Kate Winslet was born on October 5, 1975 in Reading, Berkshire, England. Born into a family of actors, she aspired to do the same at a very early age. Winslet herself was a rather overweight child and struggled with bullying on a regular basis, which lead to her actively speaking out against it today. At the age of 11, she was accepted into Redford Theater school. The school itself functioned as an agency through which Winslet received some of her first gigs.