- Ralph Fiennes
caption = At the 60th Annual
Tony Awards, New York City
birthdate = birth date and age|1962|12|22|df=y
birthname = Ralph Nathaniel Twisleton-Wykeham-Fiennes
yearsactive = 1990-present
baftaawards = Best Supporting Actor
tonyawards = Best Leading Actor in a Play
Ralph Nathaniel Twisleton-Wykeham-Fiennes [cite web | author= | title=Person Page 18418 | url=http://www.thepeerage.com/p18418.htm | work=thePeerage.com | date=06 April 2008 | accessdate=2008-04-10] (pron-en|ˈreɪf ˈfaɪnz "rafe fines"; born
22 December 1962) is a British actor. He has appeared in films such as " Schindler's List", "Quiz Show" as Charles Van Doren, " The English Patient", " Oscar and Lucinda", "Red Dragon", "The Constant Gardener", "", and the Harry Potter films. Most recently he portrayed William Cavendish, The Duke of Devonshire in the film "The Duchess".
Fiennes was born in
Ipswich, Suffolk, England, the son of Mark Fiennes(1933-2004), a farmer and photographer, and Jennifer Lash(1938-1993), a writer. [cite web | author= | title=Ralph Fiennes Biography | url=http://www.filmreference.com/film/66/Ralph-Fiennes.html | work=filmreference | date=2008 | accessdate=2008-04-10] His surname is of Norman origin.cite interview | last=Fiennes | first=Ralph | interviewer=James Lipton | url=http://www.bravotv.com/Inside_the_Actors_Studio/guest/Ralph_Fiennes | format= | program=" Inside the Actors Studio" | callsign=Bravo | city= | date=15 January 2006 | accessdate=2008-04-10] He is a third cousin of the adventurer Sir Ranulph Fiennes. The eldest of seven children, 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, Jacob Fiennes, a conservationist, and his foster brother Michael Emery, an archaeologist.
The Fiennes family moved to
Irelandin 1973, living in West Corkand County Kilkennyfor some years, where Fiennes attended Saint Kieran's College for one year. He also attended Newtown, a quaker school in Waterford. It has been alleged by locals in Kilkenny that this year was a thoroughly unenjoyable one. They moved to Salisburyin England, where Fiennes finished his schooling at Bishop Wordsworth's Schoolbefore attending Chelsea College of Art.Fact|date=March 2008
Fiennes trained at the
Royal Academy of Dramatic Artand then joined the Royal Shakespeare Companyin 1988. He is the only actor ever to have won a Tony Awardfor playing " Hamlet" on Broadway. In 2001, Fiennes received the William ShakespeareAward 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.
1993 was the "breakout year" for him. He had a major role in the very controversial
Peter Greenawayfilm The Baby of Mâconwith Julia Ormond. Though the film was poorly received, Fiennes's career suffered no lasting consequences, and later that year he became known internationally for portraying the amoral Nazi concentration campcommandant Amon Goeth in Steven Spielberg's " Schindler's List". For this he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. 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 Top 50 of movie villains.
In 1994, he portrayed American academic
Charles Van Dorenin " Quiz Show", and in 1996 was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actorfor the World War II epic romance "The English Patient". 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 Voldemortin the 2005 fantasy film "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" and has retained this role for both the 5th film "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" and the 6th film "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" which will be released in July 2009. "The Constant Gardener" was released in 2005 with Fiennes as the title role. The film is set in the slums of Kiberaand Loiyangalani, Kenya. The situation affected the crew to the extent that they set up the Constant Gardener Trustin order to provide basic education around these villages. Fiennes is a patron of the charity. [cite web | url=http://www.constantgardenertrust.org/html/patrons.htm| title=Constant Gardener Trust - Patrons | publisher=UNICEF | accessdate=2008-04-10] His recent performance in the play " Faith Healer" gained him a nomination for a 2006 Tony Award.
