Birthday: 30th April
Kirsten Dunst is an American actress and model. She gained recognition for her role as child vampire Claudia in the horror film Interview with the Vampire (1994), which earned her a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actress. She also had roles in her youth in Little Women (1994) and the fantasy films Jumanji (1995) and Small Soldiers (1998).
In the late 1990s, Dunst transitioned to leading roles in a number of teen films, including the political satire Dick. In 2000, she starred in the lead role in the cheerleading film Bring It On, which has become a cult classic. She gained further wide attention for her role as Mary Jane Watson in Sam Raimi's Spider-Man (2002) and its sequels Spider-Man 2 (2004) and Spider-Man 3 (2007). Her career progressed with a lead role in Cameron Crowe's tragicomedy Elizabethtown (2005), and as the title character in Sofia Coppola's Marie Antoinette (2006).
In 2015, she played Peggy Blumquist in the second season of the FX series Fargo, which earned Dunst a Primetime Emmy Award nomination. She then had a supporting role in the film Hidden Figures (2016) and the black comedy series On Becoming a God in Central Florida (2019), for which she received a third Golden Globe nomination.
GOLDEN GLOBE AWARD NOMINATIONS: 4
2022 - Best Supporting Actress: THE POWER OF THE DOG
2020 - Best TV Actress: ON BECOMING A GOD IN CENTRAL FLORIDA
2016 - Best TV Actress: FARGO
1995 - Best Supporting Actress: INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE
How do you rate Kirsten Dunst's films?
WATCH KIRSTEN DUNST THIS WEEK
FILM: Upside Down (2012) (Age 12)
Tuesday 11th January, Great Movies!, 6:50pm
Dunst stars in this romantic fantasy about parallel worlds.
FILM: Hidden Figures (2016)
Tuesday 11th January, Film4, 6:30pm
ALSO ON DISNEY+
Dunst is a bit of a villain in this true story of three African-American women working at NASA.
FILM: Midnight Special (2016) (Age 12)
Sunday 9th January, BBC1, 12:30am
Catch Dunst in this unusual sci-fi drama.
FILM: Marie Antoinette (2006) (Age 12)
Wednesday 12th January, Great! Movies, 6:40pm
ALSO ON NETFLIX
Dunst is well cast in this historical biopic.
FILM: Spider-Man 2 (2004) (Age 12)
Sunday 8th January, Sky Cinema Sci-Fi/Horror, 7:35am
Dunst returns to the role of Mary Jane in the Spider-Man sequel, making the role very much her own.
FILMS: Spider-Man (2002) / Spider-Man 3 (2007) (Age 12)
Dunst excellent as Mary Jane alongside Tobey Maguire's Peter Parker in these. Watch these then check out the new Spider-Man in cinemas!
FILM: The Power of the Dog (2021) (Age 12)
Dunst is picking up lots of award attention this year for this dramatic western.
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FILM: Jumanji (1995)
ALSO ON NETFLIX
An early child star role for Dunst in this magical board game adventure.
FILM: Crazy/Beautiful (2001) (Age 12)
Dunst stars in this romantic teen drama as a troubled teenager.
What's your favourite Kirsten Dunst performance?
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