Ray Winstone
British actor
Ray Winstone
Raymond Andrew "Ray" Winstone is an English film and television actor. He is mostly known for his "tough guy" roles, beginning with that of Carlin in the 1979 film Scum and as Will Scarlet in the cult television adventure series Robin of Sherwood. He has also become well known as a voice over actor. More recently he has branched out into film production.
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Donald Trump With A Cockney Accent Sounds Even More Menacing
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Donald Trump gets a menacing-sounding Cockney accent to go with his threatening views in a parody video going viral online. English comedian and actor Peter Serafinowicz dubbed over Trump talking about his impact on the Democratic race in the working-class East London accent. The prospective Republican presidential candidate sounds like a British gangster in the clip, titled "Donald Thump," posted to YouTube on Thursday. Imagine "Sexy Beast" star Ray Winstone slamming Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders and you're some way there. "I gave Mr Trump a tough guy cockney accent," the 43-year-old said in the video's description. "No words were changed." The "Parks and Recreation" actor has form in poking fun at Trump, and previously dubbed over another interview with an upper class British accent. Weirdly, Trump almost sounded sophisticated. Until you listened to what he was actually saying. Trump appears to have fews fans in Britain, where more than 500,00 ...
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ABC Orders The Muppets and Ken Jeong Comedies, Oil Boom, '80s L.A. Crime, FBI Dramas, and More
Yahoo News - almost 2 years
If you like days when networks pick up new shows, then today was your favorite day ever. Networks got a headstart on the Upfronts by ordering several new shows, and ABC just made the biggest order of them all! The Alphabet added three new comedies and six new dramas to its 2015-2016 season, including a reboot of The Muppets and another Shonda Rhimes drama. Stay busy, girl! Let's start with the comedies before things get too serious. The Muppets follows the personal lives of Jim Henson's lovable puppets in and out of the show that made them famous in a documentary-style presentation. We'll be witness to their love lives, professional aspirations, and everything in between. It's billed as a more adult take on The Muppets, but also kid friendly. Ummm, okay! Dr. Ken stars Community's Ken Jeong as a brilliant doctor with terrible bedside manner. But that's not all! He's also a husband and father of two, and he has a propensity for driving those around him crazy. Suzy Nakamura, Tisha-Campbel ...
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Omid Djalili brings Iranalamadingdong show to Isle of Man
Isle Of Man Today - almost 2 years
Following on from his hugely successful tour both sides of the Atlantic last year, British-born Iranian comic and actor Omid Djalili returns to the stage with his new show, Iranalamadingdong. He will be bringing his show to the Villa’s Royal Hall tonight (Thursday) as part of a British Isles-wide tour. As well as being an award-winning stand-up, Omid’s acting performances on stage and screen have won him plaudits the world over. His credits include the part of Fagin in West-End smash hit musical Oliver!, Dr Rance in Joe Orton’s What The Butler Saw and Mahmud Nasir in The Infidel. He also appeared in Sex And The City 2, Mr Nice and Moonfleet with Ray Winstone. Omid feels very much at home in the stand-up arena. ‘When I was working on Moonfleet last summer Ray Winstone told me: “I don’t feel I come alive on set until I’ve done a fight scene and thrown my first right hook”,’ he said. ‘Similarly, I don’t really feel I’ve come to life unless I’ve triggered laughter from a crowd. ‘ ...
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'The Gunman'
Huffington Post - almost 2 years
Sean Penn takes a page out of the Liam Neeson book of machismo in this sterile international thriller about a Special Forces soldier-turned-assassin who commits a crime he can't live with. There's one key difference between the two actors' approach to action films: Neeson's have humane qualities. Penn, as a deadeye killer named Jim Terrier, is not all that lovable. Go figure. (Photo courtesy of Open Road Films) Sean Penn and Idris Elba co-star in the international thriller The Gunman. Somewhere in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, under the guise of an innocent contractor, Terrier is actually in cahoots with some devious people who are there to exploit the land for precious stones. When a government official, the Minister of Mining, gets in the way, he is done in. Terrier goes on the lam, leaving behind his foreign aid worker girlfriend Annie (Jasmine Trinca) and a sneaky friend named Felix (Javier Bardem). Eight years later Terrier has changed his ways and is doing ...
