Kate Elizabeth Winslet is an English actress. Known for her work in independent films, particularly period dramas, and for her portrayals of headstrong and complicated women, she has received numerous accolades, including an Academy Award, a Grammy Award, two Primetime Emmy Awards, three British Academy Film Awards, and five Golden Globe Awards. Time magazine named Winslet one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2009 and 2021, and in 2012, she was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire. Winslet studied drama at the Redroofs Theatre School. Her first screen appearance, at age 15, was in the British television series Dark Season. She made her film debut playing a teenage murderess in Heavenly Creatures, and went on to win a BAFTA Award for playing Marianne Dashwood in Sense and Sensibility. Global stardom followed with her leading role in the epic romance Titanic, which was the highest-grossing film at the time.