Kate Winslet is a rich woman, with a lifestyle that fits together
She lives in a monumental house of such grandeur that it is valued at more than twice the price of the nearby Rolling Stone Keith Richards mansion.
She vacations in five star resorts, has a value of around £ 35 million and spent a reported sum of six digits for legally suppressing & # 39; innocent but embarrassing & # 39; photos of her posh husband, partly naked at a theme party.
Yes, Kate Winslet is a wealthy woman, with a lifestyle that fits together – one that undoubtedly offers great pleasure to her third husband, Ned Rocknroll (cousin of billionaire Richard Branson) and her three children: Mia, 18, Joe, 15 and Bear, five.
Yet she now says – perhaps half jokingly – that she is being rejected by the idea of wealth.
In an interview with the Radio Times that is part of a genealogy documentary Who Do You Think You Are ?, Kate, 43, says she is upset or disgusted & # 39; would have been to have found money or royalties in her family tree.
Instead, she sobbed when she discovered that a Swedish great-great-great-grandfather, Anders Jonsson, was an impoverished, stable groom. His son died of malnutrition at the age of three – and Kate said she had a & # 39; really profound blood connection & # 39; felt with her distant relatives.
Kate also celebrated the fact that (although she, her parents and her grandparents all lived in Reading, Berkshire) this made her a & # 39; immigrant & # 39; made.
& # 39; My roots are socialist, working class and, in a funny way, my parents frowned the rich, & # 39; she said.
All very commendable. The problem is that what Kate thinks of & # 39; socialist & # 39; and & # 39; working class & # 39; maybe not what the rest of us is doing.
Take her grandfather for example. He was a successful dentist and a prominent local dignitary, member of a local & # 39; Order of Druids & # 39; lodge that appears to have been a quasi-freemason association, the chairman of two theater companies and president of the local fishing association.
When he died, he left about £ 120,000 in his estate in today's money, as well as a house in Reading that is now worth £ 470,000.
Her other grandfather worked in a men's store in the city and now lived in a three-star terrace with a value of £ 285,000.
Kate was born in Reading in 1975. Her mother, Sally, was a babysitter and a waitress, and her father, Roger, a job actor (pictured: Kate, far left, with her & # 39; working class & # 39; family in 1982)
Kate was born in Reading in 1975. Her mother, Sally, was a babysitter and a waitress, and her father, Roger, a job actor. She grew up in a three-bedroom terraced house, which is now valued at just under £ 500,000. She also attended a paid school – more later.
Kate, however, insists on how proletarian she is, and tells Radio Times: & Mom and Dad went to Oxford for their honeymoon and we always had vacations with a tent in the back of the van.
& # 39; We have camped wonderful times in Cornwall and France. We never went anywhere like a family involved in the plane, ever, ever, ever. & # 39;
Of course, many middle-class families never spent their holidays anywhere in this era, but in Cornwall or France – it is hardly proof of poverty.
Yet it is a theme that Kate – perhaps embarrassed by her fame and wealth – likes to return to.
In an interview from 2009, awarded when she lived in a £ 2 million New York apartment with her second husband, director Wunderkind Sam Mendes, she claimed that she absolutely & # 39; working class & # 39; used to be.
She told Marie Claire magazine that her father's career was seriously affected after his foot was crushed in a canal boat accident.
& # 39; They operated on him for 18 hours. From that moment on he was a disabled actor, so the small work he got – as an episode from Casualty, Crimewatch – even that became less and less.
& # 39; My father was a very struggling actor and spent more of his life as a mail driver, as a member of a Tarmac company, as a delivery truck driver. He would sell Christmas trees. Something. That was my dad.
& # 39; We had these awful used cars & # 39; s always dying to die, or we would go on vacation to Cornwall, come back and it would have been carved.
Pictured: Kate & # 39; s children's home in Reading
& # 39; Honestly, it was hand-me-down shoes and 10p spending money on a Saturday that only increased at the age of 11. & # 39;
For further evidence of her modest roots, Kate added that tea was served strongly and in & # 39; mismatched mugs & # 39 ;.
Her education can be listed here. She attended the fee-paying Redroofs drama school in Maidenhead, Berkshire – where the costs now stand at £ 5,402 per term – aged 11 to 16 years.
Her principal, June Rose, says: & She had a very nice, sensible, and theatrical family. It was certainly not a matter of bitter poverty. Like most actors, they weren't Cadillacs and stretch limos, but I don't think she ever wanted anything. & # 39;
Kate said her fees were paid by the Actors & Charitable Trust, and explained that she had to leave after her GCSE because her parents couldn't pay the tuition fees.
So what are the facts about her background?
Her mother, Sally, was one of the seven children of Oliver Bridges, real name Archibald Ottewill Bridges, and his wife Linda. In a census of 1939, Linda is mentioned as her husband's private secretary, unpaid household chores. Oliver was a dentist. When he died in 1967 he left £ 6,815 – which corresponds to around £ 120,000 today.
He was a person with such status that his local newspaper wrote a death notice. It noted that he had formed the Reading Dramatic Society and later became president when it merged with the Reading Amateur Dramatic Society. He was also noted as an & # 39; active member of the Order of Druids belonging to the Royal Berkshire Lodge No. 477 & # 39 ;.
Oliver also founded SLY, the Society of Local Yokels – a social club with local members who dressed as shepherds and the like, and organized party nights.
