Ralph Fiennes life and biography

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Ralph Fiennes biography

Date of birth : 1962-12-22
Date of death : -
Birthplace : Suffolk, England, UK
Nationality : English
Category : Arts and Entertainment
Last modified : 2011-10-18
Credited as : Actor, Harry Potter,

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British actor Ralph Fiennes was born into an aristocratic English family and is the eighth cousin of Prince Charles. His film debut was in Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights and his later performances in Schindler's List,The English Patient and The Constant Gardener brought him great notoriety as an actor and has earned him many awards and nominations.

Fiennes studied drama at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London before joining the National Theatre (1987) and the Royal Shakespeare Company (1989??90). His film debut was in Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights (1991), and his compelling performance in Schindler's List (1993) earned him a Golden Globe Award and an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor.

Other films include The Baby of Macon (1993), The English Patient (1996, Oscar nomination), Oscar and Lucinda (1997), The End of the Affair (1999), and Spider (2002). He was cast in the role of the wicked wizard Lord Voldemort in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005). Later films include The Constant Gardener and The White Countess, both 2005, In Bruges, The Duchess, and The Reader, all in 2008.
Fiennes' 2006 performance in the play Faith Healer gained him a nomination for a 2007 Tony Award. In 2008, Fiennes worked with frequent collaborator director Jonathan Kent to play the title role in Sophocles's Oedipus the King at the National Theatre in London. In 2008, he played the Duke of Devonshire in the film The Duchess, and played the protagonist in The Reader.

In February 2009, Fiennes was the special guest of the Belgrade's Film Festival FEST. He filmed his version of Shakespeare's Coriolanus in the Serbian capital of Belgrade.

Fiennes reunited with Kathryn Bigelow for her Iraq War opus, The Hurt Locker, released in 2009, appearing as an English mercenary.
In April 2010, he played Hades, reuniting with his former co-star from Schindler's List, Liam Neeson, who played Zeus in Clash of the Titans, a remake of the 1981 film of the same name.

Fiennes dated actress Alex Kingston for ten years. The couple married in 1993, but divorced in 1997.
In 1995, Fiennes began an affair with Francesca Annis, whom he met when she played his mother Gertrude in the play Hamlet. After 11 years together, the couple separated in February 2006, following Daily Mail's report claiming that Fiennes had an affair with Romanian singer Cornelia Crisan.

In February 2007, staff aboard a Qantas flight from Sydney, Australia to Mumbai, India caught Fiennes leaving an aircraft lavatory with 38-year-old flight attendant Lisa Robertson. At first denying allegations of a tryst, Robertson later confessed to having unprotected sex in the lavatory with Fiennes, whom she had met just hours before.
Fiennes was en route to Mumbai, as a participant in AIDS awareness efforts for UNICEF. The organisation retained Fiennes as an ambassador; Qantas fired Robertson.

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