Ralph Fiennes, 50, attends his NYFF tribute: would you hit it for nostalgia’s sake?


Here are some new photos of Ralph Fiennes at his New York Film Festival tribute last night. Did you know that Ralph is now 50 years old? He’ll always be Count Almasy to me, so it’s always startling to see him looking so… villainous. I swear, he looks like he’s hatching some dastardly plot in these photos. I guess for a lot of people, he’s forever Voldemort, and I can really see that in these pics. Still, I would hit it. Nostalgia bang!

Anyway, it seems like his tribute went well – THR had a breakdown of the event and it seems like Ralph was very low-key, admitting “I hadn’t seen Schindler’s List in a long time” and how he did voice work for The Curse of the Were-Rabbit“I remember thinking, ‘I wasn’t taught this at RADA!’” Ralph basically agreed to do the tribute because he wanted to screen and promote his second directorial effort, The Invisible Woman. That’s the film where he plays Charles Dickens, and it’s the story of Dickens’ affair with a young woman, played by Felicity Jones.

Here’s the trailer for The Invisible Woman, which I just watched for the first time and OMG Kristin Scott Thomas is in it!!! ENGLISH PATIENT!!!! Also, this film looks decent. It’s being released on Christmas Day and my guess is that Ralph might be hoping for a late-surging Oscar campaign. Definitely a BAFTA nomination, I’m assuming.




Photos courtesy of WENN.

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  1. GiGi says:

    He’s kind of a scoudrel, right? Like he’s been caught banging flight attendants and whatnot…

    So, yeah. I’d do him. Plus he has a wicked sense of humor… that gets me every time.

  2. Eve says:

    No, I wouldn’t.

    But I’ve watched “In Bruges” recently and I loved him in it.

    • Elodie says:

      He played the ultimate prick in “In Bruges” to the perfection.

      Brendan Gleeson was all kinds of awesome as well.

      • Eve says:

        His character was the ultimate prick but he also had principles (which is hilariously hypocritical, if you think about it).

        Yes, Gleeson was perfect, too.

    • Cazzee says:

      He was hilarious in that movie! That scene with the phone was great.

      “I’m sorry I called you an inanimate object. I was upset.”

    • EscapedConvent says:


      I love In Bruges! Yes, he’s fantastic in it. Great acting all around, I thought.

      I would call that almost a perfect film. It’s become one of my very favorites.

      • Eve says:

        I loved it, too.

        To be honest, I don’t really know why it took me so long to watch it (caught it on TV while flipping through the channels). Now, I keep checking the programming to see if they’re going to air again soon (I missed the first 15 minutes or so).

      • Maureen says:

        Really?? I am going to check this out. I fell out of following his movies several years ago. I think the last thing I saw him in was Constant Gardener (so boring) and that was by accident. I used to see all his stuff, even his older British movies like The Baby of Macon and Wuthering Heights. I even saw Strange Days! Oh, wait. I just lied. I did indeed see the Red Dragon movie and that weird little movie about Spider something?

      • Jayna says:

        I keep meaning to get it.

  3. aims says:

    yeah, I’d go there. Remember how he looked in the Game Show?

  4. Jaynab says:

    No. But his buddy, Liam Neeson, still a resounding, hell, yes.

  5. blue marie says:

    I would like to say yes, but looking at these photos.. no, although he’s still a great actor

  6. socalgal says:

    Yeah. I would hit it. I still think he’s hot. And that voice makes me weak in the knees….

  7. lulu says:

    Why not. Once in a lifetime chance. And yes to Liam too. Ha, I’m a slut

  8. Ashling says:

    I find his intensity and crazy eye contact sexy.

  9. Maureen says:


    I used to adore him many moons ago. He lost me when he dumped his wife for another woman. He certainly didn’t redeem himself when he did the deed with a flight attendant in the bathroom of an aeroplane. GROSS. Since then all I can see is a desperate, balding, miserable old man. I don’t even know if he’s still a good actor because I haven’t watched him in years.

    • Harriet says:

      If you have ever heard Alex Kingston speak in interviews, then you know why he left her. Eurgh!

      • Myrto says:

        Whaaaaat??? Ralph Fiennes and Alex Kingston used to be married?? Had no idea. What did she say about him? I’m curious 😉
        I’ll be honest, Ralph never did it for me. Yeah, even as Count Almassy I never understood his appeal. He’s always looked creepy.
        Watching the trailer, the movie looks incredibly boring and KST seems to barely feature in it. I’ll pass.

      • KAI says:

        He should have left his wife before embarking on another relationship. Not doing so only makes him a coward.

      • Maureen says:

        @ Harriet

        I think Alex Kingston is a lovely woman. Since you didn’t back up your comment with any clarification or elaboration, I’ll skip it.

        According to Ralph himself, he and Alex DID try for children. She’s had fertility issues for ages and while that may have brought stress on the marriage, it certainly isn’t true that it was the cause of the end — or the cheating. He cheated because he’s a bastard.

        Alex’s side of the story is that there were stresses in the marriage but that she thought they were working through these issues until Ralph went to see her on the set of Moll Flanders one day and informed her he was in love with Francesca Annis, his co-star in Hamlet. According to Alex he was “bright and breezy” about his announcement.

        By the way, although they were only married for about 2 years, they were together for a total of 10 years by the time he dumped her.

      • Harriet says:


        I really liked her on ER but she came on Graham Norton (last year I think) and I just didn’t warm to her at all. She kind of hijacked the conversation at times. She’s not a bad actress though. If it helps I’m sorry for offending you.

