Joseph Fiennes

Joseph Fiennes

Highest Rated: 92% Shakespeare in Love (1998)

Lowest Rated: 0% Killing Me Softly (2003)

Birthday: May 27, 1970

Birthplace: Salisbury, Wiltshire, England, UK

With outrageously long-lashed brown eyes and darkly sensuous looks, Joseph Fiennes has joined his older brother Ralph as the English embodiment of sex for scores of women the world over. After years of working in his brother's shadow, Joseph emerged in 1998 as one of the movie industry's hottest properties, thanks to roles in two back-to-back hits, Elizabeth and Shakespeare in Love.Born May 27, 1970, in Salisbury, England, Fiennes and his twin brother, Jacob, were the youngest of six children, Ralph being the eldest. The son of a photographer father and a novelist mother who went under the nom de plume of Jennifer Lash, Joseph and his siblings had a fairly nomadic upbringing, moving 14 times over the course of the actor's childhood. His parents had strong artistic leanings, something they encouraged among their children, and so Fiennes grew up in a very creative atmosphere. After leaving art school, he began working with the Young Vic Theatre Company and then trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He made his first professional stage appearance in A Month in the Country, in which he performed opposite Helen Mirren. After two seasons with the Royal Shakespeare Company, Fiennes was cast in a cameo role in the 1991 television drama A Dangerous Man: Lawrence After Arabia, in which Ralph played the titular hero. Joseph's next role of any importance was in the British TV series The Vacillations of Poppy Carew, which cast him opposite Tara Fitzgerald. Following this, Fiennes made his feature debut in Bernardo Bertolucci's 1996 film Stealing Beauty, in which he had a fairly small part but was able to act in the company of individuals such as Jeremy Irons, Sinéad Cusack, and Liv Tyler. It was 1998 that proved to be Fiennes's breakthrough year. With consecutive roles as Cate Blanchett's lover in Elizabeth and as William Shakespeare in Shakespeare in Love, he commanded the audience's attention with performances that were marked by a mix of intensity, charm, and brooding charisma. The fact that he didn't look ridiculous in tights also helped, and by the end of the year, with both films having garnered a score of awards (including seven Oscars for Shakespeare alone), it looked as though Fiennes had finally emerged from behind his brother's shadow, proving that talent, as well as a favorable gene pool, were common currency among his family members.Though Fiennes worked in several films throughout the early 2000s (Dust, Luther, Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas), he wouldn't find success similar to that of Shakespeare in Love until he took on the role of Bassiano in director Michael Radford's The Merchant of Venice (one of Shakespeare's most celebrated comedies) in 2004. Following a lead role in Running with Scissors (2006), an adaptation of Augusten Boroughs' biography of the same name, Fiennes played tough guy Lenny in The Escapist (2008), a cerebral thriller following a group of criminals seeking to free themselves from the confines of prison. The actor also enjoyed success on the television screen, including the ABC science-fiction series FlashFoward (2009-2010), and Camelot (2011), a 10-part miniseries from Starz.


Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet On Wings of Eagles Eric Liddell 2017
53% Risen Clavius 2016
41% Strangerland Matthew Parker $18K 2015
57% Hercules King Eurystheus $59.5M 2014
40% The Games Maker Actor 2014
No Score Yet Vivaldi (Antonio Vivaldi) Antonio Vivaldi 2013
No Score Yet Against the Current Paul Thompson 2009
No Score Yet Man to Man Jamie Dodd 2009
20% The Red Baron (Der rote Baron) Captain Roy Brown 2008
64% The Escapist Lenny Drake 2008
No Score Yet Spring 1941 Artur Planck 2008
No Score Yet Goodbye Bafana James Gregory 2007
44% Color of Freedom James Gregory 2007
31% Running With Scissors Neil Bookman $6.8M 2006
25% The Darwin Awards Michael Burrows 2006
38% The Great Raid Maj. Gibson $10.1M 2005
No Score Yet Man to Man Jamie Dodd 2005
71% William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice Bassanio $3.4M 2004
45% Luther Martin Luther $5.7M 2003
45% Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas Proteus $26.4M 2003
0% Killing Me Softly Adam Tallis 2003
20% Dust Elijah 2003
43% Leo Stephen 2002
54% Enemy at the Gates Danilov $50.6M 2001
No Score Yet Rancid Aluminum Sean Deeny 2001
33% The Very Thought of You Laurence 1999
29% Forever Mine Manuel Esquema/Alan Riply 1999
92% Shakespeare in Love William Shakespeare 1998
82% Elizabeth Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester 1998
51% Stealing Beauty Christopher Fox 1996
No Score Yet The Vacillations of Poppy Carew Actor 1994


88% The Handmaid's Tale
Commander Fred Waterford 2019
No Score Yet Shakespeare Uncovered
Host 2018
No Score Yet Last Call With Carson Daly
Guest 2017
No Score Yet The Talk
Guest 2017
76% American Horror Story
Monsignor Timothy Howard 2014
44% Camelot
Merlin 2011
80% FlashForward
Special Agent Mark Benford Mark Benford 2010
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
Guest 2010
No Score Yet The Bonnie Hunt Show
Guest 2009
No Score Yet Camelot


Clavius says: I am yet sticky with filth

Clavius says: I am yet sticky with filth.

William Shakespeare says: Love denied blights the soul we owe to God

William Shakespeare says: Love denied blights the soul we owe to God.

Martin Luther says: Your Imperial Majesty and Your Lordships demand a simple answer. Here it is, plain and unvarnished. Unless I am convicted [convinced] of error by the testimony of Scripture or (since I put no trust in the unsupported authority of Pope or councils, since it is plain that they have often erred and often contradicted themselves) by manifest reasoning, I stand convicted [convinced] by the Scriptures to which I have appealed, and my conscience is taken captive by God's word, I cannot and will not recant anything, for to act against our conscience is neither safe for us, nor open to us. On this I take my stand. I can do no other. God help me.

William Shakespeare says: Can you love a fool?

Viola De Lesseps says: Can you love a player?

Danilov says: I've been such a fool, Vassili. Man will always be a man. There is no new man. We tried so hard to create a society that was equal, where there'd be nothing to envy your neighbour. But there's always something to envy. A smile, a friendship, something you don't have and want to appropriate. In this world, even a Soviet one, there will always be rich and poor. Rich in gifts, poor in gifts. Rich in love, poor in love.