (2010), for which he received critical acclaim and won several awards, including the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor and the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role. He has since gained further acclaim as well as subsequent Academy Award, Screen Actors Guild Award and Golden Globe nominations for his roles in Russell’s American Hustle and Adam McKay’s The Big Short.