Ralph is the eldest of 6 children. His father is photographer, Mark Fiennes and his mother, Jini, is novelist, Jennifer Lash. Ralph and his brother Joseph Fiennes
are actors. His sister, Martha Fiennes
is a director and his sister, Sophie Fiennes is a producer. His brother Magnus Fiennes
is a musician. Following his graduation from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in 1987, Ralph joined the Royal National Theatre. A year later, he became of member of the Royal Shakespeare Company and performed in stage productions of many Shakespeare plays.
Ralph made his film debut in 1992 with the role of Heathcliff
in Wuthering Heights
. He did not become well known internationally until 1993 when he played the Nazi concentration camp commander, Amon Göth
, in Steven Spielberg's Schindler's List
. Ralph was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for that role. In 1996, Ralph garnered another Academy Award nomination for Best Actor for his role in The English Patient
Ralph married Alex Kingston
in September, 1993 and they were divorced on October 28, 1997. He has been dating Francesca Annis
In 2004, Ralph was cast as Lord Voldemort
in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
. The film was released in November 2005. The role earned him international recognition.