Latest role at the palace for our star of Wolf Hall
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.
Mark Rylance, centre, with Tom Hanks in Bridge of Spies