    • Virgilia Coriolanus says:

      From what I’ve read and heard, the reason I think he cheated on his wife, is because he didn’t want kids. Obviously he had the choice to cheat or not, but what drove them apart essentially was that she wanted kids and he didn’t–not that it excuses the way he ended his marriage.

      And also I got the feeling that he only really married her because he wanted his mom to see him get married–she died shortly after they got married.

      I think she is remarried now, and has kids–either by adoption or invitro, because I remember reading that she had fertility problems.

      And yeah, I agree. When I was 13 Ralph was the man. Now as I look back, he doesn’t seem like someone I’d want to deal with–especially since he apparently cheated on the woman he left his wife for–Francesca Annis.

      • Maureen says:

        Yep, he cheated on Francesca with the Hungarian singer in stilettos. She (the Hungarian) sold him out to the tabloids with embarrassing details. He’s gross.

        Francesca threw him out of the house just like she threw out the father of her children whom she was living and raising kids with when she started up with Ralph. What comes around goes around?

      • Virgilia Coriolanus says:

        It does indeed. I didn’t know that the woman sold him out to the tabloids though–all I saw was just some little blurb that he and Francesca separated because of someone else–but she can’t be mad. That’s how she got him–he wasn’t separated or in the process of a divorce.

        I read your upthread comment too on the situation–wow, he’s grosser than I thought. I don’t know too much about it–couldn’t find any articles or anything about their divorce, but that’s cold.

      • Maureen says:

        There’s a bit in here where she talks about how being dumped made her feel worthless and how it’s so hard when a man easily leaves his marriage. And how Ralph is a very closed man (code speak for “difficult to communicate with”). I believe that absolutely. Interviewers used to comment on it constantly back in the day because he was so silent, and brooding, and made them feel stupid, and often used “the withering look” when they didn’t ask him the right question. Honestly, even at the height of my fan-ship I felt he was really lucky to have Alex because he really seemed like a total pain in the ass that most modern women would not tolerate for a minute let alone 12 years. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-75713/Alex-ex-husband-Ralf.html

  10. Puff Diddy says:

    He was creepy in Red Dragon.
    I dont think he was acting.

  11. fingerbinger says:

    No because he wants us to pronounce his name ‘rayf’. He was really good friends with the late Natasha Richardson,one of my favorite actresses, so that is a plus in my book.

    • loveisthecoal says:

      I could be wrong about this, but isn’t “rayf” just the standard way of pronouncing Ralph in British English? I don’t think he’s doing it to be pretentious in this case.

      ETA: spoke too soon, looks like I should have read the rest of the comments first. Oops!

  12. Harriet says:

    Early ‘Rayf’ yes. Thinning hair Ralph, still got a place but very far behind Michael Fassbender

  13. Coconut says:

    Rayf is how the Brits pronounce Ralph. It’s not his personal idiosyncrasy.

    What is brother Joe up to these days??

    • Maureen says:

      Joe is still acting.

      Or trying to act.

      He’s in American Horror Story: Asylum and god, he’s awful. I’ve never seen him not awful. Don’t know how he gets jobs, and for a long, long time he didn’t get jobs.

      Nice-looking guy, though. Zero charisma.

    • Harriet says:

      I know about the ‘Rayf’ thing. Like the word ‘lieutenant’ actually being ‘leftenant’ ‘ I just find it amusing because in interviews it apparently drives him nuts!

    • fingerbinger says:

      I see. I’m sorry, but it still seems so pretentious.

      • Maureen says:

        Oh, his line “it’s Rafe, actually” (said to an American interviewer who mistakenly called him Ralf) was a super-infamous line back in the day. I remember the interview when he uttered that line!

  14. TheOriginalKitten says:

    No, but to be fair, I never had an attraction to him even in his younger days.

    Nice eyes though…

  15. VV says:

    He still does it for me. Very much.

  16. Tig says:

    Didn’t watch the trailer, but I am intrigued by the movie. To me, trailers work best for action or CGI fests.

  17. Virgilia Coriolanus says:

    Ralph was my first ever celebrity crush at 13. I swear to you all, I watched Schindler’s List a million times–because of him (and Liam!).

    But now, after reading about that flight attendant-airline bathroom incident (with no protection/condom, on his way to talk about AIDS), he’s really skeezy to me.

    So he isn’t someone I’d want to hit, not anymore. I’ll still watch him though.

    Now Liam–Liam was my very first forever dong. I still feel so bad for him, about Natasha.

  18. JC says:

    Dude is not aging well. Such a shame. Still, there’s no one sexier than RF in The English Patient.

  19. LMB says:

    Would I hit it? Hell Yeah!

  20. Jen34 says:

    I bet he’s good in bed, so that’s a yes.

    • Maureen says:

      I bet he’s not. I bet he likes to be pleased and catered to, and attracts only women that are the “giving” type, if you know what I mean.

  21. sara says:

    I have loved him for almost 20 years! He is the sexiest most talented actor there is. We all have things in our past that we don’t look back fondly on. I still think he is a good man and I would hit it again and again and again!!! For everyone that says no, that just means less competition for me,haha!

  22. Charlotte says:

    I used to love him until he cheated on Alex Kingston. That’s when I realised his stupidity; I could never make it work with such a moron, and I couldn’t hate!bang him anymore with that ridiculous hairdo.

  23. It'sJustBlanche says:

    Yes. And twice in Sunday.

  24. endoplasmic_ridiculum says:

    While I realise that this is actually based on Dickens’ actual affair with a much younger women – it still bothers me to see him playing the dude who bones the younger woman whilst K. Scott (“am I K in your book”) Thomas plays her mother.