Profile: Joseph Fiennes

Profile: Joseph Fiennes

Courtney B. VanceJoseph Fiennes is featured in Shakespeare Uncovered: Romeo & Juliet with Joseph Fiennes , which airs Friday, February 13 at 10PM EST (check local listings).

Joseph Fiennes is a renowned actor of stage and screen, in both television and film.

Fiennes followed his critically praised performances in the Oscar–‐nominated films Elizabeth and John Madden’s SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE with lead roles in Jean–‐Jacques Annaud’s Enemy at the Gates, Eric Till’s Luther, Rupert Wyatt’s The Escapist, The Merchant of Venice with Al Pacino and Jeremy Irons and Ryan Murphy’s Running with Scissors.

Fiennes also starred in Murphy’s FX pilot, Pretty Handsome, as a married man who realizes he is a transsexual and opts for gender reassignment surgery. The show never went to series but was highly regarded and considered ahead of its time.

Other television credits include a leading turn in the ABC series Flash Forward and the series regular role of “Merlin” in the Starz series Camelot with Eva Green. Fiennes continued his collaboration with Ryan Murphy—this time starring as “Monsignor Timothy Howard” opposite Jessica Lange in the Emmy–‐nominated FX miniseries American Horror Story: Asylum.  

Most recently, Fiennes just completed shooting the title role in Kevin Reynolds’ Clavius. In addition to recently starring with Dwayne Johnson in Hercules, Fiennes’ upcoming films also include Juan Pablo Buscarini’s The Games for Disney Latin America and Strangerland with Nicole Kidman. The latter will be premiering at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival in World Cinema Dramatic Competition.