Renowned theatre actor Mark Rylance
Mark Rylance is a prestigious stage and screen actor, known for his roles in Intimacy, The Grass Arena, La Bete, Boeing Boeing and Jerusalem. The award winning actor was also Artistic Director of The Globe Theatre for ten years.
Born David Mark Rylance Waters in Ashford, Kent he moved with his parents as a child to live in America. During his education Mark discovered acting, playing Hamlet aged 16, followed by Romeo the next year. Mark returned to England after he won a scholarship to attend the prominent drama school RADA.
Mark’s first professional job was at the Glasgow Citizens Theatre. From there he joined the Royal Shakespeare Company in both Stratford-Upon-Avon and London, later reviving the roles of Hamlet and Romeo with the RSC.
In 1991 Mark won Best Newcomer for his role as boxer John Healy in The Grass Arena. He went on to win an Olivier Award a few years later for his role as Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing, performed at the Queen’s Theatre.
Mark was appointed Artist Director of The Globe Theatre in 1995. During this time he staged all-male performances of Twelfth Night, introduced new plays to the arena and starred in a number of Shakespeare productions himself.
Another significant production for Mark was Peter Kosminsky’s The Government Inspector, in which he plays weapons expert David Kelly. This role won him Best Actor in the 2005 BAFTAs.
More recently Mark played the role of Johnny ‘Rooster’ Byron in Jez Butterworth’s Jerusalem, which won him a Critic’s Choice Theatre Award for Best Actor. Mark is due to return to The Globe Theatre this summer to star in a number of Shakespeare productions.
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