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Win a thrilling Blu-ray Bundle with The Gunman
HeyUGuys.co.uk - almost 2 years
“THE GUNMAN”, starring Sean Penn, Javier Bardem, Mark Rylance, Ray Winstone, Idris Elba and Jasmine Trinca is released in UK cinemas on The post Win a thrilling Blu-ray Bundle with The Gunman appeared first on HeyUGuys.
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I'm ready to quit Britain says Ray Winstone as he claims it has been 'raped' by high taxes
Daily Mail (UK) - almost 4 years
The 56-year-old actor told talkSPORT Radio that the taxman was 'taking too much in exchange for too little’. He said that he had 'had enough' despite his love for the country.
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Now Playing
San Francisco Chronicle - almost 4 years
Now Playing Amour This is without doubt some kind of good movie - about the rapid decline of a woman in her 80s (Emmanuelle Riva) - and a memorable cinematic experience that you will probably never regret. Argo That Ben Affleck can direct a film this smart, this gripping, is no surprise any longer, but still - his account of a rescue effort during the Iran hostage crisis is as precise as it is suspenseful. Affleck plays the CIA operative who aims to fly out six Americans posing as a film crew for a fake movie. Beasts of the Southern Wild Benh Zeitlin's damply poetic debut film follows 6-year-old Hushpuppy (the elemental Quvenzhane Wallis), a denizen of a dirt-poor community in the wetness of the Louisiana Delta, as she copes with a storm she thinks she caused. Beautiful Creatures This story of a mortal boy and the witch girl he loves, based on the popular novel, presses all the teenage-angst buttons that would seem to guarantee commercial success. Veteran fil ...
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'The Sweeney' review: Words hard to crack
San Francisco Chronicle - almost 4 years
'The Sweeney' review: Words hard to crack Ray Winstone, as a tough old police detective, goes through "The Sweeney" muttering through his teeth and muttering out of the side of his mouth, and half the time the best you can figure out is that he's definitely speaking English. "The Sweeney" is an action thriller based on a 1970s British TV series about a hardened band of cops, specializing in nasty things like armed robbery and homicide. Winstone is Regan, the star cop, who strikes fear in the hearts of criminals as soon as they see him lumbering in. Atwell is a good enough actress to make an audience believe that a beautiful young woman wants nothing more than romance with a fat old Neanderthal who talks like he has rocks in his mouth. The crime under investigation is ugly, but not all that compelling or consequential, and though Winstone walks and growls with presence, and creates the sense of a particular kind of guy that we can recognize, it's hard to sustai ...
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SCREEN CUISINE: Famous Chefs Pick The Best Movie Food Moments
Huffington Post - about 4 years
SAN FRANCISCO -- What happens when you ask a group of food world luminaries to come up with their picks for Best Food Scene in a movie? You get some unexpected responses. Who knew "Pulp Fiction" was such a foodie flick? You pick up a few tips, like the "Goodfellas" guide to truly razor-thin garlic. And there will be bacon. Here are some of the nominations for Oscar-worthy examples of screen cuisine, along with a trio of cocktail recipes to help you toast this year's winners on Feb. 24 in those other categories, like Best Picture. Fabio Viviani, "Top Chef" Season 5 "Fan Favorite" and host of Yahoo's Chow Ciao, took a practical approach for his choice, opting for the "Goodfellas" scene that shows Paulie slicing garlic with a razor. "What a way to get the perfect thin garlic! You can almost smell the garlic and tomatoes and meat cooking in the scene." His takeaway? "Doesn't matter if you're a criminal or just a normal guy, there is nothing better than bre ...
