The Actor: A child star in the likes of Taxi Driver and Bugsy Malone, Foster made it big with rape drama The Accused in 1988, playing a young woman who’s sexually assaulted in a bar and then attempts to prove it really happened.
Foster really hit the payload with The Silence Of The Lambs as trainee FBI agent Clarice Starling, a part she fought tooth and nail for, and which landed her a second Oscar. Since then, she’s excelled at playing tough, uncompromising women.
Directorial Style: Foster’s favoured very human stories from behind the camera. The three films she’s helmed – Little Man Tate, Home For The Holidays and The Beaver – all revolve around families gripped by various crises.