Ralph Fiennes

Actor, Producer
A magnetic stage actor with England's National Theatre and Royal Shakespeare Company, Ralph Fiennes earned particular favor in America for a string of unforgettable performances in several prominent dramas in the 1990s ... Read more »
Born: 12/22/1962 in Suffolk, England, GB

Filmography

Actor (58)

Hail, Caesar! 2016 (Movie)

Laurence Lorenz (Actor)

Spectre 2015 (Movie)

Gareth Mallory/M (Actor)

A Bigger Splash 2014 (Movie)

Harry (Actor)

Late Night with Seth Meyers 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

The Grand Budapest Hotel 2014 (Movie)

M. Gustave (Actor)

Wuthering Heights (1992) 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Flying Horses 2013 (Movie)

Muybridge (Actor)

Great Expectations 2013 (Movie)

Magwitch (Actor)

The Invisible Woman 2013 (Movie)

Charles Dickens (Actor)

Skyfall 2012 (Movie)

Gareth Mallory (Actor)

Wrath of the Titans 2012 (Movie)

Hades (Actor)

Coriolanus 2011 (Movie)

Caius Martius "Coriolanus" (Actor)

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 2011 (Movie)

Lord Voldemort (Actor)

Cemetery Junction 2010 (Movie)

(Actor)

Clash of the Titans 2010 (Movie)

Hades (Actor)

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 2010 (Movie)

Lord Voldemort (Actor)

Nanny McPhee Returns 2010 (Movie)

Lord Gray (Actor)

Page Eight 2010 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Wildest Dream 2010 (Movie)

George Mallory (Voice)

The Hurt Locker 2009 (Movie)

Contractor Team Leader (Actor)

In Bruges 2008 (Movie)

Harry (Actor)

Scream 2007 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

The Duchess 2008 (Movie)

The Duke (Actor)

The Reader 2008 (Movie)

Michael Berg (Actor)

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix 2007 (Movie)

Lord Voldemort (Actor)

Inside the Actors Studio 2006 (Tv Show)

Interviewee

Land of the Blind 2006 (Movie)

Joe (Actor)

Chromophobia 2005 (Movie)

Stephen Tulloch (Actor)

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire 2005 (Movie)

Lord Voldemort (Actor)

The Chumscrubber 2005 (Movie)

Michael Ebbs (Actor)

The Constant Gardener 2005 (Movie)

Justin Quayle (Actor)

Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit 2005 (Movie)

Voice of Victor Quartermaine (Actor)

White Countess 2005 (Movie)

Jackson (Actor)

The Good Thief 2003 (Movie)

Tony Angel (Actor)

Maid in Manhattan 2002 (Movie)

Christopher Marshall (Actor)

Red Dragon 2002 (Movie)

Francis Dolarhyde/The Tooth Fairy (Actor)

Spider 2002 (Movie)

Dennis "Spider" Cleg (Actor)

Sunshine 2000 (Movie)

Ignatz Sonnenschein (Actor)

Onegin 1999 (Movie)

Evgeny Onegin (Actor)

The End of the Affair 1999 (Movie)

Maurice Bendrix (Actor)

The Avengers 1998 (Movie)

John Steed (Actor)

The Prince of Egypt 1998 (Movie)

of Rameses (Voice)

Oscar and Lucinda 1997 (Movie)

Oscar Hopkins/Oscar's Great Grandson (Actor)

Last of the Czars 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Voice

The English Patient 1996 (Movie)

Almasy (Actor)

Strange Days 1995 (Movie)

Lenny Nero (Actor)

The Cormorant 1995 (Movie)

John (Actor)

Quiz Show 1994 (Movie)

Charles Van Doren (Actor)

Schindler's List 1993 (Movie)

Amon Goeth (Actor)

The Baby of Macon 1993 (Movie)

Bishop's Son (Actor)

Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights 1992 (Movie)

Heathcliff (Actor)

Prime Suspect 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Bernard and Doris (TV Show)

Actor

The Miracle Maker (TV Show)

Voice
Director (3)

The Invisible Woman 2013 (Movie)

(Director)

Coriolanus 2011 (Movie)

(Director)

Snow Country (Movie)

(Director)
Producer (2)

Coriolanus 2011 (Movie)

(Producer)

Onegin 1999 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)
Music (1)

The Prince of Egypt 1998 (Movie)

("The Plagues") (Song Performer)
Camera, Film, & Tape (1)

The Constant Gardener 2005 (Movie)

Justin Quayle POV Camera(Kenyan Unit) (Camera)
Other (1)

The Good Thief 2003 (Movie)

Fine Art Advisor (Advisor)

