Katherine Matilda "Tilda" Swinton, 47, is an Academy Award- winning British actress known for both arthouse and mainstream films. Born in London, her mother was Australian, her father Scottish, the Swinton family lineage tracing back to the ninth century. To me, she looks more like the Queen of England than the Queen of England.
Tilda gained fame in 1995 when she developed a performance/installation art piece in which, as a live exhibit in the Serpentine Gallery, London, she was on display to the public for a week, asleep or apparently so, in a glass case, as a piece of performance art.
Tilda appeared as a supporting character in films such as The Beach (2000), featuring Leonardo DiCaprio, and Vanilla Sky (2001) with Tom Cruise and, as the scheming archangel Gabriel in Constantine (2005) with Keanu Reeves.
In 2005, she was the White Witch Jadis in the film version of The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, and her performance as Karen Crowder in Michael Clayton also drew favorable reviews.
Thanks to Tilda, Wikipedia, and those aristocratic Swinton genes.