Ralph Fiennes Biography

Ralph Fiennes Biography
Ralph Fiennes (born on December 22, 1962) is an Oscar-nominated English actor.


Ralph Fiennes Biography

Born in Suffolk, England to photographer Mark Fiennes (died 2005) and the artist Jennifer Lash (died 1993), he is the eldest of six children. The actor Joseph Fiennes (Shakespeare in Love, Luther) is his brother. His sister Martha works as a director. In her film Onegin, he acted the title role. He is a cousin of the famous adventurer Sir Ranulph Fiennes and an eighth cousin of the Prince of Wales.

The family moved to Ireland in 1973, living in West Cork and County Kilkenny for some years. They moved to Salisbury in England where Ralph finished his schooling before attending Chelsea College of Art.

Ralph Fiennes then trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and 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.

Ralph Fiennes' film debut was in 1992, when he played Heathcliff in Wuthering Heights opposite Juliette Binoche. But it was in the following year that he became known internationally, portraying 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.

In 1994 Ralph Fiennes portrayed American academic Charles Van Doren in Quiz Show, and in 1996, he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor for The English Patient.

Ralph 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). In 2002, Fiennes and Miranda Richardson received critical acclaim for their performances in David Cronenberg's award-winning thriller Spider.

Ralph Fiennes married actress Alex Kingston (Dr. Corday from ER) in 1993, but they divorced in 1997. In 1995, he started dating Francesca Annis, his much-older (18 years) co-star in Hamlet. In February 2006, the couple separated. This came after tabloid reports that said Fiennes had had an affair.

In 2004, Ralph Fiennes was cast as Lord Voldemort in the fourth film of the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. The film was released in November 2005. Fiennes will reprise the role in its sequels.

Also in 2005, The Constant Gardener was released, 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.


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