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.
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Birthday
27 May 1970
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Joseph Fiennes Says ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Made Him An Even Bigger Feminist
Huffington Post - 8 months
"The show has jolted me into a state of consciousness.”
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Elisabeth Moss Details Filming Those Chilling Rape Scenes In 'Handmaid's Tale'
Huffington Post - 9 months
Elisabeth Moss, the powerhouse star and co-producer of Hulu’s hit adaptation of “The Handmaid’s Tale,” has no small list of challenges in portraying Offred, a woman conscripted as a reproductive slave in a dystopian theocracy called Gilead. Not least: Filming scenes in which her character is routinely, clinically raped by her commander (Joseph Fiennes) in order to conceive a child. In a roundtable discussion for The Hollywood Reporter, Moss opened up about her process and the undeniable horror of her character’s victimization.  Speaking with five other actresses, including Oprah Winfrey and Nicole Kidman, she elaborated on previous thoughts she’s offered about depicting Offred’s rape on screen. “It was really important for us to have it be extremely clinical, mechanical; there’s nothing remotely sexual about it,” she said.   Moss also explained how she prepared to portray her character during these harrowing scenes: I just thought, “What would one do in this situation...
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In 'The Handmaid's Tale,' 'Good' Men Are Not The Heroes
Huffington Post - 9 months
Warning: Some spoilers ahead. There are three leading men at helm of “The Handmaid’s Tale,” a show that centers more frequently on the horrific experiences women endure in a theocratic dictatorship known as Gilead. Each male character probably consider himself a “good” man: The commander (Joseph Fiennes) would argue that any his so-called faults ― and there are many ― pale in comparison to his devotion to a greater future, which he is engineering for all of humanity. Nick (Max Minghella) would claim powerlessness, for he is, after all, just a driver, incapable of truly saving the woman he’s falling in love with. He might be a spy for the men who’ve made this hellish existence reality, but he chooses not to inform on Offred (Elisabeth Moss), or June as she was once known. And then there’s Luke. Luke, played by British actor O-T Fagbenle, has escaped the dystopia that’s ensnared his wife June and turned her into a sexual slave for fearful misogynists. He reluctantly crosse...
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Get Ready For A Movie About Michael Jackson's Beloved Pet Chimpanzee
Huffington Post - 9 months
Because we will never satiate our collective appetite for Michael Jackson’s sordid personal life, Netflix is reportedly closing a deal to acquire a movie told from the perspective of the singer’s chimpanzee.  Maybe you remember Bubbles? Here’s a refresher course. Jackson adopted the young chimp in 1983. By the late ‘80s, Bubbles was wearing diapers, traveling with Jackson on tours, sitting in on recording sessions and sleeping in a crib at Neverland Ranch. It was once rumored that Bubbles would serve as ring bearer at Elizabeth Taylor’s 1991 wedding, held at Jackson’s home, but Taylor’s spokeswoman denied it. Contributing to Jackson’s media mockery, the chimp’s presence helped to cement the singer’s lingering Peter Pan persona. In the early 2000s, Bubbles had become an aggressive adult, as apes are wont to do, and he was relocated to an animal sanctuary.  Now, back to the news: The movie is a stop-motion coming-of-age story called, well, “Bubbles.” The script, written by Is...
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Elisabeth Moss and Joseph Fiennes build the tension in the dark world of 'The Handmaid's Tale'
LATimes - 9 months
Elisabeth Moss and Joseph Fiennes explore the tension in the dystopian 'Handmaid's Tale.'
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'The Handmaid's Tale' Reminds Us That Evil Can Be Done In The Name Of The Lord
Huffington Post - 10 months
If you can stand one more trip into the dystopian future, The Handmaid’s Tale offers a disturbing and powerful voyage. Based on Margaret Atwood’s 1985 novel, the 10 episodes of The Handmaid’s Tale started rolling out Wednesday on the streaming service Hulu. The first three episodes are now available, then the rest will be released weekly. It’s not a lot of fun, and it’s not always easy to watch, but Elisabeth Moss leads a strong cast that keeps the story engaging as ordinary people seek a way to resist soulless totalitarians who repress and kill in the name of fundamental Christianity. Moss plays Offred, who after the totalitarian takeover of the United States — renamed Gilead — is forced to become a Handmaid. In this future society – though not far in the future – man has so degraded the environment that chemical pollution has rendered most women infertile. Handmaids are those few women who can still bear children. They are assigned to the families of the ruling elite,...
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'Handmaid's Tale' Showrunner Is Already Talking About Future Seasons
Huffington Post - 10 months
Hulu’s soon-to-be-released adaption of Margaret Atwood’s 1985 dystopian classic, The Handmaid’s Tale, has yet to premiere, but that hasn’t stopped the showrunner and producers from dreaming about future seasons. During a panel discussion that took place after a screening of the series’ first episode at Tribeca Film Festival, members of the cast and crew discussed all things “Handmaid’s Tale,” including how the source material for the adaptation of Atwood’s incredibly prescient novel leaves the door wide open for an expanded version of the story for TV.  “When the book ends, the reaction is fury, because the way it ends is so cut off,” showrunner Bruce Miller told audiences on Friday night. “And so in some ways, immediately, the first thing you think of is ― how are we going to expand this story? Because that’s what your desire is as a reader.” The book, he noted, is written strictly from the perspective of Offred ― one of the many handmaids living in the theocratic dictat...
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TV series 'The Handmaid's Tale' premieres at Tribeca
Reuters.com - 10 months
Elisabeth Moss, Joseph Fiennes hit the red carpet for Hulu's new television series "The Handmaid's Tale" at its Tribeca Film Festival premiere. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
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'Handmaid's Tale' Waitlists Surge In Libraries Across America
Huffington Post - 11 months
If you had casual plans to check out a copy of Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale from your local library, we have some bad news: The waitlists are almost as daunting as the author’s dystopian vision for the future. Hundreds of Handmaid’s Tale fans in New York City are waiting to get their hands on Atwood’s novel, soon to hit Hulu as an adapted TV series starring Elizabeth Moss, Samira Wiley, Joseph Fiennes and Alexis Bledel, according to a recent report from Patch verified by The Huffington Post. In February, readers placed 183 holds on 64 copies of the book at the New York Public Library alone. By March, the NYPL added 32 more copies of the book into circulation, and the number of holds jumped to 534. “As of today, there are currently 546 holds on 96 copies of The Handmaid’s Tale,” a NYPL representative told HuffPost on Monday. “For background, according to our online catalog, there aren’t other dystopian titles with the same level of checkouts or holds.” ...
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Bowing to family outrage, 'Urban Myths' cans TV episode featuring Joseph Fiennes as Michael Jackson
LATimes - about 1 year
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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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Joseph Fiennes
    TWENTIES
  • 1998
    Age 27
    Died in 1998.
    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.
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  • 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.
  • 1993
    Age 22
    Fiennes subsequently trained for three years at London's Guildhall School of Music and Drama, graduating in 1993.
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  • 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.
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