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Mark Rylance Biography

Birth Name:
David Mark Rylance Waters
Birth Place:
Ashford, Kent, England

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
  • Received a knighthood in 2017


  • 2020Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: winner
  • 2016BAFTA Television Awards-Best Actor: winner
  • 2016BAFTA Film Awards-Best Supporting Actor: winner
  • 2015Critics' Choice Television Awards-Best Actor in a Movie or Limited Series: nominated
  • 2015Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or a Movie: nominated
  • 2015Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries: nominated
  • 2015New York Film Critics Circle-Best Supporting Actor: winner
  • 2015Los Angeles Film Critics Association-Best Supporting Actor (Runner-up): winner
  • 2015Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role: nominated
  • 2015Critics' Choice Awards-Best Supporting Actor: nominated
  • 2015National Society of Film Critics-Best Supporting Actor: winner
  • 2015Oscar-Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: winner
  • 2006BAFTA Television Awards-Best Actor: winner