Ralph Fiennes, Master of Monsters, is a leading English actor whose work often combines drama with humor and fantasy. As an actor Fiennes has appeared in many classic films and stage productions and his versatility has made him a popular choice for leading roles. Ralph Fiennes began his career as a child actor on stage and later on the London stage. His most notable stage role was as Lord Henry, a dwarf, in the 1981 play, The Crucible, by Tennessee Williams, and as Lord Arthur, a prince in Shakespeare’s Henry IV, by director Michael Elliott. Fiennes studied acting at Trinity College, Cambridge in the United Kingdom after which he made his Broadway debut in 1990 in Richard III. He followed this with starring the title role of Prince Hamlet in the world acclaimed 1995 production of Hamlet. He won a leading role in the 1995 film version of The Piano. In 1998 Fiennes starred in The Last King of Scotland and The Best of Me, both directed by his former teacher, Michael Elliott. Fiennes had a role as King Hamlet and King Henry IV in Richard II and starred in the Academy Award-winning film, The English Patient. He also played the lead role of King Henry and the title role in Oliver Twist, directed by Stephen Frears, at the National Theater in Washington, DC. In 2012, he played Doctor Foster in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and the title role in the film The Theory of Everything. He has worked on numerous stage productions, including a two-week run of The Tempest and the part of Prince Hamlet in Twelfth Night at the London Palladium. Fiennes was the star of several television adaptations, including The King’s Speech, The Borgias, Love, Death and Stage, The Cider House Rules, Doctor Who and many others. He was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical for The Best of Me.
Fiennes is married to actress and director Rachel Weisz.
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