Mark Rylance



Place of birth:

Ashford, Kent, UK:


Sir David Mark Rylance Waters (born 18 January 1960 in Ashford, Kent, England) is an English actor, theatre director, and playwright. He was the first artistic director of Shakespeare's Globe in London, between 1995 and 2005. His film appearances include Prospero's Books (1991), Angels and Insects (1995), Institute Benjamenta (1996), and Intimacy (2001). Rylance won the Academy Award and BAFTA Award for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of Rudolf Abel in Bridge of Spies (2015). Rylance played the title role in Steven Spielberg's The BFG (2016), a live-action film adaptation of the children's book by Roald Dahl, and appeared in Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk (2017), based on the British evacuation in World War II. He appeared as James Halliday in Spielberg's 2018 film Ready Player One, based on the novel of the same name.

Film Credits

Nothing Is Truer than Truth (2018)
Ready Player One (2018)
as James Halliday / Anorak
Dunkirk (2017)
as Mr. Dawson
The BFG (2016)
as The BFG
Bridge of Spies (2015)
as Rudolf Abel
The Gunman (2015)
as Terrance Cox
Days and Nights (2014)
as Stephen
We Are Many (2014)
as Himself
Muse of Fire (2013)
as Himself
Twelfth Night (2012)
as Olivia
Anonymous (2011)
as Condell
Blitz (2011)
as Roberts
The Other Boleyn Girl (2008)
as Sir Thomas Boleyn
Shakespeare's Globe (2005)
as Himself
The Government Inspector (2005)
as Dr. David Kelly
Richard II: Live From the Globe (2003)
as Richard II
Much Ado About Something (2001)
as Himself
Intimacy (2001)
as Jay
Loving (1995)
Angels and Insects (1995)
as William Adamson
Institute Benjamenta, or This Dream People Call Human Life (1995)
as Jakob
Love Lies Bleeding (1993)
as Conn Ellis
In Lambeth (1993)
as William Blake
The Grass Arena (1992)
as John Healy
Prospero's Books (1991)
as Ferdinand
Hearts of Fire (1987)
as Fizz
The McGuffin (1986)
Wallenberg: A Hero's Story (1985)
as Nikki Fodor
Waiting for the Barbarians ()
as The Magistrate
The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara ()
as Pope Pius IX