Christian Charles Philip Bale is a Welsh-born English actor whose film credits include American Psycho, Batman Begins, The Dark Knight and The Prestige. In addition to starring roles, such as Batman, in big budget Hollywood films, he has long been heavily involved in independent and art house films. Bale first caught the public eye when he was cast in the starring role of Steven Spielberg's Empire of the Sun at the age of 13, playing an English boy who is separated from his parents and subsequently finds himself lost in a Japanese internment camp during World War II. Since then, he has portrayed a wide range of characters. Bale is especially noted for his cult following: the tenth anniversary issue of Entertainment Weekly hailed him as one of the "Top 8 Most Powerful Cult Figures of the Past Decade", citing his cult status on the internet. Entertainment Weekly
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