Mark Rylance


18 Jan 1960


Ashford, Kent, England, UK


David Mark Rylance Waters


Widely regarded as the greatest stage actor of his generation, Mark Rylance has enjoyed an esteemed career on stage and on screen. The winner of 2 Olivier Awards and 3 Tony Awards, as well as a BAFTA for his role in The Government Inspector. He won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his role as Rudolf Abel in Steven Spielberg's Bridge of Spies (2015), and will star in Spielberg's The BFG (2016).

Rylance was born in Ashford, Kent, the son of Anne (née Skinner) and David Waters, both English teachers. His grandmother was Irish. His parents moved to Connecticut in 1962 and Wisconsin in 1969, where his father taught English at the University School of Milwaukee. Rylance attended this school. He starred in most of the school's plays with the theatre's director, Dale Gutzman, including the lead in a 1976 production of Hamlet. He played Romeo in the school's production of Romeo and Juliet.

Actor ( 39 credits )

Ready Player One (2018) James Donovan Halliday
Dunkirk (2017)
The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara (2017)
The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara (2017)
The BFG (2016) The BFG
Bridge of Spies (2015)
The Gunman (2015)
We Are Many (2014) Himself
Days and Nights (2014) Stephen
Bing (2014)  Flop (20 episodes, 2014)
The Broadway.Com Show (2013)  Himself (1 episode, 2014)
Twelfth Night (2013) Olivia
Muse of Fire (2013) Himself
Last Will & Testament (2012) Himself
Shakespeare in Italy (2012)  Himself (1 episode, 2012)
Anonymous (2011) Condell
Blitz (2011) Roberts
Fry's Planet Word (2011)  Himself (1 episode, 2011)
Nocturne (2009) Frank
The Other Boleyn Girl (2008) Sir Thomas Boleyn
Hamlet (Solo) (2007) Himself
Leonardo (2003)  Leonardo (3 episodes, 2003)
Mark Lawson Talks to... (2003)  Himself (1 episode, 2012)
Much Ado About Something (2001) Himself
Intimacy (2001) Jay
Breakfast (2000)  Himself - Guest (2 episodes, 2004-2010)
William Shakespeare (2000) Artistic Director, Shakespeare's Globe
The River (1999)  Himself (1 episode, 1999)
Institute Benjamenta, or This Dream That One Calls Human Life (1995) Jakob
Angels and Insects (1995) William Adamson
E! Live from the Red Carpet (1995)  Himself - After Party Press Room (1 episode, 2016)
The Sunday Programme (1994)  Himself (1 episode, 1998)
Prospero's Books (1991) Ferdinand
Charlie Rose (1991)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2013)
Hearts of Fire (1987) Fizz
Biography (1987)  Hamlet / ... (1 episode, 1995)
Screenplay (1986)  Conn Ellis (1 episode, 1993)
Screen Two (1985)  Gavin / ... (2 episodes, 1986-1992)
Great Performances (1971)  King Henry V (1 episode, 1997)

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