Kate Beckinsale’s 5 sexiest movie moments

From skin-tight leather to tangling with Batman.

Kate Beckinsale in Van Helsing
Kate Beckinsale Starring as a vampire hunter in Van Helsing. Image Picture Universal

Kate Beckinsale is riding the crest of a wave at the minute thanks to a career-best performance in indie comedy Love & Friendship.

She’s also proving to be dynamite off-screen thanks to a series of hilarious chatshow appearances, a takedown of her Pearl Harbour director Michael Bay and Twitter hijinks involving dressing up a giant penis.

Is this enough to elevate her to national treasure status? We say absolutely. And if you’re not convinced, just remember that Kate is a sizzling screen presence who’s responsible for some stone-cold movie classics. Her are five of her steamiest…


1

Laurel Canyon (2002)


Beckinsale starred with a pre-Batman Christian Bale in this American indie drama about a clash of outlooks between an uptight couple and a mother with a more fluid worldview. As well as tangling with the Dark Knight, Beckinsale, Alessandro Nivola and Frances McDormand set pulses racing thanks to some swimming pool action that gave Showgirls a run for its money. 

2

Underworld (2003-)


In a world where female-led blockbusters are an endangered species, you have to give Beckinsale credit for keeping the Underworld franchise up and running for 13 years. Thanks to werewolves, vampires and a leading lady wielding firearms and skin-tight leather, it’s succeeded where so many others have failed. 

3

Van Helsing (2004)


For a long time Universal have been attempting to relaunch their monster franchises; in 2004 they tried to do it with Dracula, Frankenstein and Jekyll & Hyde in one fell swoop via Hugh Jackman vehicle Van Helsing. It didn’t work, but the film at least produced another fine turn from Beckinsale, which included a masquerade ball encounter with the Prince of Darkness.

4

Whiteout (2009)


Based on a comic book from Greg Rucka and Steve Lieber, Whiteout saw Beckinsale play a US Marshal tracking a killer as the sun gets ready to set for six months in Antarctica. This won’t go down as a classic, but Beckinsale is on top form as Carrie Stetko and a headline-hitting shower scene meant the pre-release hype went through the roof.

5

Total Recall (2012)


It takes something special to match Sharon Stone, but Beckinsale managed just that as 
Lori Quaid in the Total Recall remake. One particular high-octane action sequence proved to be too much for leading man Colin Farrell. “There was a vagina-slam to the face. Let’s just say what it is,” Beckinsale recalled. “I had to slide towards him in a mean Dirty Dancing way and chin him in the face with my area… he was knocked out afterwards.”

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Loaded digital media manager Simon Reynolds has written about film and entertainment for various leading websites since 2008. Follow Simon at @simonreyn

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