Ray Winstone

Actor, Boxer, Salesman
A strong character actor known for his multi-dimensional portrayals of hard men on the wrong side of the law, Ray Winstone burst onto the scene with a riveting performance in the British-made "Scum" (1979), only to ... Read more »
Born: 02/19/1957 in Hackney, England, GB

Filmography

Actor (73)

Of Kings and Prophets 2015 - 2016 (TV Show)

Actor

Point Break 2015 (Movie)

Pappas (Actor)

The Legend of Barney Thomson 2015 (Movie)

Police Inspector Holdall (Actor)

Zipper 2015 (Movie)

Coaker (Actor)

20,000 Days on Earth 2014 (Movie)

(Himself)

Ashes 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Kings X 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Lords of London 2014 (Movie)

Terry (Actor)

Noah 2014 (Movie)

Tubal-Cain (Actor)

The Devil's Tomb 2014 (Movie)

Blakely (Actor)

Run for Your Wife 2013 (Movie)

(Cameo)

The Sweeney 2013 (Movie)

Jack Regan (Actor)

Great Expectations 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

Snow White and the Huntsman 2012 (Movie)

Gort (Actor)

Tomorrow You're Gone 2012 (Movie)

the Buddha (Actor)

13 2011 (Movie)

Ronald Lynn Bagges (Actor)

Ben-Hur 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

Hugo 2011 (Movie)

Uncle Claude (Actor)

London Boulevard 2011 (Movie)

Gant (Actor)

Rango 2011 (Movie)

Bad Bill (Voice)

44 Inch Chest 2010 (Movie)

Colin Diamond (Actor)

Edge of Darkness 2010 (Movie)

Jedburgh (Actor)

Friday Night With Jonathan Ross 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll 2010 (Movie)

Bill Dury (Actor)

The Kumars At No. 42 (BBC) 2001 - 2002, 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Tracker 2009 (Movie)

(Actor)

Fool's Gold 2008 (Movie)

Moe Fitch (Actor)

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull 2008 (Movie)

"Mac" George Michale (Actor)

Scream 2007 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Beowulf 2007 (Movie)

Beowulf (Actor)

Top Gear 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Breaking and Entering 2006 (Movie)

Bruno (Actor)

The Departed 2006 (Movie)

Mr French (Actor)

The Proposition 2006 (Movie)

Captain Stanley (Actor)

Face 2005 (Movie)

Dave (Actor)

The Magic Roundabout 2005 (Movie)

Voice of Soldier Sam (Actor)

King Arthur 2004 (Movie)

Bors (Actor)

BJX 2003 (Movie)

(Actor)

Cold Mountain 2003 (Movie)

Teague (Actor)

Births, Marriages and Deaths 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Ripley's Game 2002 (Movie)

Reeves (Actor)

Last Christmas 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Last Orders 2001 (Movie)

Vince (Actor)

Love, Honour & Obey 2001 (Movie)

Ray Kreed (Actor)

Sexy Beast 2001 (Movie)

Gary 'Gal' Dove (Actor)

The Martins 2001 (Movie)

Mr Marvel (Actor)

Births, Marriages and Deaths 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

There's Only One Jimmy Grimble 2000 (Movie)

Harry (Actor)

Agnes Browne 1999 (Movie)

Mr Billy (Actor)

Fanny and Elvis 1999 (Movie)

Dave Parker (Actor)

The Very Thought of You 1999 (Movie)

Pedersen (Actor)

The War Zone 1999 (Movie)

Dad (Actor)

Final Cut 1998 (Movie)

Ray (Actor)

Nil By Mouth 1998 (Movie)

Raymond (Actor)

Our Boy 1998 (Movie)

Woody (Actor)

Tube Tales 1998 (Movie)

("My Father the Liar") (Actor)

Woundings 1998 (Movie)

The Colonel (Actor)

Dangerous Obsession 1997 (Movie)

John Barret (Actor)

Sea Change 1997 (Movie)

Charles (Actor)

