You might know Kate Beckinsale best from her work as a vampire in the Underworld series or her role in the blockbuster film Pearl Harbor. Yet Beckinsale is much more than a pretty face. She won the W.H. Smith Young Writer’s competition twice in her teenage years and went on to study Russian and French literature at Oxford, a major that requires a serious amount of bookworm stamina. Kate admitted to Oprah that reading was a major escape for her as a child and since the birth of her daughter has taken up reading again in earnest.