In 1991, RALPH FIENNES (M. Gustave) landed his first
television appearance in a small but telling role in the award-winning "Prime
Suspect." Fiennes was then cast by David Puttnam as 'T.E. Lawrence' in "A
Dangerous Man: Lawrence After Arabia." Fiennes made his feature film debut
starring opposite Juliette Binoche as 'Heathcliff' in Peter Kosminsky's, EMILY
BRONTE'S WUTHERING HEIGHTS. Steven Spielberg was so impressed by Fiennes'
performance in this film that he cast him as the sinister Nazi 'Aman Goeth' in
SCHINDLER'S LIST, opposite Liam Neeson. His role earned him an Academy Award
nomination, as well as Best Supporting Actor awards from BAFTA, the New York
Film Critics Circle, National Society of Film Critics, Boston Society of Film
Critics, Chicago Film Critics Association, and London Critics Circle.
Fiennes directed and can be seen in THE INVISIBLE WOMAN, in which he plays
the role of 'Charles Dickens,' starring opposite Felicity Jones. THE INVISIBLE
WOMAN is an adaptation of Claire Tomalin's book accounting the relationship
between Charles Dickens and the actress Nelly Ternan. The film is in theaters
now and distributed by Sony Picture Classics. Fiennes also served as a producer
on the film.
In 2012, Fiennes starred opposite Daniel Craig, Javier Bardem and Judi Dench
in SKYFALL, the 23rd installment of the James Bond franchise. He also appeared
in Mike Newell's GREAT EXPECTATIONS playing the role of 'Magwich.'
Fiennes made his feature film directorial debut in 2011 with CORIOLANUS.
Fiennes was nominated for a BAFTA Award in the category of Outstanding Debut by
a British Director and was nominated for a British Independent Film Award for
Best Debut Director. Fiennes played the role of 'Coriolanus' and starred
opposite Gerard Butler, Vanessa Redgrave, Brian Cox and Jessica Chastain.
CORIOLANUS had its world premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival in
2011 and was released by The Weinstein Company on December 2, 2011. Fiennes also
served as a producer on the film.
In 2008, Fiennes starred opposite Keira Knightley in THE DUCHESS, directed by
Saul Dibb. For his portrayal of 'The Duke,' Fiennes received a Golden Globe
nomination for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion
Picture and a London Critics Circle nomination for British Actor of the Year.
In 2005, Fiennes starred in THE CONSTANT GARDNER directed by Fernando
Meirelles. Fiennes portrayed US diplomat 'Justin Quayle' for which he received a
BAFTA nomination for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading role as well as a
London Critics Circle award for Best British Actor, and a British Independent
Film award for Best Actor. That same year Fiennes starred in Martha Fiennes'
CHROMOPHOBIA with Kristen Scott Thomas and Penelope Cruz, which world-premiered
at the Cannes International Film Festival. Fiennes' voice was also featured in
the DreamWorks animated feature, WALLACE & GROMIT: THE CURSE OF THE WERE-RABBIT
as 'Lord Victor Quartermaine.'
From 2005 to 2011, Fiennes played the pivotal role of the dreaded 'Lord
Voldemort' in HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE, HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF
THE PHOENIX, and the two-part HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS.
In 1996, Fiennes starred in the film THE ENGLISH PATIENT directed by Anthony
Minghella. THE ENGLISH PATIENT won the Oscar award for Best Film and the Golden
Globe Award for Best Motion Picture Drama. Fiennes was nominated for an Academy
Award, a Golden Globe Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award and a BAFTA Award in
the category of Best Actor for his role.
Other notable acting performances include Robert Redford's acclaimed QUIZ
SHOW, Kathryn Bigelow's STRANGE DAYS, Gillian Armstrong's OSCAR AND LUCINDA,
Martha Fiennes' ONEGIN (which Fiennes also executive produced), Neil Jordan's
THE END OF THE AFFAIR, David Cronenberg's SPIDER, RED DRAGON, THE GOOD THIEF,
THE AVENGERS, MAID IN MANHATTAN, James Ivory's THE WHITE COUNTESS, CEMETARY
JUNCTION, NANNY MCPHEE RETURNS, THE CHUMSCRUBBER, Istvan Szabo's SUNSHINE,
Martin McDonagh's IN BRUGES, Mike Newell's GREAT EXPECTATIONS and David Hare's
adaptation of THE READER directed by Stephen Daldry.
Fiennes also appeared in the HBO film "Bernard and Doris" opposite Susan
Sarandon and directed by Bob Balaban for which Fiennes and the film were
nominated for Golden Globe awards. Fiennes lent his voice to the Dreamworks
animated feature, WALLACE & GROMIT: THE CURSE OF THE WERE-RABBIT as 'Lord
Fiennes' theatre career is equally extensive. His classical work includes
roles as varied as 'Berowne' in Love's Labor Lost, 'Claudio' in Much Ado About
Nothing, 'Richard II' in Richard II, 'Caesar' in Julius Caesar, 'Romeo' in Romeo
and Juliet, 'The Dauphin' in King John, 'Troilus' in Troilus and Cressida and
'Edmund' in King Lear. In 1995, Fiennes opened as 'Hamlet' in a sold-out
production of Hamlet by Jonathan Kent for the Almeida Theatre Company at the
Hackney Empire. The production moved to Broadway, and Fiennes won the Tony
Award for his performance.
Fiennes has also worked with Jonathan Kent in the acclaimed production of
Ivanov at the Almeida Theatre. In April 2006, Fiennes reunited with director
Jonathan Kent to star in Brian Friel's Faith Healer on Broadway for which he
earned a Tony nomination for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play. In
October 2008, Fiennes worked with Jonathan Kent to star opposite Clare Higgins
as the title role in Oedipus Rex, at the National Theatre in London. That same
year, Fiennes starred in a production of Yasmina Reza's God of Carnage at
London's Gielgud Theatre and in Samuel Beckett's one-man show First Love, which
premiered at New York's Lincoln Center Festival, presented by the Gate Theatre
in Dublin and directed by Michael Colgan.
In 2000, Fiennes appeared in the title roles of Richard II and Coriolanus for
the Almeida Theatre, and he triumphed in a guest cameo role in Kenneth Branagh's
West End production of The Play I Wrote. Most recently, Fiennes played
'Prospero' in The Tempest at the Theater Royal Haymarket in London, directed by
Fiennes was introduced to UNICEF in 1999 and became an avid supporter of the
organization before becoming an ambassador in 2001. He has travelled to multiple
countries on their behalf. UNICEF is on the ground in over 150 countries and
territories to help children survive and thrive, from early childhood through
adolescence. The world's largest provider of vaccines for developing countries,
UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality
basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from
violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary
contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.