Fast Facts

  • Moved 14 times during his childhood.
  • Third cousin is famed British explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes.
  • Attended art school and considered a career as a painter.
  • Prefers stage acting and turned down a multi-picture deal after the success of 1998's Shakespeare in Love to return to the theater.
  • Involved in several charities, including the Prince's Trust, for which he is an ambassador.
  • Was cast in his first TV series in 2009, the short-lived FlashForward.
  • Welcomed his first child, a girl, with wife Maria Dolores Dieguez, on March 8, 2010.


  • 1999, Critics' Choice Awards — Breakthrough Performer: Winner
  • 1998, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 1998, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Winner
  • 1999, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee


  • Jacob Fiennes — Brother
  • Mark Fiennes — Father
  • Sara Griffiths — Ex-significant Other
  • Jini Fiennes — Mother
  • Maria Dolores Dieguez — Wife
  • Hero Fiennes Tiffin — Nephew
  • Magnus Fiennes — Brother
  • Ralph Fiennes — Brother
  • Catherine McCormack — Ex-significant Other
  • Martha Fiennes — Sister
  • Michael Emery — Brother
  • Sophie Fiennes — Sister


  • Guildhall School of Music & Drama, London, England (1993)

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  • Birth Name: Joseph Alberic Fiennes
  • Birth Place: Salisbury, Wiltshire, England
  • Profession: Actor

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