Uma Thurman



Place of birth:

Boston, Massachusetts, USA:


Uma Karuna Thurman (born April 29, 1970) is an American actress and model. She has performed in leading roles in a variety of films, ranging from romantic comedies and dramas to science fiction and action movies. Following early roles in films such as Dangerous Liaisons (1988), she rose to international prominence in 1994 following her role in Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction for which she was nominated for an Academy Award, a BAFTA Award and a Golden Globe Award. She starred in several more films throughout the 1990s such as The Truth About Cats & Dogs, Batman & Robin, Gattaca and Les Misérables. She won a Golden Globe Award for the miniseries Hysterical Blindness (2002). Her career was revitalized when she reunited with director Quentin Tarantino to play the central role in two Kill Bill films (2003/2004), which brought her an additional two Golden Globe Award nominations and a BAFTA Award nomination. Thurman was born in Boston, Massachusetts. Her father, Robert Alexander Farrar Thurman, a New York-born professor, is a Buddhist writer and academic. Her mother, Nena von Schlebrügge, is a model who was born in Mexico City, Mexico, of German, Swedish and Danish descent. Thurman and her siblings spent time in the Himalayan town of Almora, Uttarakhand, India, during childhood, and the Dalai Lama, to whom Robert Thurman has long been close, once visited their home. She grew up mostly in Amherst, Massachusetts, where she went to Amherst Regional Middle School, then moved to Woodstock, New York. While her father gave his children a Buddhist upbringing, she has the same name as one of the Hindu goddess Parvati's alternate names, "Uma", which means "light" in Sanskrit. Regarding religion, she now calls herself agnostic. She has three brothers, Ganden (b. 1968), Dechen (b. 1973), and Mipam (b. 1978), and a half-sister named Taya (b. 1960), from her father's previous marriage. She is described as having been an awkward and introverted girl who was teased for her tall frame, angular bone structure, enormous feet and unusual name (sometimes using the name “Uma Karen” instead of her birth name). When Thurman was 10 years old, a friend's mother suggested a nose job. As a child, she suffered bouts of body dysmorphic disorder, which she discussed in an interview with Talk magazine in 2001. Uma attended Amherst Public Schools. In the eighth grade, she discovered her love for acting. Talent scouts noticed her performance as Abigail in a production of The Crucible and offered her the chance to act professionally. Thurman attended Northfield Mount Hermon School, a preparatory school in Massachusetts, before dropping out to pursue a career in acting.

Film Credits

The War with Grandpa (2020)
as Sally
QT8: The First Eight (2019)
as Herself - Actress
The House That Jack Built (2018)
as Lady 1
Beyond Boundaries: The Harvey Weinstein Scandal (2018)
as Herself (archive footage)
Down a Dark Hall (2018)
as Madame Duret
The Con Is On (2018)
as Harriet Fox
Kalachakra l'Eveil (2017)
as Narrator
Burnt (2015)
as Simone
The Mundane Goddess (2014)
as Hera
Jump! (2014)
as Wendy
The Gift (2014)
as Miss Anderson
Nymphomaniac: Vol. II (2013)
as Mrs. H
Nymphomaniac: Vol. I (2013)
as Mrs. H
Movie 43 (2013)
as Fake Lois Lane (segment "Super Hero Speed Dating")
Playing for Keeps (2012)
as Patti
Love, Marilyn (2012)
as Herself
Bel Ami (2012)
as Madeleine Forestier
Kill Bill: The Whole Bloody Affair (2011)
as The Bride
Ceremony (2010)
as Zoe
Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief (2010)
as Medusa
Motherhood (2009)
as Eliza Welsh
A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa (2008)
as Joy
My Zinc Bed (2008)
as Elsa
The Accidental Husband (2008)
as Dr. Emma Lloyd
The Life Before Her Eyes (2007)
as Diana
Mission Zero (2007)
as Uma Thurman
My Super Ex-Girlfriend (2006)
as Jenny Johnson
The Producers (2005)
as Ulla
The Naked Brothers Band: The Movie (2005)
as Herself
Shadows of the Bat: The Cinematic Saga of the Dark Knight (2005)
as Herself
Prime (2005)
as Rafi Gardet
Be Cool (2005)
as Edie Athens
Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004)
as Beatrix "The Bride" Kiddo
The Making of 'Kill Bill: Vol. 2' (2004)
as Herself
Paycheck (2003)
as Rachel
Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)
as Beatrix "The Bride" Kiddo
The Making of 'Kill Bill: Vol. 1' (2003)
as Herself
Pulp Fiction: The Facts (2002)
as Herself (archive footage)
All the Love You Cannes! (2002)
as Self
Chelsea Walls (2002)
as Grace
Hysterical Blindness (2002)
as Debby Miller
De Superman à Spider-Man: L'aventure des super-héros (2001)
as Poison Ivy (archive footage)
Tape (2001)
as Amy Randall
The Golden Bowl (2000)
as Charlotte Stant
Vatel (2000)
as Anne de Montausier
Without Lying Down: Frances Marion and the Power of Women in Hollywood (2000)
as Narrator
Sweet and Lowdown (1999)
as Blanche Williams
The Avengers (1998)
as Emma Peel
Les Misérables (1998)
as Fantine
Gattaca (1997)
as Irene Cassini
Batman & Robin (1997)
as Dr. Pamela Isley / Poison Ivy
Duke of Groove (1996)
The Truth About Cats & Dogs (1996)
as Noelle
Beautiful Girls (1996)
as Andera
A Month by the Lake (1995)
as Miss Beaumont
Pulp Fiction (1994)
as Mia Wallace
Even Cowgirls Get the Blues (1994)
as Sissy Hankshaw
Mad Dog and Glory (1993)
as Glory
Jennifer Eight (1992)
as Helena Robertson
Final Analysis (1992)
as Diana Baylor
Robin Hood (1991)
as Maid Marian
Henry & June (1990)
as June Miller
Where the Heart Is (1990)
as Daphne McBain
The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1988)
as Venus / Rose
Dangerous Liaisons (1988)
as Cécile de Volanges
Johnny Be Good (1988)
as Georgia Elkans
Kiss Daddy Goodnight (1987)
as Laura
Anita ()
as Anita Bryant
Tau Ceti Four ()
Pulp Fiction - Montage Chronologique ()

Production Credits

The Accidental Husband (2008)
Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004)
Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)
Hysterical Blindness (2002)
Executive Producer
Tau Ceti Four ()