Ladybird, Ladybird 1994 (Movie)

Peters (Actor)

Tank Malling 1989 (Movie)

John "Tank" Malling (Actor)

Number One 1984 (Movie)

Timmy (Actor)

Ladies and Gentlemen, the Fabulous Stains 1981 (Movie)

Billy (Actor)

Quadrophenia 1979 (Movie)

Kevin (Actor)

Scum 1979 (Movie)

Carlin (Actor)

That Summer 1979 (Movie)

Steve (Actor)

Absolute Hell (TV Show)

Actor

All in the Game (TV Show)

Actor

Disappeared (TV Show)

Actor

Henry VIII (TV Show)

Actor

Robin Hood and the Sorcerer (TV Show)

Actor

Sweeney Todd (TV Show)

Actor
Music (2)

Love, Honour & Obey 2001 (Movie)

("The Harder They Come") (Song)

Fanny and Elvis 1999 (Movie)

("Hound Dog") (Song)

Biography

A strong character actor known for his multi-dimensional portrayals of hard men on the wrong side of the law, Ray Winstone burst onto the scene with a riveting performance in the British-made "Scum" (1979), only to spend the ensuing decade wallowing in lesser roles unworthy of his talents. Forced into bankruptcy and on the outs with acting by the end of the 1980s, Winstone re-emerged with an acclaimed performance in friend Kathy Burke's stage play, "Mr. Thomas," which not only helped relaunch his career, but also invigorated his confidence. Ever since that play, Winstone developed into a highly-sought performer who - with age and experience - gravitated towards more complex characters, portraying often violent men with a strong degree of sympathy, as he did playing an abusive alcoholic in his breakthrough performance, "Nil By Mouth" (1997). But it was his turn in "Sexy Beast" (2001), as a reticent ex-con beset by a rabid ex-colleague trying to recruit him for a job, which earned Winstone some of the highest praise of his career. From there, he entered into the realm of the high-profile Hollywood feature, appearing in "King Arthur" (2004) and "The Departed" (2006), before co-starring in perhaps one of the most anticipated summer movies of all time, "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" (2008). Acclaimed projects like "Hugo" (2011) and "Great Expectations" (PBS, 2012) only solidified Winstone's reputation as one of the most prolific and acclaimed actors of his generation to cross the Atlantic.

Relationships

Elaine Winstone

Wife
Married c. 1978 separated briefly in the early 1990s when Winstone declared bankruptcy

Jaime Winstone Actor

Daughter
Born in 1985 mother, Elaine McCausland

Lois Winstone Actor

Daughter
Born in 1982 mother, Elaine McCausland

Raymond Winstone

Father
Previously ran a fruit and vegetable business

Margaret Winstone

Mother
Died c. 1985

EDUCATION

Edmonton County School

Corona Stage Academy

1975 - 1976
Attended for one year; left due to disciplinary problems just prior to being cast in "Scum" (1979)

Milestones

2012

Cast as one of the eight dwarfs in "Snow White and the Huntsman" opposite Kristen Stewart and Charlize Theron

2011

Cast in Martin Scorsese’s family adventure "Hugo"

2010

Played a CIA officer covering up a murder in the film adaptation of "Edge of Darkness"

2008

Cast in the fourth Indiana Jones film series, "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull"

2007

Portrayed the title character in Robert Zemeckis' big-budget film version of "Beowulf"

2006

Cast in Anthony Minghella's ensemble "Breaking and Entering"

2006

Starred in "The Proposition," an Australian western written by musician Nick Cave

2006

Cast in Martin Scorsese's mob drama, "The Departed"

2005

Voiced Mr. Beaver in "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe," based on the children's novel by C.S. Lewis

2004

Appeared in "King Arthur" with Clive Owen and Keira Knightley

2003

Played Teague in the drama "Cold Mountain"

2002

Starred in Jez Butterworth's stage play "The Night Heron" at London's Royal Court Theatre

2001

Was in the ensemble of the drama "Last Orders"

