Fast Facts

  • 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.

Awards

  • 2014, Tony — Actor (Play): Nominee
  • 2011, Tony — Actor (Play): Winner
  • 2008, Tony — Actor (Play): Winner
  • 2013, Olivier Awards — Best Actor: Nominee
  • 2003, Olivier Awards — Best Actor: Nominee
  • 2008, Olivier Awards — Best Actor: Nominee
  • 2011, Olivier Awards — Best Actor: Nominee
  • 1994, Olivier Awards — Best Actor: Winner
  • 2014, Tony — Actor (Featured Role--Play): Winner
  • 2010, Olivier Awards — Best Actor: Winner
  • 2006, BAFTA Television Awards — Best Actor: Winner
  • 2015, Critics' Choice Television Awards — Best Actor in a Movie or Limited Series: Nominee

Relationships

  • David Waters — Father
  • Susannah Waters — Sister
  • Claire van Kampen — Wife
  • Nataasha van Kampen — Stepdaughter
  • Jonathan Waters — Brother
  • Anne Skinner — Mother
  • Juliet Rylance — Stepdaughter

College

  • Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, London, England (BA in Acting, 1980)

Details

  • Birth Name: David Mark Rylance Waters
  • Birth Place: Ashford, Kent, England
  • Birthday: January 18, 1960, Capricorn
  • Profession: Actor
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