Famous People Born In Swansea

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Catherine Zeta-Jones
(Welsh Actress Who is Known for Her Versatility)
Catherine Zeta-Jones
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Birthdate: September 25, 1969
Sun Sign: Libra

Catherine Zeta-Jones is one of the most popular and successful actresses from Wales. Starting out as a child actress, Catherine went on to cement her place in the American film industry with roles that accentuated her sex appeal. She is the recipient of several awards. Also a well-known humanitarian, she was appointed CBE for her humanitarian and film endeavors.

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Dylan Thomas
(Poet & Writer)
Dylan Thomas
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: October 27, 1914
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Died: November 9, 1953

Dylan Thomas was a Welsh writer and poet who published popular poems, such as Do not go gentle into that good night, which was popularized in the 2014 movie, Interstellar, where Michael Caine's character recites the poem throughout the film. Dylan Thomas achieved tremendous popularity during his lifetime and remains popular after his untimely death at the age of 39.

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Alun Wyn Jones
(Welsh Professional Rugby Union Player Who Plays as a Lock)
Alun Wyn Jones
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 19, 1985
Sun Sign: Virgo

Alun Wyn Jones is a Welsh rugby union player who is currently playing for the Ospreys. Jones is the current captain of the Wales national rugby team and has helped his team win  five Six Nations Championships. He has also won other important trophies, such as three Grand Slams, four Triple Crowns, three Doddie Weir Cups, and four Prince William Cups.

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Joanna Page
(Actress who appeared as Stacey Shipman in the BAFTA-winning television series Gavin & Stacey)
Joanna Page
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Birthdate: March 23, 1977
Sun Sign: Aries
Height: 5'2" (157 cm)
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Ian Hislop
(British Journalist, Editor and Writer)
Ian Hislop
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Birthdate: July 13, 1960
Sun Sign: Cancer

Ian Hislop is a satirist, journalist, broadcaster, writer, and editor of a magazine called Private Eye. A popular figure, Hislop has appeared in many television and radio shows over the years. Hislop is renowned for his work in the TV show Have I Got News for You where he has been a team captain since the show's inception in 1990.

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Jessica Sula
(Actress)
Jessica Sula
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Birthdate: May 3, 1994
Sun Sign: Taurus
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
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Chris Coleman
(Welsh Professional Football Manager and Former Football Defender)
Chris Coleman
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 10, 1970
Sun Sign: Gemini
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
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Pete Ham
(Welsh Singer-Songwriter and Lead Vocalist for the 1970s Rock Band ‘Badfinger’)
Pete Ham
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: April 27, 1947
Sun Sign: Taurus
Died: April 24, 1975

Welsh musician Pete Ham soared to fame as the lead singer and composer of the rock band Badfinger. Known for iconic hits such as No Matter What, he also co-wrote the classic Without You. After the band’s manager defrauded and vanished, Ham committed suicide by hanging himself in his garage.

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Shane Williams
(Welsh Rugby Union Player)
Shane Williams
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 26, 1977
Sun Sign: Pisces
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
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John Charles
(Welsh Footballer Who Played as a Centre-Forward or as a Centre-Back)
John Charles
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 27, 1931
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Died: February 21, 2004
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
 11 
Tom Ward
(British Actor Known for His Role as ‘Dr. Harry Cunningham’ in the TV Series ‘Silent Witness’)
Tom Ward
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Birthdate: January 11, 1971
Sun Sign: Capricorn

Son of academic John Powell Ward, Tom Ward is known for his decade-long role of Dr. Harry Cunningham in the series Silent Witness. He has previously won Celebrity Mastermind and has played the titular role in The Infinite Worlds of H. G. Wells. He is also a skilled stage fighter.

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Gary Taylor
(Former World’s Strongest Man Champion (1993))
Gary Taylor
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 14, 1961
Sun Sign: Libra
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
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Michael Heseltine
(Deputy Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (1995 – 1997))
Michael Heseltine
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: March 21, 1933
Sun Sign: Aries

Michael Heseltine is a British businessman and politician. He is credited with co-founding a privately held media company called Haymarket Media Group. In 1979, he entered the Cabinet of the UK and played a key role in advocating the 'Right to Buy' campaign, which enabled about two million families to buy their council houses.

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Harry Secombe
(Welsh Comedian and Actor Known for His Trademark High Pitched Laugh and Blowing Raspberries)
Harry Secombe
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Birthdate: September 8, 1921
Sun Sign: Virgo
Died: April 11, 2001

Welsh actor/comedian Harry Secombe soared to fame with The Goon Show. Part of the British army during World War II, he would often perform comedy acts for the troops. Known for his slapstick comedy, he was also a talented singer. He later hosted religious shows such as ITV’s Highway.