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Peter Veash: Marketing at Your Peril
Huffington Post - over 4 years
Hurricane Sandy has just about finished devastating the East Coast of the United States of America. At time of writing, it's already claimed countless lives across both the Caribbean and United States, left millions of homes without power and early estimates are pricing the damage in New York alone in the billions. Still, things are looking up for residents of the nine states under threat from Sandy, as according to an email blast on the eve of the storm last week, they could receive 20 percent off at American Apparel -- just by entering the special code SANDYSALE upon checkout. The bargains don't stop there either. At Urban Outfitters, ALLSOGGY got you free shipping, while GAP was keen to alert everyone to the deals that can be had at their online store. Apparently there are many perks to being stuck indoors. What is amazing is that not only have the likes of American Apparel/Gap/Urban Outfitters grossly underestimated Twitter's propensity to be outraged by this kind ...
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Bloody Ray Winstone sports massive leg wound on set of Noah
Daily Mail (UK) - over 4 years
The London actor has been transformed into a prehistoric character for new film, sporting a grey beard, primitive leather costume and bloody leg.
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FILM REVIEW: The Sweeney (15)
Bognor Regis Observer - over 4 years
“You gotta act like a criminal to catch one,” growls Flying Squad hard man DI Jack Regan (Ray Winstone) as he apprehends a gang of armed robbers with old-fashioned brutality in Nick Love’s revamp of the classic 1970s TV series starring John Thaw and Dennis Waterman.
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The Sweeney film review: Ray Winstone's Sweeney isn't much cop
Daily Mail (UK) - over 4 years
The 21st century film remake of the popular seventies police sitcom The Sweeney features actor Ray Winstone in John Thaw's old role of Regan.
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Ray Winstone: How an affair with a girl 25 years his junior gave him his swagger
Daily Mail (UK) - over 4 years
Sex symbols don’t normally wear baggy, black underpants and offer the hint of a paunch — but then, Ray Winstone is not like other sex symbols.
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Ray Winstone Shuns Modern Technology
Female First - over 4 years
Ray Winstone hates communicating via modern technology and only learned how to email when his young daughter taught him.
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Johnny Marr Works On 'The Sweeney' Soundtrack
Clash - over 4 years
Johnny Marr lends his guitar work to the soundtrack of forthcoming film 'The Sweeney'. Parting company with The Cribs last year, Johnny Marr has put the space in his schedule to good work. Launching a number of new projects, the guitarist recently signed up for a spot of film work. Legendary British crime series 'The Sweeney' is set to be re-worked, with Ray Winstone and Plan B amongst the cast members. Set to premiere later this year, the film will feature Johnny Marr on the soundtrack. Lending his unmistakable guitar skills to the score, you can sample the Lornes Balfe composition ‘Regan’s Beginning' below. (via Pitchfork) - - - Of course, this isn't the first time Johnny Marr has worked on a film soundtrack. Previously, the guitarist offered his skills to Christopher Nolan for his critically acclaimed feature 'Inception'.
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Geoff Cox’s DVD guide: Gone, Headhunters, This Must Be The Place
The Bucks Herald - over 4 years
Meandering chase thriller GONE (15: Entertainment In Video) is driven into a succession of dramatic dead ends. So what could have been a tense and involving story loses its grip on the suspense. Amanda Seyfried gives a wide-eyed performance as Jill Parish, a young waitress who returns home from working a night shift to discover that her sister, Molly, has disappeared. She’s convinced it’s the work of the same serial killer she escaped from a year earlier, although the police still believe she fabricated her own abduction. After harassing potential witnesses with a gun, Jill is pursued by the authorities and desperately tries to avoid arrest before the kidnapping becomes a murder. The publicity blurb for the DVD release says Jill “embarks on a break-neck ride” and “races the sinking sun in a heart-pounding chase”. In truth, the film is let down by sluggish pacing, unexplained plot turns and stilted dialogue. > Hot on the heels of Henning Mankell (Wallander) and Stieg Larsson ( ...
