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Ray Winstone Biography

Birth Name:
Raymond Andrew Winstone
Birth Place:
Hackney, London, England
Actor, voiceovers

Fast Facts

  • Joined the Repton Amateur Boxing Club in London at age 12, winning 80 out of 88 fights over 10 years
  • Three-time London Schoolboy Champion
  • Represented England twice as a welterweight
  • Went to the movies weekly with his father; often they would sit through the films twice
  • Enrolled at the Corona Stage Academy in 1974, but was expelled for puncturing the headmistress' tires as revenge for being excluded from the Christmas party
  • First big role came when he accompanied a friend to an audition---and then was cast by the director---for the 1977 British TV-movie Scum, which was so violent that it was banned by the BBC; it was released theatrically two years later
  • Starred as a boxer named Kenny Fox in the 1980 British series Fox
  • During an audition for the first Star Wars prequel, asked an unimpressed George Lucas if he needed a nap (Winstone did not get the part)
  • After twice being declared bankrupt, revived his career with a role in Kathy Burke's 1990 play, Mr
  • Thomas, which eventually led to a part in Gary Oldman's 1997 directorial debut, Nil by Mouth
  • During his audition for 2006's The Departed, director Martin Scorsese complimented him on his brown leather jacket and asked if he would wear it during filming
  • When Winstone said yes, Scorsese told him he got the part


  • 2007Critics' Choice Awards-Best Acting Ensemble: nominated
  • 2006Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: nominated
  • 2006San Diego Film Critics Association-Best Supporting Actor: winner
  • 2001European Film Awards-European Actor: nominated
  • 1998BAFTA Film Awards-Best Actor in a Leading Role: nominated
  • 1980BAFTA Film Awards-Most Promising Newcomer to Leading Film Roles: nominated