Ray Winstone

  • Ray Winstone

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English film and television actor mostly known for his hard-man roles.

Biography

Ray Winstone had an early affinity for acting as his father would take him to the cinema every Wednesday afternoon. Later, after witness Albert Finney in Saturday Night and Sunday Morning, Ray was convinced that he could become an actor. Other major influences included John Wayne, James Cagney, and Edward G. Robinson. After borrowing extra tuition money from a friend’s mother, a drama teacher, he took to the stage and appeared as a Cockney newspaper seller in a production of Emil and the Detectives.

At the age of 12, Ray joined the famous Repton Amateur Boxing Club and, over the next 10 years, won 80 out of 88 bouts. At welterweight, he was London schoolboy champion on three occasions, fighting twice for England.

One of his first TV appearances came in the 1976 ‘Loving Arms’ episode of the popular police series The Sweeney where he was credited as “Raymond Winstone” and played a minor part as an unnamed young thug.

Winstone’s role in Scum seems to have set a mould for many of his other parts and is frequently cast as a tough or violent man. He has also been cast against type, however, in films in which he reveals a softer side. He had a comedy part in Martha, Meet Frank, Daniel and Laurence, and played the romantic lead in Fanny and Elvis. His favourite role was in the television biographical film on the life of England’s most notorious monarch, King Henry VIII, in which he played the title role.

Ray Winstone Hard Man British Actor

After a short run in the TV series Fox, and a role in Ladies and Gentlemen, The Fabulous Stains, Ray got another big break, being cast as Will Scarlet in Robin of Sherwood.

Over the years, he’s appeared in TV shows including The Sweeney, The Bill, Boon, Fairly Secret Army, Ever Decreasing Circles, One Foot in the Grave, Murder Most Horrid, Birds of a Feather, Minder, Kavanagh QC, Auf Wiedersehen, Pet and Get-back. During this period, he was increasingly drawn to the theatre, playing in Hinkemann in 1988, Some Voices in 1994 and Dealer’s Choice and Pale Horse the following year.

After a brief role alongside Kathy Burke in the tragi-comic The Martins, he appeared in Last Orders, where he starred alongside Michael Caine, Helen Mirren, David Hemmings and Tom Courtenay. Next Winstone would get a prime part in Ripley’s Game, the sequel to The Talented Mr. Ripley, in which he once again played a gangster. He followed up with Lenny Blue, the sequel to Tough Love, and the short The Bouncer.

Ray has also directed and produced his own films, setting up Size 9 and Flicks production companies with his longtime agent Michael Wiggs.

Advertising & Endorsements

Ray Winstone starred in a series of Holsten Pils advertisements where he played upon the phrase “Who’s the Daddy”, coined in the film Scum.

In Sept 2009, Ray began appearing in television commercials for online betting company, Bet365, becomming the face of its ‘in-play betting’ campaign.

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