Joseph Fiennes

Joseph Fiennes

Highest Rated: 92% Shakespeare in Love (1998)

Lowest Rated: Not Available

Birthday: May 27, 1970

Birthplace: Salisbury, Wiltshire, England, UK

Joseph Fiennes was a British film and television actor who was best known for his roles in "Shakespeare in Love" (1998), "American Horror Story" (FX, 2011- ), and "The Handmaid's Tale" (Hulu, 2017- ). Born and raised in England, Fiennes grew up in a creatively fertile household. His mother was a writer, his father a photographer, while his brother, Ralph Fiennes, went on to become a notable film actor in his own right. Needless to say, there was never a time in Fiennes' formative years when he didn't envision a life devoted to the arts. Fiennes began his professional acting training in his teens, and eventually went on to study at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He spent the next three years at the school honing his craft before graduating in 1993. Upon graduation, Fiennes embarked on a professional screen-acting career. He nabbed parts in "Stealing Beauty" (1996) and "The Very Thought of You" (1998), before nabbing his first big break in 1998 by landing the lead role in "Shakespeare in Love." That film earned Fiennes a BAFTA Award nomination for Best Actor, while "Shakespeare in Love" would take home the Oscar for Best Picture at the 1999 Academy Awards. With his star on the rise, Fiennes landed a number of high profile film acting roles throughout the 2000s, including "Enemy at the Gates" (2001), "The Merchant of Venice" (2004), and "Running with Scissors" (2006). By the early 2010s he began appearing on various critically acclaimed television shows, including "Flashforward" (ABC, 2009-10), "Camelot" (Starz, 2011) and "American Horror Story." Then in 2017 Fiennes began playing the role of Fred Waterford on Hulu's "The Handmaid's Tale." The series, which was adapted from a novel of the same name by the Canadian author Margaret Atwood, earned Fiennes his first Primetime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series.

Highest rated movies

Shakespeare in Love
The Merchant of Venice
The Escapist
Enemy at the Gates
Stealing Beauty




No Score Yet 61% On Wings of Eagles Eric Liddell (Character) - 2017
53% 70% Risen Clavius (Character) $36.9M 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet Elizabeth, Michael & Marlon Michael Jackson (Character) - 2016
40% 23% Strangerland Matthew (Character) $17.5K 2015
40% 46% The Games Maker Morodian (Character) - 2014
58% 48% Hercules King Eurystheus (Character) $72.7M 2014
No Score Yet 75% Vivaldi (Antonio Vivaldi) Unknown (Character) - 2013
No Score Yet No Score Yet A Lost and Found Box of Human Sensation Boy (Voice) - 2010
No Score Yet 51% Against the Current Paul Thompson (Character) - 2009
No Score Yet 51% Spring 1941 Artur Planck (Character) - 2008
17% 43% The Red Baron Capt. Roy Brown (Character) $36.6K 2008
64% 63% The Escapist Lenny (Character) $13.0K 2008
44% 81% Goodbye Bafana James Gregory (Character) - 2007
25% 45% The Darwin Awards Michael Burrows (Character) - 2006
31% 56% Running With Scissors Neil Bookman (Character) $6.8M 2006
38% 70% The Great Raid Major Gibson (Character) $10.2M 2005
No Score Yet 61% Man to Man Jamie Dodd (Character) - 2005
72% 72% The Merchant of Venice Bassanio (Character) $3.8M 2004
45% 74% Luther Martin Luther (Character) $5.7M 2003
45% 56% Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas Proteus (Voice) $26.3M 2003
43% 64% Leo Stephen (Character) - 2002
0% 40% Killing Me Softly Adam (Character) - 2002
20% 62% Dust Elijah (Character) - 2001
53% 82% Enemy at the Gates Danilov (Character) $51.4M 2001
No Score Yet 8% Rancid Aluminium Sean Deeny (Character) - 2000
29% 41% Forever Mine Manuel Esquema/Alan Riply (Character) - 1999
33% 60% The Very Thought of You Laurence (Character) $94.2K 1999
92% 80% Shakespeare in Love Will Shakespeare (Character) $100.2M 1998
83% 86% Elizabeth Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester (Character) $30.1M 1998
50% 75% Stealing Beauty Christopher (Character) $4.6M 1996


83% 71% The Handmaid's Tale Commander Waterford (Character) 2017-2019 2021-2022
No Score Yet 0% The Talk Guest 2017 2021
No Score Yet No Score Yet Last Call With Carson Daly Guest 2017
No Score Yet 100% Shakespeare Uncovered Host 2015
77% 70% American Horror Story Monsignor Timothy Howard (Character) 2012-2013
44% 62% Camelot Merlin (Character) 2011
80% 78% FlashForward Mark Benford (Character) 2009-2010
No Score Yet 20% Late Night With Jimmy Fallon Guest 2010
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Bonnie Hunt Show Guest 2009
No Score Yet 10% Jimmy Kimmel Live! Guest 2009