Joseph Fiennes

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Joseph Fiennes
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Fiennes in London, 2005
BornJoseph Alberic Twisleton-Wykeham-Fiennes[1]
(1970-05-27) 27 May 1970 (age 44)
Salisbury, Wiltshire, England
OccupationActor
Years active1993–present
Spouse(s)María Dolores Diéguez
(2009–present; 2 children)
ParentsMark Fiennes
Jennifer Lash
RelativesRalph Fiennes (brother)
Magnus Fiennes (brother)
Martha Fiennes (sister)
Sophie Fiennes (sister)
Ranulph Fiennes (third cousin)
 
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Joseph Fiennes
JosephFiennes.png
Fiennes in London, 2005
BornJoseph Alberic Twisleton-Wykeham-Fiennes[1]
(1970-05-27) 27 May 1970 (age 44)
Salisbury, Wiltshire, England
OccupationActor
Years active1993–present
Spouse(s)María Dolores Diéguez
(2009–present; 2 children)
ParentsMark Fiennes
Jennifer Lash
RelativesRalph 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]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1996Stealing BeautyChristopher
1998Shakespeare in LoveWilliam ShakespeareBlockbuster 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)
1998ElizabethRobert Dudley, Earl of LeicesterBroadcast Film Critics Association Award for Breakthrough Artist
1998Martha, Meet Frank, Daniel and LaurenceLaurencereleased as The Very Thought of You in the US
1999Forever MineManuel Esquema/Alan Riply
2000Rancid AluminumSean Deeny
2001Enemy at the GatesCommisar Danilov
2001DustElijah
2002LeoStephen
2003Killing Me SoftlyAdam Tallis
2003Sinbad: Legend of the Seven SeasProteusVoice role
2003LutherMartin Luther
2004The Merchant of VeniceBassanioNominated—Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor - Motion Picture
2005The Great RaidMajor Gibson
2005Man to ManJamie Dodd
2006Running with ScissorsNeil Bookman
2006The Darwin AwardsMichael Burrows
2007Goodbye BafanaJames Gregory
2008The EscapistLenny Drake
2008The Red BaronArthur Roy Brown
2008You Me and Captain LongbridgeNarrator
2008Spring 1941Artur Planck
2009Against the CurrentPaul Thompson
2014The Games MakerMorodian
2014HerculesKing Eurystheus
2015StrangerlandMatthew ParkerFilming

TV[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
2008Pretty/HandsomeBob FitzpayneUnsold TV pilot
2009–2010FlashForwardMark Benford22 episodes
2011CamelotMerlin10 episodes
2012–2013American Horror Story: AsylumMonsignor Timothy Howard10 episodes

Plays[edit]

Other projects and contributions[edit]

Awards and nominations[edit]

YearAssociationCategoryNominated workResult
1998Las Vegas Film Critics Society AwardsMost Promising ActorShakespeare in LoveWon
1999BAFTA AwardsBest Actor in a Leading RoleShakespeare in LoveNominated
1999Blockbuster Entertainment AwardsFavorite Male NewcomerShakespeare in LoveWon
1999Broadcast Film Critics Association AwardsBreakthrough ArtistElizabethWon
1999Broadcast Film Critics Association AwardsBreakthrough ArtistShakespeare in LoveWon
1999Chicago Film Critics Association AwardsMost Promising ActorShakespeare in LoveWon
1999MTV Movie AwardsBest Breakthrough Male PerformanceShakespeare in LoveNominated
1999MTV Movie AwardsBest Kiss (with Gwyneth Paltrow)Shakespeare in LoveWon
1999Screen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion PictureShakespeare in LoveWon
1999Screen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading RoleShakespeare in LoveNominated
1999Teen Choice AwardsSexiest Love Scene (with Gwyneth Paltrow)Shakespeare in LoveNominated
2005Satellite AwardsBest Supporting Actor – Motion PictureThe Merchant of VeniceNominated

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