Fiennes is a
UNICEFambassador. [cite web| url=http://www.unicef.org/uniteforchildren/youth/youth_29342.htm | title=Ralph Fiennes, UNICEF UK Ambassador | publisher=UNICEF| accessdate=2008-04-10]
actress Alex Kingstonwhile 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, an actress 17 years his senior, who played his mother in " Hamlet". In February 2006 the couple separated after tabloidreports revealed that Fiennes had had an affairwith Romanian singer Cornelia Crisan.cite web | author=World Entertainment News Network | title=Fiennes in Air Sex Scandal? | url=http://www.imdb.com/news/wenn/2007-02-12 | date=12 February 2007| work=Internet Movie Database | accessdate=2008-04-10] In late 2006, sources reported that Fiennes was dating American actress Ellen Barkin. [cite web | author=World Entertainment News Network | title=Fiennes Finds Another Older Woman In Barkin? | url=http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000146/news | work=Internet Movie Database | accessdate=2008-04-10]
Fiennes stirred controversy in February 2007 when staff aboard a
Qantasairline flight from Australia to India caught the actor leaving the same airplane lavatory as 38-year-old female flight attendant Lisa Robertson. At first denying any allegations of a mid-air tryst, Robertson later confessed to having unprotected sex in the stall with Fiennes, whom she had met just hours before. Fiennes reportedly was enroute to Mumbai, India, as a participant in AIDSawareness efforts for UNICEF. The organization would retain Fiennes as an ambassador, but Qantas would ultimately relieve Robertson of her duties. [cite web | author=Mail on Sunday | title=Air stewardess: secrets of my five-mile high sex romp with Ralph Fiennes | url=http://www.mailonsunday.co.uk/femail/article-436846/Air-stewardess-secrets-mile-high-sex-romp-Ralph-Fiennes.html | accessdate=2008-09-04]
One month after the airline incident, Fiennes again made headlines when he reportedly disturbed sleeping guests at Bruges, Belgium's posh Hotel Tuilerieen during a 5 a.m. naked pool romp with four women. The actor was a guest at the hotel while shooting the film "In Bruges." [cite web | author=The Sun | title=Fiennes goes on the pool | url=http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/article20695.ece]
Twelfth Nightby 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 Dreamby 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 Annisas Gertrude - Directed by Jonathan Kent- The Almeida TheatreCompany - Hackney Empire, London and Belasco Theatreon Broadway, NY
* "Ivanov" by
Anton Chekhovtranslated by David Hare (February-April 1997) - Role: Ivanov - Directed by Jonathan Kent - The Almeida TheatreCompany - 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 Caesarby William Shakespeare(2005) - Role: Mark Anthony - Directed by Deborah Warner- Barbican Centre, London
Faith Healerby 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 Carnageby Yasmina Reza(2008) - Role: Alain Reille - Gielgud Theatre, West End
* Oedipus by Sophocles (2008) - Role: Oedipus - National Theatre, London
Awards and nominations
* 1993 -
NYFCC Awardfor Best Supporting Actor - " Schindler's List"
* 1994 -
BAFTA Awardfor Best Supporting Actor - "Schindler's List"
* 1994 -
NSFC Award, DFWFCA Award, and CFCA Awardfor Best Supporting Actor - "Schindler's List"
* 1995 -
ALFS Awardfor British Actor of the Year - "Schindler's List"
* 1995 -
Tony Awardfor Best Actor - Hamlet
* 1999 -
European Film Awardfor Best Actor - "Sunshine"
* 2005 -
Krzysztof Kieślowski Awardfor his body of work as a thespian
* 2006 - Honorary Fellowship of
UCD Dramatic Societyfor services to theatre
* 2007 - Spike TV's 2007 Scream Awards for Most Vile Villain - "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix"
* 2007 - The James Joyce Award of the
Literary and Historical Society.
* 1994 - Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor - "Schindler's List"
* 1994 -
Golden Globefor 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 Awardfor 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 Awardfor Outstanding Individual Achievement for Voice Acting in an Animated Feature Production - " The Prince of Egypt"
* 1999 -
RazzieAward 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 Awardfor 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 Awardfor Best Supporting Actor - "Red Dragon"
* 2003 -
Teen Choice Award- Choice Movie Liplock (shared with Jennifer Lopez) - " Maid in Manhattan"
* 2006 -
BAFTAAward - 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"
* [http://www.broadwayworld.com/viewcolumn.cfm?colid=23362 BroadwayWorld Exclusive World Premiere: In Bruges Trailer]
* [http://www.moviehole.net/interviews/20051026_exclusive_interview_ralph_fien.html Ralph Fiennes interview]
* [http://www.news.com.au/dailytelegraph/story/0,22049,21400386-5001021,00.html Fiennes' Hostess was an escort - News article about Ralph's mile high encounter]
* [http://www.thehist.com/index.php?option=content&task=view&id=372&Itemid=317 Photos] of Ralph Fiennes' visit to the
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