Birth Name: Ralph Nathaniel Twisleton-Wykeham-Fiennes
Place of Birth: Ipswich, Suffolk, England
Date of Birth: 22 December, 1962
Ethnicity: English, Northern Irish, Irish, Scottish
Ralph Fiennes is an English actor. He is the son of Mark Twisleton-Wykeham-Fiennes, a farmer and photographer, from Dalton, Northumberland, and Jennifer Anne Mary Alleyne (Lash), a writer, from Chichester, Sussex. The Fiennes are a prominent family. His brother is famous actor Joseph Fiennes. Ralph stated during his interview on Inside the Actors Studio (2006) that the surname “Fiennes” is of Norman origin.
Ralph’s recent (as well as relatively recent) ancestry consists of English, Northern Irish, Irish, and Scottish. Many of his ancestors had been born in India, during the time of British colonialism there.
Ralph’s paternal grandfather was Maurice Alberic Twisleton-Wykeham-Fiennes (the son of Alberic Arthur Twisleton-Wykeham-Fiennes and Gertrude Theodosia Colley). Maurice was a prominent industrialist. Alberic was the son of Wingfield Stratford Twisleton-Wykeham-Fiennes and Alice Susan Yorke. Gertrude was the daughter of Henry FitzGeorge/Fitzroy Pomeroy Colley and Elizabeth Isabella Wingfield.
Ralph’s paternal grandmother was Sylvia Joan Finlay (the daughter of David Finlay).
Ralph’s maternal grandfather was Henry Alleyne Lash (the son of Nicholas Alleyne Lash and Violet Maud Keely). Henry, a British colonial officer, was born in Calcutta, India. Nicholas was born in India, the son of Augustus Henry Lash and Alicia Elizabeth De Clare Quinlan, who were both born in Ireland. Violet was born in England, to English parents George Philipps Keely and Angela Fisher.
Ralph’s maternal grandmother was Joan Mary Moore (the daughter of Pierce Langrishe Moore and Muriel Strange). Joan was born in Bangalore, India. Pierce was born in India, to John Lewis Moore and Edith Katherine Johnston, who had English ancestry. Muriel was born in London, England, to Lumisden Strange, who was born in India, and had English, Scottish, and Northern Irish ancestry, and to Alice Sybil Rideout, who was also born in India, to John Wood Rideout and Amy Ledwell Taylor, and who was also of English descent.
Genealogy of the Fiennes family – http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com
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