Joseph Fiennes Bio, Age, Height, Wife, Net Worth, Charity Work, and Career

Joseph Fiennes

Joseph Fiennes Biography

A native of Salisbury, United Kingdom, Joseph Fiennes is a well-known English actor in television, stage, and film. Considered the “go-to actor for English cultural history”, Fiennes is particularly known for his period pieces and versatility.


Fiennes is 54 years old as of 2024. He was born on 27 May 1970 in  Salisbury, United Kingdom.


Fiennes stands at a height of 6 feet 0 inches (1.83 m) and weighs 73 kg (161 lbs).


Fiennes was shortly educated in the Republic of Ireland, then at Swan School For Boys (now known as Leehurst Swan School, following a coalition with another school), an autonomous school in Salisbury, before passing his 11+ exam and resuming Bishop Wordsworth’s School, a voluntary-aided state day grammar school, in the Cathedral Close of the city.

He then attended art school in Suffolk for a year, before joining the Young Vic Youth Theatre. He thereafter trained for three years at London’s Guildhall School of Music and Drama, graduating in 1993.


Fiennes is married to his wife María Dolores Diéguez, a Swiss model of Spain/Galician origin, in a Roman Catholic ceremony in Tuscany in August 2009. They were blessed with two daughters named Isabel and  Sam.

Fiennes and his wife
Fiennes and his wife


Fiennes was born in Salisbury, Wiltshire, England, the son of Jennifer Lash a writer, and Mark Fiennes a photographer and farmer. He has pan-British Isles ancestry. His grandfathers were industrialist Brigadier Henry Alleyne Lash and Sir Maurice Fiennes.

Fiennes’s siblings are actor Ralph Fiennes; directors Sophie Fiennes and Martha Fiennes; conservationist Jacob Fiennes and composer Magnus Fiennes, Joseph’s twin brother. His foster brother, Michael Emery, is an archaeologist.

Charity Work

Fiennes was one of the superstars, including E. L. James, Jo Brand, Tom Hiddleston, and Rachel Riley, to design and sign his own card for the UK-based charity Thomas Coram Foundation for Children. The cards were auctioned off on eBay in May 2014.


Fiennes is a well-known English actor who has emerged in films and on stage. He is best known for his depiction of William Shakespeare in the 1998 film Shakespeare in Love. He was nominated for both the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role and the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role for this performance.

Fiennes is also known for performing Sir Robert Dudley in Elizabeth in 1998, Commisar Danilov in Enemy at the Gates in 2001, and Monsignor Timothy Howard in the second season of American Horror Story. He was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for his performance in the 2017 TV drama series The Handmaid’s Tale.

He made his skilled stage debut in the West End production of The Woman in Black. Following that, he starred alongside Helen Mirren in A Month in the Nation. For two seasons, Joseph was a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company. Joseph Fiennes made his television debut in The Vacillations of Poppy Carew as Willy. Then, in 1996, Joseph had his first feature film. It had anything to do with the film Stealing Beauty. Joseph starred alongside actress Liv Tyler in this film.

In 1998, he starred in two films that earned Academy Award nominations. Elizabeth and Shakespeare are in love. In the former, he played Robert Dudley, who worked alongside Cate Blanchett. He starred in the latter as William Shakespeare, opposite Gwyneth Paltrow.

More of his work

In 2001, he made his film debut in Enemy at the Gates. He starred in the indie film Killing Me Softly a year later. In 2003, he loaned his voice to the DreamWorks animated film Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas as “Proteus.”

Fiennes emerged in Luther the same year, in which he played Martin Luther and played the role of Bassanio in The Merchant of Venice. In the year 2006, the actor returned to the stage. It was for a one-man show called Unicorns, Almost. At the Old Vic, it’s about World War II poet Keith Douglas.

He made an impression in the films The Darwin Awards and Goodbye Bafana in 2006. Bille August directed the latter film. They shot this in South Africa, and it was released in 2007. In this film, he played James Gregory. Goodbye Bafana: Nelson Mandela, My Prisoner, My Friend is James’s first novel.

FlashForward starred Fiennes an ABC science fiction show that premiered on September 24, 2009. This series lasted until the 27th of May, 2010. He takes on the role of Mark Benford for this project. Similarly, the actor played the wizard Merlin in Starz’s 10-part series Camelot.

Movies and TV Shows

  • Shakespeare in Love 1998
  • Risen 2016
  • The Handmaid’s Tale Since 2017
  • Killing Me Softly 2002
  • Luther 2003
  • Enemy At The Gates 2001
  • Elizabeth 1998
  • Strangerland 2015
  • The Merchant of Venice 2004
  • The Great Raid 2005
  • Hercules 2014
  • Camelot 2011
  • 2009 – 2010
  • On Wings of Eagles 2016
  • Forever Mine 1999
  • Stealing Beauty 1996
  • American Horror Story Since 2011
  • Goodbye Bafana 2007
  • Running With Scissors 2003
  • Mother 2022 Spring 1941 2008
  • The Darwin Awards 2006
  • Martha, Meet Frank, Daniel and Laurence 1998
  • La Servante écarlate
  • The Escapist 2008
  • The Games Maker 2014
  • Man to Man 2005
  • The Red Baron 2008
  • Pretty/ Handsome 2008
  • Dust 2001
  • Egypt With The World’s Greatest Explorer Since 2019
  • Leo 2002
  • Against The Current 2009
  • Fiennes Return to the Nile Since 2019
  • Rancid Aluminium 2000

Net Worth

Fiennes has an estimated net worth of 10 million dollars.