Joseph Alberic Twisleton-Wykeham-Fiennes was born on 27 May 1970, in Wiltshire, England of Scottish and Irish descent, and is an actor known for several notable roles during his acting career. He portrayed William Shakespeare in “Shakespeare in Love”, and would gain numerous nominations for his performance in “Elizabeth”. All of his efforts have helped put his net worth to where it is today.
How rich is Joseph Fiennes? As of 2017, sources estimate a net worth that is at $18 million, mostly earned through a successful career in acting. He was also part of “Enemy at the Gates” as Commissar Danilov, and in the second season of the television series “American Horror Story”. As he continues his career, it is expected that his wealth will continue to increase.
Joseph Fiennes Net Worth $18 million
Joseph attended Swan School for Boys and then continued his studies at Bishop Wordsworth’s School. He subsequently attended art school for a year before joining the Young Vic Youth Theatre, and then the Guildhall School of Music and Drama for three years, graduating in 1993.
He debuted on stage in the production of “The Woman in Black”, based on Susan Hill’s book of the same name. He followed that up with the play “A Month in the Country” written by Ivan Turgenev, playing opposite Helen Mirren, and would then become a part of the Royal Shakespeare Company for two seasons.
Fiennes made his television debut in “The Vacillations of Poppy Carew”, before getting his first film opportunity in “Stealing Beauty” released in 1996, co-starring with Liv Tyler and would then appear in two Academy Award-nominated films. The first was “Elizabeth” in which he played Robert Dudley co-starring with Cate Blanchett, and the second “Shakespeare in Love” with the same actress, receiving nominations for a BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role and a Screen Actors Guild Award – the film would win the Academy Award for Best Picture. Joseph then appeared in “Enemy at the Gates” released in 2001, and the following year starred in the independent film “Killing Me Softly” – his net worth was rising steadily.
In 2003, he also tried his hand at voice acting, being cast in DreamWorks’ “Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas” which also starred Brad Pitt. He played Martin Luther in the limited release film “Luther”, and was cast in “The Merchant of Venice” playing Bassanio before returning to theatre in 2006. In the same year, he reunited with Gwyneth Paltrow in “Running with Scissors”, since when some of his other film projects have included “The Darwin Awards” and “Goodbye Bafana”.
For his television work, Joseph starred in the series “Flash Forward” which aired from 2009 to 2010, and starred in the 10-part series “Camelot” as Merlin. In 2012, he became part of the second season of “American Horror Story” playing the role of Monsignor Timothy Howard.
For his personal life, it is known that Fiennes married model Maria Dolores Dieguez in 2009; they have two daughters. His siblings include actor Ralph Fiennes, director Martha Fiennes, director Sophie Fiennes, and composer Magnus Fiennes. He also has a twin brother who is a conservationist.
His Swiss wife, Maria Dolores Diéguez, was an internationally successful model and came in 3rd at the Miss Switzerland 2003 contest. They began their relationship in summer 2005 and married in Tuscany in August 2009.
He has English, Northern Irish, Irish, and Scottish ancestry. Many of his recent ancestors lived in India, during the British colonial period.
Cousin to Sir Ranulph Twistleton-Wykeham Fiennes the polar explorer.
Has 2 daughters Sam born March 8, 2010 and Isabel born December 29, 2011.
Moved 14 times during his childhood between London, Wiltshire and Ireland.
He turned down a lucrative five-picture deal with Miramax after the success of Shakespeare in Love (1998) and Elizabeth (1998). He traveled to India instead.
Lost 21 pounds in order to play POW Major Gibson in The Great Raid (2005).
(2002-2003) Met Filipina-Australian girlfriend Natalie Mendoza in Queensland, Australia, while filming The Great Raid (2005) in 2002. He got her to take acting classes at the Bristol Old Vic, and move in with him to Notting Hill, West London in September 2002.
Was due to play Iago in the West End in a production of "Othello" back in 2001, which was to be directed by Michael Grandage, after having successfully teamed up with the director in Christopher Marlowe's "Edward II", where Fiennes played the title role.
Was considered to play the role of The Abbe du Coulmier in Quills (2000), alongside twice co-star and friend Geoffrey Rush.
