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Joseph Alberic Twisleton-Wykeham-Fiennes[1] (/faɪnz/; born 27 May 1970) is an English film and stage actor. He is known for his portrayals of William Shakespeare
William Shakespeare
in Shakespeare in Love (1998), for which he was nominated for the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role and the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role, Sir Robert Dudley in Elizabeth (1998), Commisar Danilov in Enemy at the Gates (2001), and Monsignor Timothy Howard in the second season of the TV series American Horror Story
American Horror Story
(2012–2013). He currently stars in the drama series The Handmaid's Tale
The Handmaid's Tale
(2017–present).

Contents

1 Early life and family 2 Education 3 Career

3.1 Stage and film 3.2 Television

4 Personal life 5 Filmography

5.1 Films 5.2 Television 5.3 Plays 5.4 Other projects and contributions

6 Awards and nominations 7 References 8 External links

Early life and family[edit] Further information: Baron Saye and Sele Fiennes was born in 1970 in Salisbury, England, the son of Mark Fiennes (1933–2004), a farmer and photographer, and Jennifer Lash (1938–1993), a writer.[2] He has English, Irish, and Scottish ancestry.[3][4] His surname comes from the French village of Fiennes, Pas-de-Calais. His grandfathers were industrialist Sir Maurice Fiennes (1907–1994) and Brigadier Henry Alleyne Lash. Fiennes is an eighth cousin of Charles, Prince of Wales,[5] and a third cousin of adventurer Ranulph Fiennes
Ranulph Fiennes
and author William Fiennes.[6] His siblings are actor Ralph Fiennes, director Martha Fiennes, composer Magnus Fiennes, film director Sophie Fiennes, and conservationist Jacob Fiennes, Joseph's twin brother. His foster brother, Michael Emery, is an archaeologist. His nephew Hero Fiennes-Tiffin played Tom Riddle, young Lord Voldemort
Lord Voldemort
in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Education[edit]

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Fiennes was briefly educated in the Republic of Ireland, 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, 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
Young Vic
Youth Theatre. Fiennes subsequently trained for three years at London's Guildhall School of Music and Drama, graduating in 1993.[7] Career[edit] Stage and film[edit]

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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
William Shakespeare
opposite Gwyneth Paltrow in Shakespeare in Love, receiving nominations for the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role and the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role, 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
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
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
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.[8] Fiennes stars in Starz's 10-part series, Camelot, as the wizard Merlin.[9] 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 of Spanish origin, in a Roman Catholic ceremony in Tuscany
Tuscany
in August 2009.[10] They have two daughters. Fiennes was one of the celebrities, including Tom Hiddleston, Jo Brand, E. L. James
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.[11] Filmography[edit] Films[edit]

Year Title Role Notes

1996 Stealing Beauty Christopher

1998 Martha, Meet Frank, Daniel and Laurence Laurence released as The Very Thought of You in the US

1998 Elizabeth Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester Broadcast Film Critics Association Award
Broadcast Film Critics Association Award
for Breakthrough Artist

1998 Shakespeare in Love William Shakespeare Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favourite Newcomer Broadcast Film Critics Association Award
Broadcast Film Critics Association Award
for Breakthrough Artist Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Most Promising Actor MTV Movie Award
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
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
Teen Choice Award
for Sexiest Love Scene (shared with Gwyneth Paltrow)

1999 Forever Mine Manuel Esquema/Alan Riply

2000 Rancid Aluminum Sean Deeny

2001 Enemy at the Gates Commisar Danilov

2001 Dust Elijah

2002 Leo Stephen

2003 Killing Me Softly Adam Tallis

2003 Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas Proteus Voice role

2003 Luther Martin Luther

2004 The Merchant of Venice Bassanio Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture

2005 The Great Raid Major Gibson

2005 Man to Man Jamie Dodd

2006 Running with Scissors Neil Bookman

2006 The Darwin Awards Michael Burrows

2007 Goodbye Bafana James Gregory

2008 The Escapist Lenny Drake

2008 The Red Baron Arthur Roy Brown

2008 You Me and Captain Longbridge Narrator

2008 Spring 1941 Artur Planck

2009 Against the Current Paul Thompson

2014 The Games Maker Morodian

2014 Hercules King Eurystheus

2015 Strangerland Matthew Parker

2015 Psy American man

2016 Risen Clavius

2016 On Wings of Eagles(The Last Race) Eric Liddell

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes

2008 Pretty/Handsome Bob Fitzpayne Unsold TV pilot

2009–10 FlashForward Mark Benford 22 episodes

2011 Camelot Merlin 10 episodes

2012–13 American Horror Story: Asylum Monsignor Timothy Howard 10 episodes

2017 Urban Myths Michael Jackson Episode: "Elizabeth, Michael, and Marlon"

2017 The Handmaid's Tale Commander Fred Waterford 8 episodes Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series

Plays[edit]

