Ralph Nathaniel Twisleton-Wykeham-Fiennes, known simply as Ralph Fiennes is an English actor. He has appeared in films such as Schindler's List, The Constant Gardener and the Harry Potter films as Lord Voldemort. Fiennes has won a Tony Award and has been nominated twice for Academy Awards.
Fiennes was born in Ipswich, Suffolk, England, into an English aristocratic family, the son of Mark Fiennes, a farmer and photographer. His surname is of Norman noble origin.
Fiennes met English actress Alex Kingston while they were both students at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. After dating for ten years, they married in 1993. They divorced in 1997. In 1995, Fiennes began a relationship with Francesca Annis, an actress 18 years his senior, who played his mother Gertrude in the play Hamlet, where they met. After 11 years together, the couple separated in February 2006. Tabloid reports claimed Fiennes had had an affair with Romanian singer Cornelia Crisan.