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also known as Ralph Nathaniel Twisleton-Wykeham-Fiennes

actor , director

Actor, Fiennes is a UNICEF UK ambassador and has done work in India, Kyrgyzstan, Uganda and Romania.


Born on December 22, 1962 in Suffolk, UK, the eldest of seven children, including brother of Joseph Fiennes. He is an eighth cousin of Prince Charles.

The eldest child of Mark Fiennes (1933–2004), a farmer and photographer whose father was industrialist Sir Maurice Fiennes (1907–1994), and Jennifer Lash (1938–1993), a writer of English and Irish descent Fiennes is an eighth cousin of the Prince of Wales, and a third cousin of adventurer Ranulph Fiennes and author William Fiennes. The eldest of six children, his siblings are actor Joseph Fiennes (Shakespeare in Love, Luther, FlashForward); Martha Fiennes, a director (in her film Onegin, he played the title role); Magnus Fiennes, a composer; Sophie Fiennes, a filmmaker; and Jacob Fiennes, a conservationist. His foster brother, Michael Emery, is an archaeologist. His nephew Hero Fiennes-Tiffin played Tom Riddle, young Lord Voldemort, in Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince.

Fiennes met English actress Alex Kingston while they were both students at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. After dating for ten years, they married in 1993. They divorced in 1997. In 1995, Fiennes began an affair with Francesca Annis, whom he met when she played his mother Gertrude in the play Hamlet. After 11 years together, the couple separated in February 2006. Fiennes had been reported as being romantically involved with Lady Amanda Harlech.


Educated at St Kieran's College for one year, finished his schooling at Bishop Wordsworth's School.

Fiennes studied drama at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London before joining the National Theatre (1987) and the Royal Shakespeare Company (1989-1990).


His film debut was in Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights (1991), and his compelling performance in Schindler's List (1993) earned him a Golden Globe Award and an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor.

Other films include The Baby of Macon (1993), The English Patient (1996, Oscar nomination), Oscar and Lucinda (1997), The End of the Affair (1999), and Spider (2002). He was cast in the role of the wicked wizard Lord Voldemort in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005). Later films include The Constant Gardener and The White Countess, both 2005, In Bruges, The Duchess, and The Reader, all in 2008.


  • Broadway debut in Hamlet, 1995 (Tony award Lead Actor in a Play).

    Movies: Ivanov, 1997, Richard The second and Coriolanus, 2000, The Talking Cure, 2002, Brand, 2003, Julius Caesar, 2005, Faith Healer, 2006; (films) Wuthering Heights, 1992, The Baby of Macon, 1993, Schindler's List, 1993 (Academy award nomination for best supporting actor 1993, New York Film Critics Circle award best supporting actor 1993), Quiz Show, 1994, Strange Days, 1995, The English Patient, 1996 (Academy award nominee, Golden Globe award nominee), Oscar & Lucinda, 1997, (voice only) The Prince of Egypt, 1998 The Avengers, 1998, Taste of Sunshine, 1999, End of the Affair, 1999 Spider, 2002, The Good Thief, 2002, Red Dragon, 2002, Maid in Manhattan, 2002, The Chumscrubber, 2005, The Constant Gardener, 2005, (voice only) Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, 2005, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, 2005, The White Countess, 2005, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, 2007, Bernard and Doris, 2008, In Bruges, 2008, The Duchess, 2008, The Reader, 2008, Clash of the Titans, 2010, Nanny McPhee Returns, 2010, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1, 2010; actor, producer (films) Onegin, 1999; actor (television films) Prime Suspect, 1991, A Dangerous Man: Lawrence After Arabia, 1992