Member of the jury at the Berlin International Film Festival 1988.
Won the Venice Film Festival award for Edward II .
Does not always play women; she has played Mozart on stage, an Elizabethan nobleman in Orlando and an androgynous angel, Gabriel, in Constantine .
Reached great artistic acclaim through her art installation/performance piece "The Maybe", for which she lay sleeping in a glass case on public display for a week, once at the Sepentine Gallery in London and once at the Museo Barracco in Rome. The piece is often erroneously credited to artist Cornelia Parker, whom Swinton invited to collaborate for the installation in London .
Gave birth to twins, a daughter named Honor Byrne and a son named Xavier Byrne, in 1997.
Member of the jury at the Venice Film Festival in 1998.
Was member of the dramatic jury at the Sundance Film Festival in 2003.
Functioned as the muse and mascot of Dutch fashion designers Viktor and Rolf, who made an entire collection inspired by her .
Member of the jury at the Cannes Film Festival in 2004
Since 2004, she has been in a relationship with Sandro Kopp, a painter from New Zealand.
Performed live with Patti Smith on four nights of the 2005 London Meltdown Festival reading texts by Susan Sontag, Bertolt Brecht, William Blake and William S. Burroughs.
On her days off from The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe , she could be seen on-set, offering encouragement to her young co-stars.
Delivered the seminal State of Cinema Address in 2006 at the San Francisco International Film Festival, discussing the relationship of dreams, inarticulacy and film.
In her acceptance speech, she said she would give the Oscar she won for Michael Clayton to her agent Brian Swardstrom.
Was declared one of the ten best dressed women in the world by Vanity Fair in 2007.
Received a 90 minute tribute at the 2008 AFI (American Film Institute) Festival.
In the top ten of the 2008 International Best-Dressed List.
Funded and held her own very successful Film Festival in her small Scottish highland home-town: The Ballerina Ballroom Cinema of Dreams. A purely cinephile, glamour-free community event. For eight and a half days in August 2008, she personally introduced and showed an eclectic mix of classics and rare films from around the world. The admission price was 3 pounds for adults, 2 pounds for children or a plate of home-baked cakes.