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


Actor (77)

Ice 2016 - 2017 (TV Show)


Barney Thomson 2016 (Movie)

Police Inspector Holdall (Actor)

Of Kings and Prophets 2015 - 2016 (TV Show)


The Nightmare Worlds of H.G. Wells 2015 - 2016 (TV Show)


The Trials of Jimmy Rose 2015 - 2016 (TV Show)


Point Break 2015 (Movie)

Pappas (Actor)

The Gunman 2015 (Movie)

Stanley (Actor)

Zipper 2015 (Movie)

Nigel Coaker (Actor)

20,000 Days on Earth 2014 (Movie)


Ashes 2014 (Movie)


Kings X 2014 (Movie)


Lords of London 2014 (Movie)

Terry (Actor)

Noah 2014 (Movie)

Tubal-Cain (Actor)

Run for Your Wife 2013 (Movie)


The Sweeney 2013 (Movie)

Jack Regan (Actor)

Great Expectations 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)


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)


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)


Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll 2010 (Movie)

Bill Dury (Actor)

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


Tracker 2009 (Movie)


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)


The Devil's Tomb 2008 (Movie)

Blakely (Actor)

Beowulf 2007 (Movie)

Beowulf (Actor)

Top Gear 2007 (Tv Show)


Breaking and Entering 2006 (Movie)

Bruno (Actor)

The Departed 2006 (Movie)

Mr French (Actor)

The Proposition 2006 (Movie)

Captain Stanley (Actor)

The Magic Roundabout 2005 (Movie)

Voice of Soldier Sam (Actor)

King Arthur 2004 (Movie)

Bors (Actor)

BJX 2003 (Movie)


Cold Mountain 2003 (Movie)

Teague (Actor)

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


Ripley's Game 2002 (Movie)

Reeves (Actor)

Last Christmas 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)


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)


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)

Face 1997 (Movie)

Dave (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)


All in the Game (TV Show)


Disappeared (TV Show)


Henry VIII (TV Show)


Robin Hood and the Sorcerer (TV Show)


Sweeney Todd (TV Show)

Music (2)

Love, Honour & Obey 2001 (Movie)

("The Harder They Come") (Song)

Fanny and Elvis 1999 (Movie)

("Hound Dog") (Song)


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.


Elaine Winstone

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

Jaime Winstone Actor

Born in 1985 mother, Elaine McCausland

Lois Winstone Actor

Born in 1982 mother, Elaine McCausland

Raymond Winstone

Previously ran a fruit and vegetable business

Margaret Winstone

Died c. 1985


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)



Appeared in the British boxing drama "Jawbone."


Played the title character on the mini-series "The Nightmare Worlds of H.G. Wells"


Played King Saul in the historical series "Of Kings and Prophets"


Landed a supporting role in the action-remake "Point Break"


Appeared alongside Sean Penn in "The Gunman"


Landed a supporting role in the blockbuster action film "Noah"


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


Cast in Martin Scorsese’s family adventure "Hugo"


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Played Teague in the drama "Cold Mountain"


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


Was in the ensemble of the drama "Last Orders"


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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)


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


Appeared in Ken Loach's "Ladybird, Ladybird"


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


Starred in the BBC sitcom "Get Real"


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


Starred in "Tank Malling" as titular investigative reporter


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


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


Had title role in the British TV series "Fox"


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


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


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


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


Both in film and on TV, Winstone is known for playing various "tough guy" characters.


Before he became a professional actor, Winstone was an amateur boxer in England.


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


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


"If I’m really honest, I’ve had a hang-up for years about not feeling part of this profession – because of my background. It’s inverted snobbery, I suppose. Certainly, I used to feel that a lot. Now, though, I tend to think, oh f--- it – I’m doing all right, so I must be accepted in a certain way. But in the past… I don’t know, I just didn’t feel that I belonged." - from The Telegraph, April 2, 2014


"I do like going to work. It's the way we're bred, I guess. So I do over-work sometimes. But I'm getting older now. I'm like a footballer – rest him for a couple of weeks... So there's a few ideas punting about. And if one happens, it happens. And if not, I'll lay about in the sun somewhere. That'll do me." - from The Independent, February 27, 2015