Famous Welsh Men

Hasn’t life been easier with web/mobile app shopping? Who do you think you need to thank it for - your dealer, the website, the application, your phone or your internet connection? All of those but most importantly Sir Pryce Pryce-Jones for had it not been for this Welsh man, the mail order business that is thriving so well today wouldn’t have been possible. It was Pryce-Jones who gave the world the bliss of virtual shopping! And this is not just it for Welsh men are responsible for a lot more.

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 1 Anthony Hopkins

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Birthdate: December 31, 1937
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Port Talbot, Glamorgan, Wales

Highly renowned Welsh actor, Anthony Hopkins is best known for his portrayal of a cannibalistic serial killer in the movie The Silence of the Lambs. The portrayal earned him prestigious awards and also a place in the list of best villains of all time. Other notable films of the celebrated character actor include Remains of the Day, Nixon and Amistad.

 2 Richard Burton

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: November 10, 1925
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Pontrhydyfen, Wales
Died: August 5, 1984
Richard Burton is remembered for his tumultuous affair with Elizabeth Taylor, whom he married and divorced twice. The Burton-Taylor duo is also known for their hits Cleopatra and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? A seasoned Shakespearean actor, Burton was known for his baritone voice. He became an alcoholic later.
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 3 Ryan Giggs

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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: November 29, 1973
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Cardiff
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 Bertrand Russell

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Famous As: Philosopher
Birthdate: May 18, 1872
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Trellech, Monmouthshire, Wales
Died: February 2, 1970

Bertrand Russell was a British polymath and Nobel laureate. His work, which is spread across various fields, has had a considerable influence on philosophy, cognitive science, artificial intelligence, mathematics, linguistics, and logic. Russell is also credited with leading the revolt against idealism in Britain and is regarded as one of the founders of analytic philosophy.

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 5 Taron Egerton

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: November 10, 1989
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Birkenhead

An award-winning actor, Taron Egerton is popular for playing real-life icons in biopics, such as Eddie the Eagle and Rocketman. Also known for his singing abilities, Egerton has appeared in a couple of music videos as well. Taron Egerton does not shy away from voicing his opinion on sensitive topics like misogyny and is a supporter of the LGBT community.

 6 Luke Evans

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 15, 1979
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Pontypool, Wales

Luke Evans is one of the most successful and popular actors from Wales. Also a decent singer, he released his debut studio album, At Last, in 2019; he studied music under the tutelage of an established singing coach named Louise Ryan. Since he is openly gay, Luke Evans serves as an inspiration to the gay community around the world.

 7 Terry Jones

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: February 1, 1942
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Colwyn Bay, Denbighshire, Wales
Died: January 21, 2020
Starting his career as a comedy writer, actor-director Terry Jones later soared to fame as part of the Monty Python comedy team. An avid historian, too, he wrote several books and presented TV documentaries on the topic. In his later years, the BAFTA Cymru award winner struggled with dementia. 
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 8 Dylan Thomas

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Famous As: Poet & Writer
Birthdate: October 27, 1914
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Swansea
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.

 9 Timothy Dalton

Timothy Dalton
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: March 21, 1946
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Colwyn Bay, Denbighshire, Wales

 10 John Rhys-Davies

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: May 5, 1944
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Salisbury, United Kingdom

John Rhys-Davies is best known as Gimli and the voice of Treebeard from The Lord of the Rings trilogy. He is also known for voicing Cassim in Aladdin and the King of Thieves. His other notable projects include Shōgun, Sliders, and the James Bond film The Living Daylights.

 11 David Lloyd George

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Famous As: Former Chancellor of the Exchequer
Birthdate: January 17, 1863
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Chorlton-on-Medlock
Died: March 26, 1945
David Lloyd George, or the 1st Earl Lloyd-George of Dwyfor, was the British prime minister from 1916 to 1922 and the first Welsh to hold the position. Though he was a Liberal, he was initially supported by the Conservatives. He was a key figure in the Paris Peace Conference.

 12 Jonathan Pryce

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 1, 1947
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Carmel, Flintshire

Jonathan Pryce is one of the most popular Welsh actors of all time. Renowned for his versatility, Pryce has contributed immensely across all the three major acting mediums: movies, television and theatre. Best known for his work in theatre, Pryce is a two-time winner of the prestigious Tony Award. In the 2009 Birthday Honours, Jonathan Pryce was appointed a CBE for services to drama.

