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Full Name: Ralph Nathaniel Twisleton-Wykeham Fiennes (pronounced "rafe fines")

Birthdate: December 22, 1962 under the sign of Capricorn

Birthplace: Suffolk, England

Resides in: London, England

Occupation: Actor

Height: 5'11"


Significant others



Eldest of 6 children born to photographer Mark Fiennes and his wife Jini.


Father Mark Fiennes - a farmer, a photographer, died 2004


Mark Fiennes Photography


Telegraph (January 10, 2005)

Obituary: Mark Fiennes

Mother Jini Fiennes (aka Jennifer Lash) a novelist, a travel writer,

born 1939, died Christmas 1993 from breast-cancer complications


Ralph Fiennes Jennifer Lash Page

Sister Martha Maria Fiennes a director

Brother Magnus Hubert Fiennes a musician

Sister Sophia Victoria Fiennes a documentary director, a producer

Brother Joseph Alberic Fiennes - an actor, twin of Jacob


No Ordinary Joe

The Original Joseph Fiennes

The Joy of Joseph Fiennes

The Shrine to Joe Fiennes

The Joe Forum

Joseph Fiennes Web


Joseph Fiennes Connection

Brother Jacob Mark Fiennes a gamekeeper, twin of Joseph

Brother Michael Emery an archaeologist, a foster brother, was adopted by family when he was 11


The Poulton Research Project

Cousin Sir Ranulph Fiennes an explorer


His uncle Nicholas Lash is a former priest and Cambridge theology professor and his great-uncle Dom Patrick Moore is a Benedictine monk.


Marital status


Francesca Annis an actress, separated after 11 years together (1995 - 2006)


Francesca Annis Site

Francesca Annis Page At JSR Pages

Alex Kingston an actress, married September 1993, divorced October 1997




Attended St. Kieran's College in Kilkenny, Bishop Wordsworth Boys' School in Salisbury, the Chelsea College of Art & Design and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Joined Britain's Royal National Theatre in 1987 and the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1988.




The oldest of six children, Fiennes was born in Suffolk on December 22, 1962. His father was a self-taught photographer and his mother a novelist who wrote under the pen name Jennifer Lash, professions which virtually ensured a unique upbringing. Fiennes' family moved a number of times while he was growing up, and the children were encouraged in their creative pursuits. Thus, it is less than surprising that four out of the six Fiennes siblings went on to work in the entertainment business, with Ralph and his brother Joseph becoming actors, his two sisters a director and a producer, and another brother a musician. Originally wanting to be a painter, Fiennes enrolled at the Chelsea College of Art and Design before transferring to London's Royal Academy of Dramatic Art to study acting. Following graduation, he joined the Royal National Theatre in 1987, and he became part of the Royal Shakespeare Company a year later. While a member of the company, he performed a wide range of the classics, playing everyone from Romeo to King Lear's Edmund.

Fiennes first became known to a wider audience in 1991, when he starred as the title character in the acclaimed British television production of A Dangerous Man: Lawrence After Arabia. The next year he gained additional exposure, making his film debut as Heathcliff in Wuthering Heights. Starring opposite Juliette Binoche, Fiennes glowered his way across the screen with suitable aplomb, something that he would do again to devastating effect the next year in Schindler's List. As the psychotic Nazi Commandant Amon Goeth, Fiennes blended quiet yet absolute menace with surprising charisma (even more surprising given that he had gained over thirty pounds for his role) to such great effect that he earned a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination and a British Academy Award for his portrayal. Fiennes' work in the film incited a flurry of interest in the actor, whose intensity and odd name (its correct pronunciation is "Rafe Fines") made him the subject of many a magazine article. (read more)

Source: All Movie Guide



Ralph Fiennes is notoriously hard to pin down. He made his cinematic debut as a smouldering Heathcliff in Wuthering Heights and was Oscar-nominated for the war-torn love-story The English Patient, yet he is not really viewed as a romantic lead actor. He was famously terrifying as camp kommandant Amon Goeth in Schindler's List and deeply disturbing as serial killer The Tooth Fairy in Red Dragon, yet he's not considered a villain. He played an arch John Steed in The Avengers and fell for Jennifer Lopez's serving-girl in the rom-com Maid In Manhattan, yet is not seen as a comedian. The truth is, he's simply a superb character actor - any character, any situation.

And he always brings something extra to his roles, something that may have been in the script but is extremely difficult to understand and express. This is human complexity. Perhaps due to his genes, his itinerant childhood, his unusual family life, Fiennes seems to have a remarkably strong grasp of people's weaknesses, their idiosyncratic thought processes, their troubles. His heroes are always flawed - confused, angry, vacillating - and his villains are always vulnerable, wishing to walk the path of righteousness but fatally undermined by other, darker compulsions. Consequently a Fiennes performance, even in legendary duffer The Avengers, is always fascinating. He muddies the waters around him, makes us peer more closely at movements on the screen, opens us up for surprise. His success is not simply down to his looks or his natural charisma - though he has both in spades - but a mighty emotional intelligence and a hard-won access to feelings of loss, loneliness, alienation, perturbation of every sort. Fiennes is not always easy to watch, but still you cannot turn your eyes away. He's a brilliant actor, quite brilliant. (read more)

Source: Tiscali