Actor Ralph Fiennes Explores the Hidden Life of Dickens in "The Invisible Woman"

Friday, December 20, 2013

Director Ralph Fiennes arrives for the AFI Fest special screening of 'The Invisible Woman,' at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California, November 11, 2013. (ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty)

In his heyday, Charles Dickens was like Brad Pitt and Bill Clinton, all rolled into one.

He was a literary and political rock star who attracted crowds everywhere he went. But behind closed doors, the writer and family man actually harbored a secret. For 18 years, he carried on an extra-marital affair with Ellen Ternan. When they met, she was 18 and he was 45.

The story of their affair is told in the new movie, “The Invisible Woman” which was directed by it's leading man—Ralph Fiennes. Fiennes tells an intriguing story of hidden passion and celebrity, set against the backdrop of Victorian era morality.

The Takeaway speaks with Mr. Fiennes about these fascinating characters of history and on his preferences in acting or directing.


Ralph Fiennes

Produced by:

Kristen Meinzer


T.J. Raphael

Comments [3]


mystrium fidei

May. 30 2014 02:36 PM

more like what the dickens, sorry no room for spam, you really should try a new mode of operation, your plays are worn out and both boring and predictable. I really thought that you were capable of so much more, I guess not. Back to the old drawing board, and stealing other people's idea's.

Jan. 29 2014 10:12 AM
Beth Brosnan

The thrill of Dickens is that there are so many thrilling quotes to choose from. I'll settle for this description of Sydney Carton, before he does his far, far better thing: "Sadly, sadly, the sun rose; it rose upon no sadder sight than the man of good abilities and good emotions, incapable of their directed exercise, incapable of his own help and his own happiness, sensible of the blight on him, and resigning himself to let it eat him away."

Who says Dickens doesn't understand tragedy?

Dec. 20 2013 11:47 AM

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