Famous People Born In Cardiff

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Gareth Bale
(Welsh Professional Football Player Who Plays as a Winger)
Gareth Bale
74
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 16, 1989
Sun Sign: Cancer

The charismatic Welsh footballer player, Gareth Frank Bale played for Southampton football club and Tottenham Hotspur extensively before joining Real Madrid in 2013 for a fees that exceeded Christiano Ronaldo’s earlier record fee. Known for his speed and accuracy, Gareth Bales is also the captain of Wales national team and plays for Tottenham Hotspur, on loan from Real Madrid.

 2 
Roald Dahl
(One of the World's Greatest Authors)
Roald Dahl
80
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: September 13, 1916
Sun Sign: Virgo
Died: November 23, 1990

British writer, Roald Dahl, is considered as one of the greatest children’s authors. He is one of the best-selling authors of all-time and had a career spanning decades. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, The Witches, The Twits and Matilda are some of his classic works. He also wrote short stories and novels meant for adults.

 3 
Ryan Giggs
(Welsh Football Coach and Former Player)
Ryan Giggs
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 29, 1973
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Welsh midfielder Ryan Giggs has had a successful 24-year stint with Manchester United as a senior player and has also served as their interim coach. He has won 13 Premier League titles with the club and was the first player with two consecutive PFA Young Player of the Year awards.
 4 
Tom Ellis
(Welsh Actor Known for His Role as ‘Lucifer Morningstar’ in the TV Series ‘Lucifer’)
Tom Ellis
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Birthdate: November 17, 1978
Sun Sign: Scorpio

Tom Ellis is a Welsh actor, who gained international prominence after he started playing Lucifer Morningstar in the American DC Comics-based series LuciferAn alumnus of the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, he began his career with a role in a BBC TV show. He eventually began appearing in American TV shows and films as well.

 5 
Geraint Thomas
(The First Welshman to Win the Tour de France)
Geraint Thomas
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 25, 1986
Sun Sign: Gemini

Welsh racing cyclist Geraint Thomas is a 2-time Olympic gold medal winner, apart from being a 3-time world champion and the 2018 Tour de France winner. Starting cycling at age 10, he is now an OBE and has also bagged numerous endorsement deals, such as the one with Continental Tyres.

 6 
Perdita Weeks
(Actress)
Perdita Weeks
20
Birthdate: December 25, 1985
Sun Sign: Capricorn

British actress Perdita Weeks is known for her role in the CBS reboot series Magnum P.I. An alumnus of the Courtauld Institute of Art, she always knew she wanted to be an actress. She began acting as a child and her passion for the profession only intensified with time. She primarily acts on TV and a done a few films.

 7 
Charlotte Church
18
Birthdate: February 21, 1986
Sun Sign: Pisces

Charlotte Church is a Welsh actress, singer-songwriter, political activist, and television presenter. She achieved popularity after hosting her own chat show for Channel 4, The Charlotte Church Show. As a recording artist, Church has won many awards, including a Hollywood Reporters Young Star Award and Classical BRIT Award. She has also published an autobiography named Voice of an Angel.  

 8 
Colin Jackson
(Welsh Former Sprint and Hurdling Athlete)
Colin Jackson
3
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 18, 1967
Sun Sign: Aquarius

Colin Jackson is a Welsh former athlete who represented Wales and Great Britain during his career. Jackson, who specialized in hurdles, won the silver medal in the 110m hurdles at the 1988 Seoul Olympics. His world record for the 110m hurdles stood for more than ten years, while his world record for the 60m hurdles stood for almost 27 years.

 9 
Honeysuckle Weeks
(Actor)
Honeysuckle Weeks
6
Birthdate: August 1, 1979
Sun Sign: Leo
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
 10 
Craig Bellamy
(Welsh Former Professional Footballer Who Played as a Forward)
Craig Bellamy
8
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 13, 1979
Sun Sign: Cancer
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
 11 
Sam Warburton
(Welsh Former International Rugby Union Player)
Sam Warburton
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 5, 1988
Sun Sign: Libra

Former Welsh rugby player Sam Warburton became the youngest to captain Wales in the 2011 World Cup. He also created a record for holding the most caps as a Wales captain. He has also won the European Challenge Cup for the Cardiff Blues and the Six Nations Championship for Wales.

 12 
Jon Ronson
(Journalist, Writer, Screenwriter, Documentary filmmaker, Radio personality)
Jon Ronson
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Listed In:
Birthdate: May 10, 1967
Sun Sign: Taurus
 13 
Matthew Rhys
(Welsh Actor Known for His Role as ‘Kevin Walker’ in the TV Series ‘Brothers & Sisters’)
Matthew Rhys
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Birthdate: November 8, 1974
Sun Sign: Scorpio
His work in two television dramas—as a KGB sleeper agent, Philip Jennings in The Americans and a gay lawyer, Kevin Walker in Brothers & Sisters—turned Welsh actor, Matthew Rhys Evans into a well-known name. Earlier, the Primetime Emmy Award winner actor studied at London’s Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and gained recognition with the movie, Titus.
 14 
Tanni Grey-Thompson
(Welsh Life Peeress, Television Presenter and Former Wheelchair Racer)
Tanni Grey-Thompson
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 26, 1969
Sun Sign: Leo

Winner of 16 Paralympic medals, including 11 golds, Tanni Grey-Thompson is a former wheelchair racer, who won the London Marathon six times and held more than 30 world records. Also a successful television personality and patron of numerous charities, she was created a Life Peer in 2010 and made Baroness Grey-Thompson of Eaglescliffe in Stockton-On-Tees.