 13 Aaron Ramsey

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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: December 26, 1990
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Caerphilly, Gwent, Wales

 14 Iwan Rheon

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: May 13, 1985
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Carmarthen, Wales

 15 Tom Cullen

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: July 17, 1985
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Aberystwyth, United Kingdom
Thomas Cullen soared to fame with his role in the series Downton Abbey. Fans also loved him as Sir Landry in the series Knightfall. He delivered an award-winning debut performance in the film Weekend. He co-founded the company Undeb Theatre and has also directed the film Pink Wall.

 16 Aneurin Barnard

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: May 8, 1987
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Ogwr, Mid Glamorgan, Wales, UK
Born to a factory worker and a coal miner, Aneurin Barnard began gaining recognition with roles in series such as Jacob's Ladder. His performance as Melchior Gabor in the musical Spring Awakening won him the Laurence Olivier Award. His portrayal of Richard III in The White Queen was also appreciated.

 17 Mark Hughes

Mark Hughes
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Famous As: Association football manager
Birthdate: November 1, 1963
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Wrexham, Wales

 18 Henry Morgan

Henry Morgan.
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Famous As: Privateer, Lieutenant Governor of Jamaica
Birthdate: January 24, 1635
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Llanrumney, Glamorgan
Died: August 25, 1688

Henry Morgan was a Welsh privateer who later served as lieutenant governor of Jamaica. He is best remembered for raiding settlements on the Spanish Main. From the wealth acquired through his raids, Morgan became a plantation owner, buying three large sugar plantations in the Caribbean. His life and career inspired several films, such as Captain Blood and Morgan, the Pirate.

 19 Gwilym Lee

Gwilym Lee
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: November 24, 1983
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: London, England, UK

 20 Ray Milland

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: January 3, 1907
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Neath, Glamorgan, Wales
Died: March 10, 1986

Welsh-American actor-director Ray Milland is best remembered for his Oscar-winning role of Don Birnam in The Lost Weekend. Fans also loved him in films such as Dial M for Murder and The Jungle Princess. He was previously part of the British Army’s Household Cavalry, as a marksman, pilot, and horseman.

 21 Craig Roberts

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: January 21, 1991
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Bargoed, Wales

 22 Ian Whyte

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Famous As: actor
Birthdate: September 17, 1971
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Bangor

 23 Craig Bellamy

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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: July 13, 1979
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Cardiff

 24 Owain Yeoman

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: July 2, 1978
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Chepstow
Welsh actor Owain Yeoman is best known as Wayne Rigsby from The Mentalist, as Steven Daedalus from Kitchen Confidential, and as Lucas Dalton from The Nine. He has also appeared in films such as Troy and American Sniper. He is a supporter of PETA’s campaign for vegetarianism.

 25 Roger Rees

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: May 5, 1944
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Aberystwyth, Wales, UK
Died: July 10, 2015

 26 Paul Whitehouse

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: May 17, 1958
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Stanleytown, Wales

 27 Henry Morton Stanley

Henry Morton Stanley.
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Famous As: Explorer
Birthdate: January 28, 1841
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Denbigh
Died: May 10, 1904

Henry Morton Stanley was a Welsh-American explorer, journalist, colonial administrator, soldier, politician, and author. He is remembered for his exploration of central Africa and his search for the source of the River Nile. Stanley received an honorary title of knighthood in 1899. His life and career inspired the 1939 movie Stanley and Livingstone, where Stanley was played by Spencer Tracy.

 28 Desmond Llewelyn

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: September 12, 1914
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Newport, Monmouthshire, Wales, United Kingdom
Died: December 19, 1999

Welsh actor, Desmond Llewelyn, is best known for his role as Q in many James Bond films over a span of four decades. Even though he originally wanted to be a minister, his interest shifted to acting while in high school. He served in the army during World War II and resumed his acting career afterward. 

 29 Robert Owen

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Birthdate: May 14, 1771
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Newtown, Montgomeryshire, Wales
Died: November 17, 1858
While working as an apprentice to a clothes manufacturer, Robert Owen often spent hours reading at his employer’s library. He later explored the textile industry and led a Manchester firm. Remembered as a pioneer of the co-operative movement and utopian socialism, he improved the working conditions of factory workers.

