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Mark Rylance is a Actor British born on 18 january 1960 at Ashford (United-kingdom)

Mark Rylance

Mark Rylance
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Birth name David Mark Rylance Waters
Nationality United-kingdom
Birth 18 january 1960 (59 years) at Ashford (United-kingdom)
Awards Laurence Olivier Award

David Mark Rylance Waters (born 18 January 1960), known professionally as Mark Rylance, is an English actor, theatre director, and playwright. He has appeared in films such as Prospero's Books (1991), Angels and Insects (1995), Institute Benjamenta (1996), and Intimacy (2001), and has won Olivier Awards, Tony Awards, and a BAFTA Award. He was the first Artistic Director of Shakespeare's Globe in London, from 1995 to 2005. In 2015 he played Thomas Cromwell in Wolf Hall, BBC Two's adaptation of Hilary Mantel's historical novels. He co-starred with Tom Hanks in Steven Spielberg's film Bridge of Spies, about the arrest and conviction of Russian spy, Rudolf Abel, and the exchange of Abel for the U-2 pilot, Francis Gary Powers, who was shot down and imprisoned by the Russians, in 1960.


Rylance is married to the musical director, director, composer and playwright Claire van Kampen. They started dating in 1987 while working on a production of The Wandering Jew at the National Theatre, and married in Oxfordshire on 21 December 1989. He has a sister named Susannah, an opera singer and author, and a brother, Jonathan, who works as a sommelier at Alice Waters' (no relation) restaurant Chez Panisse in Berkeley, California, famous for creating the California cuisine using local organic food. His stepdaughter is actress Juliet Rylance, who is married to actor Christian Camargo. His younger stepdaughter, filmmaker Nataasha van Kampen, died in July 2012 at the age of 28, as a result of which Rylance withdrew from his planned participation in the 2012 Summer Olympics opening ceremony. He was replaced by Kenneth Branagh.

Rylance has been a supporter of the indigenous rights organisation Survival International for many years. He is the creator and director of "We Are One", a fundraiser that took place at the Apollo Theatre in April 2010. The evening was a performance of tribal prose and poetry from some of the world's leading actors and musicians. He has said: "As a child, I was enriched and inspired by the lives and stories of the world's tribal peoples. As an adult, I have also been inspired by the ceaseless work of the organisation Survival International, and their movement to protect these tribes – from the rainforest of the Amazon to the icy reaches of the Arctic. To celebrate 40 years of Survival's work and enjoy the beauty of the spoken word from such rich oral cultures, I am gathering my friends from the theatre on the set of Jerusalem for a wonderful spring afternoon of eloquent recitals and stunning images from 'We Are One'."

Rylance is a patron of Peace Direct. He performed the life and words of Henri, described as "an extraordinarily brave and charismatic man living in war-torn eastern Congo", during a presentation in New York City in 2011. He is also patron of The Outside Edge Theatre Company.It works from the perspective of creating theatre and drama with people affected by substance abuse. It provides theatre interventions in drug and alcohol treatment and general community facilities throughout Britain, as well as producing professional public theatre productions that take place in theatres, studio theatres, and art centres. Rylance believes it to be "proper initiatory old style theatre".

Rylance became a patron of LIFT (London International Festival of Theatre) in 2013. He said about the festival: "I feel LIFT has done more to influence the growth and adventure of English theatre than any other organisation we have."

Best films

Ready Player One (2018)
Dunkirk (2017)

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Filmography of Mark Rylance (17 films)