2000

Appeared in the Donmar Warehouse production of "To the Green Fields and Beyond," directed by Sam Mendes

2000

Starred in "Sexy Beast"; screened at Sundance in 2001

1999

Acted in "My Father, The Liar," a Bob Hoskins-directed segment of the omnibus film "Tube Tales"

1999

Featured as a loan shark in Anjelica Huston's 1967 Dublin-set drama "Agnes Browne"

1999

Played leading role as a family patriarch in "The War Zone," an incest themed drama marking Tim Roth's directorial debut; screened at both the Sundance and Cannes Film Festivals

1999

Starred in "Births, Marriages and Deaths," a four-part BBC TV series

1999

Had first real romantic lead opposite Kerry Fox in "Fanny and Elvis"

1998

Appeared in the romantic comedy "Martha, Meet Frank, Daniel and Laurence" (released in the USA as "The Very Thought of You" in 1999); film starred Monica Potter, Joseph Fiennes, Rufus Sewall and Tom Hollander

1997

Starred alongside Robert Carlyle as a career criminal who betrays his cohorts in "Face," helmed by Antonia Bird

1997

Portrayed a working-class father who, along with his wife, must cope with the accidental death of their young son in the British telefilm "Our Boy" (screened at Toronto International Film Festival)

1997

Acted in "Woundings," a futuristic war drama co-starring Guy Pearce, Johnathon Schaech and Noah Taylor

1997

Made a a triumphant return to form with a starring role as the raging Raymond in Gary Oldman's "Nil By Mouth"

1995

Starred in Patrick Marber's play "Dealer's Choice"; transferred to the West End

1994

Appeared in Ken Loach's "Ladybird, Ladybird"

1994

Returned to the stage in the Royal Court production of "Some Voice"

1992

Starred in the BBC sitcom "Get Real"

1990

Initial collaboration with Kathy Burke, starring in the stage play "Mr. Thomas," written and directed by Burke

1989

Starred in "Tank Malling" as titular investigative reporter

1984

Played recurring role of a gangster in the British series "A Fairly Secret Army"

1982

Appeared in "Ladies and Gentlemen, the Fabulous Stains," starring Diane Lane as a teenage punk star

1980

Had title role in the British TV series "Fox"

1979

Portrayed rocker Kevin in "Quadrophenia," a Mods vs Rockers tale inspired by The Who's album of the same name

1979

Reprised his role for Clarke's feature remake of "Scum"

1977

Discovered by director Alan Clarke and hired to play reform school terror Carlin in the BBC telefilm "Scum" (shelved by censors for content)

1969

Was a championship boxer, losing only eight of 88 bouts

Attended drama school; was asked to leave because of an incident involving his sabotaging of the headmistress' car

Starred as Will Scarlett in the British TV series "Robin of Sherwood"

Bonus Trivia

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Winstone on the aftermath of his intense and startlingly realistic portrayal of a violent husband in Gary Oldman's "Nil By Mouth": "Well, I didn't emerge unscathed. That's the truth of it. I mean, 'Nil By Mouth' is a very harrowing film. But it wasn't harrowing to make. We had a ball doing it. Lots of laughs. It was only when the filming was over that I started asking myself was there something in me that was like the character? Was I capable of showing that kind of rage myself? It can be quite frightening when you start worrying about stuff like that. But it soon passes. You get offered another role and start getting into that." – quoted in Loaded, December 1997

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"You know directing is a hard game and life is too sweet for all that aggravation. When I finish a film I go home. Sit in an editing suite for three months? Sod that. I've been paid, thank you very much, see you at the premiere." – Winstone on following in the footsteps of actor-directors Gary Oldman and Tim Roth, quoted in The London Times, Jan. 8, 1999

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Winstone on his character on the BBC's "Births, Marriages and Deaths": "Even though he's the baddie, I play him as the goodie. I think it's more interesting to play it the opposite way. Even Hitler had someone who loved him" – quoted in Inside Soap, Feb. 19-March 5, 1999

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