Who is Hero Fiennes-Tiffin?
Hero Beauregard Faulkner Fiennes-Tiffin is an English actor and model. He is best known for the role of ‘Tom Marvolo Riddle,’ the 11-year-old version of the antagonist ‘Lord Voldemort’ (whose adult version was played by his own maternal uncle, Ralph Fiennes) in ‘Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince,’ the sixth installment of the ‘Harry Potter’ franchise. His film career began with the drama ‘Bigga Than Ben’ in 2008, which featured him as ‘Spartak.’ His other films include ‘Private Peaceful,’ ‘Possession with Intent to Supply,’ and ‘After.’ He also appeared in TV series such as ‘Safe,’ ‘The Tunnel,’ and ‘Cleaning Up.’ He is rumored to have auditioned unsuccessfully for roles in the ‘Netflix’ series ‘Stranger Things’ and movies such as ‘The Hate U Give’ and ‘Dunkirk.’ He is signed to the Chelsea-based modeling agency ‘Storm Models’ and has been part of a ‘Dolce & Gabbana’ campaign in 2018.
Childhood & Early Life
Hero Beauregard Faulkner Fiennes-Tiffin was born on November 6, 1997, in London, UK. Both his parents, George Tiffin and Martha Fiennes, are film directors.
Fiennes-Tiffin attended ‘Emanuel School,’ an independent, co-educational day school in Battersea, south-west London.
He has an older brother named Titan Nathaniel, born on August 26, 1995, and a younger sister named Mercy Jini Willow, born on October 15, 2001.
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In 2008, Fiennes-Tiffin made his film debut with the black comedy–drama ‘Bigga Than Ben,’ playing the role of ‘Spartak.’ The film was based on a 1999 Russian novel of the same name.
In 2009, Fiennes-Tiffin got his breakthrough role in ‘Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince,’ the sixth installment of the ‘Harry Potter’ films. The film featured him as an 11-year-old ‘Tom Riddle,’ the younger version of the film’s villain, ‘Lord Voldemort,’ played by his own maternal uncle, Ralph Fiennes.
In 2012, Fiennes-Tiffin appeared as ‘Young Charlie’ in the British war drama ‘Private Peaceful.’ The film was based on the 2003 novel of the same name written by English author Michael Morpurgo.
In 2016, Fiennes-Tiffin starred in the short film ‘Possession with Intent to Supply,’ essaying the role of ‘Jack.’ The film, shot in London, explored the impact of street drug dealing on individuals and their communities.
In 2017, Fiennes-Tiffin appeared in the 4-minute short film named ‘The Secret Life of Flowers’ made for ‘H&M’s new ‘Erdem’ collection.
In 2018, Fiennes-Tiffin made his TV debut with the British ‘Netflix’ miniseries ‘Safe,’ playing the role of ‘Ioan Fuller’ in eight episodes. The same year, he appeared in another English–French crime drama, ‘The Tunnel,’ playing ‘Leo’ in the fifth episode of the third season. As a model attached to the Chelsea-based agency ‘Storm Models,’ he also starred in a ‘Dolce & Gabbana’ campaign this year.
In 2019, Fiennes-Tiffin starred in the American romantic drama named ‘After,’ opposite newcomer Australian actor Josephine Langford. The film featured him in the role of a college “bad boy” named ‘Hardin Scott,’ in a relationship with Langford’s character, ‘Tessa Young.’ The same year, he also appeared in the British TV drama series ‘Cleaning Up,’ playing ‘Jake’ in six episodes.
His current film project is a thriller named ‘The Silencing,’ alongside actor Nicolaj Coster-Waldau, who is known for his portrayal of ‘Jamie Lannister’ in the popular epic fantasy ‘Game of Thrones.’ The film’s production is believed to have begun in April 2019.
Fiennes-Tiffin’s most popular role to date has been that of ‘Tom Riddle,’ the 11-year-old version of ‘Lord Voldemort,’ in ‘Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince.’ It is believed that thousands of young actors had auditioned for the role.
He is also popular for his portrayal of ‘Hardin Scott’ in the 2019 movie ‘After.’
Family & Personal Life
Fiennes-Tiffin is a member of the Twisleton-Wykeham-Fiennes family and the great-grandson of Sir Maurice Fiennes, an English industrialist. His uncles are actors Ralph Fiennes and Joseph Fiennes. Joseph is best known for his portrayal of ‘Commander Fred Waterford’ in ‘Hulu’s adaptation of ‘The Handmaid’s Tale.’
His family currently lives in London, UK.
Director David Yates (of ‘Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince’ fame) once stated that he had hired Fiennes-Tiffin to play the younger ‘Voldemort/Tom Riddle’ because of his resemblance to his uncle Ralph Fiennes, who portrayed the adult version of the villain, and not because he was the senior actor’s nephew.
Fiennes-Tiffin is rumored to have auditioned for the ‘Netflix’ series ‘Stranger Things’ and movies such as ‘The Hate U Give’ and ‘Dunkirk,’ without securing any of the roles.