MARK RYLANCE (Mr. Dawson) is an award-winning actor who has
been recognized for his work on both the stage and screen over the course of his
illustrious career. Among his many honors to date, he has won an Academy Award,
three BAFTA Awards, three Tony Awards and two Olivier Awards.
He won his Oscar for his performance in Steven Spielberg's 2015 true-life drama
"Bridge of Spies," for which he also won a BAFTA Award and numerous critics
groups' awards for Best Supporting Actor. He also received Golden Globe and
Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award nominations for his portrayal of Russian spy
Rudolf Abel in the film.
That same year, Rylance was honored for his work on the small screen in PBS's
acclaimed Tudor-era miniseries "Wolf Hall," directed by Peter Kosminsky. His
portrayal of Thomas Cromwell brought him a BAFTA TV Award for Best Actor,
Limited Series or Movie, as well as Emmy, Golden Globe and SAG Award
nominations. He earlier won his first BAFTA TV Award, for Best Actor, for his
performance in the Kosminsky-directed 2005 television movie "The Government
Rylance more recently reunited with Spielberg to star in the title role of
2016's fantasy "The BFG." He will next be seen in the director's
much-anticipated sci-fi thriller "Ready Player One," opening in March 2018, and
he is also set to star in Spielberg's "The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara."
Born in England, Rylance immigrated with his family to America in 1962 at the
age of two. In 1978, he returned to England, where he trained for two years at
the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. The Glasgow Citizens Theatre gave him his
first professional acting job in 1980. Rylance went on to become the artistic
director of Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London for 10 years, from 1995 to
2005, and played a major part in creating its ongoing success.
In 2015, he returned to the Globe Theatre as King Philippe V of Spain in "Farinelli
and the King," written by Claire van Kampen. Starting at the Sam Wanamaker
Playhouse, the play moved to London's West End, where it garnered six Olivier
Award nominations, including one for Rylance for Best Actor. In December 2017,
the production is coming to Broadway, where Rylance will reprise his role.
Returning to the West End in 2016, he starred in "Nice Fish," directed by van
Kampen. Rylance also co-wrote the play with Louis Jenkins, earning an Olivier
nomination for Best New Play. "Nice Fish" also enjoyed successful runs in Boston
and New York.
Rylance wrote his first play, "I Am Shakespeare," in 2007. It premiered at the
Chichester Festival Theatre under the direction of Matthew Warchus and was
published in 2012 by Nick Hern Books.
In all, he has acted in more than 50 productions of plays by William Shakespeare
and his contemporaries as well as many other playwrights on the stages of
London, New York and other major cities around the world. He won his first
Olivier Award, for Best Actor, in 1994 for his work in Shakespeare's "Much Ado
About Nothing." He took home his first Best Actor Tony Award for his performance
in the 2008 revival of "Boeing-Boeing," for which he also won Drama Desk and
Theatre World Awards and earned an Olivier Award nomination. He later starred in
Jez Butterworth's "Jerusalem," initially in London and then on Broadway, winning
both Tony and Olivier Awards for his role. In 2014, he received dual Tony Award
nominations, for Best Actor in a Play for "Richard III" and Best Featured Actor
in a Play for "Twelfth Night," winning the Tony for the latter. He has also
earned Olivier Award nominations for his work in "Twelfth Night," "La Bete," and
"Arden of Faversham." The theatre companies with which Rylance has worked
include the Royal Shakespeare Company, Royal National Theatre, The Bush, The
Tricycle, Shared Experience, and New York's Theatre for a New Audience (TFANA).
He has also performed in a number of plays with his own companies, The London
Theatre of Imagination (LTI) and Phoebus Cart.
On the screen, Rylance's additional film and television credits include "The
Gunman," directed by Pierre Morel; "Days and Nights"; directed by Christian
Camargo and produced by Juliet Rylance; "Anonymous"; "The Other Boleyn Girl";
"The Grass Arena"; "Intimacy"; "Angels and Insects"; "Love Lies Bleeding"; and
"Institute Benjamenta," for the Quay brothers. He is also the voice of Flop in
the BBC's animated TV series "Bing."
Rylance is an honorary bencher of the Middle Temple Hall in London; trustee of
The Shakespearean Authorship Trust; an ambassador of Survival, the movement for
tribal peoples; and a patron of Peace Direct, working for non-violent resolution
In 2017, Rylance was knighted for services to Drama.
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