Family celebrations for Kate WinsletBy Natalie Slater
February 09, 2009
Proud Reading parents Sally and Roger Winslet celebrated last night as their daughter Kate picked up one of the most prestigious awards of her career.
The town’s most famous family took centre stage at the Baftas after Kate collected her award for best actress in her portrayal of a former Nazi prison guard in the film The Reader.
And Kate revealed after the ceremony: “The girl from Reading will always be in me, these are dreams that, as a kid, I wouldn’t even dare to dream.”
She saw off competition from Angelina Jolie, Meryl Streep, Kristin Scott Thomas and even herself after being nominated a second time for Revolutionary Road.
Her mum and dad, from West Reading, looked proud as punch as they watched their 33-year-old daughter pick up the gong and were seen sitting together and chatting at the awards at the Royal Opera House in London.
During her acceptance speech, the actress gushed how thankful she was to have won an award in her home country, but managed to keep it a little less emotional than her much publicised speech after winning two Golden Globes earlier this year.
Mr and Mrs Winslet were said to be delighted with their girl’s success as she was recognised for her role after already picking up two Golden Globes for The Reader and Revolutionary Road – in which she plays a newly married woman desperate to find a more exciting life out of suburbia.
Kate, who was draped in £1 million of Chopard accessories and dressed in a black Zac Posen dress, is now tipped to follow her success at the Oscars, which is only two weeks away, alongside other award winners Mickey Rourke and Slumdog Millionaire director Danny Boyle.
Speaking at the award ceremony last night, clutching the second Bafta mask of her career – the first being for a supporting role in Sense and Sensibility in 1995 – she said: “I think it would be wrong to hope for anything beyond this point.”