Ralph Nathaniel Twisleton-Wykeham-Fiennes ( /ˈreɪf ˈfaɪnz/; born 22 December 1962) is an English actor. He has appeared in such films as The English Patient, In Bruges, The Constant Gardener, Strange Days and Maid in Manhattan.
He is also well known for his portrayals of five infamous villains: Nazi war criminal Amon Göth in Schindler's List; serial killer Francis Dolarhyde in the 2002 film Red Dragon; Rameses II in The Prince of Egypt; Lord Victor Quartermaine in Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit; and Lord Voldemort in the Harry Potter film series. Most recently, he appeared in The Reader (2008), In Bruges (2008) The Hurt Locker (2009) and as Hades in Clash of the Titans (2010).
He won a Tony Award and has been nominated twice for Academy Awards. He is also a UNICEF UK ambassador. He was praised by many for being a "perfect fit" to play the role of Lord Voldemort in the Harry Potter series, books by J.K. Rowling.