Christian Bale



Place of birth:

Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, Wales, UK:


A Welsh-born English actor. In addition to starring roles in big budget Hollywood films, he has long been heavily involved in films produced by independent producers and art houses. Bale first caught the public eye when he was cast in the starring role of Steven Spielberg's Empire of the Sun at the age of 13, playing an English boy who is separated from his parents and subsequently finds himself lost in a Japanese internment camp during World War II. Since then, he has portrayed a wide range of characters. Bale is especially noted for his cult following: the tenth anniversary issue of Entertainment Weekly hailed him as one of the "Top 8 Most Powerful Cult Figures of the Past Decade", citing his cult status on the Internet. EW called Bale one of the "Most Creative People in Entertainment" in anticipation of the release American Psycho (2000). The Guardian named Bale as one of the best actors never to have received an Academy Award nomination. Bale is most well-known for starring as Bruce Wayne/Batman in Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy. All three films earned critical praise and did well at the box office by making over 2 billion combined dollars between the three films. Bale was born in Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, Wales to parents of English descent. His father, David Bale, was an entrepreneur, commercial pilot, and talent manager and his mother, Jenny James, was a circus clown and performer. He is the youngest of four children. After leaving Wales in 1976, Bale spent his childhood in several countries, including England, Portugal and the United States. Settling for four years in Bournemouth and Henley-on-Thames, Bale was educated at Shiplake C of E Primary School, the independent Dolphin School in Berkshire, and at Bournemouth School. He participated actively in rugby union. Bale has described his childhood, with respect to his mother being in the circus, as "interesting". He recalled his first kiss was with an acrobat named Barta. As a child, he trained in ballet and guitar. His sister Louise's work in theatre also influenced his decision to become an actor. Bale's father was very supportive of his son's acting, resigning from his job as a commercial pilot to travel and manage Bale's burgeoning career. Bale's first foray into acting was a commercial for the fabric softener Lenor in 1982, when he was eight years old. He appeared in a Pac-Man cereal commercial playing a child rock star a year later and in 1984 made his stage debut in The Nerd, opposite Rowan Atkinson. On 29 January, 2000, Bale married Sandra "Sibi" Blažić (born 1970), a one-time model, make-up artist and personal assistant to Winona Ryder; the couple have a daughter, Emmeline, who was born on 27 March 2005, in Santa Monica, California. Since 1992, Bale has resided in Los Angeles.

Film Credits

Thor: Love and Thunder (2022)
as Gorr the God Butcher
Joker: Put on a Happy Face (2020)
as Self
Ford v Ferrari (2019)
as Ken Miles
Vice (2018)
as Dick Cheney
Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle (2018)
as Bagheera
Hostiles (2017)
as Captain Joseph J. Blocker
Spielberg (2017)
as Self
The Promise (2016)
as Chris Myers
The Big Short (2015)
as Michael Burry
Keepers of the Covenant: Making 'Exodus: Gods and Kings' (2015)
as Himself
Knight of Cups (2015)
as Rick
Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014)
as Moses
American Hustle (2013)
as Irving Rosenfeld
Out of the Furnace (2013)
as Russell Baze
The Fire Rises: The Creation and Impact of The Dark Knight Trilogy (2013)
as Himself (archive footage)
Ending the Knight (2012)
as Self
The Batmobile (2012)
as Himself
The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
as Bruce Wayne / Batman
金陵十三釵 (2011)
as John Miller
The Fighter (2010)
as Dick "Dicky" Eklund
Michael Mann: Making 'Public Enemies' (2009)
as Self
The Last of the Legendary Outlaws (2009)
as Self
Public Enemies (2009)
as Melvin Purvis
Terminator Salvation (2009)
as John Connor
The Dark Knight (2008)
as Bruce Wayne / Batman
Batman Unmasked: The Psychology of the Dark Knight (2008)
as himself
Gotham Uncovered: Creation of a Scene (2008)
as Himself
I'm Not There (2007)
as Jack/Pastor John
3:10 to Yuma (2007)
as Dan Evans
The Prestige (2006)
as Alfred Borden
Rescue Dawn (2006)
as Dieter Dengler
The New World (2005)
as John Rolfe
Harsh Times (2005)
as Jim Luther Davis
Batman Begins (2005)
as Bruce Wayne / Batman
Tankman Begins (2005)
as Batman (archive footage) (uncredited)
The Machinist (2004)
as Trevor Reznik
Laurel Canyon (2003)
as Sam
Equilibrium (2002)
as John Preston
Reign of Fire (2002)
as Quinn Abercromby
Captain Corelli's Mandolin (2001)
as Mandras
Shaft (2000)
as Walter Wade, Jr.
American Psycho (2000)
as Patrick Bateman
Mary, Mother of Jesus (1999)
as Jesus of Nazareth
All the Little Animals (1999)
as Bobby Platt
A Midsummer Night's Dream (1999)
as Demetrius
Velvet Goldmine (1998)
as Arthur Stuart
Metroland (1997)
as Chris
The Secret Agent (1996)
as Stevie
The Portrait of a Lady (1996)
as Edward Rosier
Pocahontas (1995)
as Thomas (voice)
Little Women (1994)
as Theodore "Laurie" Laurence
Prince of Jutland (1994)
as Amled
Swing Kids (1993)
as Thomas Berger
Newsies (1992)
as Jack 'Cowboy' Kelly
A Murder of Quality (1991)
as Tim Perkins
Blood Drips Heavily on Newsie Square (1991)
as Himself
Treasure Island (1990)
as Jim Hawkins
Henry V (1989)
as Robin the Luggage-Boy
Empire of the Sun (1987)
as Jim 'Jamie' Graham
Mio min Mio (1987)
as Jum-Jum / Benke
Anastasia: The Mystery of Anna (1986)
as Alexei
The China Odyssey: Empire of the Sun ()
as Himself
Untitled David O. Russell Film ()

Production Credits

Harsh Times (2005)
Executive Producer