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Full Name:
    Ralph Nathaniel Twisleton-Wykeham-Fiennes

Nickname:
    ---

Date of Birth:
    22 December 1962

Place of Birth:
    Ipswich, Suffolk, England

Siblings:
    Oldest: Joseph, Martha, Magnus, Sophie, Jacob, Michael
The seven children born to photographer Mark Fiennes and novelist Jennifer Lash, though in
varying professions, each inherited the ability to be innovative, creative, and artistic.

The most well-known of the siblings are actors Ralph and Joseph.  Their sister, Martha, is a
screenwriter and a director.  Their brother, Magnus, has composed theme music and
orchestrations for several popular British television series.

Sophie has been involved in almost every aspect of making a film, including editor,
cinematographer, writer, director, and producer.  The Fiennes family is completed by Jacob is a
conservationist and Michael an archaeologist.

Though originally from Ipswich in Suffolk, England, Mark, Jennifer, and all of their children
relocated to Ireland in 1973 to the town of West Cork and County Kilkenny.

Ralph studied in different schools during his time in Ireland, including a year at St. Kieran’s
College, a Quaker independent school in Waterford known as Newton’s School, Bishop
Wordworth’s School, and the Chelsea College of Art.

Throughout his time in each school, he slowly developed a love for acting and a passion to
pursue it as a career.  He trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, and then acted in
many productions for the Open Air Theatre, Regent’s Park, National Theatre, and the Royal
Shakespeare Company.

His transition into film was slow at first.  He appeared as Heathcliff in the 1992 film version of
Wuthering Heights.  He was then featured in the 1993 film The Baby of Macon.  His big break,
however, came with the release of the 1993 epic World War II drama,
Schindler’s List.

Ralph’s portrayal of villain Amon Goeth was so memorable that it earned him a BAFTA for Best
Supporting Actor and an Academy Award nomination.  It also landed him at #15 on the
American Film Institute’s list of 100 Screen Heroes and Villains.

After
Schindler’s List, Ralph He appeared in many critically acclaimed movies such as The English
Patient, Red Dragon, Quiz Show, The Prince of Egypt, Sunshine, The End of the Affair, Maid in
Manhattan, Oscar and Lucinda
, and The Avengers.  He appeared received a Tony Award for his
work in Hamlet.  He was #34 on Empire Magazine’s Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time.

With an already impressive list of films on his resume and a flood of more offers pouring in,
Harry Potter was the last thing Ralph thought he’d tack onto his To-Do List.

In fact, he claims to have been unimpressed with the first three films.  However, he was
intrigued at the challenge of being the first to portray Lord Voldemort in his human form.

Since first bringing the character to life in
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Ralph had a very
different attitude towards the series. He was quoted as saying,

    "When children were introduced to Lord Voldemort, they looked suitably
    terrified.  Which gave me great gratification."

Ralph reprised his role in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and is slated to appear in the
final two films of the series as well.  He also had the privilege of involving his family in the
project.  His nephew, Hero Fiennes-Tiffin, played the younger version of himself in
Dumbledore’s pensieve in
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.

Throughout his time with the Harry Potter family, Ralph has continued to act in both film and
theater.  In 2005, he not only starred in the movie
The Constant Gardener, he helped set up the
Constant Gardener Trust, a group that provides basic education for children of villages in
Nairobi, Kenya that are featured in the film.

In 2007, he received a Tony nomination for his work in the play
Faith Healer.  He continued his
stage work with the 2008 production of
Oedipus the King at the National Theater in London.  He
also found great success and accolades with movies such as
In Bruges, Bernard and Doris, The
Duchess, The Reader, The Hurt Locker
, and Clash of the Titans.

Ralph’s upcoming project is already gaining attention in the press.  He is set to star in
Shakespeare’s tragedy
Coriolanus, but more importantly he will make his highly anticipated
directorial debut.  
Coriolanus tells the true story of legendary Roman leader, Gaius Marcius
Coriolanus.  Filming began in Serbia this past St. Patrick’s Day and will also star Gerard Butler,
Vanessa Redgrave, and Brian Cox.

If his success as a director matches his success as an actor, this may be the first of many directing
projects in his future.
    1993    BSFC Award for Best Supporting Actor
    Schindler’s List
    1993    NYFCC Award for Best Supporting Actor
    Schindler’s List
    1994    Oscar Nomination for Best Actor in a Supporting Role
    Schindler’s List
    1994    BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role
    Schindler’s List
    1994    CFCA Award for Best Supporting Actor
    Schindler’s List
    1994    DFWCFCA Award for Best Supporting Actor
    Schindler’s List
    1994    Golden Globe Nomination for Best Supporting Actor
    Schindler’s List
    1994    NSFC Award for Best Supporting Actor
    Schindler’s List
    1994    MTV Movie Award Nomination for Best Breakthrough
    Schindler’s List
    1995    ALFS Award for British Actor of the Year
    Schindler’s List
    1996    Saturn Award Nomination for Best Actor
    Strange Days
    1997    Oscar Nomination for Best Actor in a Leading Role
    The English Patient
    1997    Golden Globe Nomination for Best Actor
    The English Patient
    1997    BAFTA Nomination for Best Actor
    The English Patient
    1997    Golden Satellite Award Nomination for Best Actor
    The English Patient
    1997    SAG Award Nomination for Outstanding Cast
    The English Patient
    1997    SAG Award Nomination for Outstanding Actor
    The English Patient
    1999    Annie Nomination for Outstanding Individual Achievement for Voice Acting in an
    Animated Feature
    The Prince of Egypt
    1999    European Film Award for Best Actor
    Sunshine
    2000    Genie Nomination for Best Actor in a Leading Role
    Sunshine
    2000    BAFTA Nomination for Best Actor in a Leading Role
    The End of the Affair
    2001    ALFS Award Nomination for British Actor of the Year
    The End of the Affair
    2002    Audience Award Nomination for Best Actor
    Spider
    2003    Saturn Award Nomination for Best Supporting Actor
    Red Dragon
    2003    Teen Choice Award Nomination for Choice Movie Liplock
    Maid in Manhattan
    2003    ALFS Award Nomination for British Actor of the Year
    Spider
    2005    British Independent Film Award for Best Supporting Actor
    The Constant Gardener
    2006    Annie Nomination for Best Voice Acting in an Animated Feature Production
    Wallace and Gromit in The Curse of the Were-Rabbit
    2006    BAFTA Nomination for Best Actor in a Leading Role
    The Constant Gardener
    2006    Evening Standard British Film Award for Best Actor
    The Constant Gardener
    2006    ALFS Award for British Actor of the Year
    The Constant Gardener
    2006    MTV Movie Award Nomination for Best Villain
    Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
    2008    Satellite Award Nomination for Best Actor in a Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made
    for Television
    Bernard and Doris
    2008    British Independent Film Award Nomination for Best Supporting Actor
    In Bruges
    2008    British Independent Film Award Nomination for Best Supporting Actor
    The Duchess
    2008    Emmy Nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
    Bernard and Doris
    2009    Golden Globe Nomination for Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or a
    Motion Picture
     Made for Television
    Bernard and Doris
    2009    Golden Globe Nomination for Best Supporting Actor
    The Duchess
    2009    IFTA Award Nomination for Best International Actor
    The Duchess
    2009    ALFS Award Nomination for British Actor of the Year
    The Duchess
    2009    Gotham Award for Best Ensemble Cast
    The Hurt Locker
    2009    SAG Award Nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a
    Television Movie or
     Miniseries
    Bernard and Doris
    2009    WAFCA Award for Best Ensemble
    The Hurt Locker
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