22nd December 1962 - birth of Ralph Fiennes

Ralph Fiennes went to school in SalisburyOn December 22 1962 the actor Ralph Fiennes was born in Ipswich.

The future ‘He-who-must-not-be-named’ went to school in Salisbury. He acted in a couple of school plays, and I think he was in the hockey team[1].

Years ago, I had the odd experience of sitting in a cinema watching a film called ‘Quiz Show’. I thought I recognized the actor but couldn’t quite place him.

Gradually, I came to think that I didn’t know the face from some other film, but from school. But I wasn’t at all sure. It niggled me a bit, both at the time and for a couple of years afterwards. ‘Quiz Show’ is a great film, but I spent a lot of it trying to work out whether I recognized the actor from some other role or from real life.

I subsequently learnt that Fiennes ‘had grown up in Ireland’ so I thought he must be a different chap.

After that Fiennes, made a documentary about TE Lawrence’s old house in Dorset and I think he mentioned something about having seen it as a child, which re-located him back in the Salisbury area.

Eventually Tim Berners-Lee invented the world-wide web (or something…) and I was able to look it up.

I’ve not got any great interest in Fiennes as such - I didn’t know him other than by sight, and I think we might have played in the same hockey team once or twice. But it was good to resolve a personal ‘memory puzzle’, and of course, to be able to say ‘I was at school with Lord Voldemort’.

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By Regiznawz (Own work) [GFDL or CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

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[1] The School - Famous OW’s