Mark Rylance: Biography, Career, Personal Life

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Mark Rylance: Biography, Career, Personal Life
Mark Rylance: Biography, Career, Personal Life

Mark Rylance (full name David Mark Rylance Watres) is an English theater and film actor, director, playwright. Winner of awards: Oscar, British Academy, Golden Globe, three Tony awards, two Laurence Olivier Awards, as well as the London Critics Circle Theater Award, London Evening Standard Theater Award. According to Time magazine, in 2016 he was recognized as one of the most influential people on the planet.

Mark Rylance
Mark Rylance

Rylance received the title of Knight Bachelor of the Order of the British Empire in 2017 for his achievements in the development of the performing arts. He is recognized as one of the greatest actors in the scene and one of the best actors of our time. For ten years he directed Shakespeare's Globe Theater in England and continues to frequently appear on its stage in classical plays.

The creative biography of the performer began in his youth. He took part in many performances staged within the walls of the school. In high school he played Romeo in the immortal creation of W. Shakespeare "Romeo and Juliet". Since 1982 he has been performing on theatrical stages in England and America.

In his career, several dozen roles in television and film projects, including participation in award ceremonies: "Tony", Actors Guild, "Oscar".

Biography facts

The boy was born in England in the winter of 1960. Two years later, the family moved to Connecticut, and a few years later - to Wisconsin, where his father got a job at the University School of Milwaukee.

Mark Rylance
Mark Rylance

During his school years, he became interested in creativity and theatrical art. The talented young man played in most of the school plays directed by the director of the theater studio, Dale Gutsman.

After graduating from school, the young man received a personal scholarship, allowing him to start studying at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in England. In 1978 he became a student and studied acting for three years.

Theatrical career

After graduation, he joined the Citizens Theater in Glasgow and was going to perform under the name Mark Waters. But it turned out that this name is already on the list of actors in England. Then he decided to take on the stage name Mark Rylance.

In 1982 he was admitted to the Royal Shakespeare Company and performed on the British stage for several years. Rylance played the main characters in the plays Hamlet, The Tempest, Romeo and Juliet.

In 1990, Mark founded the Phoebus' Cart theater company. Their first production was Shakespeare's The Tempest.

Actor Mark Rylance
Actor Mark Rylance

Five years later, he became Artistic Director of Shakespeare's Globe Theater in London and remained so until 2005. Currently he continues to collaborate with the theater as a guest star. He was recognized as one of the finest actors of our time in Shakespeare's plays.

Rylance received his first award in 1993. He brilliantly portrayed Benedict in Shakespeare's classic comedy Much Ado About Nothing and won the Laurence Olivier Award.

The second time he was presented with this award in 2010 for the image of Johnny Byron in the play "Jerusalem". In addition, Mark was nominated twice for the Laurence Olivier Award in 2007 for his portrayal of Robert in the Boeing Boeing comedy and in 2010 for his portrayal of Valera in the production of La Bete.

Another prestigious theater award, Tony, Rylance was awarded three times. In 2008 - for his role in the comedy "Boein Boeing", in 2011 - for the play "Jerusalem" and in 2013 - for the productions of "Richard III" and "Twelfth Night".

Film career

Rylance began his film career with television projects that did not bring him widespread fame.

Biography of Mark Rylance
Biography of Mark Rylance

Mark played one of the central characters in Peter Greenaway's fantastic drama "Prospero's Books" in 1991. The film is based on Shakespeare's play "The Tempest" and immerses the viewer in the illusory world of Prospero's library.

The picture was shown at the Venice Film Festival and was nominated for the main prize "Golden Lion". The film received another nomination from the British Academy for Visual Effects.

Mark played the main character in the drama of Philip Haas "Angels and Insects" in 1995, embodying on the screen the image of the scientist-entomologist Adamson, who lives on the estate of a relative of his wife and is engaged in scientific research. He is happy and peaceful, but one day he learns a secret that opens his eyes to the terrible truth.

The film was nominated for the main prize of the Cannes Film Festival "Palme d'Or" and for the "Oscar" in the category "Best Costumes".

The work of the performer in the historical tape "Another of the Boleyn Family" received excellent reviews. The film also starred famous actors: N. Portman, S. Johansson, A. Torrent, E. Bana.

In 2015, Rylance began collaborating with renowned director S. Spielberg in The Spy Bridge, portraying Agent Rudolph Abel on the screen. Tom Hanks became his partner on the set.

The film is set in the United States during the Cold War. Lawyer James Donovan needs to carry out a secret CIA mission and negotiate the release of an American pilot captured in the Soviet Union.

Mark Rylance and his biography
Mark Rylance and his biography

For this work, the actor received awards: "Oscar", the British Academy, and was also nominated for the "Golden Globe".

A year later, Mark again worked with S. Spielberg. This time it was shooting in the adventure tale "The Big and Kind Giant", where the actor became a kind giant.

In 2017, he played one of the central roles in the film by Christopher Nolon "Dunkirk". A year later, he again received an invitation to shoot for Steven Spielberg, this time in the fantastic action movie Ready Player One.

Personal life

With his future wife, Claire van Kampen, Mark met in 1987 at the theater at one of the rehearsals. The romantic relationship lasted two years and ended with a wedding in December 1989.

Claire has two daughters from her first marriage, with whom Mark has an excellent relationship. The couple has no common children.

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