Featured News
Ralph Fiennes

Ralph Fiennes

Born in 1962 in Suffolk, England to photographer, Mark Fiennes, and novelist, Jennifer Lash, Ralph Fiennes is a cousin of the famous adventure Sir Ranulph Fiennes and an eighth cousin of the Prince of Wales. The eldest of six children, he was raised a Roman Catholic. The actor Joseph Fiennes (Shakespeare in LoveLuther) is his brother. His sister Martha works as a director (in her film Onegin, he acted the title role). The Fiennes family moved to Ireland in 1973, living in West Cork and County Kilkenny for some years, where Fiennes and his siblings were home-schooled. They moved to Salisbury in England where Ralph finished his schooling before attending Chelsea College of Art. He 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.

IMDb Filmography

Latest News

Latest News

  • Role Call: Fairy tale edition! - After our adventures at LeakyCon in Florida this last week and meeting some of the "Harry Potter" cast, the staff at MuggleNet is even more excited about upcoming projects by our favorite actors and actresses! There's a lot to cover from the past few weeks, and we hope that you'll be just as anxious to hear all about the new roles our HP alumni have taken on. Take a look!
  • Role Call: It’s Good To Be Bad! - This week's edition of Casting News finds an abundance of roles for the actors that we love to hate (or really love despite their faults, in some cases!). Take a look at what's next for Ralph Fiennes, David Bradley, Alan Rickman, and more!
More Ralph Fiennes News

Potter Career

Potter Career

The announcement came in August 2004 finally revealing that Oscar nominated actor Ralph Fiennes would take on the role of He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named in the Harry Potter franchise. Having played many a bad guy in the past, his casting as Voldemort would go on to be a huge success and even earn him a nomination for Best Villain in the 2005 MTV Movie Awards. Fiennes made his debut in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, and then went on to be featured in all the remaining films of the franchise, leading up to the final battle for Hogwarts in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II. While playing the role, Fieness had to undergo major make-up transformations to get into character, and even then underwent further alteration by having his nose removed in post production to enhance his evil, snake-like appearance. Allegedly Fiennes was reluctant at first to take on the role because he was not a particular fan of the first three films, but after a meeting with Director Mike Newell, in which he was show conception art for the fourth Potter film, he changed his mind.

Charity Work

Charity Work

Fiennes is generously involved in supporting a number of charities. He serves as an ambassador for UNICEF and is one of the two benefactors of the Constant Gardner Trust. The trust was set up after he starred in a film of the same name, which took place in Kenya. The trust supports the Kenyan communities in which the film was shot and aims to help improve sanitation and education for the members of those communities. Additionally, Fiennes is a supporter of five other charities: Active Conservation Awareness Program, Artists Against Racism, the Evironmental Investigation Agency, the Raisa Gorbachev Foundation, and WildAid

Other projects

Other projects

Fiennes began acting at the age of 28 and his long list of film credits include such noted films as Schindler’s List and The English Patient, both which won Academy Awards for Best Picture in the year’s they were released. Fiennes also has done a great deal of acting in the theater realm. He is the only actor to have ever won a Tony award for a Broadway portrayal of Hamlet in the famed Shakespeare play. His involvement in the Royal Shakespeare company led to him portraying more than a dozen of the famed playwrights various characters. This love of Shakespeare also lead to his directorial debut of the film Corialanus in 2011.

Trivia

Trivia

- One of the most debated things about Fiennes is how to pronounce his name. Though it looks like “Ralf Fin-es” it is actually said “Rafe Fines”. Still confused? Check out this pronunciation video to make sure you always get it right!

- Fiennes is not the only artist in the family. Four of his siblings are also involved in the arts: Martha is a director, Magnus is a musician, Sophie is a producer and Joseph is an actor.

- While his career has been mostly built on acting for films and straight plays, Fiennes also is a singer, and provided his own vocals in the animated film The Prince of Egypt.

- Fiennes was married to actress Alex Kingston of Doctor Who fame from 1993 to 1997, when the couple divorced.

Connect with Ralph Fiennes

Connect with Ralph Fiennes

Fan Mail:

Ralph Fiennes
Dalzell and Beresford Ltd.
26 Astwood Mews
London SW7 4DE
UK

Share on Facebook0Tweet about this on Twitter0Share on Reddit0Share on Google+0Share on StumbleUpon0Share on TumblrDigg thisEmail this to someone