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JOSEPH FIENNES (Neil Bookman) After several years in British theatre, Joseph Fiennes rose to international fame in roles such as Will Shakespeare in the Academy Award®-winning "Shakespeare In Love,” for which he won a Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Most Promising Actor, a SAG award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast and was nominated for a SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role and a BAFTA Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role. He also earned a Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Breakthrough Artist for his role as Sir Robert Dudley in "Elizabeth,” directed by Shekhar Kapur.

Upcoming films include Finn Taylor's dark comedy "The Darwin Awards” starring opposite Winona Ryder. The film references an Internet award that is given to those who die or maim themselves out of stupidity. Fiennes plays a forensic detective who pairs with an insurance claims investigator (Ryder) on a road trip to create the profile of a potential winner. "The Darwin Awards” premiered at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival and will be released in early 2007 by Bauer Martinez.

Fiennes just completed filming "Goodbye Bafana” in South Africa, directed by Bille August. Based on a true story, Fiennes plays a white prison guard who befriends an inmate, Nelson Mandela, played by Dennis Haysbert.

In 2005, Fiennes purchased the rights to the story "Street Riders" from the April 22nd issue of LIFE Magazine with plans of developing it into a movie. The story involves a rough urban neighborhood in Philadelphia where kids are learning to groom and race horses from one of the city's last surviving stables and stage their weekly horse and buggy races on a makeshift quarter-mile track.

Fiennes was last seen in the Sony Pictures Classics feature, "The Merchant of Venice,” starring opposite Al Pacino and Jeremy Irons. Other film credits include John Dahl's "The Great Raid,” Regis Wargnier's "Man To Man,” Eric Till's biopic "Luther,” Jean-Jacques Annaud's "Enemy at the Gates,” Paul Schrader's "Forever Mine,” Milcho Manchevski's "Dust,” which premiered at the 2001 Venice Film Festival, and Edward Thomas V's thriller "Rancid Aluminium.” Fiennes also voiced the character of Proteus in the DreamWorks animated film "Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas.”

Prior to making his screen debut in Bernardo Bertolucci's "Stealing Beauty” and subsequently in Film Four's "The Very Thought of You,” Fiennes spent three seasons with the Royal Shakespeare Company, performing leading roles in plays including "Troilus And Cressida,” "The Herbal Bed,” "Les Enfants du Paradis,” "As You Like It” and Dennis Potter's "Son Of Man,” in which he played Jesus.

In 2003, Fiennes debuted at the Royal National Theatre playing 'Berowne' in William Shakespeare's "Love's Labour's Lost.” Other stage work includes the West End production of "A Month in the Country” and as Rudolfo in "A View from the Bridge.”

His professional stage debut was as The Actor in "The Woman in Black.” Fiennes' most recent theatre role was George in Comedy Theatre's "Epitaph for George Dillon.” Fiennes also performed in the Royal Court's highly successful production of "Real Classy Affair.” In 2001, Fiennes returned to the Sheffield stage in the critically acclaimed "Edward II.”

Born in Salisbury, Wiltshire, Fiennes attended art school in Suffolk for a year before joining the Young Vic Youth Theatre. He subsequently trained for three years at London's Guildhall School of Music and Drama, graduating in 1993.

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