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Ready Player One, 2h20
Directed by Steven Spielberg
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Thriller, Fantasy, Action, Adventure
Themes Films about computing, Jeu, Films set in the future, Films about video games
Actors Olivia Cooke, Tye Sheridan, Ben Mendelsohn, Simon Pegg, Mark Rylance, Hannah John-Kamen
Roles James Halliday / Anorak
Rating75% 3.7510553.7510553.7510553.7510553.751055
En 2045, le monde est en proie à de nombreux soucis : crise énergétique, désastre causé par le changement climatique, la famine, la pauvreté, la guerre, etc. Dans ce monde chaotique, l'OASIS est un système mondial de réalité virtuelle, accessible par l'intermédiaire de visiocasques et de dispositifs haptiques tels que des gants et des combinaisons. Conçu à l'origine comme un jeu de rôle en ligne massivement multijoueur (MMORPG), il est devenu au fil du temps une véritable société virtuelle dont toute l'humanité se sert comme exutoire. Son créateur, James Halliday, était l'un des hommes les plus riches et populaires au monde, avant son décès. À sa mort, une vidéo est diffusée dans laquelle il explique qu'il léguera son immense fortune, 500 milliards de dollars, ainsi que sa société, GSS, à la personne qui réussira à trouver l’easter egg (« œuf de Pâques ») caché dans l'OASIS. Wade Watts, un jeune orphelin de 18 ans vivant à Columbus, est un fin connaisseur de Halliday et de l'OASIS, via son avatar Parzival, Wade va tout tenter pour trouver l’œuf. Il devra faire face à la multinationale Innovative Online Industries (IOI) et son PDG, Nolan Sorrento, prêt à tout pour prendre le contrôle du monde virtuel. Wade pourra compter sur l'aide de plusieurs alliés dans l'OASIS, notamment la mystérieuse Art3mis.
Dunkirk (2017)
, 1h47
Directed by Christopher Nolan
Origin USA
Genres Drama, War, Thriller, Action, Historical
Themes Transport films, Aviation films
Actors Tom Hardy, Mark Rylance, Kenneth Branagh, Cillian Murphy, Harry Styles, James D'Arcy
Roles Mr. Dawson
Rating78% 3.945213.945213.945213.945213.94521
Au début de la Seconde Guerre mondiale, en mai 1940, environ 400 000 soldats britanniques, canadiens, français et belges se retrouvent encerclés par les troupes allemandes dans la poche de Dunkerque. L'opération Dynamo est mise en place pour évacuer le Corps expéditionnaire britannique (CEB) vers l'Angleterre.
The BFG (2016)
, 1h57
Directed by Steven Spielberg
Origin USA
Genres Fantastic, Fantasy, Adventure
Themes Films about children, Children's films
Actors Rebecca Hall, Mark Rylance, Bill Hader, Ruby Barnhill, Penelope Wilton, Jemaine Clement
Roles The BFG
Rating63% 3.196053.196053.196053.196053.19605
Tells the story of Sophie (Ruby Barnhill), the Queen of England (Penelope Wilton) and The Big Friendly Giant (Mark Rylance) who set out on an adventure to capture the evil, man-eating giants who have been invading the human world.
The Gunman
The Gunman (2015)
, 1h55
Directed by Pierre Morel, Joel Silver, Jean-Patrick Manchette
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Action, Crime
Actors Sean Penn, Idris Elba, Javier Bardem, Peter Franzén, Ray Winstone, Jasmine Trinca
Roles Terrance Cox
Rating57% 2.899362.899362.899362.899362.89936
Jim Terrier (Sean Penn) is a former special forces soldier who, in his 50s, has become a black-op mercenary. He is part of a team deployed in the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2006, under the cover of providing security to local projects. He falls in love with Annie, a fellow expat working as a doctor in a local hospital. During this period, even though civil war has wracked the country, large multinational mining companies continue to profit from the country's mining industry. After the Minister of Mining announces his plans to declare contracts with the mining companies unjust and renegotiate the terms, the mining companies hire Jim's team to assassinate the Minister, to ensure their access to the rich mineral resources. Jim delivers the fatal shot from a sniper rifle and flees from Africa, leaving Annie behind. After that, Jim retires from his mercenary career.
Bridge of Spies, 2h17
Directed by Steven Spielberg
Origin USA
Genres Drama, War, Thriller, Spy
Themes Spy films, Politique, Transport films, Aviation films, Political films, Disaster films, Films about aviation accidents or incidents
Actors Tom Hanks, Amy Ryan, Alan Alda, Eve Hewson, Billy Magnussen, Kevin Spacey
Roles Rudolf Abel
Rating75% 3.796833.796833.796833.796833.79683
In 1957 Brooklyn, New York, Rudolf Abel retrieves a secret message from a park bench and reads it just before FBI agents burst into his rented room. He prevents discovery of the message, but other evidence in the room leads to his arrest and prosecution as a Soviet spy.
Days and Nights, 1h31
Directed by Christian Camargo
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy
Actors Katie Holmes, Allison Janney, Jean Reno, William Hurt, Ben Whishaw, Christian Camargo
Roles Stephen
Rating47% 2.3637752.3637752.3637752.3637752.363775
Librement inspiré de La Mouette d'Anton Tchekhov, une réunion familiale avec ses joies et ses peines.
Anonymous (2011)
, 2h10
Directed by Roland Emmerich
Origin German
Genres Drama, Thriller, Historical
Themes Films about writers, Films about families, Films about sexuality, Political films, Alternate history films, Films about royalty
