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Biography #2 (for The Chronicles of Narnia)

Ray Winstone has long been recognized as one of England's most powerful performers. He gained international acclaim for his intense role as the alcoholic wife-beater in Gary Oldman's directorial debut, Nil by Mouth, for which he earned a BAFTA nomination as Best Actor and won the top prize at the British Independent Film Awards. He followed with yet another gut-wrenching performance in Tim Roth's hard-hitting directorial debut, The War Zone (co-starring opposite actress Tilda Swinton), winning accolades at the Berlin and Cannes Film Festivals and a Best Actor nomination at the European Film Awards. He also collected his second Best Actor nod for the British Independent Film Award for Roth's film and garnered a third the next year for his role as a retired gangster opposite Oscar nominee Ben Kingsley in Sexy Beast.

Since his motion picture debut at age 17 as the bully Carlin in Alan Clarke's Scum and the ex-con in Harley Cokeliss' That Summer (for which he was BAFTAnominated as Best Newcomer), Winstone has made his mark onscreen in such films as Franc Roddam's Quadrophenia, Ken Loach's Ladybird, Ladybird, Antonia Bird's Face, Anjelica Huston's Agnes Browne, Anthony Minghella's Oscar-nominated Cold Mountain, Liliana Cavani's Ripley's Game (from Patricia Highsmith's novel), Fred Schepsi's acclaimed Last Orders and Lou Adler's Ladies and Gentleman, the Fabulous Stains. He co-starred in the Jerry Bruckheimer retelling of the medieval tale of King Arthur. Most recently, he worked with Martin Scorsese in The Departed and the title role in Robert Zemeckis' Beowulf.

His television work in England includes the award-winning BBC miniseries Births, Marriages and Deaths, the drama Our Boy, for which he won Best Actor at the Royal Television Society Awards, and the title role in Henry VIII, which went on to win Best Mini Series/TV Movie at the International Emmy Awards. British episodic appearances include Boon, Cats Eyes and the recurring role of Stubby Collins in Fairly Secret Army. The London native, amateur boxer and drama-school dropout has also been a mainstay on the London stage, essaying roles in Jez Butterworth's The Night Heron, Kathy Burke's Mr. Thomas, Patrick Marber's Choice, Nick Whitby's To the Green Fields Beyond (directed by Sam Mendes), among others.

Bio courtesy Disney for "The Chronicles of Narnia" (23-Dec-2005)

Biography #3 (for Cold Mountain)

Ray Winstone, one of Britain's most dynamic actors, received critical acclaim for his performances in Gary Oldham's Nil By Mouth, Jonathan Glazer's Sexy Beast and Tim Roth's The War Zone. Winstone was nominated for a European Film Award as Best Actor for The War Zone as well as earning a BIFA and BAFTA nomination for his work in Nil By Mouth. He most recently co-starred with Michael Caine in Last Orders. Among his other films are Ripley's Game, There's Only One Jimmy Grimble, Five Seconds to Spare, Ladybird, Ladybird, Quadrophenia and many others.

On stage, Winstone has appeared in Sam Mendes' production To the Green Fields Beyond. He starred at London's Royal Court Theatre in Pale Horse and Some Voices, and at the Royal National Theatre in Dealer's Choice, which later transferred to the West End. His other stage credits include appearances in plays at the Old Red Lion, the King's Head, Islington, and the Theatre Royal, Stratford East. Winstone's British television credits are extensive and include appearances on the BBC, Granada Television, and Channel Four. His most recent television appearances have been on Granada's Lenny Blue and Tough Love. A former boxer, Winstone lives in London.

Bio courtesy Miramax for "Cold Mountain" (02-Jan-2004)