Mark spies Os­car win af­ter suc­cess at Baf­tas

Ash­ford-born ac­tor in line for Hol­ly­wood glory

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Up For Awards -

Ash­ford-born ac­tor Mark Ry­lance was named best sup­port­ing ac­tor at the an­nual Bafta awards held in Lon­don on Sun­day night.

Mr Ry­lance picked up the hon­our for his lat­est film role as a Soviet agent in Steven Spiel­berg’s Cold War thriller, Bridge of Spies.

Star­ring along­side Os­car­win­ning ac­tor Tom Hanks in the movie, Mr Ry­lance played Soviet in­tel­li­gence of­fi­cer Ru­dolf Abel, who is ar­rested in 1950s New York and pros­e­cuted as a spy.

Now Mr Ry­lance will be aim­ing to re­peat his suc­cess at next week’s Os­cars, where he has been short­listed for best sup­port­ing ac­tor along­side Chris­tian Bale, Tom Hardy, Mark Ruf­falo and Sylvester Stal­lone.

The 88th Academy Awards cer­e­mony, pre­sented by the Academy of Mo­tion Pic­ture Arts and Sci­ences, will hon­our the best films of 2015 and is sched­uled to take place on Fe­bru­ary 28, at the Dolby Theatre in Hol­ly­wood.

Mr Ry­lance be­gan his life in Mark Ry­lance has been nom­i­nated for a best sup­port­ing ac­tor Os­car for his role in the film Bridge of Spies Kent, but moved to Amer­ica as a child, when his par­ents em­i­grated to work in Mil­wau­kee.

He re­turned to the UK to study at The Royal Academy of Dra­matic Art (Rada) in Lon­don as a young adult.

Now aged 54, he has forged a stel­lar stage and screen ca­reer that has ranged from artis­tic di­rec­tor of Shake­speare’s Globe to TV work in Ham­let and Leonardo.

He played Thomas Cromwell, in the BBC drama Wolf Hall, also ap­peared in the movie The Other Bo­leyn Girl and is in the up­com­ing big screen adap­ta­tion of Roald Dahl’s BFG.

He was un­able to be at Sun- day’s Bafta awards evening, held at Lon­don’s Royal Opera House in Covent Gar­den, be­cause he was ap­pear­ing in a play in Amer­ica.

The best sup­port­ing ac­tor award was ac­cepted on his be­half by the film’s di­rec­tor Steven Spiel­berg, who read out a note from Mr Ry­lance that cham­pi­oned the work of sup­port­ing ac­tors.

As well as be­ing nom­i­nated for a best sup­port­ing ac­tor Os­car, Bridge of Spies is also up against other block­busters like The Revenant and The Big Noise for the best film award.


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