Christian Charles Philip Bale is a Welsh actor who is best known for his role as Patrick Bateman in American Psycho and Bruce Wayne/Batman in Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight trilogy, which earned him the 2006 MTV Movie Award for Best Hero.
Bale was born in Wales and grew up there and in England. As a child he acted, appearing in Empire of the Sun in 1987. He continued his career, notably gaining attention when losing a dramatic amount of weight for his role in The Machinist. In 1996 he starred in Portrait of a Lady, alongside Martin Donovan, in 2002 he starred in Equilibrium, alongside William Fichtner, in 2007 in I'm Not There, alongside Heath Ledger, and in 2009 in Public Enemies, alongside Marion Cotillard. He has been nominated for an Academy Award 3 times; 2 for Best Supporting Actor in The Fighter and The Big Short And 1 for Best Actor in American Hustle, winning an Oscar for his performance in The Fighter.