LONDON, England (UPI) -- British actor Ralph Fiennes is keenly aware
that most of his leading ladies don`t make it to the end of his films.
Juliette Binoche`s character died in "Emily Bronte`s Wuthering Heights,"
Kristen Scott Thomas perished in "The English Patient" and Julianne
Moore expired in "The End of the Affair."
In Fiennes` upcoming romantic thriller -- based on John LeCarre`s novel,
"The Constant Gardener" -- Rachel Weisz plays the handsome thespian`s
Asked about his attraction to ill-fated romances, Fiennes told United
Press International: "Jennifer Lopez made it to the end of `Maid in
Manhattan.` She wasn`t going anywhere."
The Oscar-nominated star of "Schindler`s List," who will be seen this
fall playing villain Voldemort in the fourth Harry Potter film, added:
"I don`t only want to play tragic love stories. The Merchant-Ivory film
I just did (`The White Countess`) is a love story and both partners get
through to the end -- intact -- together."
July 26, 2005 (from RADA official site)
New Book and Exhibition - 100 Portraits to celebrate the RADA Centenary
As a special commission Cambridge Jones
http://www.cambridgejones.com has spent the centenary year photographing all the best known
faces who trained at RADA. Everyone from Lord Attenborough and Kenneth Branagh to
Joan Collins and Sir Roger Moore.
This has never been done before and the intention, when Nicholas Barter
and Cambridge Jones first sat down to discuss the possibility of the
project, was to show the public just how much of the talent they see and
hear everyday came from one single institution: The Royal Academy of
The portraits will be exhibited at The Getty Images Gallery, Eastcastle
Street in Summer 2005. (Getty Show opens August 10th). The Observer and
BBC2 are covering the project.
An accompanying book of the photographs will be published in August
2005. This will have an essay by Miranda Sawyer to accompany the
portraits and an introduction by Lord Attenborough. Published by Dewi
RADA are offering a limited number of advance copies of the book, signed
by Cambridge Jones at a 15% discount (Thus reduced to £17) if you
purchase them and pick them up from RADA itself. Please email
if you would like one reserved for you.
Ralph Fiennes poses during a photo call held on March 22nd, 2005 at the Rehearsal Studios for Julius Caesar, London
Susan Sarandon and Ralph Fiennes are in final talks to star in 'Doris
and Bernard', a film about tobacco heiress Doris Duke and her Irish
butler Bernard Lafferty.
Duke, who died in 1993, named Lafferty, who died some years later, as
the executor of her estate, a decision which led to a legal battle.
Variety reports that the film will be directed by actor turned director
Shooting is due to begin in New York in October.
June 19, 2005 (from Entertainment Weekly/HPANA)
Ralph Fiennes: Devil's Advocate
Age: 42. Mustworthiness: Give him a character who's intellectually
cold and morally cloudy, and Ralph Fiennes will make him smolder and
blaze. With The Constant Gardener - adapted from the John LeCare novel by
Brazilian director Fernando Meirelles (City of God) - the two-time Oscar
nominee (Schindler's List,The English Patient) delivers a buzzed-about
performance as a British diplomat investigating his wife's murder.
Known for tightly wound men on the verge of implosion, Fiennes gets to
uncork in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire as the most mythic villain
in contemporary fiction, Lord Voldemort (Sorry Darth). Immoral Fixation:
So how does one play the incarnation of evil? "Good Question," says
Fiennes, laughing. "My inclination was to underplay it, but you can't
underplay Voldemort. He is evil. What I wanted was a you-never-know-what-he'll-do-next
quality. My nephews and nieces visited the set - they were quite taken
aback. Probably because I was bald."
On His Must List: "Sofia Coppola, I loved Lost in Translation, I'd love
to work with her. Worst Job: Selling shirts during his struggling-actor
years. "I would take this sack of shirts into offices and pitch them to
working people who had no real need for shirts. It was soul-killing.
Worse, I was terrible at it. There was another actor doing the same
thing. He sold 20; I sold one."
Next: After The Constant Gardener (Aug. 26) and Harry Potter (Nov. 18),
Fiennes has three other projects in the can, including the Merchant
Ivory Drama, The White Countess.
