Mark Rylance

English actor, playwright and theatre director

Sir David Mark Rylance Waters (born 18 January 1960) is an English actor, theatre director and playwright. He was the first artistic director of Shakespeare's Globe in London, from 1995 to 2005.

Sir Mark Rylance
Rylance promoting The BFG at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival
David Mark Rylance Waters

(1960-01-18) 18 January 1960 (age 64)
Ashford, Kent, England
EducationUniversity School of Milwaukee
Royal Academy of Dramatic Art
Occupation(s)Actor, theatre director, playwright
Years active1980–present
Height5 ft 8 in (173 cm)

His movie appearances include Prospero's Books (1991), Angels and Insects (1995), Institute Benjamenta (1996), and Intimacy (2001). Rylance won the Academy Award and the BAFTA Award for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of Rudolf Abel in Bridge of Spies (2015). He played the title role in Steven Spielberg's The BFG (2016).

In 2016, he was named in the Time 100 list of the most influential people in the world.[1]


  1. "Mark Rylance by Steven Spielberg: TIME 100". Archived from the original on 26 April 2016. Retrieved 27 April 2016.

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