Kate & # 39; s mother, Sally, was one of the members, as was Kate & # 39; s father, Roger and uncle Mark Bridges.
Linda, who died in 2007 at the age of 99, also performed.
Indeed, it is Linda – the daughter of a hotelier from Fulham, South West London and who went to the famous Italia Conti school as a young woman – who is considered to be the main source of the family's actor gene.
Kate Winslet and friend Ned Rocknroll leave their hotel in London, March 27, 2012
Her son Robert Bridges, Kate's uncle, was a West End star and appeared in the original production of Oliver!
Mark Bridges said: & She was proud of all her children and her grandchildren. We have all acquired her cooking skills and most of us her amazing acting skills. "Kate & # 39; s paternal grandfather, Charles Winslet, worked as a shop assistant in a men's outfits according to the 1939 census and his wife Blanche was a housewife.
Charles became store manager and now lived in a £ 285,000 home in Reading. Charles died in 1989 and Blanche in 1993.
To be consistent with Kate & # 39; s impression of poverty and working class, you have to go further.
Charles & # 39; s father, Charles senior – Kate & # 39; s great-grandfather – ran The Lion pub in Reading, and his father John runs the Broad Face Hotel with his wife Susan.
Her great-great-grandfather was also a milker from Richmond, Surrey.
All in all, it is not a picture of desperate poverty that many working-class families would identify with.
But Kate insists in the interview saying that she & # 39; comes from a long line of impoverished people on both sides of my family & # 39; – adding that this explains why she tried to imprint the values of my parents in my children & # 39 ;.
& # 39; People never believe me, but my children are not privileged. We just don't live like that. They are very balanced. Humiliate. & # 39;
… and her other revelations who raised their eyebrows
ABOUT THE BIRTH OF HER DAUGHTER MIA
Beginning: Kate was 16 when she was in her first TV series
When her firstborn Mia arrived in October 2000, Kate issued a statement stating that she & # 39; naturally and without complications & # 39; was born.
Four years later she told a magazine: & # 39; I've never talked about it – I've put a lot of effort into disguising it. But Mia was an emergency C section.
& # 39; I just said that I had a natural birth because I was so completely traumatized by the fact that I had not given birth.
& # 39; I felt a complete failure. & # 39;
She only came out with the truth after she naturally had a second child, Joe. & # 39; Fourteen hours without medication, but then I had to have an epidural because I was so tired. It was an incredible birth. Really triumphant. & # 39;
NA & # 39; FAT & # 39; TO BE MENTIONED WHILE AT SCHOOL
Kate has repeatedly said she was fat – and, crucially, teased for it – in her school years. Nicknamed Blubber, she says she was 13 at the age of 15 and announced in 2009: & I was bullied because I was chubby. Where are they now!
& # 39; I suffered from & # 39; Nobody will ever love me! & # 39; Syndrome, well into my teens. Even now I don't consider myself a kind of great, sexy beauty. Absolutely not. & # 39;
Although Kate did not mention the school where the name call took place, June Rose, the director of Kate's Redroofs drama school, who is now retired, said: “I have read a lot about her being overweight as a child.
& # 39; But ask every teenager and they will tell you that they are fat – they always see themselves differently from everyone else. Kate was a completely normal, healthy schoolgirl. She may have had a little puppy fat, but nothing abnormal.
& # 39; Children sometimes call each other things, but Kate was never fat. & # 39; Yet it's not just students who accuse Kate of commenting on her weight – which was clearly something she felt self-conscious about, no matter how she appeared to others.
In 2016, after winning a Bafta for The Reader, she said: & # 39; When I was 14, a drama teacher told me that maybe I would do well if I was content with the big girl parts. & # 39;
Teachers at Redroofs immediately said they had never made such comments, and her publicist later said: & I can now clarify that this did not happen at the Redroofs Theater School. It happened during an independent drama series during a summer in London. & # 39;
ON HER PHOTOS ARE AIRBRUSHED
She spoke about airbrushing in 2009 and said: & I have wrinkles that are very clear. I will say in particular when I look at movie posters: "You have washed my forehead. Can you change that again please? & # 39; & # 39; She complained that GQ digitally tampered with a cover photo of her in 2003 & # 39; I don't look like this, and more importantly, I don't want to look like that, & she said.
But in a series of ads for Lancome, made by Mario Testino in 2011, she looked like a teenager wrinkle-free – despite being 35 years old at the time.
GET AND BLOCKED IN A CUPBOARD
Kate has repeatedly said that she will be banned & # 39; at school & # 39; and & # 39; bullied & # 39; was even locked up in a cupboard once.
She has often recalled the encounter of one of the & # 39; nasty girls & # 39; from school who worked at a makeup desk and thanked her for being so scared – because it made her stronger. It is not clear to which school she refers in these anecdotes.
June Rose, from Redroofs, said: & I read that she was being bullied and the other children locked her up in a closet, but if it did, it certainly wasn't here.
& # 39; The fact that she was the head girl says everything you need to know about her character and how high she was considered. & # 39;
Another Redroofs teacher, Carolyn Keston, said: & # 39; We have never witnessed bullying. Nothing has ever been passed on to us. & # 39;
However, Kate claims it happened.
& # 39; I chose not to bring it to the attention of the entire school at that time; as is often the case in these circumstances, bullied people can be worried about expressing their opinion.
& # 39; Instead, I sought advice from a trusted teacher who guided me through this situation in the most friendly, discreet, and supportive way. & # 39;
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