Biography

A magnetic stage actor with England's National Theatre and Royal Shakespeare Company, Ralph Fiennes earned particular favor in America for a string of unforgettable performances in several prominent dramas in the 1990s. The British performer announced his arrival after receiving critical raves and an Oscar nomination for his horrifying, yet complex human portrayal of Amon Goeth, commandant of the Nazi concentration camp at Plaszow, in Steven Spielberg's acclaimed Holocaust epic, "Schindler's List" (1993). He followed that triumph with another complex historical performance, playing a controversial game show champ in the acclaimed drama, "Quiz Show" (1994). After delivering some of his finest performances in "The English Patient" (1996), "The End of the Affair" (1999) and "Sunshine" (2000), Fiennes had made his mark, assuring that he would be viewed by moviegoers as the quintessential tortured soul. Though some complained that his "doomed lover" act had worn thin, most critics and audiences praised him for his understated, multi-layered performances, particularly in the exemplary political romance, "The Constant Gardener" (2005). Proving that he was more than just an art house leading man, he took on villainous roles in big budget fare like "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" (2005) and its blockbuster sequels, and continued to grow as an artist with his directorial debut, "Coriolanus" (2012). These were only a few of the efforts that defined Fiennes as one of the finest British talents of his generation.

Relationships

Francesca Annis Actor

Companion
Annis played Gertrude to Fiennes' Hamlet in 1994 Announced split February 2006 after a newspaper reported that Fiennes had had an affair with a Romanian singer

Ellen Barkin Actor

Companion
Rumored to have dated in 2006 No longer together

Michael Emery

Brother
Born Dec. 31, 1952; foster brother; moved in with the Fiennes family when he was 11

Joseph Fiennes Actor

Brother
Born May 27, 1970; fraternal twin of Jacob; starred in "Shakespeare in Love" (1998) and "Elizabeth" (1998)

Mark Fiennes

Father
Remarried in 1996 after wife's death Collapsed suddenly and died in December 2004 at age 71

Jini Fiennes

Mother
Died Christmas 1993 from breast cancer complications at age 54

Martha Fiennes Actor

Sister
Born Feb. 5, 1965 Directed her brother in the film "Onegin" (1999)

Jacob Fiennes

Brother
Born May 27, 1970; fraternal twin of Joseph

Sophie Fiennes Actor

Sister
Born in 1967

Magnus Fiennes Actor

Brother
Born in 1965

Alex Kingston Actor

Wife
Began relationship c. 1983 when they were classmates at RADA Married in September 1993 Divorced on Oct. 28, 1997 after Fiennes left Kingston for actress Francesca Annis

EDUCATION

Bishop Wordsworth's School

Salisbury , Wiltshire

Royal Academy of Dramatic Art

London , England 1982 - 1985
Attended with future wife Alex Kingston

Chelsea College of Art and Design

Studied there for only one year

Milestones

2012

Cast in 007 feature "Skyfall," directed by Sam Mendes

2012

Helmed and starred in the title role in the feature adaptation of Shakespeare's "Coriolanus"

2012

Reprised role of Hades in the fantasy adventure sequel "Wrath of the Titans"

2010

Portrayed Hades, God of the Underworld, in a remake of "Clash of the Titans"

2010

Co-starred with Emma Thompson in the family comedy "Nanny McPhee Returns"

2010

Reprised role of Lord Voldemort for the seventh and final installment of the series directed by David Yates, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows"; film released in two parts, Part 1 in November 2010 and Part 2 in July 2011

2008

Co-starred and narrated the Stephen Daldry directed film adaption of "The Reader"

2008

Portrayed Bernard Lafferty, Doris Duke's (Susan Sarandon) gay butler in the HBO film "Bernard and Doris"; received Emmy, Golden Globe and SAG nominations for Best Actor in a TV-Movie

2008

Co-starred with Keira Knightley in an adaption of Amanda Foreman's best-selling biography "The Duchess"; earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actor

2007

Reprised role of Lord Voldemort in "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix"

2006

Returned to Broadway to star in a revival of Brian Friel's "Faith Healer"; earned a Tony nomination for his performance

2005

Played the title role in Fernando Meirelles' "The Constant Gardener"

2005

Cast as Harry Potter's biggest enemy, the evil Lord Voldemort in "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire"

2002

Played title role in Henrik Ibsen's "Brand" for the Royal Shakespeare Company

2002

Starred in Christopher Hampton's play "The Talking Cure" at London's National Theater

2002

Portrayed the tattooed serial killer Francis Dolarhyde in "Red Dragon"

2002

Starred opposite Jennifer Lopez in the Cinderella-like "Maid in Manhattan"

