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Titanic roles We look back at Mare of Easttown star Kate Winslet's most memorable performances to date

Can't get enough of Kate Winslet after watching Mare of Easttown? Well, you're not alone

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ARRESTING ROLE: Kate stars as Mare in the seven-part series

ARRESTING ROLE: Kate stars as Mare in the seven-part series

Guy Pearce plays love-interest Richard Ryan

Guy Pearce plays love-interest Richard Ryan

Heavenly Creatures

Heavenly Creatures

Sense & Sensibility

Sense & Sensibility

Titanic

Titanic

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Little Children

Little Children

Revolutionary Road

Revolutionary Road

The Reader

The Reader

The surprisingly dirty Winslet in Extras

The surprisingly dirty Winslet in Extras

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ARRESTING ROLE: Kate stars as Mare in the seven-part series

1 MARE OF EASTTOWN

(2021) Mare Sheehan

She's the no-nonsense hero we didn't know we needed until Mare of Easttown came along.

Set in small-town Pennsylvania, Winslet excels as grieving mother and world-weary police officer Mare Sheehan who leads the investigation into a local murder as her life crumbles around her.

The story and writing are exceptional, realistic and gritty, showing off the blue-collar town as we follow Mare, the middle-aged detective coping with the fallout from her recent divorce following the suicide of her son. Not one to shy away from dark roots, or avoid drinking beer straight from the bottle, Winslet's character bucks the trend for the prim and proper roles we are accustomed to seeing our leading ladies portray.

This is a defiantly unglossy portrayal of a grumpy, hard-ass woman - one I think we can all identify with after the last year.

A television whodunnit at its finest - if you haven't watched it yet, sort it out.

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Guy Pearce plays love-interest Richard Ryan

Guy Pearce plays love-interest Richard Ryan

Guy Pearce plays love-interest Richard Ryan

 

2 HEAVENLY CREATURES

(1994) Juliet Hulme

The talented actor made her feature film debut in Peter Jackson's twisted biographical drama Heavenly Creatures.

A coming-of-age story marked by love, obsession and bloodshed, it follows the story of Juliet, played by Winslet, a posh English teenager who forms an obsessive relationship with the working-class Pauline (Melanie Lynskey).

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When their parents try to separate them, they decide to take matters into their own hands by murdering one of the girl's mothers.

The movie reels you in right from the opening scene as we see Juliet charging at the camera, screaming and covered in blood - it was quite the entrance onto the big screen and a sensational debut that made the 19-year-old a talent to watch.

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Heavenly Creatures

Heavenly Creatures

Heavenly Creatures

 

 

3 SENSE & SENSIBILITY

(1995) Marianne Dashwood

No one falls in love onscreen quite like Kate and she absolutely nails it in Ang Lee's 1995 adaptation of the Jane Austen novel, playing Marianne Dashwood, the younger sister of Elinor (Emma Thompson).

This was her first period drama - a genre in which she went on to shine, no doubt thanks to this performance as she embodies her character's romantic idealism as the lovestruck and lovesick Marianne.

It was the young starlet's chance to prove she could hold her own with big names like Thompson, Alan Rickman and Hugh Grant - and she did just that by taking home the BAFTA for Best Supporting Actress for her role.

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Sense & Sensibility

Sense & Sensibility

Sense & Sensibility

 

 

4 TITANIC

(1997) Rose Dewitt Bukater

Many believe that Rose is still Winslet's most memorable role (until Mare stole her thunder) when she starred as 17-year-old socialite Rose DeWitt Bukater opposite Leonardo DiCaprio's Jack Dawson in James Cameron's Titanic hit.

The iconic love story between Rose and Jack earned her a Golden Globe and Oscar nomination in 1998. And who can forget 'the sweaty handprint' or 'paint me like one of your French girls' (inset left) iconic scenes.

From the moment Rose steps onto the ship, it's clear that Winslet is perfect for the part of the buttoned-up-but-rebellious beauty.

It's been 24 years since we saw them in this epic blockbuster and they still remain friends to this day. It's clear these two still aren't letting go, even though Rose kinda hogged the door she was floating on and did actually let go... just saying.

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Titanic

Titanic

Titanic

 

 

5 ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND

(2004) Clementine Kruczynski

"I'm just a f***ed-up girl who is looking for my own peace of mind. Don't assign me yours." Amen to that sister.

Winslet plays Clementine Kruczynski, a woman whom Jim Carrey's Joel Barrish yearns to forget. She was still in early-career mode when she starred in Michel Gondry's indie hit, but managed to put in a spectacularly unhinged performance as Clementine.

This role proved she could do contemporary as effectively as period drama and earned her an Oscar nomination for Best Actress.

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Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

 

 

6 LITTLE CHILDREN

(2006) Sarah Pierce

Winslet plays Sarah Pierce, a wife and mother ambivalent about her domestic life who connects with an equally unhappily married dad, carefree Brad (Patrick Wilson). While she lost the Golden Globe to Helen Mirren for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II in The Queen, she plays yet another complex character to perfection in this disturbing suburban satire.

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Little Children

Little Children

Little Children

 

 

7 REVOLUTIONARY ROAD

(2008) April Wheeler

Leonardo DiCaprio reunites with Winslet in this period piece. She plays April Wheeler, a wife who yearns to move to Paris to escape her vapid lifestyle in suburban Connecticut.

"If black could be made into white by talking, you'd be the man for the job!" Just one of the fabulously intense lines she delivers throughout.

The British star is electrifying as a picture-perfect 1950s American housewife trying to resist domestic drudgery. She won the Golden Globe for Best Actress for her performance.

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Revolutionary Road

Revolutionary Road

Revolutionary Road

 

 

8 THE READER

(2008) Hanna Schmitz

Winslet finally earned her long-awaited Oscar for her role as Hanna Schmitz in this adaptation of Bernard Schlink's acclaimed war-guilt novel The Reader.

The film is an astonishing portrayal of a complex woman and charts the strange and strained relationship of Hanna and Michael (David Kross).

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The Reader

The Reader

The Reader

 

 

'I want to stick your Willy Wonka between my Oompa Loompas'

⬤ AMMONITE (2020) - Winslet appears opposite Saoirse Ronan as Mary Anning, a pioneering 19th-century palaeontologist, in this period drama. Both leads give beautifully polished performances as a pair of unexpected lovers.

⬤ MILDRED PIERCE (2011) - Divorced single mom Mildred Pierce decides to open a restaurant, which tears at the already-strained relationship with her daughter Veda. Guy Pearce again plays her love interest in the miniseries, and the chemistry between them scorches up the small screen.

⬤ STEVE JOBS (2015) - Playing real people is always a challenge, but Kate shines opposite Michael Fassbender here. She received her fourth Golden Globe for her supporting role as Joanna Hoffman in the biopic.

⬤ EXTRAS (2005) - Who knew Winslet could be this funny? Playing herself playing a nun in Ricky Gervais' star-studded comedy series, a surprisingly dirty Winslet doles out phone sex advice with such gems as "I want you to stick your Willy Wonka between my Oompa Loompas" - TV gold.

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The surprisingly dirty Winslet in Extras

The surprisingly dirty Winslet in Extras

The surprisingly dirty Winslet in Extras

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