Lat­est role at the palace for our star of Wolf Hall

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page -

Ash­ford- born ac­tor Mark Ry­lance re­ceived a knight­hood at Buck­ing­ham Palace yes­ter­day (Wed­nes­day).

The star of stage, film and the­atre is be­ing recog­nised for his ser­vices to the­atre.

Last year the 57-year-old won the Best Sup­port­ing Ac­tor Oscar for his role in Steven Spiel­berg’s Cold War thriller Bridge of Spies. He played of­fi­cer Ru­dolf Abel, who is ar­rested in 1950s New York and pros­e­cuted as a spy in the film which also starred Tom Hanks.

Mr Ry­lance is also known for play­ing Thomas Cromwell in the BBC drama Wolf Hall, part of which was filmed at Pen­shurst Place, near Ton­bridge.

Al­though born in Ash­ford, he moved to Amer­ica as a child, when his parents em­i­grated to work in Milwaukee, Wis­con­sin, and launched his ca­reer when he starred in Des­per­ado Cor­ner at the Glas­gow Ci­ti­zens’ The­atre in 1981.

He re­turned to Bri­tain to study at Rada in Lon­don as a young adult, and went on to have a suc­cess­ful stage ca­reer that has ranged from artis­tic direc­tor of Shake­speare’s Globe to star­ring in Ham­let, Much Ado About Noth­ing and Leonardo. He was Thomas Bo­leyn in the film The Other Bo­leyn Girl, while more re­cently he ap­peared in the lat­est adap­ta­tion of Roald Dahl’s BFG.

Mr Ry­lance mar­ried com­poser and play­wright Claire van Kam­pen in 1989 and be­came step­fa­ther to her two chil­dren, Juliet and Nataasha, who died of a sus­pected brain haem­or­rhage at the age of 28 while on board a flight from New York in 2012.

Pic­ture: Moviestore Col­lec­tion

Mark Ry­lance, cen­tre, with Tom Hanks in Bridge of Spies

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