Tipped to star as Lord Byron on film, after having played the poet for the BBC radio series 'Byron's Women'.
Tipped to play a father in search of his young son in the period thriller Jeremy Brock.
Greatly skilled at swimming, horse riding, tennis and rock-climbing.
Is involved in a number of charities and causes, including The Prince's Trust, of which he's an ambassador.
Often plays characters who write either novels, plays, poetry or other literary works.
Has toyed with the idea of being a painter, and still carries a sketchbook around.
Was Roman Polanski's first choice for the main role in The Pianist (2002), but turned it down due to a previous commitment to the theatre.
Is the youngest of 6 children - older siblings; Ralph Fiennes (b. 22 Dec 1962), Martha Fiennes (b. 1964), Magnus Fiennes (b. 1965), Sophie Fiennes (b. 1967) and Jacob Mark "Jake" Twisleton-Wykeham-Fiennes (b. 27 May 1970). Jacob is Joseph's fraternal twin, is married to Melanie Plaice and has two children Teale Isabella (b. 24 July 2000) and Nathaniel (b. 17 July 2002). Joseph also has a foster brother, Michael Emery (b. 31 Dec 1952) who has been with the family since he was 11.
Chosen as one of the 50 most sexiest stars by People-magazine in 1999.
While it is already mentioned how Fiennes' characters in Shakespeare in Love (1998) and Elizabeth (1998) were both married and cheating on their wives, there is more. Both the characters failed to tell their lovers that he was married, and both the lovers found out from someone else.
Frequently plays a character who writes. In most of his films, he has played characters who write either novels, plays, poetry or other literary works.
Who has gone through their lives without those ups and downs, whether they are a journalist or an actor or a painter or an accountant? There are always going to be times when it doesn't flow as much as you were hoping. So of course I'm going to fail. And when I do fail I hope I fail better and better, again and again. I am happy to fail.
"Well, that's his journey. I know that I might have only got Shakespeare in Love (1998) because someone else turned it down; it's a very small marketplace. So it would feel weird to say, 'Oh, yeah I could have been there on Oscar night', because the whole chemistry of the film is built around that particular actor. Who knows if it would have had the same effect with a different cast. It's a mercurial world of alchemy" [on turning down Adrien Brody's role in The Pianist (2002) which garnered the actor an Oscar].
"But it's a strange thing when people judge you because you're not doing some big Hollywood film. Are you suggesting I should be in The Dukes of Hazzard (1979)? I mean, hello?".
What's that Russian saying? 'How do you make God Laugh? - Tell him your plans.' It's kind of true.
I'm a believer, however naively, that someone will place me in a project because they've seen my work, rather than me being bullish or so ambitious that I get the part by any other means.
For a lot of British actors, the theatre is home. It's what they did before you knew them, as it were.
I don't read reviews. I can always spot an actor who's read his reviews, because if they're good, he's swaying about the stage, and if they're bad, he's changed his performance. He comes in limping or something.
It's weird. I never hid adolescence. I kind of bypassed it, and I'm a bit angry that I didn't go through all the angst. I had the acne but no angst. From the age of about five to twelve I was very bad, a hideous little terror who beat people up. I was a member of a Rough Gang - we went around and terrorised all the pupils in school. I was this really nasty kid, and then overnight I turned into the man I am now.
It takes years to establish yourself, and then you have one big film and everyone calls you an overnight success. You think, 'Christ, I've been sweating and crying for seven years.'
I've always believed that you shouldn't want to mend a broken heart, because that's someone you don't want to forget. Scars can be good.
I withdrew after Shakespeare in Love (1998) and went back to the theater, to what I know. I went back to what my initial voice was, which was to find a range and freedom and a creative energy. If that meant not following up with a typical leading-man role, then that's what it is. I'm an actor, and whatever speaks to me I will do.
I was in this guy's office in LA two years ago and he said: 'Love your work, Joe, love your work.' I'm thinking, wow, he came all the way to catch me as Christ in Son of Man at the Barbican. I asked what he'd seen me in and he replied: 'Nothing' - without a flicker of irony. I thought, OK, that's how it works.
Being the youngest makes you long for more of a voice. You find that voice early in theatrics of the kitchen. I was the one screaming, 'Hey, where is my food?'.