Who has Ralph Fiennes dated? A look back at star’s chequered love life 


Ralph Fiennes has often hit the headlines with his somewhat chequered love life. 

Last week, the 60-year-old actor raised eyebrows when he was spotted with former lover Francesca Annis, 77 – who was involved in the end of his first marriage.

A witness said: ‘They looked very relaxed, came out of the hotel together and took a long walk before going for lunch. They were laughing and joking.’ 

The outing came as a surprise as shortly before he was spotted out with socialite Amelia Richards with the pair romantically linked. 

Now, MailOnline takes a look back at Ralph’s complicated relationship history.  

Reunited: Last week, 60-year-old Ralph Fiennes raised eyebrows when he was spotted with former lover Francesca Annis, 77 – who was involved in the end of his first marriage

Alex Kingston – 1983 to 1997

Ralph met his first wife Alex Kingston at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in 1983 and dated for 10 years before tying the knot. 

Cracks had begun to show before they made things official, with Alex recalling: ‘He’d been away most of that year and came back three days before the wedding. 

‘We were like strangers – very fragile. His mother was dying and somehow we thought the wedding was going to heal everything. But that was crazy, of course.’

Shortly after their big day, Ralph’s career skyrocketed when he starred in the Oscar-laden Schindler’s List.

Just two years after tying the knot the couple divorced in 1997 after Ralph confessed he was love with his Hamlet co-star Francesca Annis.

Speaking after their divorce, Alex told The Daily Mail: ‘I was feeling worthless, that I would never find anyone else as good as my husband – which is ridiculous – but I had so little self-esteem. 

‘Divorce is awful but it is also something I don’t regret happening to me because it has shaped who I am now.’ 

She added to the Evening Standard that she felt ‘worthless and suicidal’ in the aftermath and had to work on rebuilding her confidence. 

Ex-wife: Ralph met his first wife Alex Kingston at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in 1983 and dated for 10 years before tying the knot (pictured in 1995)

Ex-wife: Ralph met his first wife Alex Kingston at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in 1983 and dated for 10 years before tying the knot (pictured in 1995) 

Francesca Annis – 1997 to 2006 

Ralph met Francesca when he starred in the critically-acclaimed stage production of Hamlet at the Hackney Empire in 1995.

He starred in the title role while Francesca – who 17 years his senior – was playing his mother Gertrude. 

Both were involved in long-term relationships at the time – with Ralph married to Alex while she was with photographer Patrick Wiseman, the father of her three children.

Speaking about dating a man nearly two decades younger, Francesca previously said: ‘Of course I don’t spend days agonising over the age difference. How can I? There is nothing I can do about it.

‘Ralph and I have been together ten years now so, whatever happens, we have had a very good, different relationship and an interesting time.’

In 2005 Ralph was linked to Showgirls star Gina Gershon by gossip columnists in New York, but he strongly denied the claims and launched legal proceedings against the paper. 

The following year singer Cornelia Crisan alleged she’d had a two-year affair with the actor and the following day Ralph and Francesca announced they’d split after 11 years together.

Sources close to the couple told The Evening Standard: ‘It has been a difficult time for the both of them, particularly as they have not even seen each other since the revelations broke.

‘Seeing all their private details laid out in all the newspapers has made them both think about their future together.

‘Things have not been good for quiet a while. Francesca seems to have been different since she reached 60 and they both realised how big the age gap is between them. Ralph, meanwhile, has been having a mid-life crisis of his own.

‘Having their relationship raked over has made him, in particular, decide that it is time to call it a day on the relationship. It is very sad.’

Co-stars: Ralph met Francesca Annis when he starred in the critically-acclaimed stage production of Hamlet at the Hackney Empire in 1995

Co-stars: Ralph met Francesca Annis when he starred in the critically-acclaimed stage production of Hamlet at the Hackney Empire in 1995

Cornelia Crisan – 2004 to 2006

Romanian singer Cornelia Crisan claimed in 2006 that for the last two years she had been having a passionate affair with The English Patient star.

She said the relationship began after Ralph spotted her at a party at the Dorchester Hotel in London.

She claimed the actor persuaded her to meet him in one of the hotel’s suites where,  he seduced her.

Over the following two years, Cornelia said she met up with Ralph more than 30 times – including in a ‘bolt hole’ he had in London’s East End.

‘He was a cheat,’ she told the Mail on Sunday. ‘He used me to be there always for him, whether he needed someone to talk to or wanted a cuddle or to make love.

