Played Edward II in Christopher Marlowe's 'Edward II' (Crucible Theatre, Sheffield, directed by Michael Grandage, 2001).
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"Well, that's his journey. I know that I might have only got Shakespeare in Love
(1998) because someone else turned it down; it's a very small marketplace. So it would feel weird to say, 'Oh, yeah I could have been there on Oscar night', because the whole chemistry of the film is built around that particular actor. Who knows if it would have had the same effect with a different cast. It's a ...
As of 2018, the only two films he appeared in that were nominated for Best Picture Oscars, Shakespeare in Love
(1998) and Elizabeth
(1998), were both released in 1998. Shakespeare in Love won in the category.
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.