34 Facts About Mark Rylance

1. Mark Rylance has publicly expressed his doubts that William Shakespeare wrote all the plays attributed to him.

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2. Mark Rylance was born in England but grew up in America, first in Connecticut and then in Wisconsin.

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3. Mark Rylance is the celebrated British stage actor who won an Academy Award for playing Russian spy Rudolf Abel in the 2015 movie Bridge of Spies.

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4. Mark Rylance has often used his voice to bring attention to causes and concerns.

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5. Mark Rylance starred as Henry V when the Globe opened in 1997.

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6. Mark Rylance has written plays himself, including Nice Fish, and has worked as a director.

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7. In 2015, Mark Rylance appeared in Farinelli and the King in London; he starred in the play when it went to Broadway in 2017.

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8. Mark Rylance was lauded for his performance, winning an award from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts.

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9. In 1986, Mark Rylance walked away from the chance to work with Spielberg when he turned down two different roles in Empire of the Sun.

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10. Mark Rylance stayed with the Globe until 2006, after which he began to receive greater recognition for his non-Shakespearean roles.

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11. Mark Rylance became involved with Shakespeare—and with acting—during his teen years.

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12. Mark Rylance was knighted in the 2017 New Year Honours for services to theatre.

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13. Sir David Mark Rylance Waters was born on 18 January 1960 and is an English actor, theatre director, and playwright.

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14. Mark Rylance was appointed a Knight Bachelor in the 2017 New Year Honours for services to theatre.

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15. Mark Rylance became patron of the London Bubble "Speech Bubbles" project in 2015.

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16. Mark Rylance said about the festival: "I feel LIFT has done more to influence the growth and adventure of English theatre than any other organisation we have.

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17. Mark Rylance is a member of the Peace Pledge Union, a network of pacifists in the UK.

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18. Mark Rylance is a patron of the London-based charity Peace Direct which supports grassroots peacebuilders in areas of conflict, and of the British Stop the War Coalition.

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19. Mark Rylance is the creator and director of "We Are One", a fundraiser that took place at the Apollo Theatre in April 2010.

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20. Mark Rylance is married to director, composer and playwright Claire van Kampen, whom he met in 1987 while working on a production of The Wandering Jew at the National Theatre.

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21. In 1995, Mark Rylance became the first artistic director of Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, a post he held until 2005.

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22. Mark Rylance will next film Waiting for Barbarians, alongside Johnny Depp and Robert Pattinson, in late October 2018.

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23. Mark Rylance co-starred in the biographical drama Bridge of Spies, released in October 2015, directed by Steven Spielberg, and starring Tom Hanks, Amy Ryan and Alan Alda.

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24. Mark Rylance was featured as the castaway on the BBC radio programme Desert Island Discs on 15 February 2015.

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25. In 2010, Mark Rylance starred in a revival of David Hirson's verse play La Bete.

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26. Mark Rylance took the leading role as British weapons expert David Kelly in Peter Kosminsky's The Government Inspector, an award-winning Channel 4 production for which he won the British Academy Television Award for Best Actor in 2005.

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27. In 1988, Mark Rylance played Hamlet with the RSC in Ron Daniels' production that toured Ireland and Britain for a year.

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28. Mark Rylance has a sister named Susannah, an opera singer and author, and a brother, Jonathan, who works as a sommelier.

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29. Mark Rylance was born in Ashford, Kent, England, to Anne and David Waters, both teachers of English.

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30. Mark Rylance is a patron of the London-based charity Peace Direct, which supports peace-builders in areas of conflict, and of the British Stop the War Coalition.

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31. Mark Rylance is a patron of the London International Festival of Theatre.

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32. Mark Rylance appeared in the West End productions of Much Ado About Nothing in 1994 and Jerusalem in 2010, winning the Olivier Award for Best Actor for both.

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33. Mark Rylance appeared as James Halliday in Spielberg's 2018 film Ready Player One, based on the novel of the same name.

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34. Mark Rylance was the first artistic director of Shakespeare's Globe in London, between 1995 and 2005.

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