2000

Voiced the role of Jesus in the BBC claymation production of "The Miracle Maker" (ABC)

2000

Cast in stage productions of "Richard II" and "Coriolanus" at London's old Gainsborough Studios; reprised performances at Brooklyn Academy of Music

1999

Undertook three roles in "Sunshine," Istvan Szabo's generational drama about a Jewish-Hungarian family

1999

Starred in (also executive produced) the film version of "Onegin"; directed by sister Martha

1999

Co-starred opposite Julianne Moore in "The End of the Affair"

1998

Lent his voice to the character Rameses, in his first biblical animated feature "Prince of Egypt"

1997

Co-starred with Cate Blanchett in "Oscar and Lucinda"

1996

Earned Best Actor Oscar nomination for his portrayal of the title role in "The English Patient"

1995

Broadway debut in the title role of "Hamlet"; won Tony Award

1994

Starred as Charles Van Doren in the critically-acclaimed, Oscar-nominated "Quiz Show"

1993

Cast in a major role in the very controversial Peter Greenaway film "The Baby of Mâcon" with Julia Ormond

1993

Breakout role, playing the Nazi concentration camp commandant Amon Göth in Steven Spielberg's "Schindler's List"; earned Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination

1992

Film debut in Emily Bronte's "Wuthering Heights"; first collaboration with actress Juliette Binoche

1991

British TV debut, the mystery drama "Prime Suspect" (ITV)

1989

Joined the Royal Shakespeare Company for two seasons, acting in productions of "King Lear" and "Henry VI" (as Henry)

1987

Asked to join Michael Rudman's company at England's National Theatre

1986

Stage debut with the Open Air Theatre, performing in "A Midsummer Night's Dream" and "Twelfth Night"

Raised in England and Ireland

Bonus Trivia

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His name was pronounced "rafe fines."

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"Ralph did three takes. I still, to this day, haven't seen Take 2 or 3. He was absolutely brilliant, after seeing Take 1, I knew he was Amon. I saw sexual evil. It is all about subtlety: there were moments of kindness that would move across his eyes and then instantly run cold." – Steven Spielberg on why he cast Fiennes in "Schindler's List" to Time, Feb. 21, 1994

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"I don't want to sound elitist but Ralph has something theater actors have in common – they can kind of cut through the B.S." – Liam Neeson to The Los Angeles Times, Oct. 15, 1995

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"I did not become an actor because I wanted to be in MAGAZINES. I became an actor because I love the theater, because I love language. I love painting. I love all art forms!" – Fiennes in Vanity Fair, November 1995

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"No, I don't think he's a happy-go-lucky, cheery, cheeky chappie – you could tell that by shaking his hand. I think a lot of people find him difficult to read. He's always had that aloofness, and I don't think he would be offended by my saying he has an arrogant streak in him. You'll be talking to him and suddenly there will be sort of gauze that creeps over his eyes – an extreme level of disinterest. He just starts thinking about something else. He won't feel the social pressure to nod politely and say, 'Oh, really – the weather was good last Friday?'" – Martha Fiennes on her brother to Vanity Fair, November 1995

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"When I decided to be an actor, my mother was the first person I told, and it was almost as if she'd expected it, even though I was halfway through art school, studying to be a painter. She had actually said to me the one time I acted in a school play, 'You know that if you wanted to be an actor, it's something you could do.'" – Fiennes in Interview, November 1996

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"I've been lucky in that since I left drama school, I've been in work. I couldn't believe I was being paid just to be in rehearsals. I was happy even with my first jobs, where I'd have a walk-on part and make coffee and sweep the stage and get out the props. As time has gone on, the money has gotten more. In a funny way, what's a little depressing is that with the money comes people's idea of your being, well, a film star. It's wonderful to be paid – I'm not begrudging it for a second – but more and more the very simplicity of being is taken over by career, by the decisions and responsibilities made by money." – Fiennes to Parade magazine, March 9, 1997

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On working on "Onegin" (1999), Fiennes told the London's Evening Standard (Oct. 29, 1999): "I have a lot of anxiety about the film. I'm quite anxious as a person and I get quite knotted-up inside during filming about the state of the weather, people on set and things like that. I need to work with someone who can balance my anxiety with a stoicism. I'm a bit awkward about the title of executive producer. I had a lot of input and had final decisions on the script and the casting but I had nothing at all to do with the financial aspect of it. It has been quite a bruising experience."

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"I can do happy, I can be happy. There are times when I have been very, very happy. I don't mean happy, like this [gives a demented grin] but more happy, just-aah, thrilled." – Fiennes to The Observer, Nov. 14, 1999

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