Born: 24 March 1990
Birthplace: Donnybrook, Australia
Best known as: The young star of the movie Whale Rider
Keisha Castle-Hughes is the youngest person ever nominated for a best actress Oscar. She earned the honor in 2004, when she was nominated for her performance in the 2003 film Whale Rider
. (The Oscar went to Charlize Theron
instead, for the movie Monster
.) Castle-Hughes was eleven years old when Whale Rider
was filmed, and was cast for the lead role despite having no acting experience. After Whale Rider
, she had a small role in George Lucas
's Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith
(2005, starring Natalie Portman
). At the age of 16 she starred as Mary
, the mother of Jesus of Nazareth
, in the feature film The Nativity Story
(2006). Just prior to the film's release, Castle-Hughes announced she was pregnant by her boyfriend of three years, Bradley Hull; their child, named Felicity-Amore, was born on 25 April 2007.
Castle-Hughes’s mother is Maori, her father Australian… Her father told The New Zealand Herald in 2004 that Hughes was born at Donnybrook in Western Australia, then moved to New Zealand as a child… According to a 2006 BBC story, Hughes became a New Zealand citizen in 2001.
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