April 25, 2005 (from Wizard News)
Potter and Rings stars up for Narnia replacement
By Adam Kane, Wizard News Entertainment Editor
According to Narnia Web it was announced at the Biola Media
Conference this weekend that Brian Cox, who was also in Troy with
Orlando Bloom, is no longer doing the voice of Aslan in The Chronicles
of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe which is currently in
post-production. Apparently he has lost some weight and his voice has
Also according to the report, Jason Isaacs, who was Lucius Malfoy in
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Sean Bean, Boromir in Lord of
the Rings, Sir Ian McKellen, Gandalf in Rings, and Ralph Fiennes, who
plays Lord Voldemort in the upcoming movie Harry Potter and Goblet of
Fire, have all auditioned for the part, but no choice has yet been made.
Sala Baker, who was the Orc Leader and the Mouth of Sauron in Lord of
the Rings, and Dawn French, who is the Fat Lady in Harry Potter and the
Prisoner of Azkaban, also appear in the Narnia movie.
April 17, 2005 (from Reuters/Hollywood Reporter)
McKay's 'Norma' Attracts Fiennes
By Stuart Kemp
LONDON (Hollywood Reporter) - Ralph Fiennes is set to star in Malcolm
McKay's "Who Killed Norma Barnes."
The film's producers said Friday (April 15) that Fiennes will star
alongside Emily Mortimer in the movie, which is billed as a dark tale of
sexual obsession based on Fyodor Dostoyevsky's "The Idiot." The cast
also will include Emily Blunt.
Scheduled to shoot in the fall, "Norma" marks the feature debut of
writer-director McKay, whose television credits include the adaptation
of Mervyn Peake's sprawling gothic trilogy "Gormenghast" for the BBC.
McKay, who has known Fiennes for more than 10 years, since the actor's
days at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, said in an interview that
Fiennes is "totally committed to the project."
Budgeted at $5.6 million, the film is being produced by U.K. indie
television and film production banner Company Pictures.
March 25, 2005 (from Daily Mail)
Ralph shows he's in Fiennes fettle
Movie star Ralph Fiennes is going into thespian overdrive.
As you know from this column, he's about to open at the Barbican in Julius
Caesar- and I've been whispering that he might do Brian Friel's Faith Healer.
Now I can confirm that he will star with Ian McDiarmid in a production of Friel's
play at the Gate in Dublin, directed by Jonathan Kent.
Mr Fiennes had also hoped to do Hamlet, but scheduling problems meant that
project had to be put on hold for a year or two.
Kent and McDiarmid did a version of Faith Healer four years ago (McDiarmid was
brilliant). After playing Dublin in the New Year the play will go to Broadway
next spring. Meanwhile Ralph has several movies coming out in the next 12 months.
Of course, he plays Lord Voldermort in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, and
he's also in Merchant Ivory's The White Countess, but I must say I'm looking
forward to seeing him in Fernando Meirelles's movie of John Le Carre's The
Constant Gardener - it has a very high buzz quotient.
OSCAR-nominated British actor Ralph Fiennes is set to star in the big-screen
adaptation of Disgrace, by South African author JM Coetzee.
Fiennes, who won critical acclaim for his role in The English Patient, will play
the central character in the book, a Cape Town professor involved in a
disastrous love affair with a student.
Disgrace won the prestigious Booker Prize in 1999 and Coetzee was awarded the
Nobel Prize for Literature in 2003.
The movie, which will be filmed in South Africa, will be directed by Australians
Steve Jacobs and Anna-Maria Monticelli. The two have teamed up before, most
notably in La Spagnola, a 2001 art-house black comedy about volatile family
"I have always loved this novel and am a great admirer of Coetzee's work,"
Monticelli told the Sunday Times this week, adding that Coetzee had given the
project his blessing.
Cape Town-born Coetzee emigrated to Australia in 2002 and lives in Adelaide
where he holds an honorary position at the University of Adelaide.
