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The Roles of a Lifetime: Tilda Swinton

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Tilda Swinton played opposite David Bowie in his 2013 music video “The Stars (Are Out Tonight).” Now that the Thin White Duke is gone, we can’t imagine anyone better suited to take up his mantle than Swinton, another thin white Brit with a penchant for androgyny and performance art. Her ethereal appearance, all angles and eyes, is the perfect medium for the nuanced roles we’ve come to expect from her, from the sexual shape-shifter Orlando to the tortured parent of a killer in We Need to Talk About Kevin. Swinton does comedy too: In February she appeared in her second Coen brothers film, Hail, Caesar!

1 of 42 "Sally" - Egomania - Insel ohne Hoffnung (1986)

2 of 42 "Lena" - Caravaggio (1986)

3 of 42 "Friendship" - Friendship's Death (1987)

4 of 42 "Hairdresser" - Play Me Something (1989)

5 of 42 "Nurse" - War Requiem (1989)

6 of 42 "Cissie Crouch" - Your Cheatin' Heart (TV Series, 1990)

7 of 42 "Isabella" - Edward II (1991)

8 of 42 "Orlando" - Orlando (1992)

9 of 42 "Lady Ottoline Morrell" - Wittgenstein (1993)

10 of 42 "Eve Stephens" - Female Perversions (1996)

11 of 42 "Muriel Belcher" - Love is the Devil: Study for a Portrait of Francis Bacon (1998)

12 of 42 "Joyce" - Possible Worlds (2000)

13 of 42 "Sal" - The Beach (2000)

14 of 42 "Rebecca Dearborn" - Vanilla Sky (2001)

15 of 42 "Margaret Hall" - The Deep End (2001)

16 of 42 "Valarie Thomas" - Adaptation (2002)

17 of 42 "Rosetta"/"Ruby"/"Marinne"/"Olive" - Teknolust (2002)

18 of 42 "Annamarie Livi" - The Statement (2003)

19 of 42 "Ella Gault" - Young Adam (2003)

20 of 42 "Gabriel" - Constantine (2005)

21 of 42 "Jadis, The White Witch" - The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe (2005), Prince Caspian (2008), The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (2010)

22 of 42 "Operator" - Absent Presence (2005)

23 of 42 "Penny" - Broken Flowers (2005)

24 of 42 "Audrey Cobb" - Thumbsucker (2005)

25 of 42 "Lydie Crane" - Stephanie Daley (2006)

26 of 42 "Camélia" - The Man from London (2007)

27 of 42 "Karen Crowder" - Michael Clayton (2007)

28 of 42 "Julia" - Julia (2008)

29 of 42 "Katie Cox" - Burn After Reading (2008)

30 of 42 "Elizabeth Abbott" - The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)

31 of 42 "Blonde" - The Limits of Control (2009)

32 of 42 "Emma Recchi" - I Am Love (2009)

33 of 42 "Eva Khatchadourian" - We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011)

34 of 42 "Social Services" - Moonrise Kingdom (2012)

35 of 42 "David Bowie's wife" - The Stars (Are Out Tonight) (Music video, 2013)

36 of 42 "Eve" - Only Lovers Left Alive (2013)

37 of 42 "Mason" - Snowpiercer (2013)

38 of 42 "Madame Celine Villeneuve Desgoffe-und-Taxis" - The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

39 of 42 "Dianna" - Trainwreck (2015)

40 of 42 "Marianne" - A Bigger Splash (2015)

41 of 42 "Thora Thacker"/"Thessaly Thacker" - Hail, Caesar! (2016)

42 of 42 "Ancient One" - Doctor Strange (to be released November 2016)

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