- Both his parents were English teachers; his father accepted teaching jobs in Connecticut and Wisconsin, where Rylance grew up.
- Was the first Artistic Director of Shakespeare's Globe Theater in London, England from 1995 to 2005.
- Performed with the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon, England, in 1982 and 1983.
- Is a supporter of the indigenous rights organization, Survival International and was a patron of both the Peace Direct and the London International Festival of Theater in 2013.
- Played Richard III in Richard III and Olivia in Twelfth Night in alternating productions on Broadway in 2013; he was nominated for a Tony award for both, and won for Twelfth Night.
- 2011, Tony — Actor (Play): Winner
- 2013, Olivier Awards — Best Actor: Nominee
- 2014, Tony — Actor (Play): Nominee
- 2008, Tony — Actor (Play): Winner
- 2003, Olivier Awards — Best Actor: Nominee
- 2008, Olivier Awards — Best Actor: Nominee
- 2011, Olivier Awards — Best Actor: Nominee
- 2014, Tony — Actor (Featured Role--Play): Winner
- 2010, Olivier Awards — Best Actor: Winner
- 2006, BAFTA Television Awards — Best Actor: Winner
- 1994, Olivier Awards — Best Actor: Winner
- Anne Skinner — Mother
- Juliet Rylance — Stepdaughter
- David Waters — Father
- Susannah Waters — Sister
- Claire van Kampen — Wife
- Nataasha van Kampen — Stepdaughter
- Jonathan Waters — Brother
- Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, London, England (BA in Acting, 1980)
Season 1, Episode 4
- Birth Name: David Mark Rylance Waters
- Birth Place: Ashford, Kent, England
- Birthday: January 18, 1960, Capricorn
- Profession: Actor
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