"We believe Ralph will be wonderful in the role," said Monticelli. The rest of
the cast has not yet been finalised and the filmmakers will visit Cape Town in
the near future to discuss the project with South African film companies and
Fiennes will portray twice-divorced Cape Town academic David Lurie, a professor
of literature who retreats to his daughter's farm in the Eastern Cape after an
affair with a student shatters the fixed routine of his life.
While the countryside seems to be a healing environment, Lurie soon becomes
entangled in a disturbing web of post-apartheid politics.
Certain academics believe that the love affair in Coetzee's book was based on an
incident that played itself out at the University of Cape Town where Coetzee was
a professor in the English department.
The enigma that is Coetzee has neither confirmed nor denied this.
His agents in London, David Higham Associates, confirmed the movie deal but
declined to elaborate.
The reclusive novelist also won the Booker Prize in 1983 for his novel Life &
Times of Michael K.
Meanwhile, Fiennes is due to appear on cinema screens shortly as the wicked Lord
Voldemort in the fourth Harry Potter film, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.
January 21, 2005 (from Whatsonstage.com)
Beale & Rhys Confirm for Fiennes & Julius Caesar
By Terri Paddock
As previously tipped, Simon Russell Beale and
Paul Rhys will join Ralph Fiennes for Deborah Warner’s staging of Julius Caesar,
with John Shrapnel taking the title role. The epic production, which will
feature a cast of 30 and 100 extras, will play from
20 April to 14 May 2004 (previews from 14 April) at the Barbican Theatre prior
to a European tour to Paris, Madrid and Luxembourg.
Beale, who plays Cassius, is well known to theatregoers for his many National
Theatre credits include Humble Boy, Jumpers, Money, Summerfolk, Hamlet, Candide,
Volpone and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead as well as numerous seasons at
the RSC. In 2002, he starred in Sam Mendes' farewell double bill of Uncle Vanya
and Twelfth Night at the Donmar Warehouse, winning a hat trick of Best Actor
awards in London before transferring to New York. He opened last night, taking
the title role in the Almeida’s new production of Shakespeare’s Macbeth.
Rhys, who plays Brutus, has starred on stage in The Invention of Love, Hamlet,
King Lear, Long Day’s Journey into Night, Design for Living and, most recently,
the Complicite-NT co-production of Measure for Measure. On screen, he’s been
seen in Love Lies Bleeding, Nina Takes a Lover, Chaplin, Vincent and Theo, I Saw
You, Anna Karenina, Dance to the Music of Time and The Healer. Shrapnel’s recent
film credits include Troy, Gladiator, Notting Hill and K-19.
The cast also features Anthony Mark Barrow, David Glover, Jim Hooper, Alex
McIntosh, Tim Potter, Paul Shearer, Struan Rodger and John Rogan. The production
is designed by Tom Pye, with lighting by Jean Kalman, music by Mel Mercier and
sound by Christopher Shutt.
Commenting on Julius Caesar in a press statement, director Deborah Warner said:
“We are living in extraordinary times - human, natural and political. This is a
play for those times. I'm looking forward to working on it with this remarkable
group of actors.”
The new Shakespeare production follows last year’s success with The Black Rider,
starring Marianne Faithfull, as only the second show produced by the Barbican
itself. It’s co-produced with Theatre National du Chaillot, Paris, Teatro
Espanol, Madrid and Grand Theatre de la Ville, Luxembourg, in association with
the Young Vic Theatre Company.
January 17, 2005 (from Playbill.com)
Irish-American Exchange Has LaBute, Friel Works Set for Ireland; McPherson NY-Bound
By Ernio Hernandez
American scribe Neil LaBute will debut Wrecks in Ireland alongside Irish pen
Brian Friel's The Home Place, while Dublin native Conor McPherson's Shining City
is heading stateside, according to Variety.
LaBute — whose bash and The Shape of Things have been performed in Ireland —
will stage his own new solo Wrecks at the Everyman Palace Theatre located in
southern Ireland's Cork. The work will appear as part of the European Capital of
Culture 2005 program in the fall.