The Woman in Black, Fortune Theatre London (1993) A Month in the Country, Belyaev, Guildford, Richmond and the Albery Theatre London (1994) A View from the Bridge, Rodolpho, Guildford, Bristol Old Vic, Strand Theatre London (1995) Son Of Man, Jesus Christ, Royal Shakespeare Company, London (1996)(1997) Les Enfants du Paradis, Lacenaire, Royal Shakespeare Company, London (1996) Troilus and Cressida, Troilus, Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford Upon Avon and London (1996)(1997) The Herbal Bed, Rafe Smith, Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford Upon Avon and London (1996)(1997) As You Like It, Silvius, Royal Shakespeare Company, London (1997) Real Classy Affair, Billy, Royal Court Theatre Company, London (1998) Christopher Marlowe's Edward II, Edward II, Crucible Theatre, Sheffield (2001) War Poet's Reading, Apollo Theatre (2001) Othello, Iago, West End, London (2002) Love's Labour's Lost, Berowne, Royal National Theatre, London (2003) Epitaph for George Dillon, George Dillon, Royal National Theatre, London (2005)(2006) 2,000 Feet Away, Deputy, Bush Theatre, London (2008) Cyrano de Bergerac, Cyrano, Chichester Festival Theatre (2009) Ross, T. E. Lawrence, Chichester Festival Theatre (2016)

Other projects and contributions[edit]

2002 – contributed to the compilation album, When Love Speaks, which consists of Shakespearean sonnets and play excerpts – "Be not afeard, the isle is full of noises" and "Our revels are now ended" (both from The Tempest) 2010 – starred in a series of readings of literary love scenes for The Carte Noire Readers. Joseph Fiennes
Joseph Fiennes
reads Presumed Innocent by Scott Turow Joseph Fiennes
Joseph Fiennes
reads The Brightest Star in the Sky by Marian Keyes

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Nominated work Result

1998 Las Vegas Film Critics Society Awards Most Promising Actor Shakespeare in Love Won

1999 BAFTA Awards Best Actor in a Leading Role Shakespeare in Love Nominated

1999 Blockbuster Entertainment Awards Favorite Male Newcomer Shakespeare in Love Won

1999 Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards Breakthrough Artist Elizabeth Won

1999 Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards Breakthrough Artist Shakespeare in Love Won

1999 Chicago Film Critics Association Awards Most Promising Actor Shakespeare in Love Won

1999 MTV Movie Awards Best Breakthrough Male Performance Shakespeare in Love Nominated

1999 MTV Movie Awards Best Kiss (with Gwyneth Paltrow) Shakespeare in Love Won

1999 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture Shakespeare in Love Won

1999 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role Shakespeare in Love Nominated

1999 Teen Choice Awards Sexiest Love Scene (with Gwyneth Paltrow) Shakespeare in Love Nominated

2005 Satellite Awards Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture The Merchant of Venice Nominated

2018 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series The Handmaid's Tale Nominated

References[edit]

^ "Index entry". FreeBMD. ONS. Retrieved July 25, 2014.  ^ "It's Raiph actually". The Guardian. Retrieved 10 April 2008 ^ " Ralph Fiennes
Ralph Fiennes
Biography". filmreference. 2008. Retrieved 10 April 2008.  ^ "Ralph Fiennes".  ^ "Ralph Fiennes: His incarnations of evil – from sadistic Nazi officer to Voldemort – have made him one of Britain's most celebrated film actors". The Financial Times. 31 January 2014.  ^ "Ranulph Fiennes: the chilling and thrilling truth about my family". The Telegraph. 17 October 2009.  ^ "Guildhall School of Music & Drama People who studied at Guildhall". www.gsmd.ac.uk. Retrieved 2018-02-05.  ^ Joseph Fiennes
Joseph Fiennes
Flashforward Interview Archived 28 March 2010 at the Wayback Machine. ^ "Joseph Fiennes, Eva Green Lead Camelot Cast". TVGuide.com.  ^ " Joseph Fiennes
Joseph Fiennes
'utterly thrilled' as he reveals he is to become a father for the first time". Daily Mail. London. 6 September 2009.  ^ Rebecca Pocklington (6 May 2014). "Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Hiddleston, Jo Brand
Jo Brand
and more celebrities design and sign cards for UK's first children's charity". Mirror Online. Retrieved 7 May 2014. 

