10 Things You Didn’t Know About Christian Bale
Christian Bale is well recognized for going above and beyond for his roles and is one of the most well-respected actors in Hollywood! His breakthrough role came when he starred in American Psycho in 2000, but his real fame started when he took over the coveted role of Batman in Batman Begins, The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises. Since then he’s received critical acclaim for his work in The Fighter, American Hustle and The Big Short. His 43rd birthday is coming up at the end of this month, so here’s a look at 10 things you probably didn’t know about Christian Bale!
10. Welsh Background
Christian Bale was born on January 30, 1974. His father, David Bale was a commercial pilot and his mother, Jenny, was a circus performer. He is one of four children. He has three sisters, Erin, a musician; Sharon, a computer professional; and Louise, a director and actress. Christian grew up in Wales, but calls himself English. “I was born in Wales but I’m not Welsh — I’m English,” he once said. He spent his childhood in various places like Wales, Surrey, Portugal and Dorset, England.
9. Nomadic Childhood
In an interview with GQ, Christian Bale opened up about his childhood and revealed that his family moved around a lot, mostly due to his father. His dad had kind of a gypsy soul, but at the same time was tied down with a family. “My family moved about a lot, yes, through necessity rather than choice, perhaps, but I loved it. That life is not for everybody, granted, but having that as a child certainly set me up for the sort of life I lead now. You could say I’m indebted to my father’s roguish behavior. We jumped about all over England, we had a brief stint in Portugal, but it wasn’t like being on holiday. It was my father’s doing really, he steered the family through some tough times,” said Bale. Bale has also stated that this kind of childhood geared him toward being an actor.