Joseph Fiennes


Joseph Fiennes Trivia


  • Trivia

    • He reportedly lost 21 pounds for his role POW Major Gibson in The Great Raid (2005).

    • He is 8th cousin to The Prince of Wales.

    • In July 2008, Joseph took part in a Q and A session at the Latitude festival, near Southwold. Many of the sessions were held by BAFTA.

    • Joseph was one of the performers in a BBC Audio release of Charlotte Brontë's Villette, as well as several audio releases of Shakespeare Plays, including Romeo and Juliet.

    • In 2005, Joseph appeared at the Comedy Theatre in Peter Gill's production of Epitaph For George Dillon, in the title role, with Francesca Annis and Anne Reid.

    • Joseph was involved in the fund-raising for the rebuild of the Young Vic Theatre, as he felt it offered an invaluable experience to young people in the theatre.

    • In 2008, Joseph appeared in 2000 Feet Away with Ian Hart, at the Bush Theatre in London. The role required him to eat a great many hamburgers, which Joseph bypassed by discreetly spitting them out.

    • Awards

      Barclays Theatre Awards
      Actor of the Year for Edward II (2001) (Won).

      Breakthrough Artist for Elizabeth (1999) (Won).

      Blockbuster Awards
      Favourite Male Newcomer for Shakespeare in Love (1999) (Won).

      Las Vegas Film Critics Society Awards
      Most Promising Actor for Shakespeare in Love (1998) (Won).

      Screen Actors Guild Awards
      Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role (Nomination) and Oustanding Performance by a Cast (Won) for Shakespeare in Love (1999).

      Sierra Award
      Most Promising Actor for Shakespeare in Love (1999) (Won).

      Poll Position

      People Magazine, 50 Sexiest Stars (1999).

    • Joseph is dyslexic.

    • Joseph was once a reporter for the BBC's Breakfast News.

    • He doesn't smoke, but he once did. He quit around the time he shot Shakespeare in Love (1998).

    • He is an ambassador of The Prince's Trust, an organization seeking to "help out young people get their lives working".

    • Joseph spent a year in Italy restoring a villa before he went to drama school.

    • His first professional stage performances were with the Royal Shakespeare Company.

    • His brother, Ralph, helped Joseph get a a cameo role as Arnold Lawrence in the 1992 TV movie A Dangerous Man: Lawrence After Arabia.

    • Joseph says that his mother was the source of inspiration for him and his siblings when it came to investing time in what they really wanted to do.

    • He was a fellow student of Daniel Craig at the prestigious Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

    • He is 6' tall.

  • Quotes

    • (on why he turned down a five-picture deal with Miramax in the 90s)
      Joseph Fiennes: I could see it in the piles of scripts: I'm not going to get the roles I want, but how do I challenge that? I wanted freedom.

    • Joseph Fiennes: I've always believed that you shouldn't want to mend a broken heart, because that's someone you don't want to forget. Scars can be good.

    • Joseph Fiennes: There are great creative choices outside the mainstream. I would like to do more experimental films, rather than Dukes of Hazzard 5.

    • Joseph Fiennes: I want to have another word for 'costume drama'. I call them 'modern dramas, with tights'.

    • Joseph Fiennes: While I was training, I spent four years just being a dresser at the National Theatre - picking up smelly pants and socks was a pretty good insight into the 'glamour' of acting. That was how I learned what it was really about.

    • Joseph Fiennes: It helps having a brother who's and actor, He's helped on speeches or when I'm looking for work itself. But after that you're on your own- no one is going to give out a job on the strength of a name.

    • Joseph Fiennes: There's my sister Martha, who's directing, my brother Magnus, who's a musician, my sister Sophie, who's a producer, my twin Jake, who's a gamekeeper - all doing their own kind of thing. Another's an archaeologist.