at the 2016 VANITY FAIR OSCAR PARTY
Sir David Mark Rylance Waters (born 18 January 1960) 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 the 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. It is planned that he will appear as James Halliday in Spielberg's 2018 film Ready Player One, based on the novel of the same name.
After training at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, Rylance made his professional debut at the Citizens Theatre, Glasgow in 1980. He appeared in the West End productions of Much Ado About Nothing in 1994 and Jerusalem in 2010, winning the Olivier Award for Best Actor for both. He has also appeared on Broadway, winning three Tony Awards for Best Actor for Boeing Boeing in 2008, Jerusalem in 2011, and Best Featured Actor for Twelfth Night in 2014.
On television, he won the BAFTA TV Award for Best Actor for his role as David Kelly in the 2005 Channel 4 drama The Government Inspector and for playing Thomas Cromwell in the 2015 BBC Two mini-series Wolf Hall. For Wolf Hall, he also received Emmy and Golden Globe nominations.
Rylance is a patron of the London International Festival of Theatre. He is also a patron of the London-based charity Peace Direct which supports peace-builders in areas of conflict, and of the British Stop the War Coalition. He is also a long-time supporter of the British NGOConscience: Taxes For Peace Not War.
Location: Wallis Annenberg Center.