Beckinsale’s first major break in Hollywood came with a main role in 2001’s Pearl Harbor, opposite Ben Affleck and Josh Hartnett. And she is also well-known for her performance as Selene in Underworld, which she first starred in in 2003 and later played the character in a further five movies from the saga.
But Underworld wasn’t just a big move for Beckinsale’s career – it also led to a shift in her personal life. That’s because it was where she met her future husband, Len Wiseman, who not only co-created the popular franchise but additionally directed the first two movies and produced the next three.
At the time that she first starred in Underworld, Beckinsale had been in an eight-year relationship with fellow actor and co-star Michael Sheen. And four years earlier, in 1999, the actress had welcomed their daughter, Lily Mo Sheen. But a year after she ended her romance with Sheen, Beckinsale and Wiseman tied the knot.