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Ralph Fiennes

Outside of the Booth Theater stage door in New York City
Born Ralph Nathaniel Twisleton-Wykeham-Fiennes
22 December 1962 (1962-12-22) (age 47)
Suffolk, England, UK
Occupation Actor
Years active 1990–present
Spouse(s) Alex Kingston (1993-1997) (divorced)

Ralph Nathaniel Twisleton-Wykeham-Fiennes,[1] known simply as Ralph Fiennes (pronounced /ˈreɪf ˈfaɪnz/; born 22 December 1962), is an English actor. He has appeared in films such as Schindler's List, The English Patient, In Bruges, The Constant Gardener, Strange Days, Maid in Manhattan and the Harry Potter films as Lord Voldemort. Most recently he appeared in The Hurt Locker. Fiennes has won a Tony Award and has been nominated twice for Academy Awards. In 2001, Fiennes received the William Shakespeare Award from the Shakespeare Theatre in Washington, D.C.

Fiennes is a UNICEF UK ambassador.[2]

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Early life

Fiennes was born in Ipswich, Suffolk, England, into an English aristocratic family, the son of Mark Fiennes (1933-2004), a farmer and photographer (and son of industrialist Sir Maurice Fiennes 1907-1994), and Jennifer Lash (1938-1993), a writer.[3] His surname is of Norman noble origin.[4] He is an eighth cousin of HRH the Prince of Wales, and a third cousin of the adventurer Sir Ranulph Fiennes. The eldest of seven children, his siblings are actor Joseph Fiennes (Shakespeare in Love, Luther, FlashForward); Martha Fiennes, a director (in her film Onegin, he played the title role); Magnus Fiennes, a composer; Sophie Fiennes, a filmmaker; Jacob Fiennes, a conservationist; and his foster brother Michael Emery, an archaeologist. In 1992 Fiennes himself was involved in the discovery of Ubar, an archeological site near the southern coast of Oman. His nephew Hero Fiennes-Tiffin has also played a role as a young Lord Voldemort in Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince.

Education

The Fiennes family moved to Ireland in 1973, living in West Cork and County Kilkenny for some years. Fiennes was educated at St Kieran's College for one year, followed by Newtown School, a Quaker independent school in Waterford. They moved to Salisbury in England, where Fiennes finished his schooling at Bishop Wordsworth's School before attending Chelsea College of Art.[5]

Career

Fiennes trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. He began his career at the Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park and, also during the late 1980s, the National Theatre before becoming a star in the Royal Shakespeare Company.[4] Fiennes first worked on screen in 1990 and then made his film debut in 1992 as Heathcliff in Wuthering Heights opposite Juliette Binoche, for which he received substantial acclaim and praise throughout Europe.

1993 was his "breakout year". He had a major role in the controversial Peter Greenaway film The Baby of Mâcon with Julia Ormond. Though the film was poorly received, Fiennes' career suffered no lasting consequences. Later that year he became known internationally for portraying the amoral Nazi concentration camp commandant Amon Goeth in Steven Spielberg's Schindler's List. For this he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.[4] He did not win the Oscar, but did win the Best Supporting Actor BAFTA Award for the role. His portrayal as Göth also earned him a spot on the American Film Institute's list of Top 50 Movie Villains. To look suitable to represent Amon Göth Fiennes gained considerable weight, but he managed to shed that fat afterwards.[6]

In 1994, he portrayed American academic Charles Van Doren in Quiz Show. In 1996 he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor for the World War II-epic romance The English Patient in which he starred with Kristin Scott-Thomas.[4] Fiennes' work has ranged from thrillers (Red Dragon) to animated Biblical epic (The Prince of Egypt) to campy nostalgia (The Avengers) to romantic comedy (Maid in Manhattan) and offbeat dramedy (Oscar and Lucinda).

Fiennes was cast as Lord Voldemort in the 2005 fantasy film Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. He kept the role for both Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, which will be released in two parts in 2010 and 2011. However, in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, where Voldemort is an 11 year-old, the character is was played by Hero Fiennes-Tiffin, Fiennes' nephew.

The Constant Gardener was released in 2005 with Fiennes in the title role.[4] The film is set in Kenya, dealing in part with poor people in the slums of Kibera and Loiyangalani. The situation affected the crew to the extent that they set up the Constant Gardener Trust to provide basic education for children of these villages. Fiennes is a patron of the charity.[7] His 2006 performance in the play Faith Healer gained him a nomination for a 2007 Tony Award.

