Many know him as ‘the one who must not be named’, but his name is Ralph Fiennes. Born in Suffolk, England, Ralph Fiennes is an accomplished English actor best known for his role as Lord Voldemort in the Harry Potter series. Despite a long and successful career, Ralph likes to keep his personal life out of the spotlight. But if you want to know more about whether English actor Ralph Fiennes is gay or not, read on. Here’s a glimpse of his career, early years and personal life.
At birth, Ralph Nathaniel Twisleton-Wykeham-Fiennes was born in Ipswich, Suffolk, England, on December 22, 1962. Ralph’s father, Mark Fiennes, was a passionate photographer. He also has a writer and painter for a mother in Jennifer Lash. His parents had six siblings, making him the eldest of the group.
He spent his childhood hopping between County Kilkenny and West Cork in Ireland. Before attending Newton School, Ralph Fiennes attended St. Kieran’s College. After moving to England, he attended Bishop Wordsworth’s School to further his studies. He then went on to paint at “Chelsea College of Art” before deciding he wanted to be an actor.
Ralph Fiennes began his acting journey at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in 1983. He trained at the institute for three years until 1985. He made his screen debut in 1992 as “Heathcliff” in Emily Bronte’s adaptation of “Wuthering Heights”. One of the most enduring and important responsibilities in his life came to fruition in 1993. He co-starred with Liam Neeson as “Amon Goeth” in Steven Spielberg’s movie “Shindler’s List”, which is about the mass murder of Jews by the Nazis.
For this role, he received his first nomination for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in 1996. He starred in the 2002 movie ‘Red Dragon’ which is based on the television show ‘Hannibal’. He appeared as Chris Marshall in the romantic comedy Maid in Manhattan the same year he played Spider, David Cronenberg’s critically acclaimed horror.
However, 2005 was the turning point in Ralph’s career, in the year he first appeared as the iconic ‘dark lord’ Voldemort in the fourth film of the Harry Potter franchise. In addition, he appeared in the sequels Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 and 2. The role gave Ralph the success and fame he deserved and made him a household name.
He also starred in Skyfall, the 23rd installment of the hugely successful James Bond franchise, in 2012. He played Monsieur Gustave in the 2014 film The Grand Budapest Hotel, which led to nominations for both the Best Actor at the Golden Globes and the Best Actor. category at the BAFTAs. Fiennes’ most recent appearance was in the 2021 film The King’s Man in the role of the Duke of Oxford.
Is Ralph Fiennes gay?
Ever since Ralph Fiennes appeared in the role of gay M. Gustave in The Grand Budapest Hotel, many of his fans got curious if the actor is gay in his real life. In reality, however, this is not the case. Even though Ralph only shares limited information about his personal life in the media, based on all available information, it is clear that Ralph Fiennes is a straight man.
Fiennes was previously married to English actress Alex Kingston. The couple exchanged vows in 1993 and they remained married for four years before separating in 1997. After his divorce from Alex, Ralph dated Francesca Annis for nearly a decade. But the romance ended in the year 2006. Since then there have been a few rumors about Ralph’s dating life but nothing has ever been confirmed.
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