52 years old (Born on May 27, 1970)
Actor; He is famous from Shakespeare In Love, FlashForward.He and his brother Ralph have also both worked with Rachel Weiss, in Enemy at the Gates and The Constant Gardener. In 1998, he played two different men in the Elizabethan era: Robert Dudley in Elizabeth (1998) and William Shakespeare in Shakespeare in Love (1998). Both of these men were cheating on their wives. The "women" he cheated with were both nominated for Best Actress Academy Awards: Cate Blanchett for Elizabeth (1998) and Gwyneth Paltrow (who won) for Shakespeare in Love (1998). Often plays characters who write either novels, plays, poetry or other literary works. Fraternal twin of Jacob Mark Fiennes (a gameskeeper). Was Roman Polanski's first choice for the main role in The Pianist (2002), but turned it down due to a previous commitment to the theatre.
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Brother-in-law of George Tiffin.
4th cousin of Lord Saye & Sele, owner of Broughton Castle, which appears in Shakespeare in Love as Viola's house.
Is reported to have been in talks to re-unite with Gwyneth Paltrow in a new British-backed production of John Webster's The Duchess of Malfi (2003).
Is involved in a number of charities and causes, including The Prince's Trust, of which he's an ambassador.
Graduated from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (London) in 1993.
Son of late novelist Jini Fiennes (aka Jennifer Lash).
Has toyed with the idea of being a painter, and still carries a sketchbook around.
Is the youngest of 6 children - older siblings; Ralph Nathaniel Fiennes (b. 22 Dec 1962), Martha Maria Fiennes (b. 1964), Magnus Hubert Fiennes (b. 1965), Sophia Victoria Fiennes (b. 1967) and Jacob Mark Fiennes (b. 27 May 1970). Jacob is Joseph's fraternal twin. Joseph also has a foster brother, Michael Emery (b. 31 Dec 1952) who has been with the family since he was 11.
Was offered the leading role in Francis Ford Coppola's Youth Without Youth.
Sister Sophie Fiennes is a documentary film-maker. Brother Magnus Fiennes is a Composer.
Attended art school in Suffolk, England at the age of 17.
Was considered to play the role of The Abbe du Coulmier in Quills (2000), alongside twice co-star and friend Geoffrey Rush.
Lost 21 pounds in order to play POW Major Gibson in The Great Raid (2005).
Was the first choice for the role of Lord Darlington in Mike Barker's A Good Woman (2004), starring Helen Hunt and Scarlett Johansson. Turned it down to play Bassanio in Michael Radford's adaptation of William Shakespeare's "The Merchant of Venice" (2004).
Chosen as one of the 50 most sexiest stars by People-magazine in 1999.
Moved 14 times during his childhood between London, Wiltshire and Ireland.
8th cousin to HRH The Prince of Wales.
Tipped to star as Lord Byron on film, after having played the poet for the BBC radio series 'Byron's Women'.
Was set to succeed Omar Sharif as Yuri Zhivago, in a remake of the classic Doctor Zhivago (1965).
Both Joseph and his brother, Ralph Fiennes, have romanced the same leading lady, Cate Blanchett, in different films; Joseph in Elizabeth (1998) and Ralph in Oscar and Lucinda (1997).
Was due to play Iago in the West End in a production of "Othello" back in 2001, which was to be directed by Michael Grandage, after having successfully teamed up with the director in Christopher Marlowe's "Edward II", where Fiennes played the title role.
Was tipped to play mountaineer George Mallory on film (2001).
Tipped to play a father in search of his young son in the period thriller Jeremy Brock.
Greatly skilled at swimming, horse riding, tennis and rock-climbing.
Ex-brother-in-law of Alex Kingston.
Reported to have been in talks with Bernardo Bertolucci to star in a film based on the life of 16th-century artist Gesualdo da Venosa.
He turned down a lucrative five-picture deal with Miramax after the success of Shakespeare in Love and Elizabeth. He traveled to India instead.
Reunited with former co-star Gwyneth Paltrow in the film "Running with scissors". The two previously worked together during "Shakespeare in love".
Met Filipina-Australian girlfriend Natalie Jackson Mendoza in Queensland, Australia, while filming The Great Raid (2005) in 2002. He got her to take acting classes at the Bristol Old Vic, and move in with him to Notting Hill, West London in September 2002. [2002-2003]
While it is already mentioned how Fiennes' characters in Shakespeare in Love (1998) and Elizabeth (1998) were both married and cheating on their wives, there is more. Both the characters failed to tell their lovers that he was married, and both the lovers found out from someone else.
Dated Fiona Holly. [2001-2002]
Dated Sara Griffiths. [1991 - 1998]
Dated Catherine McCormack. [1998 - 2000]