In 2008 Fiennes worked with frequent collaborator director Jonathan Kent to play the title role in Sophocles' Oedipus the King at the National Theatre in London. He played the Duke of Devonshire in the film The Duchess (2008). He will also appear in a 2010 West End revival of Uncle Vanya.

In February 2009 he was the special guest of the Belgrade's Film Festival FEST. He plans to make a movie in Serbian capital of Belgrade in 2010 after a Shakespeare book.[8]

He reunited with Kathryn Bigelow for her Iraq War opus, The Hurt Locker, released in 2009, appearing as an English mercenary. In May 2010 he will take on the role of Hades while Liam Neeson will take on the role of Zeus in Clash of the Titans, a remake of the 1981 film of the same name. This will be the second movie Fiennes and Neeson in which play opposite each other, as they did in the 1993 film Schindler's List.

Fiennes in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan in 2003 during his visit as a UNICEF UK ambassador.

Personal life

Fiennes met English actress Alex Kingston while they were both students at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. After dating for ten years, they married in 1993. They divorced in 1997.

In 1995, Fiennes began a relationship with Francesca Annis, an actress 18 years his senior, who played his mother Gertrude in the play Hamlet, where they met. After 11 years together, the couple separated in February 2006. Tabloid reports claimed Fiennes had had an affair with Romanian singer Cornelia Crisan.[9]

2007 Qantas flight

In February 2007, staff aboard a Qantas flight from Sydney, Australia to Mumbai, India caught the actor leaving the same aeroplane lavatory as 38-year-old flight attendant Lisa Robertson. At first denying allegations of a tryst, Robertson later confessed to having sex in the lavatory with Fiennes, whom she had met just hours before. Fiennes was en route to Mumbai, as a participant in AIDS awareness efforts for UNICEF. The organisation retained Fiennes as an ambassador. Qantas fired Robertson.[10]

Work

Selected filmography

Year Film Role Notes
1990 A Dangerous Man: Lawrence After Arabia T. E. Lawrence TV
1992 Emily Brontë's Wuthering Heights Heathcliff
1993 The Baby of Mâcon The Bishop's son
Schindler's List Amon Göth BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor
Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
London Film Critics' Circle Award for Best British Actor
National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor
New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated — Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture
1994 Quiz Show Charles Van Doren
1995 Strange Days Lenny Nero Nominated — Saturn Award for Best Actor
1996 The English Patient Count László de Almássy Nominated — Academy Award for Best Actor
Nominated — BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama
Nominated — Satellite Award for Best Actor - Motion Picture Drama
Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
1997 Oscar and Lucinda Oscar Hopkins
1998 The Avengers John Steed
The Prince of Egypt Ramesses II (voice)
1999 Sunshine Ignatz Sonnenschein/Adam Sors/Ivan Sors European Film Award for Best European Actor
Onegin Evgeny Onegin
The End of the Affair Maurice Bendrix Nominated — BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role
Nominated — London Film Critics' Circle Award for Best British Actor
2000 The Miracle Maker Jesus Christ (voice)
2002 Spider Spider Nominated — European Film Award for Best European Actor
Nominated — London Film Critics' Circle Award for Best British Actor
The Good Thief Tony Angel (uncredited)
Red Dragon Francis Dolarhyde Nominated — Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor
Maid in Manhattan Christopher Marshall
2005 The Chumscrubber Mayor Michael Ebbs
Chromophobia Stephen Tulloch
The Constant Gardener Justin Quayle Evening Standards British Film Award for Best Actor
London Film Critics' Circle Award for Best British Actor
Nominated — BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role
Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit Victor Quartermaine (voice)
The White Countess Todd Jackson
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Lord Voldemort
2006 Land of the Blind Joe
2007 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Lord Voldemort
Bernard and Doris Bernard Lafferty Nominated — Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor – Miniseries or a Movie
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film
Nominated — Satellite Award for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film
Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie
2008 In Bruges Harry Waters Nominated — British Independent Film Award for Best Supporting Actor
The Duchess William Cavendish, 5th Duke of Devonshire Nominated — British Independent Film Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture
Nominated — London Film Critics' Circle Award for Best British Actor
The Reader Older Michael Berg
2009 The Hurt Locker Contractor Team Leader Gotham Independent Film Award for Best Ensemble Cast
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Lord Voldemort (appears in archive footage only)
2010 Cemetery Junction Mr Kendrick post-production
Clash of the Titans Hades post-production
Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang Lord Gray post-production
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I Lord Voldemort post-production
2011 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II Lord Voldemort filming
Coriolanus Coriolanus, also director and producer filming

