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Mark Rylance was born in 1960 in Ashford, Kent in England, in 1962 his family moved to the USA. During his time at school he starred in the majority of school productions including the title roles in Romeo & Juliet, and Hamlet. Returning to the UK in 1978 he trained at RADA and joined Glasgow Citizen's Theatre in 1980. He also joined the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1982 where he performed in Stratford and London.
In 1995 he was appointed as the first artistic director of Shakespeare's Globe, a role he would hold for the next decade. During this period he would appear and direct in every season, with works from Shakespeare, his contemporaries as well as new plays written especially for the globe.
2007 saw him perform at the Comedy Theatre (Now The Harold Pinter) in Boeing Boeing, which would then transfer to Broadway in 2008. For his role in Jerusalem at the Royal Court in 2009, he won the Best Actor Award from the Critic's Circle Theatre. This was followed in 2010 by a transfer to the Apollo Theatre on Shaftesbury Avenue, for which he received the Oliver Award for Best Actor. A Broadway transfer followed in 2011 for which Rylance received the Tony Award for Best Actor. Due to overwhelming success the production returned to the Apollo for a second sold out West End run.
In 2012 he returned to Shakespeare's Globe for an all-male production of Twelfth Night alongside Stephen Fry, and taking the lead role in a production of Richard III. Both productions would then transfer to the West End at the Apollo Theatre.
He collaborated with poet Louis Jenkins on the play Nice Fish, which he also starred in at the Guthrie Theater on Broadway in 2013.
Taking the role of King Phillipe V in Farinelli and the King he performed at the Sam Wannamaker Playhouse at Shakespeare's Globe in 2015 a West End transfer to the Duke of York's Theatre followed that autumn.
In 2015 he played Thomas Cromwell in the BBC's adaptation of Wolf Wall alongside Damien Lewis as King Henry VIII. He also appeared Bridge of Spies directed by Stephen Spielberg opposite Tom Hanks, for his role as Rudolf Abel he received the BAFTA and the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. He would go onto to work with Spielberg again in his adaptation of Roald Dahl's The BFG, and will also appear in his adaption of Ready Player One due for release in 2018.
Selected London & West End Stage Appearances
|Nice Fish||Ron||Harold Pinter||2016||News|
|Farinelli and the King||Philippe V||Duke of York's||
|Farinelli and the King||Philippe V||Sam Wanamaker Playhouse||2015|
|Richard III||Richard III||Apollo||2012||Review|
|Richard III||Richard III||Shakespeare's Globe||2012|
|Twelfth Night||Olivia||Shakespeare's Globe||2012|
|La Bete||Valere||Comedy (now Harold Pinter)||2010||Review|
|Boeing Boeing||Robert||Comedy (now Harold Pinter)||2007||Review|
|Measure for Measure||Vincentio||Shakespeare's Globe||
|The Storm||Shakespeare's Globe||2005||Review|
|Measure for Measure||Vincentio||Shakespeare's Globe||2004||Review|
|Richard II||Richard II||Shakespeare's Globe||2003||Review|
|Richard II||Richard II||Middle Temple Hall||2003|
|Twelfth Night||Olivia||Shakespeare's Globe||2003|
|The Golden Ass||Shakespeare's Globe||2002||Review|
|Twelfth Night||Olivia||Shakespeare's Globe||2002|
|Twelfth Night||Olivia||Middle Temple Hall||2002|
|Life x 3||Henry||Old Vic||2001||Review|
|Two Gentlemen of Verona||Proteus||Shakespeare's Globe||1996|