Ralph Fiennes (born December 22nd 1962)
Ralph Fiennes is a British film star best known for portraying Lord Voldemort in the 'Harry Potter' film series and appearing in 'Schindler's List'.
Net worth: Fiennes has a net worth of $30 million according to Celebrity Net Worth (2015).
Film career: The Brit began his career in theatre, particularly with the Royal Shakespeare Company. His first film role was the TV movie 'A Dangerous Man: Lawrence After Arabia'. It was soon followed by 1992 film 'Emily Brontë's Wuthering Heights' in which he starred alongside Juliette Binoche. In 1992, he won international acclaim for his role in Steven Spielberg's 'Schindler's List', also starring Liam Neeson. He won a BAFTA award and an Oscar nomination for the part. In 1995, he appeared in the James Cameron produced sci-fi 'Strange Days', before being nominated for another Oscar for his role in 1996's 'The English Patient' opposite Kristin Scott-Thomas. He was the title character in 1999's 'Onegin', which he executively produced. That year he was nominated for another BAFTA with 'The End of the Affair'. His next major movie was 'The Constant Gardener' with Rachel Weisz in 2005, during which year he also appeared as Lord Voldemort in 'Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire' - a role which he reprised in 'The Order Of The Phoenix', 'The Half Blood Prince' and 'The Deathly Hallows' parts 1 and 2. In 2008, he appeared in 'The Duchess' with Keira Knightley and the Oscar winning romance 'The Reader' alongside Kate Winslet. 2009 saw him appeared in Kathryn Bigelow's 'The Hurt Locker' alongside Jeremy Renner. In 2012, he starred in Sam Mendes' Bond movie 'Skyfall' with Daniel Craig, and he achieved wide acclaim for his role in the comedy 'The Grand Budapest Hotel' in 2014. He also directed and starred in the Charles Dickens romance 'The Invisible Woman'. Among his various theatre work, he was nominated for a Tony in 2007 for the play 'Faith Healer'.
Personal life: Fiennes was born in Ipswich with his farmer father Mark and writer mother Jennifer. He moved to Ireland when he was 10 and went to St Kieran's College and Newtown School. He later re-located to Salisbury and went to Bishop Wordsworth's School before briefly attending Chelsea College of Art. He later trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. He is a UK ambassador for UNICEF and his done much overseas work. He married his girlfriend of ten years Alex Kingston in 1993 but divorced her in 1997. During this time, he had an affair with another actress named Francesca Annis, with whom he break up in 2006.
Italian filmmaker Luca Guadagnino (I Am Love) reteams with Tilda Swinton for this fresh, tricky drama about four people whose lives are inextricably intertwined. A remake of the 1969 French classic La Piscine, it's a twisted story packed with insinuation: fast, funny and surprising. The actors infuse each scene with a spark of lusty intrigue, while Guadagnino makes everything look gorgeous.
It's set on an isolated island off the coast of Italy, where rock goddess Marianne (Swinton) has gone to recover from vocal chord surgery, so she can only speak in a whisper. She's accompanied by her long-time younger boyfriend Paul (Matthias Schoenaerts), and as they relax naked together in the sunshine their idyll is invaded by Marianne's hyperactive ex and Paul's old friend Harry (Ralph Fiennes), who proceeds to strip off and cavort around the pool, as if he was invited. He brings along his moody daughter Penelope (Dakota Johnson), who immediately begins to flirt with Paul. It's clear that Harry wants Marianne back after all these years, so there's some real tension quietly gurgling up between these four very different people.
Each of the actors gives a remarkably open-handed performance. Swinton and Schoenaerts are enjoyably evasive, firm in their feelings for each other and united against this onslaught. Johnson is terrific as the surly outsider who conceals her agenda to everyone except the movie audience. By contrast, Fiennes is hysterically talkative, never sitting still as he pushes everyone's buttons with his strong opinions and riotous actions. It's the film's flashiest performance, and it's utterly magnetic. And all of the actors are wonderful at suggesting things about their characters' inner motivations that perhaps they don't want to admit to themselves. Yes, this is a story about the deepest elements of being human, animal instincts that can cause problems in the modern world if we forget that they're part of what makes us alive.
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Ever since his wonderful appearance in Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel, we've been waiting for Ralph Fiennes to take up a similar role that shows a completely different side to the actor, now it looks like the Coen Brothers have given the actor such a role. Laurence Lorenz is an eccentric film director who finds himself caught up in a fiasco when Hollywood superstar Baird Whitlock is kidnapped.
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Actor Ralph Fiennes Has Warned James Bond Fans Not To Take Daniel Craig's Controversial Remarks About Walking Away From The Franchise Too Seriously, Because He Tends To "Shoot From The Hip" When He Speaks.
The man behind 007 hit the headlines in October (15) when he told a British reporter he'd rather "break this glass and slash my wrists," than play Bond again. His remarks sent shockwaves through Hollywood as bloggers and editors alike started speculating about his successor.
But Fiennes, who plays Bond's boss, M, in new film Spectre feels confident Craig will be back, insisting his castmate's negative comments were just the result of fatigue.
"Daniel is filming for something, like, seven months and he's in virtually 95 per cent of the film and does all his own stunts," Fiennes revealed during an appearance on U.S. talk show Watch What Happens Live on Wednesday (11Nov15), "so I think anything he says after that is (from) a man who has a certain version of post traumatic stress syndrome.
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Ralph Fiennes Will Follow The Likes Of Michael Caine, Sean Pertwee And Michael Gough After Signing Up To Play Batman's Butler Alfred In The New Lego Movie.