Stage

  • Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare (1985) - Role: Curio - Directed by Richard Digby Day - New Shakespeare Company - Open Air Theatre in Regent's Park, London
  • A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare (1985) - Role: Cobweb - Directed by Toby Robertson - New Shakespeare Company - Open Air Theatre in Regent's Park, London
  • A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare (1986) - Role: Lysander - Directed by David Conville and Emma Freud - New Shakespeare Company - Open Air Theatre in Regent's Park, London and New Shakespeare Company's European Tour
  • Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare (1986) - Role: Romeo - Directed by Declan Donnellan - New Shakespeare Company - Open Air Theatre in Regent's Park, London
  • Six Characters in Search of an Author by Luigi Pirandello (1987) - Role: Son - Directed by Michael Rudman - National Theatre's Olivier Theatre, London
  • Fathers and Sons by Ivan Turgenev (1987) - Role: Arkady Nikolayevich Kirsanov - Directed by Michael Rudman - National Theatre's Lyttelton Theatre, London
  • Ting Tang Mine by Nick Darke (1987) - Role: Lisha Ball - Directed by Michael Rudman - National Theatre's Cottesloe Theatre, London
  • Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare (1988) - Role: Claudio - Directed by Di Trevis - Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon
  • The Plantagenets: Henry VI, The Rise of Edward IV, Richard III His Death by William Shakespeare (1988-1989) - Role: Henry VI, ghost of Henry VI - Directed by Adrian Noble - Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon and Barbican Theatre, London
  • King John (1989) by William Shakespeare - Role: Dauphin - Directed by Deborah Warner - The Other Place Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon and The Pit Theatre, London
  • The Man Who Came to Dinner by Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman (1989) - Role: Bert Jefferson - Directed by Ron Gene Saks - The Royal Shakespeare Company - Barbican Theatre, London
  • Playing with Trains by Stephen Poliakoff (1989) - Role: Gant - Directed by Ron Daniels - The Royal Shakespeare Company - The Pit Theatre, London
  • Troilus and Cressida by William Shakespeare (1990) - Role: Troilus - Directed by Sam Mendes - The Royal Shakespeare Company - Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon
  • King Lear by William Shakespeare (1990) - Role: Edmund - Directed by Nicholas Hytner - The Royal Shakespeare Company - Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon
  • Love's Labour's Lost by William Shakespeare (1991) - Role: Berowne - Directed by Terry Hands - The Royal Shakespeare Company - Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon and Barbican Theatre, London
  • Hamlet by William Shakespeare (1995) - Role: Hamlet, with Francesca Annis as Gertrude - Directed by Jonathan Kent - The Almeida Theatre Company - Hackney Empire, London and Belasco Theatre on Broadway, NY
  • Ivanov by Anton Chekhov translated by David Hare (February-April 1997) - Role: Ivanov - Directed by Jonathan Kent - The Almeida Theatre Company - Almeida Theatre, London
  • Coriolanus by William Shakespeare (2000) - Role: Coriolanus - Directed by Jonathan Kent - The Almeida Theatre Company - Gainsborough Film Studios in Shoreditch, London and BAM Harvey Theatre in Brooklyn, New York City
  • Richard II by William Shakespeare (2000) - Role: Richard II - Directed by Jonathan Kent - The Almeida Theatre Company - Gainsborough Film Studios in Shoreditch, London and BAM Harvey Theatre in Brooklyn, New York City
  • The Play What I Wrote by Hamish McColl, Sean Foley and Eddie Braben (2001) - Role: Sir Ralph Fiennes - Directed by Kenneth Branagh - The Duo The Right Size - Wyndham's Theatre, West End
  • The Talking Cure by Christopher Hampton (2003) - Role: Carl Jung - Directed by Howard Davies - National Theatre's Cottesloe Theatre, London
  • Brand by Henrik Ibsen (2003) - Role: Brand - Directed by Adrian Noble - The Royal Shakespeare Company - Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon and Theatre Royal Haymarket, West End
  • Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare (2005) - Role: Mark Anthony - Directed by Deborah Warner - Barbican Centre, London & tour
  • Faith Healer by Brian Friel (2006) - Role: Frank Hardy - Directed by Jonathan Kent - Gate Theatre, Dublin and Booth Theatre on Broadway, New York City
  • First Love by Samuel Beckett - Sydney Festival 2007
  • God of Carnage by Yasmina Reza (2008) - Role: Alain Reille - Gielgud Theatre, West End
  • Oedipus the King by Sophocles (2008) - Role: Oedipus - National Theatre, London