External links[edit]

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Awards for Joseph Fiennes

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MTV Movie Award
MTV Movie Award
for Best Kiss

Anna Chlumsky
Anna Chlumsky
& Macaulay Culkin
Macaulay Culkin
in My Girl (1992) Christian Slater
Christian Slater
& Marisa Tomei
Marisa Tomei
in Untamed Heart
Untamed Heart
(1993) Demi Moore
Demi Moore
& Woody Harrelson
Woody Harrelson
in Indecent Proposal
Indecent Proposal
(1994) Jim Carrey
Jim Carrey
& Lauren Holly
Lauren Holly
in Dumb and Dumber
Dumb and Dumber
(1995) Natasha Henstridge
Natasha Henstridge
& Anthony Guidera in Species (1996) Will Smith
Will Smith
& Vivica A. Fox
Vivica A. Fox
in Independence Day (1997) Adam Sandler
Adam Sandler
& Drew Barrymore
Drew Barrymore
in The Wedding Singer
The Wedding Singer
(1998) Gwyneth Paltrow
Gwyneth Paltrow
& Joseph Fiennes
Joseph Fiennes
in Shakespeare in Love
Shakespeare in Love
(1999) Sarah Michelle Gellar
Sarah Michelle Gellar
& Selma Blair
Selma Blair
in Cruel Intentions
Cruel Intentions
(2000) Julia Stiles
Julia Stiles
& Sean Patrick Thomas in Save the Last Dance
Save the Last Dance
(2001) Jason Biggs
Jason Biggs
& Seann William Scott
Seann William Scott
in American Pie 2
American Pie 2
(2002) Tobey Maguire
Tobey Maguire
& Kirsten Dunst
Kirsten Dunst
in Spider-Man (2003) Owen Wilson, Carmen Electra
Carmen Electra
& Amy Smart
Amy Smart
in Starsky & Hutch (2004) Ryan Gosling
Ryan Gosling
& Rachel McAdams
Rachel McAdams
in The Notebook
The Notebook
(2005) Heath Ledger
Heath Ledger
& Jake Gyllenhaal
Jake Gyllenhaal
in Brokeback Mountain
Brokeback Mountain
(2006) Will Ferrell
Will Ferrell
& Sacha Baron Cohen
Sacha Baron Cohen
in Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2007) Briana Evigan
Briana Evigan
& Robert Hoffman in Step Up 2: The Streets (2008) Robert Pattinson
Robert Pattinson
& Kristen Stewart
Kristen Stewart
in Twilight (2009) Robert Pattinson
Robert Pattinson
& Kristen Stewart
Kristen Stewart
in The Twilight Saga: New Moon (2010) Robert Pattinson
Robert Pattinson
& Kristen Stewart
Kristen Stewart
in The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (2011) Robert Pattinson
Robert Pattinson
& Kristen Stewart
Kristen Stewart
in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 (2012) Jennifer Lawrence
Jennifer Lawrence
& Bradley Cooper
Bradley Cooper
in Silver Linings Playbook (2013) Emma Roberts, Jennifer Aniston
Jennifer Aniston
& Will Poulter
Will Poulter
in We're the Millers (2014) Ansel Elgort
Ansel Elgort
& Shailene Woodley
Shailene Woodley
in The Fault in Our Stars (2015) Rebel Wilson
Rebel Wilson
& Adam DeVine
Adam DeVine
in Pitch Perfect 2 (2016) Ashton Sanders & Jharrel Jerome in Moonlight (2017)

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Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

1995

Apollo 13 Kevin Bacon, Tom Hanks, Ed Harris, Bill Paxton, Kathleen Quinlan, Gary Sinise

1996

The Birdcage Hank Azaria, Christine Baranski, Dan Futterman, Gene Hackman, Nathan Lane, Dianne Wiest, Robin Williams

1997

The Full Monty Mark Addy, Paul Barber, Robert Carlyle, Deirdre Costello, Steve Huison, Bruce Jones, Lesley Sharp, William Snape, Hugo Speer, Tom Wilkinson, Emily Woof

1998

Shakespeare in Love Ben Affleck, Simon Callow, Jim Carter, Martin Clunes, Judi Dench, Joseph Fiennes, Colin Firth, Gwyneth Paltrow, Geoffrey Rush, Antony Sher, Imelda Staunton

1999

American Beauty Annette Bening, Wes Bentley, Thora Birch, Chris Cooper, Peter Gallagher, Allison Janney, Kevin Spacey, Mena Suvari

2000

Traffic Steven Bauer, Benjamin Bratt, James Brolin, Don Cheadle, Erika Christensen, Clifton Collins Jr., Benicio del Toro, Michael Douglas, Miguel Ferrer, Albert Finney, Topher Grace, Luis Guzmán, Amy Irving, Tomas Milian, D. W. Moffett, Dennis Quaid, Peter Riegert, Jacob Vargas, Catherine Zeta-Jones

Complete list (1995–2000) (2001–2010) (2011–2020)

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