Joseph Fiennes
Actor
Joseph Fiennes
Joseph Twisleton Wykeham Fiennes is an English film and stage actor. He is perhaps best known for his portrayals of William Shakespeare in Shakespeare in Love, Sir Robert Dudley in Elizabeth, Commisar Danilov in Enemy at the Gates, Martin Luther in Luther, Merlin in Camelot, Mark Benford in the 2009 TV series FlashForward and for starring as Monsignor Timothy Howard in the second season of the TV series American Horror Story.
Biography
Joseph Fiennes's personal information overview.
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Bowing to family outrage, 'Urban Myths' cans TV episode featuring Joseph Fiennes as Michael Jackson
LATimes - about 1 month
Today in Entertainment: Jennifer Holliday pulls out of Trump inauguration with apology to LGBT fans, judge finalizes Johnny Depp and Amber Heard divorce Jan. 14, 2017, 3:03 p.m. We're experiencing a moment of relative calm in the entertainment world in these few days between the conclusion of Golden...
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Joseph Fiennes As Michael Jackson Makes Paris Jackson Want To 'Vomit'
Huffington Post - about 2 months
The controversy over casting Joseph Fiennes to portray Michael Jackson for an upcoming comedy show continues. The trailer for the episode “Elizabeth, Michael & Marlon” of the British TV show “Urban Myths,” which features Fiennes as Jackson, dropped Wednesday ― and the blowback has been excruciating.  For context, this is what Joseph Fiennes as Michael Jackson looks like: A Michael Jackson podcast called “The MJ Cast” sent out a call to arms to boycott the upcoming show and asked Jackson’s daughter, Paris Jackson, for her thoughts. Boycott culturally insensitive #UrbanMyths & contact @SkyArts Director @PEdgarJones (philip.edgar-jones@sky.uk). J. ✊ #AngerIntoAction pic.twitter.com/cs5ClRaVl1 — The MJCast (@TheMJCast) January 10, 2017 @ParisJackson Thoughts on this portrayal of Michael? So many fans r sickened by it. Able to hit this original tweet up with a RT? J. https://t.co/mt2BNjdlo8 — The MJCast (@TheMJCast) Januar ...
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Hulu's 'The Handmaid's Tale' Adds Joseph Fiennes, Will Be B-A-N-A-N-A-S
Huffington Post - 6 months
Picture it: It’s 2017, and you’re settling down for a quiet evening at home with a bottle of red. All you need is the perfect miniseries to immerse yourself in, something with topical themes, gripping narratives, and top-of-the-line acting. Fortunately, the streaming service Hulu will have just the thing: A spanking-new, 10-episode adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s seminal dystopian novel The Handmaid’s Tale.  Today, Hulu announced that the upcoming show will feature Joseph Fiennes (you may remember him as freaking William Shakespeare) as Commander Fred Waterford. Fiennes will be a baddy foil to the luminous Elisabeth Moss (Peggy from “Mad Men”), who, it was reported in April, will portray the novel’s heroine, Offred. Samira Wiley, known for her role as Poussey on “Orange Is the New Black,” has signed on to play Moira, Offred’s friend and fellow handmaiden. For those who somehow skipped Atwood’s feminist classic in high school English class, as well as in any college survey co ...
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Shakespeare's hometown welcomes world for 400th anniversary
Yahoo News - 10 months
Stratford-upon-Avon (United Kingdom) (AFP) - William Shakespeare's hometown is bracing for a surge in visitors from around the world this month as it marks 400 years since the death of the foremost playwright in the English language. Oscar-winners Judi Dench and Helen Mirren lead a cast including Ian McKellen, Benedict Cumberbatch, Antony Sher, Joseph Fiennes and David Suchet for the "Shakespeare Live!" performance. "It's going to be a total jamboree, a real festival feeling," said Geraldine Collinge, the Royal Shakespeare Company's director of events and exhibitions.
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Risen
Huffington Post - about 1 year
With nothing else to see, I went, somewhat reluctantly, (as many of my fellow Huff-Po-ers might as well) to see the new Biblically inspired movie, Risen. Ostensibly about the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ, it's more a logical investigation of a mystery, that doesn't preach, imaginatively laid atop a history lesson, dealing with key miracles in the New Testament, and a rather modern examination of rational thought challenged by inexplicable events. Told from the perspective of a Roman Tribune sent to investigate how Jesus' physical body disappeared from its tomb, it's a story well told, seems historically authentic, and I (a lapsed Catholic/agnostic/skeptic) recommend it highly. It was also an interesting exercise in memory, as I strained to remember what I remember from hours of Catechism, yearly celebrations of Good Friday, Easter, and the Feast of the Assumption, and discussions around the dinner table with my very religious, Baptist, Southern relatives. Which tur ...
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Joseph Fiennes defends being cast as Michael Jackson, suggests people use imagination
LATimes - about 1 year
Outraged about Joseph Fiennes playing Michael Jackson in the upcoming "Elizabeth, Michael & Marlon"? The actor would, it seems, suggest that you check your upset and look at it from a different perspective — that of colorblind casting. "This is territory that is sensitive," he told the Associated...
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Review: ‘Risen,’ a Tale of Conversion Starring Joseph Fiennes
NYTimes - about 1 year
The producers, in trying to appeal to believers and nonbelievers alike, aim for drama in the story of Clavius, a Roman army tribune.