Friel — whose Dancing at Lughnasa was the Tony Award Best Play winner in 1992 —
premieres his first full-length drama in eight years, according to the trade
magazine. Adrian Noble will direct The Home Place at Dublin's Gate Theatre,
starting Feb. 1. The venue will also see a revival of Friel's Faith Healer
starring Ralph Fiennes, either later this year or early 2006.
Variety also purports that The Gate is in negotiations to bring Irish playwright
McPherson's latest work to New York in 2005. The play, Shining City, has played
to positive critical response in London and Dublin last year with the author
LaBute has enjoyed the extension of his recent Off-Broadway work, Fat Pig, and
will next see the debut of his This Is How It Goes at The Public Theater, March
8-April 10. He also contributed one-acts to the recent inaugural Tribeca Theatre
Festival and the upcoming MCC Theatre benefit.
January 13, 2005 (from ComingSoon.net)
Ralph Fiennes in Disgrace Adaptation
Ralph Fiennes will play the lead in the feature adaptation of 1999 Booker
Prize winning novel Disgrace, written by JM Coetzee, reports Production Weekly.
Steve Jacobs will direct the politically charged story that will be filmed in
South Africa, where it is set.
Fiennes will play a twice-divorced academic in Cape Town who retreats to his
daughter's farm in response to the fall out from an impulsive affair with a
December 31, 2004 (from East Anglian Daily Times)
Film star brothers mourn father
HOLLYWOOD stars Ralph and Joseph Fiennes are mourning the sudden death of
their father, who collapsed at his Suffolk home yesterday morning.
It is believed the two famous brothers have now broken-off from filming
commitments to travel to their family home in Clare – where their father Mark
and his second wife, Caroline, have lived for the past six years.
Mr Fiennes, 70, an acclaimed photographer, collapsed and died at his luxury five-bedroom
house in Nethergate Street early yesterday morning.
Ralph Fiennes, 41, is currently shooting the new Harry Potter film, The Goblet
of Fire, in which he plays Lord Voldemort. Joseph Fiennes, 34, has also been
away filming for his latest role.
The brothers have become two of the best-known British actors of recent years
after starring in number of award-winning films.
They are the sons of Mr Fiennes and his first wife, the novelist Jennifer Lash,
who died in 1993. The couple had four other children; Magnus, a renowned music
composer; Jacob, Joseph's twin, who is a Norfolk gamekeeper; Martha, a film
director and Sophie, a producer.
Yesterday, Mrs Fiennes, a flower decorator, was too upset to talk about the
sudden death of her husband, but tributes were paid to him from the local
The couple married in 1996 and moved to Clare around six years ago – swiftly
becoming popular members of the community.
Pammy Pashler, who has been the couple's cleaner ever since they arrived in
Clare, said: “Mark was one of the nicest people I have ever met, he would do
anything for anyone.
“I feel so sorry for Caroline because she is a lovely woman and they were a very
happy couple. Although they obviously had a lot of success in the family they
were not affected at all, they were very down to earth and very involved in the
“I have seen the boys and all the other children on numerous occasions and they
are all such nice people. They are a very close family.
“Mark's death has come as such a shock, he had shown no signs of illness and was
very fit. He would go on his treadmill everyday.
“I will miss Mark very much, he was a lovely man who thought the world of his
wife and his children. The family is expecting all the children to arrive soon.”
After moving to Clare, Mr Fiennes, who is also a cousin of the famous explorer
Sir Ranulph Fiennes, became a prominent figure in the community.
He was the secretary of the local preservation group, the Clare Society, and a
keen supporter of the Stop Stansted Expansion campaign.
Anna Moore, chairman of the Clare Society, said: “Mark was a larger than life
character and was very well-known and popular in Clare.
“He worked so hard and really embraced his role as secretary for the group
because he loved Clare so much. He immersed himself in working to ensue Clare
kept is historical and commercial essence.”
The Invisible Woman
Role: Charles Dickens
Director: Ralph Fiennes
Director: Mike Newell
Status: Uk cinema release 30 November 2012
Role: Gareth Mallory
Director: Sam Mendes
Status: UK cinema release 26 October 2012 / US cinema release 9 November 2012