Ralph Fiennes Biography

Ralph Fiennes Biography on Monsters and Critics

Summary

"Ralph Nathaniel Fiennes" (IPA: , born 22 December 1962) is a Tony Award-winning, Academy Award-nominated and Genie Award-nominated English actor.

Biography

Early life

Fiennes was born in Ipswich, Suffolk, England, the son of Mark Fiennes, a farmer and photographer, and Jennifer Lash, a writer. He is a third cousin of the adventurer Sir Ranulph Fiennes. The eldest of six children, he was raised a Roman Catholic. His siblings are actor Joseph Fiennes ("Shakespeare in Love", "Luther"), Martha Fiennes, a director (in her film "Onegin", he acted the title role), Magnus Fiennes, a composer, Sophie Fiennes, a filmmaker, and Jacob Fiennes, a conservationist. His foster brother, Michael Emery, is an archaeologist.

The Fiennes family moved to Ireland in 1973, living in West Cork and County Kilkenny for some years, where Fiennes and his siblings were home schooled. They moved to Salisbury in England where Fiennes finished his schooling at Bishop Wordsworth's School before attending Chelsea College of Art.

Career

Fiennes trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and then joined the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1988. He is the only actor ever to have won a Tony Award for playing "Hamlet" on Broadway. In 2001, Fiennes received the William Shakespeare Award from the Shakespeare Theatre in Washington, D.C.. Fiennes made his film debut in 1992 as Heathcliff in "Wuthering Heights" opposite Juliette Binoche, for which he received substantial acclaim and praise throughout Europe. But it was in the following year that he became known internationally, portraying the amoral Nazi concentration camp commandant Amon Göth in Steven Spielberg's "Schindler's List", for which he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. He did not win the Oscar, but he did win the Best Supporting Actor BAFTA Award for the role.

In 1994, he portrayed American academic Charles Van Doren in "Quiz Show", and in 1996, he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor for the World War II epic romance "The English Patient". Fiennes' work has ranged from thrillers ("Red Dragon", "Harry Potter") 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"). In 2002, Fiennes and Miranda Richardson received critical acclaim for their performances in David Cronenberg's award-winning thriller "Spider".

Fiennes was cast for the role of Lord Voldemort in the 2005 fantasy film "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" and has retained this role for the later films in the series. "The Constant Gardener" was also released in 2005, with Fiennes as the title role. The film is set in the slums of Kibera and Loiyangalani, Kenya. The situation affected the crew to the extent that they set up the Constant Gardener Trust in order to provide basic education around these villages. Fiennes is a patron of the charity. His recent performance in the play "Faith Healer" gained him a nomination for a 2006 Tony Award.

Personal life

Fiennes is a UNICEF ambassador.

Fiennes met actress Alex Kingston (Dr. Corday from "ER") while both were students at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts. After dating for ten years, they married in 1993, however they divorced in 1997. In 1995, Fiennes started dating Francesca Annis--who had played his mother in "Hamlet"-- an actress 17 years older than he. In February 2006, the couple separated. This came after tabloid reports that said Fiennes had had an affair with Romanian singer Cornelia Crisan . In late 2006, sources reported that Fiennes is dating American actress Ellen Barkin.

On February 11, 2007, a Qantas flight attendant, was suspended and subsequently fired from Qantas for having sex with Fiennes in a business class toilet during a flight from Darwin to Mumbai on January 24, 2007 while on duty Robertson admitted to the encounter in an interview with the Daily Mail along with her work as an undercover policewoman. Fiennes has not denied the incident took place but his spokesperson said on his behalf he claimed he was not the 'aggressor' in the relationship. Because the story was not widely reported, and he wasn't married at the time, the controversy was only minor.

List of acting credits and awards recognition

Filmography

"A Dangerous Man: Lawrence After Arabia" (1990) (TV) as T. E. Lawrence

"Prime Suspect" (1991) (TV) as Michael

"Wuthering Heights" (1992) as Heathcliff

"The Cormorant" (1993) (TV) as John Talbot

"The Baby of Macon" (1993) as the Bishop's Son

"Schindler's List" (1993) as Amon Goeth

"Quiz Show" (1994) as Charles Van Doren

"Strange Days" (1995) as Lenny Nero

"The English Patient" (1996) as Count Laszlo de Almásy

"Oscar and Lucinda" (1997) as Oscar Hopkins

"The Avengers" (1998) as John Steed

"The Prince of Egypt" (Voice) (1998) as Rameses

"Onegin" (1999) as Evgeny Onegin

"The End of the Affair" (1999) as Maurice Bendrix

"Sunshine" (1999) as Ignatz Sonnenschein, Adam Sors and Ivan Sors

"The Miracle Maker" (2000) (TV) (voice) as Jesus

"Spider" (2002) as Dennis Cleg

"The Good Thief" (2002) as Tony Angel

"Red Dragon" (2002) as Francis Dolarhyde

"Maid in Manhattan" (2002) as Christopher Marshall

"The Constant Gardener" (2005) as Justin Quayle

"The Chumscrubber" (2005) as Mayor Michael Ebbs

"Chromophobia" (2005) as Stephan Tulloch

"Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit" (2005) (voice) as Victor Quartermaine

"The White Countess" (2005) as Todd Jackson

"Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" (2005) as Lord Voldemort

"Land of the Blind" (2006) as Joe

"Bernard and Doris" (2007) as Bernard Lafferty

"Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" (2007) as Lord Voldemort

"Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" (2007) as Lord Voldemort (video game)

"In Bruges" (2008) as Harry

"The Hurt Locker" (2008) as the mercenary team leader

"The Duchess" (2008) as William Cavendish, 5th Duke of Devonshire

"The Reader" (2008)

"Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" (2008) as Lord Voldemort

" Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" (2010) as Lord Voldemort

Stage work

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 - Directed by Jonathan Kent - The Almeida Theatre Company - Hackney Empire Theatre, London and Belasco Theatre on Broadway, NY

Ivanov by Anton Chekhov (1997) - Role: Ivanov - Directed by David Hare - 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 - West End Wyndham's Theatre, London

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, London

Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare (2005) - Role: Mark Anthony - Directed by Deborah Warner - Barbican Centre, London

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

Awards won

1993 - NYFCC Award for Best Supporting Actor - "Schindler's List"

1994 - BAFTA Award for Best Supporting Actor - "Schindler's List"

1994 - NSFC Award, DFWFCA Award, and CFCA Award for Best Supporting Actor - "Schindler's List"

1995 - ALFS Award for British Actor of the Year - "Schindler's List"

1999 - European Film Award for Best Actor - "Sunshine"

2005 - Krzysztof Kie?lowski Award for his body of work as a thespian

2006 - Honorary Fellowship of UCD Dramatic Society for services to theatre

2007 - Spike TV's 2007 Scream Awards for Most Vile Villain - "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix"

Award nominations

1994 - BAFTA Award for Best Supporting Actor - "Schindler's List"

1994 - Academy Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role - "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"

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 Golden Satellite Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama - "The English Patient"

1997 - Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast - "The English Patient"

1999 - Annie Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement for Voice Acting in an Animated Feature Production - "The Prince of Egypt"

1999 - Razzie Award for Worst Actor - "The Avengers"

1999 - Razzie Award for Worst Screen Couple (shared with Uma Thurman) - "The Avengers"

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'

External links

(The Constant Gardener review)

(The Peerage Site)

(Discuss Ralph Fiennes' work)

(Ralph Fiennes interview)

(Fiennes' Hostess was an escort - News article about Ralph's mile high encounter)

Credit

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