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Stacey Dash Applauds White Actor Set To Play Michael Jackson
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Just when you thought Stacey Dash was finished addressing controversial topics, think again. This time around, the “Clueless” star is offering her two cents on the backlash surrounding the casting of white actor Joseph Fiennes in the role of Michael Jackson in the upcoming half-hour British comedy, "Elizabeth, Michael & Marlon."  Unsurprisingly, Dash says “BRAVO” to the announcement. “I’m sick and tired of being told ‘Sorry, Stacey, this is a Caucasian-only role,’” Dash wrote on Wednesday in a blog post. “Counterintuitively, this decision by Hollywood -- which looks like a diss to blacks -- is actually what we’ve been saying all along: roles should NOT be based on color... I want to see more of this diversity and thinking outside of the box with the equality that this designation entails -- this is the right track.” After his casting was announced, Fiennes responded by saying he was just as shocked as the public but also stated, "[Jackson] definitely had an issue -- a pi ...
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Joseph Fiennes Will Play Michael Jackson in British Comedy
NYTimes - about 1 year
Social media reaction seemed negative to the casting of a white actor in the half-hour TV show, “Elizabeth, Michael & Marlon.”
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Time to kill? Here are 130 riveting movies you can watch on Netflix right now
Yahoo News - about 1 year
This list is updated monthly to reflect recent availability and to showcase films currently streaming on Netflix, whether talking classics or modern gems. Netflix offers roughly a gazillion different movies available through its streaming platform — well, approximately a gazillion. However, while the landmark service might become surprisingly accurate with its suggestions once you’ve been using it for a while, it’s still often tough to find something worth watching amid the trove of terrible choices.That being the case, we’ve taken the time to wade through the ridiculous amount of content in order to bring you a list of some of the best films currently available on Netflix Instant. Planning your weekend has never been easier. Related: Here’s what’s new on Netflix in December, and what’s going away Choose a genre: Recent Additions Documentaries Comedies Dramas Thrillers & Action Adventure Foreign Sci-Fi & Fantasy Kids Horror Romance New for December 2015 A League of Their Own Pl ...
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Exclusive trailer: Joseph Fiennes in 'Risen'
USA Today - almost 2 years
Exclusive trailer: Joseph Fiennes stars in 'Risen,' the epic biblical story of the resurrection, as told through the eyes of a nonbeliever.           
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Joseph Fiennes
    TWENTIES
  • 1998
    Age 27
    Died in 1998.
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    In 1998, Fiennes appeared in two films that were nominated at the Academy Awards: he played Robert Dudley opposite Cate Blanchett in Elizabeth and he portrayed William Shakespeare opposite Gwyneth Paltrow in Shakespeare in Love, receiving nominations for the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role and the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role, which won the Academy Award for Best Picture.
    More Details Hide Details He and Paltrow were reunited onscreen in Running with Scissors (2006). In 2001 he appeared in the film Enemy at the Gates. In 2002 he starred in the independent film, Killing Me Softly. In 2003 he lent his voice as Proteus in the DreamWorks animated film Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas opposite Brad Pitt. The same year he starred in the limited-release film Luther, playing Martin Luther, and he also appeared in The Merchant of Venice, in which he portrayed Bassanio. Fiennes returned to the theatre in 2006 to perform in the one-man play Unicorns, Almost about World War II poet Keith Douglas at the Old Vic. In 2006, he appeared in the films The Darwin Awards and Goodbye Bafana. Goodbye Bafana was filmed by director Bille August in South Africa, and released in 2007. Fiennes portrayed James Gregory, author of the book Goodbye Bafana: Nelson Mandela, My Prisoner, My Friend.
  • 1996
    Age 25
    He made his television debut as Willy in The Vacillations of Poppy Carew. His first feature film was 1996's Stealing Beauty, co-starring Liv Tyler.
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  • 1993
    Age 22
    Fiennes subsequently trained for three years at London's Guildhall School of Music and Drama, graduating in 1993.
    More Details Hide Details His first professional stage appearance was in the West End in The Woman in Black, followed by A Month in the Country opposite Helen Mirren. Fiennes then became a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company for two seasons.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1970
    Born
    Fiennes was born in 1970 in Salisbury, Wiltshire, England, the son of Mark Fiennes (1933–2004), a farmer and photographer, and Jennifer Lash (1938–1993), a writer.
    More Details Hide Details He has English, Irish, and Scottish ancestry. His surname comes from the French village of Fiennes, Pas-de-Calais. His grandfathers were industrialist Sir Maurice Fiennes (1907–1994) and Brigadier Henry Alleyne Lash. Fiennes is an eighth cousin of Charles, Prince of Wales, and a third cousin of adventurer Ranulph Fiennes and author William Fiennes. His siblings are actor Ralph Fiennes; Martha Fiennes, a director; Magnus Fiennes, a composer; Sophie Fiennes, a filmmaker; and Jacob Fiennes, a conservationist, who is Joseph's twin brother. His foster brother, Michael Emery, is an archaeologist. His nephew Hero Fiennes-Tiffin played Tom Riddle, young Lord Voldemort, in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Fiennes was briefly educated in the Republic of Ireland, then at Swan School For Boys (now known as Leehurst Swan School, following a merger with another school), an independent school in Salisbury, before passing his 11+ exam and continuing to Bishop Wordsworth's School, a voluntary-aided state day grammar school, in the Cathedral Close of the city. He then attended art school in Suffolk for a year, before joining the Young Vic Youth Theatre.
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