After leaving art school, Fiennes worked with the Young Vic Youth Theatre, and then went on to train at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. His first professional stage appearance was in the West End in "The Woman in Black," followed by "A Month in the Country," opposite Helen Mirren. Fiennes, then, was a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company for two seasons.
Fiennes made his television debut as Willy in The Vacillations of Poppy Carew. His first feature film was 1996's Stealing Beauty, co-starring Liv Tyler. His biggest film, to date, was Shakespeare in Love, which won for Best Picture at the Academy Awards for 1998.