The daughter of actress-producer Goldie Hawn and Bill Hudson, a 1970s television comedian, Kate Hudson was raised by her mother and Hawn's longtime companion, actor Kurt Russell, after her parents divorced when she was 18 months old. No stranger to the show business life, Hudson decided to embark on an acting career of her own, landing an agent and a guest spot on the TV drama 'Party of Five' in 1996.
Upon her acceptance to New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, Hudson convinced Hawn and Russell to let her defer a year in order to concentrate on finding her first film role. In 1998, she appeared in the little-seen independent film 'Desert Blue', alongside fellow up-and-coming young actors Christina Ricci, Casey Affleck, and Brendan Sexton III. She was also a featured player in the ensemble cast of '200 Cigarettes' (1999), a comedy that received poor reviews despite its talented cast, which included Ricci, Ben Affleck, Paul Rudd, and Courtney Love.
Hudson began the year 2000 somewhat inauspiciously, with a supporting turn as a virginal college student in the unimpressive teen thriller 'Gossip'. By year's end, however, she had charmed her way into the hearts of moviegoers and critics with her breakthrough performance as Penny Lane, the leader of a group of girls, or so-called "Band-Aids," who worship at the altar of 1970s rock & roll as imagined by writer-director Cameron Crowe in his autobiographical film 'Almost Famous'. Originally cast in a smaller role, Hudson won the part after another young actress, Sarah Polley ('The Sweet Hereafter', 'Go') dropped out. As Penny, the sometime lover of Russell Hammond (Billy Crudup), lead guitarist in the rock band Stillwater, and the object of affection for Crowe's own alter ego, the budding rock journalist William Miller (Patrick Fugit), Hudson was in many ways the emotional center of the film. Her glowing performance earned her a Golden Globe Award and an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress.
Also in 2000, Hudson appeared in the ensemble cast of Robert Altman's 'Dr. T and the Women', costarring Richard Gere, Helen Hunt, Farrah Fawcett, and Liv Tyler. In 2001, she starred in 'Four Feathers', a wartime drama co-starring Wes Bentley ('American Beauty') and Heath Ledger ('The Patriot'). Upcoming projects included Garry Marshall's 'Raising Helen', where she played a successful single woman forced to take care of her sister's three young children after a car accident. In 2004, she starred opposite Luke Wilson in the romantic comedy 'Alex & Emma'. Her other films include 'You, Me and Dupree' (2006), 'Fools Gold' (2008), and 'Bride Wars' (2009).
Kate Hudson was married to Chris Robinson, the lead singer of the rock band The Black Crowes from December 2000 until they divorced in October 2007. The couple has one child, a boy named Ryder Russell Robinson, who was born in January 2004. She is currently engaged to Muse band member, Matthew Bellamy.
After a fairly short courtship that lasted just over eight months, it was announced that the couple were expecting a child together.
Shortly after this Hudson, who had been spending a considerable amount of time in London with the rock singer, decided to buy a property in the capital.
The star reportedly bought a £4 million house in North London and apparently also considered a holiday home in Cornwall in the south-west of the country close to wear Bellamy's parents live.
In April 2011 she announced on television that she and the English musician were engaged and in July of the same year their son Bingham Hawn Bellamy was born. The child took its name after Kurt Russell's father, Bing and Bellamy's mother's maiden name.
Since the release of 'Bride Wars', the actress has appeared in a number of motion pictures, including 'Nine', 'A Little Bit of Heaven', 'Something Borrowed' and 'The Killer Inside Me', which received mixed reviews because of its graphic depiction of violence towards women, and 'Good People' in 2014.