Joseph Fiennes

Actor, Dresser
Despite the long shadow cast by his older brother, Ralph Fiennes, actor Joseph Fiennes carved out a comfortable niche in compelling independent and foreign features. Like many actors from England, Fiennes studied ... Read more »
Born: 05/27/1970 in Wiltshire, England, GB

Filmography

Actor (33)

Risen 2016 (Movie)

Clavius (Actor)

Clavius 2015 (Movie)

(Actor)

Strangerland 2015 (Movie)

Matthew Parker (Actor)

Hercules 2014 (Movie)

King Euystheus (Actor)

The Games Maker 2014 (Movie)

Morodian (Actor)

American Horror Story 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Camelot 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

Flash Forward 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

The Red Baron 2010 (Movie)

Captain Roy Brown (Actor)

The Escapist 2009 (Movie)

Lenny Drake (Actor)

Against the Current 2008 (Movie)

(Actor)

Spring 1941 2008 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Color of Freedom 2007 (Movie)

James Gregory (Actor)

Running with Scissors 2006 (Movie)

Neil Bookman (Actor)

Darwin Awards 2005 (Movie)

Michael Burrows (Actor)

Man To Man 2005 (Movie)

Jamie Dodd (Actor)

The Great Raid 2005 (Movie)

Major Gibson (Actor)

The Price of Freedom: Making The Great Raid 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Leo 2004 (Movie)

Stephen (Actor)

The Merchant of Venice 2004 (Movie)

Bassanio (Actor)

Dust 2003 (Movie)

Elijah (Actor)

Killing Me Softly 2003 (Movie)

Adam (Actor)

Luther 2003 (Movie)

Martin Luther (Actor)

Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas 2003 (Movie)

Voice of Proteus (Actor)

Beowulf 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Voice

Enemy At the Gates 2001 (Movie)

Danilov (Actor)

Forever Mine 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Rancid Aluminum 2000 (Movie)

Sean Deeny (Actor)

The Very Thought of You 1999 (Movie)

Laurence (Actor)

Elizabeth 1998 (Movie)

Robert Dudley--Earl of Leicester (Actor)

Shakespeare in Love 1998 (Movie)

Will Shakespeare (Actor)

Stealing Beauty 1996 (Movie)

Christopher Fox (Actor)

Vivaldi (Movie)

Antonio Vivaldi (Actor)
Director (1)

The Spirit 2006 (Movie)

(Director)

Biography

Despite the long shadow cast by his older brother, Ralph Fiennes, actor Joseph Fiennes carved out a comfortable niche in compelling independent and foreign features. Like many actors from England, Fiennes studied theater, particularly Shakespeare, where he delved into the finer nuances of his craft while performing the classics. He did struggle, however, in those early years, living hand-to-mouth while performing on the stage for the Royal Shakespeare Company. But he finally emerged to become an international star with his winsome portrayal of a young and lovesick Bard in "Shakespeare in Love" (1998). The Oscar-winning film propelled his profile into the stratosphere, giving Fiennes his pick of projects at that time. But instead of enhancing his newfound stardom, he followed his own path by returning to the stage while churning out a string of often little-seen independents, only to occasionally emerge in larger films like "Enemy at the Gates" (2001), "The Great Raid" (2005) and "Running with Scissors" (2006). Ironically, Fiennes often found himself accosted by the tabloid press for his exploits with various models and actresses, including Naomi Campbell and Catherine McCormack, despite being intensely private; perhaps a result of him casting off the typical trappings of being a successful and talented performer.

Relationships

Naomi Campbell Actor

Companion
Reportedly involved in 2000 No longer together

Maria Dieguez

Partner
Began dating in 2006 Married in Italy on Aug. 15, 2009

Michael Emery

Brother
Born Dec. 31, 1952; foster brother; moved in with the Fiennes family when he was 11

Ralph Fiennes Actor

Brother
Born Dec. 22, 1962; starred in "Schindler's List" (1993), "The English Patient" (1996), and "The Constant Gardener" (2005)

Mark Fiennes

Father
Remarried in 1996 after wife's death Collapsed suddenly and died in December 2004 at age 71

Martha Fiennes Director

Sister
Born Feb. 5, 1965; made her directorial debut with the film "Onegin" (1999), which starred their brother Ralph

Jini Fiennes

Mother
Died Christmas 1993 from breast cancer complications at age 54

Magnus Fiennes Composer

Brother
Born in 1965

Jacob Fiennes

Brother
Born May 27, 1970; fraternal twin of Joseph

Sophie Fiennes

Sister
Born in 1967

Sara Griffiths

Companion
Dated from 1992-98

Natalie Imbruglia Actor

Companion
Briefly dated in late 1999 No longer together

Fiona Jolly

Companion
Dated in 2001 No longer together

Catherine McCormack Actor

Companion
Dated in summer 1999 No longer together

EDUCATION

Guildhall School of Music and Drama

London , England 1993
Attended on scholarship

Attended an art school in Suffolk at age 17

Young Vic Youth Theatre

Part of the company for 18 months

Milestones

2009

Cast as FBI agent Mark Benford in the ABC sci-fi series "FlashForward"

2008

Cast as the Deputy Sheriff in the London play "2,000 Feet Away"

2007

Portrayed James Gregory, Mandela's censor officer and prison guard in "Goodbye Bafana" based on the book by Gregory titled Goodbye Bafana: Nelson Mandela, My Prisoner, My Friend

2006

Played a gay schizophrenic in the film adaptation of Augusten Burroughs' "Running With Scissors"

2004

Starred in "The Merchant of Venice," a Shakespearian adaptation set in 16th century Venice

2004

Appeared in the WWII drama "The Great Raid"

2003

Cast as religious reformer Martin Luther in the biopic "Luther"

2002

Starred opposite Heather Graham in the controversial romance "Killing Me Softly"

2001

Co-starred in "Enemy at the Gates," with Jude Law and Ed Harris

2001

Cast in title role of "Edward II" at Sheffield's Crucible Theatre; reprised role in London's West End in spring 2002

1999

Cast as one of three men attracted to the same woman in "The Very Thought of You/Martha, Meet Frank, Daniel and Laurence"

1998

Returned to the London stage in "Real Classy Affair"

1998

Played Robert Dudley, opposite Cate Blanchett, in "Elizabeth"

1998

Portrayed William Shakespeare, opposite Gwyneth Paltrow, in the period romance "Shakespeare in Love"

1996

Offered well-received turns as Troilus in "Troilus and Cressida" and Silvius in "As You Like It"

1996

Made feature film debut in Bernardo Bertolucci's "Stealing Beauty"

1995

TV acting debut, "The Vacillations of Poppy Carew"

1995

Was a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company

1993

West End debut in "The Woman in Black"

1978

Worked as a dresser at the National Theatre

Had a peripatetic upbringing, living in various parts of England and in Ireland

Began stage career with the Young Vic Youth Theatre

Bonus Trivia

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Asked to compare working with both Ralph and Joseph Fiennes, Australian actress Cate Blanchett told the London Times (April 26, 1998): "Ralph is very complex and intense, but has a wicked sense of humour bubbling under the surface. Joseph is open, direct, focused and a secret trickster. But both are incredibly beautiful to look at and gifted beyond belief. It is already clear to everyone who has worked with him that Joseph will become every bit as big a name as Ralph."

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