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"I don't plan a career. That doesn't work for me. I just have to go with my gut."

Ralph Nathaniel Twisleton-Wykeham-Fiennes (born 22 December 1962 in Ipswich, England) is an Academy Award nominatednote  Shakespearian English stage and film actor, producer, and director. He is also the older brother of fellow actor Joseph Fiennes, and distantly related to the famed explorer Sir Ranulph Twistleton-Wykeham-Fiennes.

He gained much prominence after his breakout roles in Schindler's List and The English Patient. He has also shown up as a lead actor in foreign-language films, such as the 1999 Hungarian movie Sunshine, and later took on roles with considerable mainstream exposure such as Lord Voldemort in the Harry Potter films and Gareth Mallory (the replacement of Judi Dench as M) in the James Bond movies, starting with Skyfall for the latter.

In 2011, he directed a critically acclaimed modern-day adaptation of Coriolanus starring himself alongside Jessica Chastain and Gerard Butler, Vanessa Redgrave and Brian Cox.

Oh, and his name is pronounced "Rafe Fines".

Notable roles include:

Provides examples of

  • Chronically Killed Actor: Most famously as Amon Göth and Voldemort but he's been axed off in quite a few of his films.
  • Directed by Cast Member: Ralph Fiennes both starred in, directed and produced a 2011 film adaption of the William Shakespeare play Coriolanus, co-starring with Gerard Butler and Jessica Chastain.
  • Dyeing for Your Art: He put on 28 pounds to play one of his major breakout roles, Amon Göth.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: He plays a lot of villainous roles which make good use of his smooth, regal voice.
  • Icy Blue Eyes: In the Harry Potter films, Fiennes kept his natural blue eyes as Voldemort, in contrast to how in the books, Voldemort's eyes are red.
  • Playing Against Type: An invoked example. After he became famous worldwide as Amon Göth he didn't want to become too typecast as villainous roles. Fortunately he was able to portray the handsome, charming, charismatic Charles Van Doren in Quiz Show in a role that won him further acclaim and showcased his acting range.
  • Quintessential British Gentleman: A master of this trope both in theatre and in many of his film roles.