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Griff Rhys Jones
(Actor, Comedian)
Griff Rhys Jones
1
Birthdate: November 16, 1953
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
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Ivor Novello
(Actor, Playwright, Composer, Writer, Screenwriter, Songwriter)
Ivor Novello
3
Birthdate: January 15, 1893
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Died: March 6, 1951
 17 
Dave Edmunds
(Guitarist, Singer, Music executive, Songwriter, Record producer)
Dave Edmunds
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: April 15, 1944
Sun Sign: Aries
 18 
Pino Palladino
(Bassist, Jazz musician)
Pino Palladino
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: October 17, 1957
Sun Sign: Libra
 19 
Chris Addison
(Actor, Comedian)
Chris Addison
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Birthdate: November 5, 1971
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
 20 
Martin Amis
(Novelist, Science fiction writer, Short story writer, University teacher, Memoirist, Writer, Screenwriter)
Martin Amis
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: August 25, 1949
Sun Sign: Virgo

Martin Amis is a British novelist, memoirist, screenwriter, and essayist whose memoir, Experience, earned him the prestigious James Tait Black Memorial Prize in 2000. Martin Amis' works have influenced several other British novelists like Zadie Smith and Will Self. In 2008, he was mentioned in The Times' list of 50 greatest British writers since 1945.

 21 
Jim Williams
(Welsh Professional Darts Player)
Jim Williams
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 27, 1984
Sun Sign: Leo
 22 
Lynn Bowles
(Radio personality)
Lynn Bowles
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: January 27, 1963
Sun Sign: Aquarius
 23 
Cerys Matthews
(Founding Member of Welsh Rock Band 'Catatonia' and a Leading Figure in the 'Cool Cymru' Movement)
Cerys Matthews
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: April 11, 1969
Sun Sign: Aries

Best known for hosting music shows on various BBC Radio networks, singer-songwriter Cerys Matthews had also previously established the Welsh band Catatonia. She also writes and presents documentaries and has been a reporter for the TV magazine The One Show. Her album Tir has been the best-selling Welsh album in a decade.

 24 
Michael Moritz
(Computer scientist)
Michael Moritz
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Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: September 12, 1954
Sun Sign: Virgo

Welsh venture capitalist and former journalist Michael Moritz was earlier associated with Time as a writer. Now a partner at Sequoia Capital, he has invested in and been part of the boards of organizations such as Google, PayPal, and Yahoo. He penned The Little Kingdom, the first-known history of Apple.

 25 
Andy Fairweather Low
(Singer, Guitarist, Songwriter)
Andy Fairweather Low
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: August 2, 1948
Sun Sign: Leo
 26 
Peter Wingfield
(Famous worldwide for his role as Methos on Highlander)
Peter Wingfield
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Birthdate: September 5, 1962
Sun Sign: Virgo
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 27 
Jim Williams
(American Professional Competitive Powerlifter)
Jim Williams
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 25, 1940
Sun Sign: Pisces
Died: January 23, 2007
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John Toshack
(Association football player, Association football manager)
John Toshack
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 22, 1949
Sun Sign: Aries
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
 29 
Peter Baynham
(Comedian, Screenwriter)
Peter Baynham
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: June 28, 1963
Sun Sign: Cancer
 30 
Mathew Pritchard
(Chef Who hosted the First BBC Vegan Cookery Show, Dirty Vegan)
Mathew Pritchard
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Listed In: Food Experts
Birthdate: March 30, 1973
Sun Sign: Aries
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Terry Yorath
(Association football player, Baseball player, Association football manager)
Terry Yorath
3
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 27, 1950
Sun Sign: Aries
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
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David Cotterill
(Welsh Former Footballer Who Played as a Winger)
David Cotterill
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 4, 1987
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
 33 
Julie Gore
(Welsh Former Professional Female Darts Player)
Julie Gore
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 5, 1958
Sun Sign: Leo
 34 
Paul Radmilovic
(Water Polo Player)
Paul Radmilovic
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 5, 1886
Sun Sign: Pisces
Died: September 29, 1968
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
 35 
Tessie O'Shea
(Welsh Entertainer and Actress)
Tessie O'Shea
3
Birthdate: March 13, 1913
Sun Sign: Pisces
Died: April 21, 1995

Known as Two Ton Tessie for her plus-size built, Tessie O'Shea was a Welsh entertainer who had begun performing at age 6. Known for her signature hats and striped stockings, she later soared to fame singing bawdy tracks. She also won a Tony Award for The Girl Who Came to Supper.

