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Actor of the Week: MARK RYLANCE

Updated: Oct 25, 2022

Age: 60

Birthday: 18th January

Mark Rylance is an English actor, theatre director, and playwright. He was the first artistic director of Shakespeare's Globe in London, between 1995 and 2005. After training at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, Rylance made his professional debut at the Citizens Theatre, Glasgow in 1980. He appeared in the West End productions of Much Ado About Nothing in 1994 and Jerusalem in 2010, winning the Olivier Award for Best Actor for both. He has also appeared on Broadway, winning three Tony Awards: two for Best Actor for Boeing Boeing in 2008 and Jerusalem in 2011, and one for Best Featured Actor for Twelfth Night in 2014. He received Best Actor nominations for Richard III in 2014 and Farinelli and the King in 2017. He is one of only eight actors to have won the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play twice while his nominations for Richard III and Twelfth Night in 2014 make him one of only six performers to be nominated in two acting categories in the same year.

Rylance's film appearances include Institute Benjamenta (1996), The Other Boleyn Girl (2008) and Dunkirk (2017). He has garnered attention in the 21st century for his collaborations with director Steven Spielberg, winning the Academy Award and BAFTA Award for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of Rudolf Abel in Spielberg's Bridge of Spies (2015) and subsequently collaborating with the director to play the title role in The BFG (2016), a live-action film adaptation of the children's book by Roald Dahl, and James Halliday in Ready Player One (2018), based on the novel of the same name.

On television, Rylance won the BAFTA TV Award for Best Actor for his role as David Kelly in the 2005 Channel 4 drama The Government Inspector and for playing Thomas Cromwell in the 2015 BBC Two mini-series Wolf Hall. For Wolf Hall, he also received Emmy and Golden Globe Award nominations. Rylance is a patron of the London International Festival of Theatre. He is also a patron of the London-based charity Peace Direct, which supports peace-builders in areas of conflict, and of the British Stop the War Coalition. In 2016, he was named in the Time 100 list of the most influential people in the world.


ACADEMY AWARDS (OSCARS) - Nominations: 1 Wins: 1

2016 - Best Supporting Actor - BRIDGE OF SPIES (WINNER)

GOLDEN GLOBES - Nominations: 2

2016 - Best Supporting Actor - BRIDGE OF SPIES

2016 - Best Actor TV Series - WOLF HALL

BAFTAS - Nominations: 3 Wins: 3

2016 - Best Supporting Actor - BRIDGE OF SPIES (WINNER)

2016 - Best Actor TV Series - WOLF HALL (WINNER)


How do you rate Mark Rylance's movies?




FILM: Bridge of Spies (2015) (Age 12)

Wednesday 9th September, More4, 9:00pm

ALSO ON NETFLIX! He had been a very famous stage actor for many years but here Rylance made his name in the movies with an Oscar winning performance in Spielberg's masterful Cold War drama.


FILM: The BFG (2016)

Rylance is perfect as the Big Friendly Giant in Spielberg's adaptation of the classic book - Also it's one of Mix Up Theatre's TOP 20 MOVIES


FILM: Ready Player One (2018)

Another excellent collaboration with Spielberg and a great role as the genius behind a virtual reality game world.

What's your favourite Mark Rylance performance / film?

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