RALPH FIENNES (Victor Quartermaine) is an award-winning actor of the stage and screen. He next stars in the indie films “The Constant Gardener” and “The Chumscrubber,” which debuted at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival. He also stars in “Chromophobia, which premiered as the closing night film at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival. This fall Fiennes stars in two very different films: first starring in James Ivory’s “The White Countess,” with Vanessa Redgrave and Natasha Richardson; and then playing the dreaded Lord Voldemort in the much-anticipated blockbuster “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.”
A two-time Academy Award® nominee, he earned his first nomination for Best Supporting Actor in 1994 for his performance in Steven Spielberg’s Oscar®-winning Best Picture “Schindler’s List.” Fiennes’ chilling portrayal of the cruel Nazi Commandant Amon Goeth also brought him a Golden Globe nomination and a BAFTA Award, as well as Best Supporting Actor honors from numerous critics groups, including the National Society of Film Critics, and the New York, Chicago, Boston and London Film Critics.
Fiennes received his second Oscar® nomination in 1997, this time for Best Actor, for his work in another Best Picture winner, Anthony Minghella’s “The English Patient.” He also garnered Golden Globe and BAFTA nominations, as well as two Screen Actors Guild Award nominations, one for Best Actor and another shared with the cast. In 2000, Fiennes was recognized with BAFTA and London Critics Circle Award nominations for his role in Neil Jordan’s “The End of the Affair.”
Fiennes’ film credits also include “Maid in Manhattan,” opposite Jennifer Lopez; “Red Dragon”; Neil Jordan’s “The Good Thief”; David Cronenberg’s “Spider”; Martha Fiennes’ “Onegin,” which he also executive produced; Istvan Szabo’s “Sunshine”; “The Avengers”; “Oscar and Lucinda”; “Strange Days”; Robert Redford’s “Quiz Show”; and “Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights,” in which he made his film debut.
A graduate of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, Fiennes began his career on the London stage. He joined Michael Rudman’s company at the Royal National Theatre and later spent two seasons with the Royal Shakespeare Company. In 1994, Fiennes opened as Hamlet in Jonathan Kent’s sold-out production of the play, which became one of the theatrical events of the year. When the production moved to Broadway, Fiennes won a Tony Award for his performance. He reunited with Kent in the acclaimed London production of “Ivanov,” later taking the play to Moscow.
In 2000, Fiennes returned to the London stage in the title roles of “Richard II” and “Coriolanus,” and in a cameo in Kenneth Branagh’s production of “The Play I Wrote” on London’s West End. He is currently on tour in Deborah Warner’s production of “Julius Caesar” and, in early 2006, will again team with director Jonathan Kent for Brian Friels’ “Faith Healer,” which will premiere at Dublin’s Gate Theatre before going to Broadway.