Ralph Fiennes is an English theater and film actor who is best known for portraying Voldemort in the big-screen adaptations of the Harry Potter series. A known Shakespeare interpreter, he has been with the Royal National Theater before becoming prominent in film. He has also recently ventured into directing the feature film Corolianus in 2011.
Born on December 22, he is a Sagittarian. People born under the sign of Sagittarius are widely known for their honestly, candidness, adventurousness and generosity. They are also very optimistic and lovers of freedom. Sagittarians are full of energy and joie de vivre, their versatility and zeal charm them to almost anyone. Some people may misconstrue their endless optimist as ignorance of reality, but as Sagittarians see it, they’d rather focus on the positive aspects of their life rather than the negative. They have a sharp mind and their minds soak up knowledge like a sponge.
Ralph, the son of a farmer/photographer and a writer, is of Irish and British descent. He started his career at the Open Air Theatre in Regent’s Park and the National Theater. He was training at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in the years 1983 to 1985. He made his film debut as Heathcliff in the 1992 adaptation of Wuthering Heights, starring opposite Juliette Binoche. However, it was in 1993 that he was made a major star all throughout Europe. This was when he got the role of Nazi concentration camp commandant Amon Göth in the Steven Spielberg film Schindler’s List. For this role, he was nominated as Best Supporting Actor in the Academy Awards, and won the BAFTA for Best Supporting Actor in the same year. His portrayal also earned him a spot in the American Film Institute’s Top 50 Movie Villains.
His role in Schindler’s List and the accolades it brought him opened many doors for him in Hollywood. Subsequently, he appeared in movies such as The English Patient, The Constant Gardener, Maid in Manhattan and Sunshine. He is also active in theater productions, and his performance in the play Faith Healer got him a nomination for the 2007 Tony Awards. This year, he is set to appear in Wrath of the Titans and the film adaptation of Great Expectations.
Sagittarians are known to be ardent, passionate and sincere in their expression of love. They are straightforward in their feelings and are naturally caring towards others. In their personal relationships, they are reliable and trustworthy. Fiennes married English actress Alex Kingston whom he met while they were both students in the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. After they got married in 1993, the couple got divorced in 1997. In 1995, it was reported that Fiennes began an affair with Francesca Annis, who he met while working on the play Hamlet. The couple, however, separated in 2006. Recently, his name has been linked to Lady Amanda Harlech.