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First Look At Aronofsky's 'Noah'
Huffington Post - over 4 years
Rome wasn't built in a day, and neither was the ark in Darren Aronofsky's "Noah." The acclaimed director's massive biblical epic is scheduled for release on March 28, 2014, which gives set designers plenty of time to finish work on Noah's gigantic vessel. Aronofsky tweeted a picture of the progress on Wednesday. "Make thee an ark of gopher wood," reads Genesis 6:14, "with rooms shalt thou make the ark, and shalt pitch it within and without with pitch." This has been a busy week for Aronofsky. On Monday, the director tweeted that Sir Anthony Hopkins had joined the cast of "Noah" in the role of Methusaleh, Noah's 900-year-old father. According to HitFix writer Drew McWeeny, Methusaleh only has three scenes in the "Noah" script, but they are very important to the story; to even see his father, Noah must travel past the Watchers, "eleven-foot-tall fallen angels with six arms and no wings." Needless to say, this isn't your 900-year-old father's biblical retelling ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Ray Winstone
    FIFTIES
  • 2015
    Age 58
    In 2015, he played the role of ex-criminal Jimmy Rose in The Trials of Jimmy Rose, a 3-part drama for ITV.
    More Details Hide Details Winstone met his wife, Elaine, while filming That Summer in 1979. They have three daughters; the eldest two, Lois and Jaime, are both actresses. Winstone lives with his wife in Roydon, Essex. He is an avid fan of West Ham United and promoted their 2009 home kit. Winstone was declared bankrupt on 4 October 1988 and again on 19 March 1993.
  • 2013
    Age 56
    In April 2013, while a guest host of the comedy quiz show Have I Got News for You, he provoked controversy by stating that Scotland's chief exports were "oil, whisky, tartan and tramps", leading to a headline in The Scotsman claiming "Ray Winstone calls Scots 'tramps' on TV quiz show".
    More Details Hide Details Viewers complained to Ofcom and the BBC.
  • 2011
    Age 54
    In 2011, Winstone starred in the British independent film The Hot Potato, a comedy thriller about two men who come into possession of a lump of uranium.
    More Details Hide Details The film, which is set in the East End of London in the 1960s, also stars Winstone's eldest daughter Lois Winstone, Jack Huston, Colm Meaney and David Harewood.
  • 2009
    Age 52
    He returned to television drama in The Changeling inspired Compulsion, originally shown in May 2009.
    More Details Hide Details He next starred as Arjan van Diemen in the film Tracker with Temuera Morrison. Filmed in New Zealand, Tracker, which tells the story of an Afrikaner commando leader who emigrates to New Zealand after the Second Boer War, was premiered at the 2010 Toronto Film Festival. He also appeared in 44 Inch Chest alongside John Hurt and Ian McShane. He also had a role as CIA agent Darius Jedburgh in the Edge of Darkness remake, replacing Robert De Niro. In 2012 he played the role of Detective Inspector Jack Regan in a remake of The Sweeney. Winstone stars also in the slasher-thriller film Red Snow, directed by Stuart St. Paul and based on a short film by Adam Mason.
  • 2008
    Age 51
    He then co-starred in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, which was released on 22 May 2008.
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  • FORTIES
  • 2006
    Age 49
    Winstone appeared in Martin Scorsese's 2006 film The Departed as Mr. French, an enforcer to Jack Nicholson's mob boss.
    More Details Hide Details He provided motion capture movements and voice-over work for the title character in the Robert Zemeckis' film Beowulf.
  • 2005
    Age 48
    A complete change of pace for Winstone was providing the voice for the cheeky-chappy Mr. Beaver in The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, also in 2005.
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    In 2005, he appeared opposite Suranne Jones in ITV drama Vincent about a team of private detectives.
    More Details Hide Details He returned to the role in 2006 and was awarded an International Emmy. He also portrayed a 19th-century English policeman trying to tame the Australian outback in The Proposition.
  • 2002
    Age 45
    In 2002, he performed at the Royal Court as Griffin in The Night Heron.
    More Details Hide Details Two years later, he joined Kevin Spacey for 24 Hour Plays at the Old Vic, a series of productions that were written, rehearsed and performed in a single day. Now internationally known, Winstone was next chosen by Anthony Minghella to play Teague, a sinister Home Guard boss, in the American Civil War drama Cold Mountain. Perhaps inspired by Burke and Oldman, Winstone has now decided to direct and produce his own films, setting up Size 9 and Flicks production companies with his longtime agent Michael Wiggs. The first effort was She's Gone, in which he plays a businessman whose young daughter disappears in Istanbul (filming was held up by unrest in the Middle East). He followed it up with Jerusalem, in which he played poet and visionary William Blake. Winstone made his action film debut in King Arthur, starring Clive Owen, directed by Antoine Fuqua, and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer. In that film, Fuqua proclaimed him as "the British De Niro." He then provided the voice of Soldier Sam in the screen version of The Magic Roundabout.