Actors Rhys Ifans, Vanessa Redgrave, Joely Richardson, David Thewlis, Xavier Samuel, Sebastian Armesto
Roles Condell
Rating68% 3.4471253.4471253.4471253.4471253.447125
After a monologue delivered by Derek Jacobi, the film opens in 1603, with Robert Cecil, Earl of Salisbury, ordering a desperate search for a trove of manuscripts. Ben Jonson, who has the manuscripts, flees down the streets of London and into the theatre known as The Rose. Hot on his heels, the soldiers who have been sent to arrest Jonson, break down the doors and intentionally set the theatre alight. Successive flashbacks cast us back five and then forty years, as the film evokes the reputed life of Edward de Vere from childhood through to his entanglement in an insurrection, and later on to his deathbed.
Blitz (2011)
, 1h37
Directed by Elliott Lester
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Thriller, Action, Noir, Crime
Actors Jason Statham, Paddy Considine, Aidan Gillen, David Morrissey, Zawe Ashton, Luke Evans
Roles Roberts
Rating61% 3.099063.099063.099063.099063.09906
A serial killer targeting police officers is on the loose in South East London. When the killer shoots two police constables in cold blood and bludgeons the recently widowed Chief Inspector Bruce Roberts to death, the hunt for his identity begins.
The Other Boleyn Girl, 1h55
Directed by Justin Chadwick
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Biography, Documentary, Historical, Romance
Themes Films about families, Politique, Films about sexuality, Political films, Films about royalty
Actors Natalie Portman, Scarlett Johansson, Eric Bana, Jim Sturgess, Kristin Scott Thomas, Mark Rylance
Roles Sir Thomas Boleyn
Rating66% 3.348993.348993.348993.348993.34899
King Henry VIII's (Eric Bana) marriage to Catherine of Aragon (Ana Torrent) does not produce a male heir to the throne; their only surviving daughter is Mary (Constance Stride). Thomas Howard, Duke of Norfolk (David Morrissey) and his brother in law Thomas Boleyn (Mark Rylance), plan to install Boleyn's older daughter Anne Boleyn (Natalie Portman), as the king's mistress. They hope Anne will bear him a son. Anne's mother, Lady Elizabeth Boleyn (Kristin Scott Thomas), is disgusted by the plot. Anne eventually agrees to please her father and uncle. Anne's younger sister, Mary Boleyn (Scarlett Johansson), marries William Carey (Benedict Cumberbatch), even though his family had asked for Anne's hand.
Intimacy (2001)
, 1h59
Directed by Patrice Chéreau
Origin France
Genres Drama, Romance
Themes Films about sexuality, Erotic films, Erotic thriller films
Actors Mark Rylance, Kerry Fox, Alastair Galbraith, Susannah Harker, Timothy Spall, Philippe Calvario
Roles Jay
Rating62% 3.1002553.1002553.1002553.1002553.100255
Jay (Rylance) is a bartender who abandoned his family, because his wife lost interest in him and their relationship.
Angels & Insects, 1h56
Directed by Philip Haas
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Romance
Themes Films about families, Films about sexuality
Actors Mark Rylance, Patsy Kensit, Kristin Scott Thomas, Jeremy Kemp, Douglas Henshall, Annette Badland
Roles William Adamson
Rating69% 3.497593.497593.497593.497593.49759
William Adamson (Mark Rylance), a brilliant naturalist, has recently returned to Victorian England, staying with the family of his wealthy benefactor, Sir Harold Alabaster (Jeremy Kemp). He is penniless after losing all of his possessions in a shipwreck returning from a years-long expedition to the Amazon. Now dependent upon the hospitality of his patron, William is employed to catalog Sir Harold's specimen collection and teach his younger children the natural sciences, assisting their governess, the unassuming Matty Crompton (Kristin Scott Thomas).
Institute Benjamenta, 1h44
Directed by Frères Quay
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Animation
Actors Alice Krige, Mark Rylance, Gottfried John
Roles Jakob
Rating72% 3.6464453.6464453.6464453.6464453.646445
The plot follows Jakob, a young man who enters a school, run by brother and sister Herr and Lisa Benjamenta, which trains servants. The teachers emphasize to the students that they are unimportant people. Jakob finds the school to be an oppressive environment, and does not enjoy the lessons in subservience that he receives. He proceeds to challenge the Benjamentas and attempts to shift their perspectives. Lisa is attracted to Jakob and spends time with him, and shows him the secret labyrinth below the school. Lisa soon dies and after her death the institute closes. Herr Benjamenta and Jakob then leave together.
Prospero's Books, 2h9
Directed by Peter Greenaway
Origin France
Genres Drama, Comedy-drama, Fantasy
Themes Théâtre, Films based on plays, Films based on works by William Shakespeare
Actors John Gielgud, Michel Blanc, Erland Josephson, Isabelle Pasco, Mark Rylance, Tom Bell
Roles Ferdinand
Rating69% 3.450463.450463.450463.450463.45046
The daughter of Prospero, an exiled magician, falls in love with the son of his enemy, while the sorcerer's sprite, Ariel, convinces him to abandon revenge against the traitors from his earlier life. In the film, Prospero stands in for Shakespeare, and is seen writing and speaking the story's action as it unfolds. Prospero's Books is a complex tale based upon William Shakespeare's The Tempest.