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Graduated from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (London) in 1993.

Tipped to star as Lord Byron on film, after having played the poet for the BBC radio series 'Byron's Women'.

Dated Catherine McCormack. (1998 - 2000)

Tipped to play a father in search of his young son in the period thriller Jeremy Brock.

Chosen as one of the 50 most sexiest stars by People-magazine in 1999.

Met Filipina-Australian girlfriend Natalie Jackson Mendoza in Queensland, Australia, while filming The Great Raid (2005) in 2002. He got her to take acting classes at the Bristol Old Vic, and move in with him to Notting Hill, West London in September 2002. (2002-2003)

Has toyed with the idea of being a painter, and still carries a sketchbook around.

In 1998, he played two different men in the Elizabethan era: Robert Dudley in Elizabeth (1998) and William Shakespeare in Shakespeare in Love (1998). Both of these men were cheating on their wives. The "women" he cheated with were both nominated for Best Actress Academy Awards: Cate Blanchett for Elizabeth (1998) and Gwyneth Paltrow (who won) for Shakespeare in Love (1998).

Both Joseph and his brother, Ralph Fiennes, have romanced the same leading lady, Cate Blanchett, in different films; Joseph in Elizabeth (1998) and Ralph in Oscar and Lucinda (1997).

Son of late novelist Jini Fiennes (aka Jennifer Lash).

Was due to play Iago in the West End in a production of "Othello" back in 2001, which was to be directed by Michael Grandage, after having successfully teamed up with the director in Christopher Marlowe's "Edward II", where Fiennes played the title role.

Reunited with former co-star Gwyneth Paltrow in the film "Running with scissors". The two previously worked together during "Shakespeare in love".

Moved 14 times during his childhood between London, Wiltshire and Ireland.

Dated Sara Griffiths. (1991 - 1998)

Was offered the leading role in Francis Ford Coppola's Youth Without Youth.

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