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Mark Rylance

Mark Rylance was the first artistic director of Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, the replica theater built on the site of the original, holding that position from 1995 until 2005. He acted in every season over his 10-year stint, staging plays by Shakespeare and his contemporaries. Rylance had previously been a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company and has appeared on stage to great acclaim in the West End, at the Royal National Theatre, the Royal Opera House, and the Royal Court. He has won an Olivier Award as best actor.

Rylance's film career includes the lead in Gillies MacKinnon's Grass Arena, for which he won BBC Radio Times Award as Best Newcomer; Intimacy, directed by Patrice Chereau; The Institute Benjamenta, by the Brothers Quay; Love Lies Bleeding, by Michael Winterbottom; and Angels and Insects, directed by Philip Haas, in which he co-starred with Kristin Scott Thomas.

He most recently won a BAFTA for his portrayal of Dr. David Kelly in The Government Inspector.

He is at present playing Peer Gynt at The Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis and will soon be appearing on Broadway in Boeing Boeing.

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Mark Rylance Facts

BirthdayJanuary 18, 1960 (62)
BirthplaceAshford, England, United Kingdom

Selected Filmography

Bridge of Spies
The Other Boleyn Girl
Bridge of Spies DVD
Masterpiece: Wolf Hall
Twelfth Night
Institute Benjamenta, or This Dream That One Calls Human Life
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