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Andrew Davies
(Writer)
Andrew Davies
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: September 20, 1936
Sun Sign: Virgo

Acclaimed British screenwriter and novelist Andrew Davies is known for his adaptations of novels such as Bridget Jones’s Diary, House of Cards, and Pride and Prejudice. His original screenplays include A Poet In New York. Initially a grammar school teacher, he had later also been an English lecturer.

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Howard Stringer
(Non-executive director of the BBC)
Howard Stringer
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Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: February 19, 1942
Sun Sign: Pisces
 38 
Terry Nation
(Screenwriter, Novelist, Science fiction writer)
Terry Nation
1
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: August 8, 1930
Sun Sign: Leo
Died: March 9, 1997

Welsh novelist and screenwriter Terry Nation was the man behind the Daleks, the monstrous villains of Doctor Who, which he claimed he had modeled on the Nazis. He also created the BBC sci-fi shows Survivors and Blake's 7. He was also Tony Hancock’s scriptwriter for the ITV series Hancock.

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R. S. Thomas
(Welsh Poet and Anglican Priest)
R. S. Thomas
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: March 29, 1913
Sun Sign: Aries
Died: September 25, 2000

One of the most prominent modern Welsh poets, R. S. Thomas is remembered for his cold style of depicting the reality of his country. Born to a sailor, he grew up in port towns and grew up to become an Anglican priest. Many of his poems contain the character Iago Prytherch.

 40 
Clive Sullivan
(Welsh Rugby League Footballer)
Clive Sullivan
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 9, 1943
Sun Sign: Aries
Died: October 8, 1985
 41 
Brian Josephson
(British Physicist and Winner of the 1973 Nobel Prize in Physics)
Brian Josephson
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: January 4, 1940
Sun Sign: Capricorn

Brian Josephson was a 22-year-old graduate student when he discovered the Nobel Prize-winning Josephson effect. The British physicist had initially studied mathematics before deviating to physics. He was one of the few who believed in the credibility of parapsychological phenomena such as telepathy and also practiced Transcendental Meditation.

 42 
Reuben De Maid
(Singer, Makeup Artist)
Reuben De Maid
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: March 24, 2005
Sun Sign: Aries

Reuben De Maid is a Welsh makeup artist and pop singer-signwriter. He rose to fame after performing live on NBC's musical competition show Little Big Shots. He also posts songs and makeup tutorials on his self-titled YouTube channel. 

 43 
Hannah Mills
(Skipper)
Hannah Mills
5
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 29, 1988
Sun Sign: Pisces
 44 
Ben Flower
(Rugby league player, Rugby union player)
Ben Flower
3
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 19, 1987
Sun Sign: Libra
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 45 
Gaz Oakley
(Vegan Chef and Cookbook Author)
Gaz Oakley
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Listed In: Food Experts
Birthdate: August 8, 1992
Sun Sign: Leo
 46 
Greville Janner
(Politician, Barrister)
Greville Janner
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Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: July 11, 1928
Sun Sign: Cancer
Died: December 19, 2015

Greville Janner had it all, a successful career as a barrister and an equally successful career as a Labour politician and MP, until he got embroiled in a dirty child abuse case. Though he was accused by 40 people, he eventually got away without a trial, due to dementia, and died at 87.

 47 
Dannie Abse
(Welsh Poet and Physician)
Dannie Abse
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: September 22, 1923
Sun Sign: Virgo
Died: September 28, 2014

Apart from establishing himself as one of the most prominent Welsh poets of his time, Dannie Abse also worked full-time as a physician. The Cholmondeley Award-winning poet, known for volumes such as Pythagoras, White Coat, Purple Coat, and Running Late, was also a memoirist and an editor.

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Tom James
(British Rower, Twice Olympic Champion and Victorious Cambridge Blue)
Tom James
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 11, 1984
Sun Sign: Pisces
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
 49 
Howard Spring
(Welsh Author and Journalist Best Known for His Novels 'Fame Is the Spur' and 'My Son! My Son!')
Howard Spring
1
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: February 10, 1889
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: May 3, 1965

Though Welsh author Howard Spring had quit studies at age 11, he was able to start his career as a journalist due to his evening classes, while working as an office boy. He later soared to fame with his bestselling novel O Absalom!, later released as My Son, My Son.

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ClickForTaz
(Welsh Poet, YouTube Star, and Social Media Influencer)
ClickForTaz
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Listed In: Instagram Stars
Birthdate: October 27, 1993
Sun Sign: Scorpio

Taz Alam went from being a bullied, nerdy schoolgirl from Cardiff to an online sensation with her spoken word poetry, using the pseudonym ClickForTaz on YouTube. While her poems, such as Dear Bully, revolve around depression, loneliness, and life, she also posts content such as food challenges.