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Shaheen Jafargholi
(Actor, Singer)
Shaheen Jafargholi
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Birthdate: January 23, 1997
Sun Sign: Aquarius

Shaheen Jafargholi is a Welsh singer and actor who achieved popularity in 2009 when he took part in the televised talent show competition Britain's Got Talent where he finished seventh. Since his participation in Britain's Got Talent, Shaheen Jafargholi has released a studio album and has appeared in a couple of TV series.

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John Hartson
(Welsh Former Professional Football Player Who Played as a Striker)
John Hartson
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 5, 1975
Sun Sign: Aries
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
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Enzo Maccarinelli
(Welsh Former Professional Boxing World Champion)
Enzo Maccarinelli
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 20, 1980
Sun Sign: Leo
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)
 18 
Nicole Cooke
(Welsh Former Professional Road Bicycle Racer and Olympic Gold Medalist)
Nicole Cooke
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 13, 1983
Sun Sign: Aries
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
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Sir Clive William John Granger
(British Econometrician and Winner of the 2003 Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences)
Sir Clive William John Granger
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Birthdate: September 4, 1934
Sun Sign: Virgo
Died: May 27, 2009

Known for his contributions to analysis of the nonlinear time series, Sir Clive William John Granger was a British econometrician, who worked with Robert Engle to develop new statistical methods. Basing their work on cointegration, they were able to differentiate between and combine the analysis of short-term fluctuations and long-term trends, earning Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences for it.

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Margaret John
(Actress)
Margaret John
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Birthdate: December 14, 1926
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Died: February 2, 2011

While BAFTA-winning veteran actor Margaret John initially wished to be a vet or a nurse, her aversion to blood made her choose acting. Known for her role in Pobol y Cwm, she was one of the 31 actors to be part of both the Doctor Who series of the 1960s and the 2000s.

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William Simons
(Former Actor best known for his role as PC Alf Ventress in Heartbeat, a role he played for 18 years, from 1992 to 2010)
William Simons
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Birthdate: November 17, 1940
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Died: June 21, 2019
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
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William Robert Grove
(Judge, Chemist)
William Robert Grove
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Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: July 11, 1811
Sun Sign: Cancer
Died: August 1, 1896
 23 
Rhian O'Sullivan
(Welsh Female Professional Darts Player)
Rhian O'Sullivan
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 20, 1981
Sun Sign: Aquarius
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Hannah Stone
(Harpist)
Hannah Stone
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: April 27, 1987
Sun Sign: Taurus

Welsh harpist Hannah Stone had started performing at age 8 and has since played for the British Royal Family quite a few times. She was also named the Official Harpist to the Prince of Wales back in 2011. She is now married to bass-baritone opera singer Sir Bryn Terfel.

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Carwyn Jones
(Former First Minister of Wales)
Carwyn Jones
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: March 21, 1967
Sun Sign: Aries

Welsh Labour leader Carwyn Jones has held many significant political posts, including that of the First Minister of Wales. A qualified lawyer, he practiced for a decade and then also taught a law course at Cardiff University. He met his wife, a fellow student, while studying at the Aberystwyth University.

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Princess Lilian, Duchess of Halland
(Model)
Princess Lilian, Duchess of Halland
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: August 30, 1915
Sun Sign: Virgo
Died: March 10, 2013
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Shaun MacDonald
(Welsh Footballer Who Plays as a Midfielder)
Shaun MacDonald
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 17, 1988
Sun Sign: Gemini
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
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Tony Lewis
(Welsh Former Cricketer, Who Captained England)
Tony Lewis
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 6, 1938
Sun Sign: Cancer
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Hannah Stone
(YouNow Star)
Hannah Stone
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Birthdate: November 13, 2000
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Died: November 1, 2017
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Ivor Allchurch
(Welsh Professional Footballer Who Played as a Forward)
Ivor Allchurch
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 16, 1929
Sun Sign: Libra
Died: July 10, 1997
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
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Rowan Douglas Williams
(104th Archbishop of Canterbury)
Rowan Douglas Williams
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Birthdate: June 14, 1950
Sun Sign: Gemini

Rowan Douglas Williams became the first archbishop of Canterbury who was not from the Church of England. The Welsh Anglican bishop has been quite liberal in his views on homosexuality. He has also taught theology courses at the universities of Oxford and Cambridge, and is a life peer.

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Geraint Watkins
(Singer-Songwriter)
Geraint Watkins
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: February 5, 1951
Sun Sign: Aquarius

Singer and rock-n-roll pianist Geraint Watkins initially played with bands such as Red Beans and Rice. He later collaborated with artists such as Nick Lowe and Dave Edmunds, too. He has also had a 15-year stint as a pianist and accordionist with the lesser-known band The Balham Alligators in London pubs.