- Appeared in the music video for Orbital's "The Box" (circa 1997)
- Lives an hour north of Inverness in Scotland, with her husband, John Byrne and their 2 children, Xavier and Honor.
- Mother is Australian.
- Has three brothers.
- Daughter of Major-General Sir John Swinton, whose ancestral home has been within the family since the 9th century.
- Went to school with Princess Diana.
- Functions as the muse and mascot of Dutch haute-couture fashion designers Viktor and Rolf.
- Her family is one of the oldest in Scotland.
- Has played two male characters, an Elizabethan nobleman in Orlando (1992) and the angel Gabriel in Constantine (2005). Actually, the Angel Gabriel was not male in Constantine (2005). Gabriel is androgynous.
- Her partner, John Byrne, is an artist.
- Her most well known videoart installation/performance piece is "The Maybe", in which she slept in a glass case for 8 hours a day at the Serpentine gallery in London. She also appeared in Orbital's music video for "The Box", shown on MTV and other music video channels.
- She dabbled in classic stage productions such as "A Midsummer Night's Dream," "The Duchess of Malfi" and "The Comedy of Errors" before entertaining her passion for the decidedly weird.
- Won the Venice Film Festival award for Edward II (1991).
- Member of the jury at the Cannes Film Festival in 2004
- Graduated from Cambridge University with a degree in social and political science/English literature (1983)
- Member of the jury at the Berlin International Film Festival 1988
- She went to West Heath, a girls' boarding school.
- Her father was a major-general and former head of the Queen's Household Division.
- Lived in Germany when she was a child because her father was posted there.
- Read English at Cambridge.
- Children are twins Xavier and Honor.
- Spent two years in South Africa and Kenya as a voluntary worker in children's schools.
- On her days off from The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005), she could be seen on-set, offering encouragement to her young co-stars.
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