Ralph is the eighth cousin of the Prince of Wales and third cousin of adventurer Ranulph Fiennes and author William Fiennes.

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For the movie, he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor where he won the Best Supporting Actor BAFTA Award for his character.

He was also listed in the Top 50 Movie Villains By American Film Institute.

He is from English, Scottish, and Irish ancestry and his surname are of Norman origin.

His grandfathers, Sir Maurice Fiennes and Brigadier Henry Alleyne Lash, were an industrialist.

Meanwhile, Rose Kuo, the Film Society Of Lincoln Center's executive director, said of the tribute: 'In just his third screen role, Ralph Fiennes' performance as the monstrous Amon Goeth in Steven Spielberg's Schindler's List terrified audiences with its personification of evil.

'Since then, Mr Fiennes has brilliantly embodied the larger-than-life creations of writers such as Shakespeare, Dickens and Graham Greene, among others, and given us an extraordinary body of work to celebrate.

The star of such movies as Schindler's List and Wuthering Heights joined invited guests for a special sit-down conversation as well as a US premiere screening of his new film, The Invisible Woman, at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center.

Guest of honour: Two-time Oscar nominee Ralph Fiennes was dashing in his navy blue suit as he was honoured for his impressive body of work at a Gala Tribute during the 51st New York Film Festival on Wednesday night Stealing the show: All eyes were on The Walking Dead star Danai Gurira, who wowed on the red carpet in her stunning scarlet lace gown, which she paired with contrasting black accessories and ruby red lips Cosy co-stars: The 50-year-old was supported at the event by Welsh actress Joanna Scanlan, who plays his on-screen wife, Catherine Dickens, in new film The Invisible Woman - which Fiennes both stars in and directed Scanlan, who stars as Catherine Dickens in the film alongside Ralph as famed British author Charles Dickens, looked pretty in her black and violet dress with matching purple bolero as she cuddled up to her on-screen husband.

He later went to pursue painting at Chelsea College of Art before getting into acting.