  • 2000
    Age 43
    In 2000, he starred in To the Green Fields Beyond at the Donmar Warehouse (directed by Sam Mendes, the man behind American Beauty).
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    In 2000, Winstone starred alongside Jude Law in the hit cult film Love, Honour and Obey, then won the lead role in Sexy Beast that brought him great acclaim from UK and international audiences, and brought him to the attention of the American film industry.
    More Details Hide Details Winstone plays "Gal" Dove, a retired and happily married former thief dragged back into London's underworld by a psychopathic former associate (Ben Kingsley, who received an Oscar nomination for his performance). After a brief role alongside Burke again in the tragi-comic The Martins, he appeared in Last Orders, where he starred alongside Michael Caine, Helen Mirren, David Hemmings and Tom Courtenay. Next Winstone would get a prime part in Ripley's Game, the sequel to The Talented Mr. Ripley, in which he once again played a gangster. He followed up with Lenny Blue, the sequel to Tough Love, and the short The Bouncer.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1988
    Age 31
    During this period, he was increasingly drawn to the theatre, playing in Hinkemann in 1988, Some Voices in 1994 and Dealer's Choice and Pale Horse the following year.
    More Details Hide Details Winstone was asked to appear in Mr Thomas, a play written by his friend and fellow Londoner Kathy Burke. The reviews were good, and led to Winstone being cast, alongside Burke, in Gary Oldman's drama Nil By Mouth. He was widely lauded for his performance as an alcoholic wife-batterer, receiving a BAFTA nomination (17 years after his Best Newcomer award for That Summer). He continued to play "tough guy" roles in the likes of Face and The War Zone – the latter especially controversial, as he played a man who rapes his own daughter – but that obvious toughness would also allow him to play loved up nice-guys in romantic comedies like Fanny and Elvis and There's Only One Jimmy Grimble. In Last Christmas, he played a dead man, now a trainee angel, who returns from Heaven to help his young son cope with his bereavement, written by Tony Grounds, with whom Winstone worked again on Births, Marriages & Deaths and Our Boy, the latter winning him the Royal Television Society Best Actor Award. They worked together again in 2006 on All in the Game where Winstone portrayed a football manager. He did a series of Holsten Pils advertisements where he played upon the phrase "Who's the Daddy", coined in the film Scum.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1976
    Age 19
    One of his first TV appearances came in the 1976 "Loving Arms" episode of the popular police series The Sweeney where he was credited as "Raymond Winstone" and played a minor part as an unnamed young thug.
    More Details Hide Details Winstone was not popular with the establishment at his secondary school, who considered him a bad influence. After some 12 months, he found that he was the only pupil not invited to the Christmas party and decided to take revenge for this slight. Hammering some pins through a piece of wood, he placed it under the wheel of his headmistress's car and blew out the tyre. For this, he was expelled. As a joke, he went up to the BBC, where his schoolmates were involved in an audition, and got one of his own by flirting with the secretary. The audition was for one of the most notorious plays in history – Alan Clarke's Scum – and, because Clarke liked Winstone's cocky, aggressive boxer's walk, he got the part, even though it had been written for a Glaswegian. The play, written by Roy Minton and directed by Clarke, was a brutal depiction of a young offender's institution. Winstone was cast in the leading role of Carlin, a young offender who struggles against both his captors and his fellow cons to become the "Daddy" of the institution. Hard hitting and often violent (particularly during the infamous "billiards" scene in which Carlin uses two billiard balls stuffed in a sock to beat one of his fellow inmates over the head) the play was judged unsuitable for broadcast by the BBC, and was not shown until 1991.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1957
    Age 0
    Born on February 19, 1957.
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