Ralph Nathaniel Twisleton-Wykeham-Fiennes, known simply as Ralph Fiennes (pronounced /ˈreɪf ˈfaɪnz/; born 22 December 1962) is an English actor. He has appeared in films such as Schindler's List, The English Patient, The Constant Gardener, and the Harry Potter films. Most recently he appeared in The Reader.
Two time Academy Award-nominated, he is the only actor ever to have won a Tony Award for playing Prince Hamlet on Broadway. In 2001, Fiennes received the William Shakespeare Award from the Shakespeare Theatre in Washington, D.C.
Fiennes is a UNICEF UK ambassador.
Fiennes was born in Ipswich, Suffolk, England, into an aristocratic family, the son of Mark Fiennes (1933-2004), a farmer and photographer (and son of industrialist Sir Maurice Fiennes), and Jennifer Lash (1938-1993), a writer. His surname is of Norman origin. He is an eighth cousin of HRH, the Prince of Wales. He is a third cousin of the adventurer Sir Ranulph Fiennes. The eldest of seven children, his siblings are actor Joseph Fiennes (Shakespeare in Love, Luther); Martha Fiennes, a director (in her film Onegin, he acted the title role); Magnus Fiennes, a composer; Sophie Fiennes, a filmmaker; Jacob Fiennes, a