Mark Rylance

Mark Rylance

Highest Rated: 100% Institute Benjamenta (1995)

Lowest Rated: 0% Days and Nights (2013)

Birthday: Jan 18, 1960

Birthplace: Ashford, Kent, England, UK

Mark Rylance was a British stage and screen actor who won an Oscar in 2016 for his supporting role in Steven Spielberg's "Bridge of Spies" (2015). Born into an academic family (both his parents were English professors), Rylance was brought up in an environment were expressing one's self through the arts was encouraged. He moved with his parents to the United States at the age of 2, eventually settling in Wisconsin, where his father accepted a teaching position at a college in Milwaukee. Rylance would spend the remainder of his formative years in the United States, before returning to England at 18 to attend the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Rylance studied acting for two years at the school, before embarking on a full-time stage-acting career in 1980. Rylance appeared in plays all across London, while developing a name for himself as an important young theater actor. In 1985 he started taking on roles in films as well, with appearances in "Wallenberg: A Hero's Story" (1985), "Hearts of Fire" (1987), and "Prospero's Books" (1991). His burgeoning career as a movie actor may have been taking off, but through his incredibly productive period during the '80s and '90s Rylance never gave up on his theater work. He appeared in dozens of plays during this period, and in 1995 became the very first Artistic Director of Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London. Rylance would retain his role as Artistic Director for the next 10 years, all while continuing to appear in film and television roles. As a screen actor, 2015 proved to by Rylance's biggest year to date. In addition to appearing as Thomas Cromwell in the mini-series "Wolf Hall" (BBC Two, 2015), he also nabbed a supporting part in Steven Spielberg's historical thriller "Bridge of Spies" (2015), which earned him an Academy Award. Rylance's CGI-enhanced performance in Spielberg's Roald Dahl fantasy adaptation "The BFG" (2016) was less well-received both critically and commercially, though the two reteamed yet again for the science fiction action film "Ready Player One" (2018). Between those films, Rylance appeared in Christopher Nolan's World War II battle drama "Dunkirk" (2017) and starred on Broadway as King Philip V of Spain in "Farinelli and the King."


Highest Rated Movies



90% 90% The Trial of the Chicago 7 William Kunstler (Character) - 2020
54% 65% Waiting for the Barbarians The Judge (Character) - 2019
72% 77% Ready Player One Anorak/Halliday (Character) $137M 2018
92% 81% Dunkirk Mr. Dawson (Character) $188M 2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Colorado Narrator - 2016
74% 57% The BFG The BFG (Character) $55.5M 2016
16% 31% The Gunman Cox (Character) $10.6M 2015
90% 87% Bridge of Spies Rudolf Abel (Character) $72.3M 2015
81% 68% We Are Many Himself (Character) - 2014
0% 36% Days and Nights Stephen (Character) $6K 2013
No Score Yet No Score Yet Muse of Fire Unknown (Character) - 2013
45% 53% Anonymous Condell (Character) $4.5M 2011
43% 62% The Other Boleyn Girl Sir Thomas Boleyn (Character) $26.8M 2008
No Score Yet 80% The Government Inspector Dr. David Kelly (Character) - 2005
66% 58% Intimacy Jay (Character) $563.6K 2001
100% 88% Institute Benjamenta Jakob (Character) - 1995
71% 68% Angels and Insects William Adamson (Character) $3.4M 1995
No Score Yet No Score Yet Loving Charlie Raunce (Character) - 1995
No Score Yet No Score Yet Love Lies Bleeding Conn (Character) - 1993
67% 83% Prospero's Books Ferdinand (Character) $1.1M 1991
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Grass Arena John Healy (Character) - 1991
No Score Yet No Score Yet The McGuffin Gavin (Character) - 1985


No Score Yet No Score Yet Bing Flop (Voice) 2019-2020 2014-2015
No Score Yet No Score Yet My Grandparents' War Guest 2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet Theater Talk Guest 2018 2011
No Score Yet No Score Yet Today's Take Guest 2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet CBS This Morning Guest 2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet Good Morning America Guest 2016
98% 85% Wolf Hall Thomas Cromwell (Character) 2015


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