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He earned a legion of new fans after portraying Lord Voldemort in the hugely successful Harry Potter film franchise.

However, Ralph Fiennes has admitted that he almost turned down the iconic role because he was 'ignorant' about how popular the films and books actually were.
Speaking on Saturday night's forthcoming The Jonathan Ross Show, the actor, 56, told the host: 'The truth is I was actually ignorant about the films and the books.
'I was approached by the production. Mike Neale was directing the film that they wanted me to be in… the first time Voldermort was going to appear physically.
'Out of ignorance I just sort of thought, this isn’t for me.'
Speaking further about how he almost missed out on the chance to play Harry Potter's nemesis, he continued: 'Quite stupidly I resisted, I was hesitant.
'I think the clincher was that my sister Martha - who has three children who were then probably about 12, 10 and 8 - she said, "What do you mean? You’ve got to do it!" So then I rewound my thinking.'
Ralph also discussed how he was once in the running to play another iconic role - James Bond.
The star who's played head of the Secret Intelligence Service Gareth Mallory (M) in the franchise since 2012, said: 'We did have a conversation, I had a conversation with Barbara Broccoli [Bond producer] many years ago.
'I did have the privilege of meeting Cubby Broccoli, who started the whole Bond franchise. I don’t think I would have been very good.'
Ralph also gave his verdict on current Bond Daniel Craig, adding: 'I think that Daniel is a fantastic Bond.
'He has a really strong weight and sense of threat and danger and he has a really interesting complex interior life. I think he’s brilliant. And I also think Sean Connery is hard to forget.
'When I was a teenager I was a bit of a Bond nerd. I was more a fan of the books. I’d always imagined that one day they would do a Bond film [set in the 1950s when] Ian Fleming started writing them in the 1950s through to the early mid sixties. I always thought that’d be interesting if there ever was a Bond film set in the fifties.'
His words come as he recently tipped actor Idris Elba to take over from Daniel as the British spy.
Speaking on Wednesday's episode of Lorraine, the English Patient actor, who will reprise his role in the new Bond, commented on who could step into 007's shoes after 'brilliant Bond' Daniel, 51, makes his final appearance.
When Lorraine suggested Luther actor and hot favourite Idris, 46, Ralph replied: 'He would be great, he'd be fantastic.'

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