Ralph Fiennes is a celebrated English actor and filmmaker. As early as the 1990s he received much critical acclaim for his roles in the blockbuster films Schindler’s List (1993) and The English Patient (1996). The talented actor is probably best known to moviegoers for his role as the villainous Lord Voldemort in the highly successful Harry Potter film series.
He is also known for his work in the James Bond series starring Gareth Mallory, a role he has been playing since Skyfall of 2012. Fiennes is also an accomplished stage actor, winning a Tony Award in 1995 for the role of Prince Hamlet on Broadway.
Ralph Fiennes Bio
Ralph Nathaniel Twisleton-Wykeham-Fiennes was born on December 22, 1962, in Ipswich Suffolk, England. His parents were Mark Fiennes and Jennifer Lash. As a teenager, his family moved to Ireland, where they settled for several years. There he studied at St. Kieran’s College for one year and then moved to the Newtown School. His family eventually moved back to England where he completed his education at Bishop Wordsworth’s School in Salisbury, Wiltshire.
Fiennes originally enrolled to study painting at Chelsea College of Art, but after a while, he quit to pursue his true passion, acting. From 1983 to 1985 he trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Ralph Fiennes began his acting career at both the Open Air Theatre and the National Theatre before he finally became famous with the Royal Shakespeare Company.
Fiennes made his screen debut in 1992 as the leading actor in the epic film Emily Brontës Wuthering Heights. The following year he was given his groundbreaking role in Steven Spielberg’s highly acclaimed historical drama film Schindler’s List (1993), which became a box-office hit. His role in the film as Nazi concentration camp commander Amon Göth earned him an Oscar nomination for best supporting actor, a Golden Globe nomination, and a BAFTA award for the role. The talented actor also gave a good performance as leading actor Count László de Almássy in the war drama The English Patient, which earned him an Oscar nomination for Best Actor, a Golden Globe, a BAFTA, and Screen Actors Guild Award.
After establishing himself as a capable leading actor, Ralph Fiennes took on other notable roles in films such as The Prince of Egypt (1998), Red Dragon (2002), The Maid in Manhattan (2002), The Constant Gardener (2005), and the highly acclaimed animated comedy Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Hare (2005). His role as Lord Voldemort in the fantasy film Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005) remains one of the most remarkable roles in his career. He has also played the role again in other parts of the series – Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007), Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009) and both Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 (2010) and Part 2 (2011).
Ralph Fiennes also starred in the fantasy film Battle of the Titans (2010) and in its sequel Wrath of the Titans (2012). He took on the role of Gareth Mallory / M in the James Bond series Skyfall (2012) and repeated his role in the subsequent episode Spectre (2015). The talented actor also contributed to the 2014 comedy The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014), in which he starred, and his performance earned him a BAFTA Award nomination and a Golden Globe nomination.
His Net Worth
Ralph Fiennes had a meteoric rise to fame only a few years after the beginning of his acting career. Since then, he has starred in several blockbuster movies during his career of over two decades. As a producer and director, Ralph Fiennes has also dealt with other aspects of showbiz. Thanks to his illustrious career and other ventures, the all-around film star has accumulated net assets of $30 million.
Wife, Brothers, and Family Facts
Ralph Fiennes’ father Mark Fiennes (1933-2004) was a photographer and illustrator and his mother Jennifer Lash (1938-1993) was a novelist and painter. He has 5 siblings, and many of them are also active in show business. His siblings include Joseph Fiennes, an actor, Martha Fiennes, a film director, Sophie Fiennes, a filmmaker, Magnus Fiennes, a musician, and Jacob Fiennes, an environmentalist. He also has a foster brother, Michael Emery, who is an archaeologist.
Ralph Fiennes is currently unmarried but has been married in the past. In 1993, he entered into a marriage with the English actress Alex Kingston. The marriage ended in divorce in 1997 after Fiennes was accused of embezzlement.
Apparently, he had started a relationship with his Hamlet co-star Francesca Annis in 1995. After the end of his marriage, he stayed with Annis for a very long time. The duo finally separated in 2006 after 11 years together. After his bitter breakup with Francesca Annis, Ralph Fiennes got together with fashion style consultant Lady Amanda Harlech.