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EnglishBorn Ralph Nathaniel FIENNES

English theatre and film actor

Born on December 22, 1962 in Ipswich, Suffolk, England , United Kingdom (59 years)

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Ralph Fiennes was born in Ipswich, the eldest child of Jennifer Lash (1938–1993), a writer of English and Irish descent, and Mark Fiennes (1933–2004), a farmer and photographer whose father was industrialist Sir Maurice Fiennes (1907–1994). His surname is of Norman origin.

Fiennes is an eighth cousin of the Prince of Wales, and a third cousin of the adventurer Ranulph Fiennes and author William Fiennes. The eldest of six 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 composer; Sophie Fiennes, a filmmaker; and Jacob Fiennes, a conservationist. His foster brother, Michael Emery, is an archaeologist. His nephew Hero Fiennes-Tiffin played Tom Riddle, young Lord Voldemort in Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince.


The Fiennes family moved to Ireland in 1973, living in West Cork and County Kilkenny for some years. Fiennes was educated at St Kieran's College for one year, followed by Newtown School, a Quaker independent school in County Waterford. They moved to Salisbury in England, where Fiennes finished his schooling at Bishop Wordsworth's School. He went on to pursue painting at Chelsea College of Art before deciding that acting was his true passion.

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