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Also Known As: Ralph Nathaniel Twisleton-Wykeham-Fiennes, Ralph Nathaniel Fiennes Died:
Born: December 22, 1962 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Suffolk, England, GB Profession: actor, producer

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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...

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.

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  Coriolanus (2011)

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 Hail Caesar (2016)
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 Bigger Splash, A (2015)
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 Flying Horse (2014)
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 Skyfall (2012)
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 Coriolanus (2011)
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Raised in England and Ireland
1986:
Stage debut with the Open Air Theatre, performing in "A Midsummer Night's Dream" and "Twelfth Night"
1987:
Asked to join Michael Rudman's company at England's National Theatre
1989:
Joined the Royal Shakespeare Company for two seasons, acting in productions of "King Lear" and "Henry VI" (as Henry)
1991:
British TV debut, the mystery drama "Prime Suspect" (ITV)
1992:
Film debut in Emily Bronte's "Wuthering Heights"; first collaboration with actress Juliette Binoche
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
1994:
Starred as Charles Van Doren in the critically-acclaimed, Oscar-nominated "Quiz Show"
1995:
Broadway debut in the title role of "Hamlet"; won Tony Award
1996:
Earned Best Actor Oscar nomination for his portrayal of the title role in "The English Patient"
1997:
Co-starred with Cate Blanchett in "Oscar and Lucinda"
1998:
Lent his voice to the character Rameses, in his first biblical animated feature "Prince of Egypt"
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"
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
2002:
Portrayed the tattooed serial killer Francis Dolarhyde in "Red Dragon"
2002:
Starred opposite Jennifer Lopez in the Cinderella-like "Maid in Manhattan"
2002:
Starred in Christopher Hampton's play "The Talking Cure" at London's National Theater
2002:
Played title role in Henrik Ibsen's "Brand" for the Royal Shakespeare Company
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"
2006:
Returned to Broadway to star in a revival of Brian Friel's "Faith Healer"; earned a Tony nomination for his performance
2007:
Reprised role of Lord Voldemort in "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix"
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
2008:
Co-starred and narrated the Stephen Daldry directed film adaption of "The Reader"
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
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"
2012:
Cast in 007 feature "Skyfall," directed by Sam Mendes
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Education

Chelsea College of Art and Design: -
Bishop Wordsworth's School: Salisbury , Wiltshire -
Royal Academy of Dramatic Art: London , England - 1982 - 1985

Notes

His name is pronounced "rafe fines".

"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 from Time, February 21, 1994.

"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." --Ralph Fiennes in Parade Magazine, March 9, 1997.

"From the two years--'93,'94--doing 'Schindler's List', 'Quiz Show' and then 'Strange Days', I sort of felt the whole machinery of the American-based film industry, and especially the whole media machinery behind it. I felt really exposed TO and in some ways exposed BY them. I just felt, and I feel, a very strong need to pull away. There's an insistence on your private life. What the publicity machine is keen to exploit is: You desire this person. You, Joe Bloggs in the street, desire so-and-so up on the screen, so wouldn't you like to read an article that makes you think you know a bit more about his sexuality or her sexuality or who they're with or who they've left, blah, blah, blah. And I find that increasingly invasive because I do find that I really want to firmly close the door on my private life and whatever partnerships I'm in." --Fiennes to US, December 1996.

"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.

"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 Los Angeles Times, October 15, 1995.

"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.

"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 older brother in Vanity Fair, November 1995.

On working on "Onegin" (1999), Fiennes told the London's Evening Standard (October 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."

"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." --to The Observer, November 14, 1999.

Companions close complete companion listing

wife:
Alex Kingston. Actor. Began relationship c. 1983 when they were classmates at RADA; married in September 1993; anounced separation in October 1995; divorced in October 1997; known to American audiences for her role as surgeon Elizabeth Corday on NBC's "ER".
companion:
Francesca Annis. Actress. Born on May 14, 1944; played Gertrude to Fiennes' Hamlet in 1994; had 20-year on again, off again relationship with photographer Patrick Wiseman with whom she had three children.

Family close complete family listing

father:
Mark Fiennes. Farmer, photographer.
mother:
Jini Fiennes. Novelist, travel writer. Died Christmas 1993 from breast cancer complications at age 54.
sister:
Martha Maria Fiennes. Director. Younger.
brother:
Magnus Hubert Fiennes. Musician, composer. Younger.
sister:
Sophia Victoria Fiennes. Producer, visual artist, director. Younger.
brother:
Joseph Alberic Fiennes. Actor. Fraternal twin of Jacob; born in 1970.
brother:
Jacob Mark Fiennes. Gamekeeper. Fraternal twin of Joseph; born in 1970.
brother:
Michael Emery. Archeologist. Foster brother; family took him in when he was 11.
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