Joseph Fiennes

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Joseph Fiennes
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Fiennes in London, 2005
Born Joseph Alberic Twisleton-Wykeham-Fiennes[1]
(1970-05-27) 27 May 1970 (age 44)
Salisbury, Wiltshire, England
Occupation Actor
Years active 1993–present
Spouse(s) María Dolores Diéguez
(2009–present; 2 children)
Parents Mark Fiennes
Jennifer Lash
Relatives Ralph Fiennes (brother)
Magnus Fiennes (brother)
Martha Fiennes (sister)
Sophie Fiennes (sister)
Ranulph Fiennes (third cousin)

Joseph Alberic Twisleton-Wykeham-Fiennes (/ˈfnz/; b. 27 May 1970) is an English film and stage actor.

He is known for his portrayals of William Shakespeare in Shakespeare in Love, Sir Robert Dudley in Elizabeth, Commisar Danilov in Enemy at the Gates, Martin Luther in Luther, Merlin in Camelot, Mark Benford in the 2009 TV series FlashForward and for starring as Monsignor Timothy Howard in the second season of the TV series American Horror Story.

Early life and family[edit]

Fiennes was born in Salisbury, Wiltshire, England in 1970, the son of photographer Mark Fiennes and novelist Jennifer Lash. The youngest of six siblings, his elder siblings are actor Ralph Fiennes, filmmakers Sophie Fiennes and Martha Fiennes, composer Magnus Fiennes, conservationist Jacob Fiennes, his twin brother; and a foster brother Mike Emery, an archaeologist. He is also a relative to explorer Ranulph Fiennes.

Education[edit]

Fiennes was briefly educated in the Republic of Ireland and then at Swan School For Boys (now known as Leehurst Swan School, following a merger with another school), an independent school in Salisbury, before passing his 11+ exam and continuing to Bishop Wordsworth's School,[citation needed] a voluntary-aided state day grammar school, in the Cathedral Close of the city. He then attended art school in Suffolk for a year, before joining the Young Vic Youth Theatre. Fiennes subsequently trained for three years at London's Guildhall School of Music and Drama, graduating in 1993.

Career[edit]

Stage and film[edit]

His first professional stage appearance was in the West End in The Woman in Black, followed by A Month in the Country opposite Helen Mirren. Fiennes then became a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company for two seasons.

He made his television debut as Willy in The Vacillations of Poppy Carew. His first feature film was 1996's Stealing Beauty, co-starring Liv Tyler. In 1998, Fiennes appeared in two films that were nominated at the Academy Awards: he played Robert Dudley opposite Cate Blanchett in Elizabeth and he portrayed William Shakespeare opposite Gwyneth Paltrow in Shakespeare in Love, which won the Academy Award for Best Picture. He and Paltrow were reunited onscreen in Running with Scissors (2006).

In 2001 he appeared in the film Enemy at the Gates. In 2002 he starred in the independent film, Killing Me Softly.

In 2003 he lent his voice as Proteus in the DreamWorks animated film Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas opposite Brad Pitt. The same year he starred in the limited-release film Luther, playing Martin Luther, and he also appeared in The Merchant of Venice, in which he portrayed Bassanio. Fiennes returned to the theatre in 2006 to perform in the one-man play Unicorns, Almost about World War II poet Keith Douglas at the Old Vic.

In 2006, he appeared in the films The Darwin Awards and Goodbye Bafana. Goodbye Bafana was filmed by director Bille August in South Africa, and released in 2007. Fiennes portrayed James Gregory, author of the book Goodbye Bafana: Nelson Mandela, My Prisoner, My Friend.

Television[edit]

Fiennes starred in the ABC science fiction series FlashForward, which debuted on 24 September 2009 and ran through 27 May 2010, as Mark Benford.[2] Fiennes stars in Starz's 10-part series, Camelot, as the wizard Merlin.[3]

In the second season of American Horror Story, which premiered in October 2012, Fiennes began playing the role of Monsignor Timothy Howard.

Personal life[edit]

Fiennes married María Dolores Diéguez, a Swiss model, in a Roman Catholic ceremony in Tuscany in August 2009.[4] They have two daughters.

Fiennes was one of the celebrities, including Tom Hiddleston, Jo Brand, E. L. James and Rachel Riley, to design and sign his own card for the UK-based charity Thomas Coram Foundation for Children. The cards were auctioned off on eBay during May 2014.[5]

Filmography[edit]

Films[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1996 Stealing Beauty Christopher
1998 Shakespeare in Love William Shakespeare Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favourite Newcomer
Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Breakthrough Artist
Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Most Promising Actor
MTV Movie Award for Best Kiss (shared with Gwyneth Paltrow)
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Nominated—BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role
Nominated—MTV Movie Award for Best Breakthrough Male Performance
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Nominated—Teen Choice Award for Sexiest Love Scene (shared with Gwyneth Paltrow)
1998 Elizabeth Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Breakthrough Artist
1998 Martha, Meet Frank, Daniel and Laurence Laurence released as The Very Thought of You in the US
1999 Forever Mine Manuel Esquema/Alan Riply
2000 Rancid Aluminum Sean Deeny
2001 Enemy at the Gates Commisar Danilov
2001 Dust Elijah
2002 Leo Stephen
2003 Killing Me Softly Adam Tallis
2003 Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas Proteus Voice role
2003 Luther Martin Luther
2004 The Merchant of Venice Bassanio Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor - Motion Picture
2005 The Great Raid Major Gibson
2005 Man to Man Jamie Dodd
2006 Running with Scissors Neil Bookman
2006 The Darwin Awards Michael Burrows
2007 Goodbye Bafana James Gregory
2008 The Escapist Lenny Drake
2008 The Red Baron Arthur Roy Brown
2008 You Me and Captain Longbridge Narrator
2008 Spring 1941 Artur Planck
2009 Against the Current Paul Thompson
2014 The Games Maker Morodian
2014 Hercules King Eurystheus
2015 Strangerland Matthew Parker Filming

TV[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2008 Pretty/Handsome Bob Fitzpayne Unsold TV pilot
2009–2010 FlashForward Mark Benford 22 episodes
2011 Camelot Merlin 10 episodes
2012–2013 American Horror Story: Asylum Monsignor Timothy Howard 10 episodes

Plays[edit]

Other projects and contributions[edit]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Nominated work Result
1998 Las Vegas Film Critics Society Awards Most Promising Actor Shakespeare in Love Won
1999 BAFTA Awards Best Actor in a Leading Role Shakespeare in Love Nominated
1999 Blockbuster Entertainment Awards Favorite Male Newcomer Shakespeare in Love Won
1999 Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards Breakthrough Artist Elizabeth Won
1999 Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards Breakthrough Artist Shakespeare in Love Won
1999 Chicago Film Critics Association Awards Most Promising Actor Shakespeare in Love Won
1999 MTV Movie Awards Best Breakthrough Male Performance Shakespeare in Love Nominated
1999 MTV Movie Awards Best Kiss (with Gwyneth Paltrow) Shakespeare in Love Won
1999 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture Shakespeare in Love Won
1999 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role Shakespeare in Love Nominated
1999 Teen Choice Awards Sexiest Love Scene (with Gwyneth Paltrow) Shakespeare in Love Nominated
2005 Satellite Awards Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture The Merchant of Venice Nominated

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