Sir Mark Rylance Says That Acting Helped Him Cope With His Stepdaughter's Passing


Sir Mark Rylance Says That Acting Helped Him Cope With His Stepdaughter's Passing

Sir Mark Rylance admitted that he lost many beloved ones in the last 10 years but he was truly affected by the loss of his stepdaughter, Natasha. He found a cure for this tragedy in acting.

Sir Mark Rylance


Sir Mark Rylance is a 57-year-old English actor,  theatre director, and playwriter. His latest role was in Dunkirk (2017). The movie is based on the events of British evacuation in World War II. He will appear in Steven Spielberg’s 2018 film Ready Player One.

The actor won the Academy Award and the BAFTA Award for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of Rudolf Abel in Bridge of Spies. Mark also played Thomas Cromwell in the hit BBC drama Wolf Hall.

Rylance is considered to be the greatest stage actor of his generation. In 2016, he was included  in The Time 100 list of the most influential people in the world.

The drama behind Thomas Cromwell


Originally Rylance wanted to turn down playing the role of Thomas Cromwell because he had in his life some tragical similarities with his film character. While Cromwell’s wife and daughter passed away from the plague, his own step-daughter, Natasha,  aged 28,  passed away from a sudden brain hemorrhage. He was convinced by his wife Clair to take the role.

She told him:

Do it; read the book and do it. It’s not the main part of the story. It’s not a badge of honor, defining your life — other people have had their tragedies, just as vital and strong; but all artists use themselves…What else can you do?

Finally, he accepted the role.  The series was a huge success, winning a Golden Globe Award. Rylance was also nominated as an Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or a Movie.

Acting cured him.


The unexpected tragedy affected Mark Rylance a lot. He had a special bond with his stepdaughter. Acting became the most important thing in his life which helped the actor cope with his grief. He said:

Acting has always been the cure for me.

Rylance said he was sure his step-daughter’s soul still exists somewhere in the Universe. He misses his beloved Natasha so much and believes that one day they will meet each other again in the next life.

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