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Ralph Fiennes was born in 1962 in Suffolk England. He studied painting at Chelsea College of Art before moving his efforts to acting. After training at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in 1985 he began his career as a Thespian actor at the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre and the National Theatre, before working at the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC).
After his various roles in the RSC including Romeo in Romeo and Juliet, Claudio in Much Ado About Nothing, and Trolius in Trolius and Cressida, he has since performed in Man and Superman at the National Theatre, the title role of Brand at The Theatre Royal, Haymarket, The Master Builder at the Old Vic, The Play What I Wrote, directed by Kenneth Branagh at the Wyndham’s Theatre playing the role of Sir Ralph Fiennes and God of Carnage at Gielgud Theatre. He has also played many classic roles including, title role in Sophocles’s Oedipus the King at the Olivier Theatre, Prospero in The Tempest at the Theatre Royal, Haymarket and Mark Antony in Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar at the Barbican Centre. More recently he has performed as Halvard Solness in The Master Builder at the Old Vic and taken part in National Theatre’s 50 Years on Stage in 2013.
Fiennes is perhaps best known for his role as Lord Voldemort in J.K Rowling’s Harry Potter film series. For this role he has been nominated for two MTV Movie Awards and a Saturn Award, also winning the Scream Award for Best Villain and the Teen Choice Award for Choice Film Fight. Other notable roles include his portrayal of Gareth Mallory/ M in James Bond film Skyfall, alongside Daniel Craig, as Monsieur Gustave H. in The Grand Budapest Hotel. The latter won him two Denver Film Critics Society for Best Actor and Best Ensemble, an Indiewire 2014 Year-End Critics Poll award for Best Actor and 15 other nominations for this role, including BAFTA and Golden Globe. He also received various awards for his roles in The Hurt Locker (2009), The Constant Gardener (2005) and Sunshine in 1999. However it was his role in Shindler’s List (1993), that won him the most acclaim and awards for his portrayal of character Amon Goeth, winning the BAFTA Award, Boston Society Film Critics Award, Dallas- Fort Worth Film Critics Association Award, Chicago Film Critics Association Award, the National Society of Film Critics Award and the New York Film Critics Circle Award all for Best Actor in a Supporting Role as well as four other nominations and winning British Actor of the Year at the London Film Critics Circle Awards.
In 2016 Fiennes returns to the West End in title role of William Shakespeare’s Richard III at the Almeida Theatre, opposite Vanessa Redgrave as Queen Margaret. The show will run from 14 June 2016 until 6 August 2016 and has received 4 star reviews.
Selected London & West End Stage Appearances
|Richard III||Richard III||Almeida||2016|
|The Master Builder||Halvard Solness||Old Vic||2016|
|Man + Superman||Jack Tanner||Lyttelton||2015||Review|
|God of Carnage||Alain Reille||Gielgud||2008||Review|
|The Talking Cure||Jung||Cottlesloe||2002||Review|
|The Play What I Wrote||Sir Ralph Fiennes||Wyndham's||2001||Review|
|Richard II||Richard II||Almeida||2000|
|Love's Labour's Lost||King of Navarre||Barbican||1991|