‘As time went on I started to see more clearly, to realise that I didn’t want him at all.

‘Playing hot and cold with a woman gave something to his ego. Knowing that there was someone maybe crying for him, maybe suffering, made him feel better about himself.’

Lady Amanda Harlech – 2006 to 2013 (rumoured)

After his high profile romances ended in scandal, Ralph kept his next relationship very low-key. 

While he is believed to have dated Lady Amanda Harlech for seven years from 2006, the actor never spoke out about his romance and the pair were rarely pictured together. 

Lady Harlech was a celebrated beauty and ‘muse’ to Chanel’s creative director Karl Lagerfeld. 

The daughter of a wealthy London solicitor, she married aristocrat Francis Ormsby-Gore in 1986 but they divorced after 12 years.

The couple share two children, Hon Jasset David Cody Ormsby-Gore and the Hon Tallulah Ormsby-Gore.

Although Lady Harlech, who studied English at Oxford, spent much of her time at the Ritz Hotel in Paris she also owned a large farmhouse in a remote part of Shropshire.

Daughter Tallulah was said to have diplomatically stayed with friends when Ralph made his overnight visits to the family home during the summer.

A source told The Daily Mail at the time: ‘Amanda is very private. Shropshire is her sanctuary. She obviously likes him very much to invite him for private visits at the house.’

While they did not announce a split, the pair have not been pictured together since 2013.  

Private: While he is believed to have dated Lady Amanda Harlech for seven years from 2006, Ralph never spoke about his romance and the pair were rarely pictured (pictured 2013)

Private: While he is believed to have dated Lady Amanda Harlech for seven years from 2006, Ralph never spoke about his romance and the pair were rarely pictured (pictured 2013)

Patti Smith – 2018 (rumoured) 

Punk rock veteran Patti Smith shared a sweet tribute to her close friend Ralph on his birthday in 2018 – leaving fans convinced that the celebrity pair were dating.

The American musician posted a candid snap of the English actor on her Instagram with a gushing caption.

‘This is Ralph Fiennes. A poet’s son and poetry is his manner,’ she wrote alongside the seemingly old photo.

She continued: ‘And poetry permeates the parts he plays. Happy birthday Ralph Fiennes, a fine man in every way.’

While the pair didn’t say if they were datng the public well-wish quickly sent fans into meltdown.

Pals: Punk rock veteran Patti Smith shared a sweet tribute to her close friend Ralph on his birthday in 2018 - leaving fans convinced that the celebrity pair were dating (pictured in 2019)

Pals: Punk rock veteran Patti Smith shared a sweet tribute to her close friend Ralph on his birthday in 2018 – leaving fans convinced that the celebrity pair were dating (pictured in 2019)

Amelia Richards – 2023 (unconfirmed) 

Ralph, who is in Rome filming Vatican thriller Conclave, based on a Robert Harris book, was photographed last month arm-in-arm with Amelia Richards, 52.

The society figure had been in a relationship for more than a decade with James Lindsay, 61, the son of one of Queen Camilla’s best pals. 

A friend of the pair’s told The Daily Mail’s Richard Eden: ‘James and Amelia have only just split up. He packed up her things at their Oxfordshire home last week. 

‘She started spending more time abroad. James is said to be devastated by the break-up.’

The couple, who were a fixture on the London social scene, lived mainly at James’s £5 million country home in the Cotswolds. 

He’s a travel photographer who’s the son of Lady Amabel Lindsay, daughter of the 9th Earl of Hardwicke.

Cosy: Ralph, who is in Rome filming Vatican thriller Conclave, based on a Robert Harris book, was photographed last month arm-in-arm with Amelia Richards , 52

Cosy: Ralph, who is in Rome filming Vatican thriller Conclave, based on a Robert Harris book, was photographed last month arm-in-arm with Amelia Richards , 52

Lady Amabel has been a friend of Camilla’s for decades. James’s royal connections include being a trustee for 18 years of the Tusk Trust, of which Prince William is patron.

Amelia is managing director of Letters Live, which organises events where historical letters are read by famous personalities.

Intriguingly, Amelia was wearing an engagement ring while seen in Rome with Fiennes, who’s been in the Italian capital filming Conclave, an adaptation of Robert Harris’s best-selling novel.

A spokesman for Ralph declined to comment on the nature of their relationship. 

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