British actor Joseph Fiennes has laughed off rumours of sibling rivalry with his older brother Ralph Fiennes.

Despite a seven year age gap between 35-year-old Joseph and THE ENGLISH PATIENT star Ralph, 42, the brothers have always encouraged each others acting careers.

Joseph says "I'm fortunate to have advice from someone of that calibre. He's years older than me, so there's no danger of us going for the same roles."