Selected television credits

Selected other projects, contributions

Awards and nominations

Awards
Nominations
  • 1994 - Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor - Schindler's List
  • 1994 - Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture - Schindler's List
  • 1994 - MTV Movie Award for Best Breakthrough Performance - Schindler's List
  • 1996 - Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast - The English Patient
  • 1997 - Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role - The English Patient
  • 1997 - BAFTA Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role - The English Patient
  • 1997 - Golden Globe and Satellite Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama - The English Patient
  • 1999 - Annie Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement for Voice Acting in an Animated Feature Production - The Prince of Egypt
  • 2000 - BAFTA Film Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role - The End of the Affair
  • 2000 - Genie Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role - Sunshine
  • 2001 - ALFS Award for British Actor of the Year - The End of the Affair
  • 2003 - Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor - Red Dragon
  • 2003 - Teen Choice Award - Choice Movie Liplock (shared with Jennifer Lopez) - Maid in Manhattan
  • 2006 - BAFTA Award - Best Actor - The Constant Gardener
  • 2006 - Annie Awards - Best Voice/Animation - Wallace & Gromit - Curse of the Were-Rabbit
  • 2006 - MTV Movie Awards - Best Villain - Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • 2008 - Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor - The Duchess

References

  1. ^ "Person Page 18418". thePeerage.com. 6 April 2008. http://www.thepeerage.com/p18418.htm. Retrieved 2008-04-10. 
  2. ^ "Ralph Fiennes, UNICEF UK Ambassador". UNICEF. http://www.unicef.org/uniteforchildren/youth/youth_29342.htm. Retrieved 2008-04-10. 
  3. ^ "Ralph Fiennes Biography". filmreference. 2008. http://www.filmreference.com/film/66/Ralph-Fiennes.html. Retrieved 2008-04-10. 
  4. ^ a b c d e Fiennes, Ralph. Interview with James Lipton. Inside the Actors Studio. Bravo. 15 January 2006. (Interview). Retrieved on 2008-04-10.
  5. ^ [1]
  6. ^ [2]
  7. ^ "Constant Gardener Trust - Patrons". UNICEF. http://www.constantgardenertrust.org/html/patrons.htm. Retrieved 2008-04-10. 
  8. ^ "Interview for Serbian National TV - RTS". youtube. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XHfOzZQrjTw. Retrieved 2009-02-23. 
  9. ^ World Entertainment News Network (12 February 2007). "Fiennes in Air Sex Scandal?". Internet Movie Database. http://www.imdb.com/news/wenn/2007-02-12. Retrieved 2008-04-10. 
  10. ^ Mail on Sunday. "Air stewardess: secrets of my five-mile-high sex romp with Ralph Fiennes". http://www.mailonsunday.co.uk/femail/article-436846/Air-stewardess-secrets-mile-high-sex-romp-Ralph-Fiennes.html. Retrieved 2008-09-04. 

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Ralph Fiennes
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Ralph Fiennes gives autographs to fans during his visit to Kyrgyzstan as a UNICEF ambassador.
Born Ralph Nathaniel Fiennes
December 22, 1962 (1962-12-22) (age 48)
Suffolk, England
Years active 1990-present
Spouse Alex Kingston (1993-1997)

Ralph Fiennes, is an English actor, born 22 December 1962 in Ipswich, Suffolk, England, who won the Tony Award and was nominated for the Academy Award for his work in Steven Spielberg's movie Schindler's List, and the Genie Award. His parents are Jennifer Lash and Mark Fiennes. His brothers and sisters are Joseph Fiennes, Sophie Fiennes, Martha Fiennes, Magnus Fiennes and Jacob Fiennes.

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