Mark Rylance

62, from Ashford, Kent, UK

Artwork for Ready Player OneImage of Mark Rylance


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.


2022Aged 62

  • Poster for The Outfit

    Leonard Burling

  • Poster for The Phantom of the Open

    Maurice Flitcroft

  • Poster for Bones & All


2021Aged 61

  • Poster for Don't Look Up

    Peter Isherwell

2020Aged 60

  • Poster for The Trial of the Chicago 7

    William Kunstler

  • Poster for Bing’s Christmas and Other Stories


2019Aged 59

  • Poster for Waiting for the Barbarians

    The Magistrate

2018Aged 58

  • Poster for The Dunkirk Spirit: Behind the Making of the Movie


  • Poster for Ready Player One

    James Halliday / Anorak

  • Poster for Nothing Is Truer than Truth


2017Aged 57

  • Poster for Dunkirk

    Mr. Dawson

2016Aged 56

  • Poster for The BFG

    The BFG

2015Aged 55

  • Poster for The Gunman

    Terrance Cox

  • Poster for Bridge of Spies

    Rudolf Abel

2014Aged 54

  • Poster for We Are Many


  • Poster for Days and Nights


2013Aged 53

  • Poster for Muse of Fire


2012Aged 52

  • Poster for Twelfth Night


2011Aged 51

  • Poster for Blitz


  • Poster for Anonymous


2010Aged 50

  • Poster for Inside The Institute


2008Aged 48

  • Poster for The Other Boleyn Girl

    Sir Thomas Boleyn

2005Aged 45

2004Aged 44

  • Poster for Measure for Measure: Live from The Globe

    Vincentio, Duke of Vienna

2003Aged 43

  • Poster for Richard II - Live at Shakespeare's Globe

    Richard II

2001Aged 41

  • Poster for Intimacy


  • Poster for Much Ado About Something


1997Aged 37

  • Poster for Henry V at Shakespeare's Globe

    Henry V

1996Aged 36

  • Poster for Loving

    Charlie Raunce

1995Aged 35

  • Poster for Institute Benjamenta, or This Dream People Call Human Life


  • Poster for Angels and Insects

    William Adamson

1993Aged 33

1992Aged 32

  • Poster for The Grass Arena

    John Healy

1991Aged 31

  • Poster for Prospero's Books


1987Aged 27

  • Poster for Hearts of Fire


1986Aged 26

1985Aged 25

  • Poster for Wallenberg: A Hero's Story

    Nikki Fodor

Year unknown