Actor/Director • Born May 27, 1970

Joseph Fiennes burst onto the international stage in 1998 starring in two Oscar-winning films — as Robert Dudley in Elizabeth and as Will Shakespeare in Shakespeare In Love. Ever the artist and not merely an overnight celebrity, Joe has forged his own path in the time since, shunning big picture deals in favor of following his muse by pursuing projects in the theater, exploring the world of television, and embracing independent filmmakers along the way.

His recent projects include Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale, Ross at the Chichester Festival Theatre, and last year’s Risen. Other projects of note to date include: FX’s American Horror Story: Asylum, Enemy at the Gates, Running with Scissors, Luther, and The Merchant of Venice. For a complete listing of his work, please visit our filmography.



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Joseph Alberic Twisleton-Wykeham-Fiennes was born in Salisbury, Wiltshire, to Jennifer Anne Mary Alleyne (Lash), a novelist, and Mark Fiennes, a photographer. He is one of six children. Four of his siblings are also in the arts: Ralph Fiennes, an actor; Martha Fiennes, a director; Magnus Fiennes, a musician; and Sophie Fiennes, a producer. He is of English, Irish, and Scottish origin.

He was brought up in West Cork, Ireland. He left art school, and began working with the Young Vic Youth Theatre, and then went on to train at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. His first professional stage appearance was in the West End in The Woman In Black, followed by A Month In The Country. He joined the Royal Shakespeare Company for two seasons and performed roles in Dennis Potter’s Son Of Man, Les Enfants Du Paradis, Troilus and Cressida, and Peter Whelan’s The Herbal Bed.
(photo L-R, Joseph and twin Jacob, Sophie, Magnus, Martha, and Ralph Fiennes)

the present and the future…

Joseph married Maria Dolores Dieguez in August of 2009. They have two daughters, Eva and Isabel.

Joe is currently filming Season 2 of The Handmaid’s Tale, Hulu’s Emmy-winning drama about the patriarchal, dystopian society of Gilead. This much-anticipated second season is scheduled to premiere in April 2018. The Chinese/US indie, On Wings of Eagles (formerly The Last Race), an unofficial sequel to Chariots of Fire that Joe filmed in 2015, is available on DVD and digital in the US and will be released in the UK in March 2018. Also waiting in the wings is Joe’s feature-length directorial debut, an adaptation of Virginia Woolf’s Flush, however this indie backed by Genesius Pictures is still in pre-production and it’s schedule is uncertain.


“I think everything I do is my early work. I can’t wait to get on to the later stuff.”     — Joe Fiennes