Great Britain’s favorite acting brothers Ralph Fiennes (older) and Joseph Fiennes (younger) have been working steadily for decades in film, television and on stage. Though they have never appeared in a project together, the siblings have separately appeared in a staggering eight films nominated at the Oscars for Best Picture, of which four have won. Click through our photo gallery above that highlights the Top 12 Fiennes brothers roles to date.
While Australia has a trio of acting brothers (Luke, Chris and Liam Hemsworth) and the U.S. has an impressive brother-sister duo of Jake and Maggie Gyllehaal and an Oscar-winning set of brothers in Ben and Casey Affleck, arguably Great Britain has bragging rights when it comes to a diverse body of work between the Fiennes siblings.
When it comes to racking up awards attention, Ralph has arguably always had more success than Joseph as he’s been nominated for two Oscars: “Schindler’s List” in 1993 and “The English Patient” in 1996. For Ralph’s breakthrough role Amon Goeth in “Schindler’s List,” he racked up wins at the BAFTA Awards and various critics groups for Best Supporting Actor, only to be tripped up at the Golden Globes and then the Oscars by Tommy Lee Jones (“The Fugitive”). He then experienced deja vu for “The English Patient,” losing the Golden Globe, SAG Award and eventually the Oscar to Geoffrey Rush (“Shine”).
Ralph’s television debut in HBO’s “Bernard and Doris’ (2008) as the homosexual butler of ageing Doris Duke (Susan Sarandon) most years would’ve ended with him finally receiving a major Hollywood award, but he lost the Emmy, Golden Globe and SAG Award to Paul Giamatti (“John Adams”). However, Ralph will always be known as the first Tony winner for Best Actor in a Play for his portrayal of “Hamlet” (1995), succeeding where fellow Brits Richard Burton (1964) and Jude Law (2010) failed.
Since his older brother has never won a major Hollywood award, younger sibling Joseph has a chance to finally one-up him with his performance in Hulu’s much buzzed about “The Handmaid’s Tale.” Joseph plays the Commander who has been bending the rules of fraternization with his house’s handmaid, Offred (Elisabeth Moss). He will compete in the Best Drama Actor category at the 2017 Emmys for his villainous role.
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