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Way Back When: Kate Winslet

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The first time you noticed Kate Winslet was probably in ‘Titanic,’ but director James Cameron shouldn’t get all the credit for discovering her. In today’s Way Back When, we take a look at her work before she jumped on (and off) the ship.

‘Dark Season’

Before Russell T. Davies worked on the ‘Doctor Who‘ revamp, he cast a young and then-unknown Kate Winslet in ‘Dark Season,’ a show that ran for six episodes in 1991. Winslet plays one of a group of teens who investigate mysteriously powerful computers given to everyone at their school. It was a sci-fi show, obviously:

‘Get Back’

In 1992, Winslet had a three-episode arc on the British sitcom ‘Get Back,’ starring Ray Winstone as the patriarch of a family that has to readjust when they lose all their money in a recession. It’s sort of like British version of ‘Roseanne’:

‘Heavenly Creatures’

Peter Jackson could probably be credited with discovering Kate Winslet as much as James Cameron — the actress starred in Jackson’s 1994 movie ‘Heavenly Creatures’ alongside Melanie Lynskey. The film, based on a true story, follows two teen girls whose adventures in an imaginary world begin to blur the lines between fantasy and reality, resulting in a plan to murder their parents:

‘A Kid in King Arthur’s Court’

Here’s something you’ll probably be a little more familiar with — the 1995 kid flick ‘A Kid in King Arthur’s Court,’ starring a young Thomas Ian Nicholas as a baseball-playing teen who gets sucked back to medieval times, where modern and ancient ways of doing things hilariously collide. Winslet plays Princess Sarah, daughter of the King and sister of the kid’s love interest:

‘Sense and Sensibility’

In 1996, Winslet starred in Ang Lee‘s adaptation of ‘Sense and Sensibility’ alongside Emma Thompson and Alan Rickman. Winslet played Marianne Dashwood, and you can check out her lovely singing voice below:

‘Jude’

Based on the novel ‘Jude the Obscure’ by Thomas Hardy, this film, directed by Michael Winterbottom, tells the story of a stonemason who romantically pursues his cousin because he’s unhappy with his marriage. This is also Kate Winslet’s second connection to ‘Doctor Who,’ as she co-stars with Christopher Eccleston in the film.

‘Hamlet’

In 1996, Winslet starred in Kenneth Branagh’s adaptation of William Shakespeare’s ‘Hamlet.’ Winslet plays the classic role of the crazed Ophelia, sister of Hamlet, the iconic character who returns home to Denmark to find his father murdered and his mother married to the murderer.

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