Joseph Fiennes

Joseph Fiennes is a well-known English film and stage actor.

Date of birth

Joseph Alberic Twisleton-Wykeham-Fiennes was born on 27th May 1970, in Salisbury, England, UK.


He was born to Mark Fiennes, an English photographer, illustrator, and also a farmer, and Jennifer Lash, who was a writer. He has five siblings, all of who grew up to be quite successful in their chosen professions. They are Ralph Fiennes, Martha Fiennes, Magnus Fiennes, Sophie Fiennes and Jacob Fiennes. He also has a foster brother Michael Emery, who works as an archaeologist.


He attended several schools such as the Leehurst Swan School and Bishop Wordsworth’s School. He also attended the art school in Suffolk for a year, before joining the Young Vic Youth Theatre. He trained for three years at the London’s Guildhall School of Music and Drama as well, from where he graduated in 1993.

Love life

In 2009, Joseph Fiennes married Swiss model María Dolores Diéguez. The couple has two daughters.

Net worth

Not yet established.


Joseph Fiennes’ first appearance in a professional role on stage was in the play ‘The Woman in Black’. He next appeared in the play ‘A Month in the Country’.

He made his film debut in the 1996 drama film ‘Stealing Beauty’ where he was cast in an important role. The film dealt with the life of a teenage girl who recently lost her mother. It received mixed reviews from critics.

He earned acclaim for his role in the 1998 film ‘Elizabeth’, which was based on the early years of Queen Elizabeth’s rule. The film was a huge success, and won several awards including an Oscar.

The same year, Fiennes also appeared in the romantic comedy-drama ‘Shakespeare in Love’, in a main role. The film was a monumental success, and can be regarded as the most significant work of his career till date. It was nominated for thirteen Oscars, out of which it won seven.

Along with earning him popularity, his role in ‘Shakespeare in Love’ also helped him gain important roles in several films over the ensuing years. In 2001, he played the lead role in the war film ‘Enemy at the Gates’. The film was a commercial success. The next year, he appeared in the film ‘Killing Me Softly’, where he played a main role.

Throughout the years, he played significant roles in films, such as ‘Merchant of Venice’ (2004), ‘The Darwin Awards’, (2006), ‘The Escapist’ (2008), and ‘Hercules’ (2014).

He has also appeared in a few TV shows. He played the lead role in the American TV series ‘Flashforward’ which aired on the ABC network from 2009. In 2012, he appeared in the second season of the popular horror anthology series ‘American Horror Story’.

His other work include the 2016 Biblical drama film ‘Risen’, where he played the lead role. The film did well commercially, and was met with mixed reviews.

He portrayed the role of Fred Waterford in The Handmaid's Tale (2017) TV series.

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Joseph Fiennes
First Name Joseph
Surname Fiennes
Born 27th May, 1970
Home City Salisbury, United Kingdom
Current City