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, In Bruges, The Constant Gardener, Strange Days, Maid in Manhattan, Red Dragon and in the Harry Potter films as Lord Voldemort. Most recently he appeared in The Reader (2008), The Hurt Locker (2009) and also appeared as Hades in Clash of the Titans (2010).
Fiennes has won a Tony Award and has been nominated twice for Academy Awards. He is also a UNICEF UK ambassador.
Fiennes was born in Ipswich, Suffolk, England, into an English aristocratic family, the son of Jennifer Lash (1938–1993), a writer, and Mark Fiennes (1933–2004), a farmer and photographer whose father was industrialist Sir Maurice Fiennes (1907-1994). His surname is of Norman noble origin. He is an eighth cousin of HRH the Prince of Wales, and a third cousin of the adventurer Sir Ranulph Fiennes. The eldest of seven children, his siblings are actor Joseph Fiennes (Shakespeare in Love, Luther, FlashForward); Martha Fiennes, a director (in her film Onegin, he played the title role); Magnus Fiennes, a...
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