The actor, who plays James Bond's new boss in Spectre, will offer his voice as Alfred Pennyworth in Lego Batman, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge weren't the only special guests at the Royal James Bond screening.
The world premiere of the new James Bond film 'Spectre' was a Royal affair last night (October 26th 2015), as the red carpet played host to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (aka Prince William and Kate Middleton) as well as the stellar cast led by Daniel Craig and a number of other superstar faces from Shirley Bassey to Martin Freeman.
Lea Seydoux, Daniel Craig and Monica Bellucci at 'Spectre' premiere
The Royal Film Performance took place at the Royal Albert Hall in London in association with the Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund (CTBF); a charity that raises money for people working behind the scenes in the movie and television industry who have suffered financial setbacks in their lives. As well as the future King and his wife, Prince Harry was also spotted at the event, while previous events have even seen the Queen herself in attendance.
Ralph Fiennes - World Premiere of 'Spectre' attended by HRH Prince William Duke of Cambridge, HRH Katherine, Duchess of Cambridge and HRH Prince Harry in aid of the CTBF and held at the Royal Albert Hall, Kensington, London at Royal Albert Hall - London, United Kingdom - Monday 26th October 2015
Celebrated Explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes Is Repaying The Surgeon Who Saved His Life By Signing Up As A Charity Research Ambassador.
The cousin of acting siblings Ralph and Joseph Fiennes suffered a heart attack in 2003 and after recovering, he became an active supporter of the British Heart Foundation (BHF).
Now he has been unveiled as the newest Research Ambassador for the BHF, which has funded work carried out by surgeon Gianni Angelini, who performed a life-saving operation on Sir Ranulph after his heart attack.
"I wouldn't be around today if it wasn't for Professor Angelini," says Sir Ranulph. "From day to day, month to month, year to year, that is at the back of my mind."
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For his latest adventure, James Bond mixes the personal drama of Skyfall with the vintage globe-hopping action of the previous 23 movies. The result is an epic thriller packed with exhilarating set-pieces and dark surprises. Again directed by Sam Mendes, the film has a meaty tone from the astounding pre-titles sequence in Mexico City to the climax in North African. And it takes its time to build the suspense, mystery and drama in ways few blockbusters bother to do.
After the calamitous events at Skyfall, Bond (Daniel Craig) has gone rogue, following a videotaped message from his late boss (Judi Dench) to track a villain to Mexico, then continuing to Rome, where he woos the grieving widow (Monica Bellucci). Pursued by relentless goon Mr Hinx (Dave Bautista), he travels onward to Austria, he confronts an old nemesis (Jesper Christiansen), whose daughter Madeleine (Lea Seydoux) joins Bond to travel to Morocco to face the shady top boss Oberhauser (Christoph Waltz) in his secret lair. Meanwhile in London, the new M (Ralph Fiennes) is fighting to to keep MI6 in operation as new boss C (Andrew Scott) works to restructure British security as part of a global conglomerate.
Mendes stages this on a massive scale, with huge action sequences that are never rushed or choppy, beautifully shot by ace cinematographer Hoyte van Hoytema. And it's all underpinned by darker personal drama between the characters, so every sequence features thoughtful conversation, witty banter, more clues to the larger mystery and then thrilling action. And as 007 hops from location to location filling in the bigger picture, the film feels like all of the classic Bond movies rolled into one.
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Eddie Mannix is a fixer who works in Hollywood where he tames celebrities and keeps theirs, and movie studios', secrets out of the press - no matter how big the story. It's not the easiest job in the world, and it's certainly not always the most morally fulfilling, but it's about to get a whole lot harder when one studio, Capitol Pictures, presents him with a major problem the likes of which could be career destroying. They're working on a huge production epic entitled 'Hail, Caesar!' starring Hollywood sensation Baird Whitlock, but things go particularly awry when he is kidnapped and held for ransom by a mysterious group known only as The Future. They want $100,000, and after 24 hours, the studio aren't looking any more hopeful. Mannix enlists a feisty and beautiful female star to procure the money, while Whitlook finds himself in a most unusual situation.
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Lea Seydoux says her casting in 'SPECTRE' was a deliberate ''choice'' to pick a ''different'' type of Bond girl.
Lea Seydoux says her character in 'SPECTRE' is a ''very different'' type of Bond girl.
The French actress plays psychologist Dr. Madeleine Swann in the upcoming 007 movie and although she has nothing against the ''cliché'' Bond babes of the past she insists her casting and the role she plays prove the spy franchise has moved on.
Speaking in the new issue of Britain's Vogue magazine, she said: ''I don't mind the cliché of the Bond girl. But Madeleine, she is very different. And to choose me as a Bond girl, it's a choice. A statement. I'm not the typical James Bond girl.''
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James Bond has never played by the rules, but this time he may have gone too far when he responds to a mysterious message by travelling to Mexico on an unauthorised mission to meet Lucia Sciarra, the widow of one of the world's most notorious criminal masterminds. She has information regarding a corrupt underground organisation known as SPECTRE, but he's still managed to seriously anger his boss M. Thus, Bond decides to continue his mission undercover, setting out to find a woman named Madeleine Swann who may be able to help him infiltrate the society, bring it down and save the world. Completion of the mission could also secure MI5's continued work, as the new boss of the Centre for National Security Max Denbigh becomes increasingly sceptical of its necessity. However, little does Bond know that he's also about to uncover some secrets about the SPECTRE head that he may rather have kept hidden.
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Date of birth
22nd December, 1962