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Since her debut in the early 1990s, Kate Beckinsale has not only earned herself a reputation as an actress to be reckoned with, but also as a style icon who dazzles with looks and smarts in equal measure. In the process, she’s been the subject of some striking images that reflect her style. It’s no wonder there’s such a strong interest in Kate Beckinsale photos and that “Kate Beckinsale hot pics” is such a common online search term. We’ve got some of the best ones right here! 

Big name actors and actresses are famous for making grand splashes and even bigger headlines in the news. Much of the time, the news focuses solely on how good or bad their acting is, or who they are dating. But Kate Beckinsale is different. She is the daughter of professional actors, a prize-winning student writer, and a student of New College, Oxford where she majored in modern languages and literature, so Beckinsale is hardly a run-of-the-mill, big-name actress. Beckinsale exudes intelligence in so many of her roles, it’s not hard to imagine why critics praise her acting abilities in films as varied as big-budget sensations like the Underworld series or in more unconventional, yet compelling hits like Cold Comfort Farm, Laurel Canyon, Snow Angels, and Vacancy.

Let’s take a look at some of Beckinsale’s most notable photos to see how she’s come into her own as an acting and fashion-style icon:

Hot Kate Beckinsale Pic #1

BERLIN, GERMANY - JANUARY 26: Actress Kate Beckinsale poses at a photo call for her film 'Underworld Awakening' on January 26, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. The 3-D film, in which Beckinsale returns as the vampire warrioress Selene, comes to German cinemas on February 2, 2012. (Photo by Adam Berry/Getty Images)

(Photo by Adam Berry/Getty Images)

If she’s known to global audiences for one role, it’s as the supernatural bounty hunter, Selene in the Underworld series, with the latest installment, Underworld: Blood Wars, premiering January 6. It’s interesting to see how well the beauty wears tough black and elegant white in the same photo! This photo was taken at a Berlin photo call for her Underworld: Awakening film in 2012.

Hot Kate Beckinsale Pic #2

CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 14: (EDITORS NOTE: Alternatve crop taken from original image 99313707) Jury Member Kate Beckinsale attends the 'IL Gattopardo' Premiere at the Palais des Festivals during the 63rd Annual Cannes Film Festival on May 14, 2010 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

(Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

As a jury member at the 63rd Cannes Film Festival, Beckinsale dazzled on the red carpet for IL Gattopardo, in May 2010. As this photo proves, she’s one actress who manages to be both elegant and sexy at the same time!

Hot Kate Beckinsale Pic #3

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 24: Kate Beckinsale attends the UK premiere "Love And Friendship" at The Curzon Mayfair on May 24, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty Images)

(Photo by Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty Images)

Not one to disappoint style-wise at film premieres, Beckinsale attended the U.K. Love and Friendship premiere in London, England, in May 2016. Her long black gown with a hint of red gives us a glimpse of leg and torso, while also exposing her shoulders and back.

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WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 06: Actress Kate Beckinsale attends the Battersea Power Station launch party to celebrate the launch of its Global Tour at The London West Hollywood on November 6, 2014 in West Hollywood, United States. (Photo by Chris Weeks/Getty Images for Battersea Power Station)

(Photo by Chris Weeks/Getty Images for Battersea Power Station)

Kate Beckinsale, hot as always at the Battersea Power Station global tour launch in November 2014, at The London West Hollywood. She somehow manages to look glam and natural at the same time! (That’s no easy feat!)

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 Actress Kate Beckinsale attends the 21st Annual Critics' Choice Awards at Barker Hangar on January 17, 2016 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

(Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

More recently, Beckinsale struck a chord with fans at the 21st annual Critics’ Choice Awards in California, in January 2016. Her silver gown shows just a hint of cleavage…and we can’t get enough of that charming smile. And those eyes!

Hot Kate Beckinsale Pic #6

attends the 2015 InStyle And Warner Bros. 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards Post-Party at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 11, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California.

(Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

Underworld director, Len Wiseman (the actress’ ex-husband) seems pretty enchanted with Beckinsale in this photo, taken last January at the 2015 InStyle and Warner Bros. 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards Post-Party at The Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills. Who can blame him? The actress is rocking her curves mega-glam-style here!

Hot Kate Beckinsale Pic #7

(Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)

(Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)

Talk about curves! Here’s another throwback to 2015 when Kate Beckinsale attended the “China: Through The Looking Glass” Costume Institute Benefit Gala at the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art. We call this her “golden goddess” look.