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Joseph Fiennes

Joseph Alberic Twisleton-Wykeham-Fiennes was born in Salisbury, Wiltshire, to Jennifer Anne Mary Alleyne (Lash), a novelist, and Mark Fiennes, a photographer. He is one of six children. Four of his siblings are also in the arts: Ralph Fiennes, an actor; Martha Fiennes, a director; Magnus Fiennes, a musician; and Sophie Fiennes, a producer. He is of... See full bio »

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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 7 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

Shakespeare in Love
Shakespeare in Love Will Shakespeare
Enemy at the Gates
Enemy at the Gates Commisar Danilov
Elizabeth Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester
Luther Martin Luther


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 2016 Risen
 2015 Strangerland
 2011 Camelot (TV Series)
- Reckoning (2011) ... Merlin
- Igraine (2011) ... Merlin
- The Long Night (2011) ... Merlin
- Three Journeys (2011) ... Merlin
 2010 A Lost and Found Box of Human Sensation (Short)
Boy (voice)
 2009 Against the Current
Paul Thompson
 2008 You Me and Captain Longbridge (Short)
 2008 Pretty/Handsome (TV Movie)
Bob Fitzpayne
 2008 The Red Baron
 2008 The Escapist
Lenny Drake
 2007 Spring 1941
Artur Planck
 2005 The Great Raid
Major Gibson
 2005 Man to Man
Jamie Dodd
 2002 Leo
 2001/I Dust
 2000 Rancid Aluminum
Sean Deeny
 1999 Forever Mine
Manuel Esquema / Alan Riply
 1998 Animated Epics: Beowulf (TV Short)
Beowulf (voice)
 1995 The Vacillations of Poppy Carew (TV Movie)
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He acted in Dennis Potter's play, "Son of Man," in a Royal Shakespeare Company production at The Pit Theatre in London, England with John Standing in the cast. Bryden was director. See more »

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8 Interviews | 5 Articles | 5 Pictorials | 6 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »


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I've always believed that you shouldn't want to mend a broken heart, because that's someone you don't want to forget. Scars can be good. See more »


In 1998, he played two different men in the Elizabethan era: Robert Dudley in Elizabeth (1998) and William Shakespeare in Shakespeare in Love (1998). Both of these men were cheating on their wives. The "women" he cheated with were both nominated for Best Actress Academy Awards: Cate Blanchett for Elizabeth (1998) and Gwyneth Paltrow (who won) for Shakespeare in Love (1998). See more »


Frequently plays a character who writes. In most of his films, he has played characters who write either novels, plays, poetry or other literary works.



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