 30 Tony Pulis

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Famous As: Football Player
Birthdate: January 16, 1958
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Newport, United Kingdom

Tony Pulis is a Welsh former football player who played for teams like Bristol Rovers, AFC Bournemouth, and Newport County in a career that spanned 17 years. Pulis is better known for his career as a football manager, for which he was made an inductee to the LMA Hall of Fame.

 31 Aneurin Bevan

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Famous As: Former Secretary of State for Health
Birthdate: November 15, 1897
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Tredegar, Wales
Died: July 6, 1960

Born into a working-class family, Aneurin Bevan quit school at 13 to start working at a colliery. He later won a scholarship to study in London and rose to become a Labour MP. He led the ministries of labor and health, and the left-wing of the Labour Party, the Bevanites.

 32 Bartholomew Roberts

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Famous As: Pirate
Birthdate: May 17, 1682
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Puncheston, United Kingdom
Died: February 10, 1722

 33 Owain Glyndŵr

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Famous As: Defender
Birthdate: 1349 AD
Birthplace: Wales
Died: 1416 AD

Legendary Welsh hero Owain Glyndŵr was part of the last major Welsh attempt at overthrowing the English reign. With the help of local rebels, he declared himself the prince of Wales and even set up a parliament, ignoring Henry IV’s rule. He eventually disappeared and was presumed dead.

 34 Gethin Jones

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Birthdate: 0000 AD

 35 Howard Marks

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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: August 13, 1945
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Kenfig Hill, Bridgend, Wales, UK
Died: April 10, 2016

An Oxford alumnus, Dennis Howard Marks was an aspiring teacher before chose the world of drugs. He went from consuming cannabis to selling it, and was eventually jailed for 7 years. He used numerous pseudonyms, such as Mr. Nice and Marco Polo, and also penned a bestselling memoir.

 36 Matthew Rhys

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: November 4, 1974
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Cardiff, Wales
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.

 37 Andy Whitfield

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 17, 1971
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Amlwch, United Kingdom
Died: September 11, 2011

Welsh actor, Andy Whitfield, gained international fame for his leading role in the Starz television series Spartacus: Blood and Sand. A qualified engineer, he quit his corporate job to act in TV shows. He became popular within a few years and began acting in films as well. Tragically, he became ill with cancer and died at the age of 39. 

 38 Ian Watkins

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Famous As: singer, lyricist, songwriter
Birthdate: July 30, 1977
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Merthyr Tydfil

 39 Ioan Gruffudd

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 6, 1973
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Llwydcoed, Aberdare, Wales

Ioan Gruffudd is a Welsh actor known for playing important roles in popular American films, such as 102 Dalmatians, Black Hawk Down, and San Andreas. An accomplished oboist and singer during his teenage years, Ioan Gruffudd gave up music in order to focus on his career as an actor.

 40 Michael Howard

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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: July 7, 1941
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Swansea, Wales, UK

 41 Stanley Baker

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: February 28, 1928
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Ferndale, Glamorgan, Wales
Died: June 28, 1976

Stanley Baker was a Welsh actor whose rugged appearance and intense screen persona earned him popularity during the late 1950s and early 1960s. His portrayal of Captain Langford in the 1959 war film Yesterday's Enemy earned him a nomination at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts. He received an honorary title of knighthood in 1976.

 42 Bernard Fox

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: May 11, 1927
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Port Talbot, England
Died: December 14, 2016

 43 John Cale

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Record producer, Actor, Lyricist, Musician, Autobiographer, Model, Film actor, Television actor, Music arranger, Experimental musician, Pianist, Film score composer
Birthdate: March 9, 1942
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Garnant

 44 Saint David

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Famous As: Welsh bishop
Birthdate: 0500 AD
Birthplace: Pembrokeshire
Died: March 1, 0589

Saint David was a Welsh bishop who lived during the 6th century. His life and teachings inspired Welsh composer Sir Karl William Pamp Jenkins to come up with a choral work titled Dewi Sant. David's teachings also inspired another composer named Arwel Hughes, who composed an oratorio titled Dewi Sant in 1950. David is considered the patron saint of Wales.

 45 Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen

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Birthdate: 0000 AD

 46 Chris Coleman

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Famous As: association football player, association football manager
Birthdate: June 10, 1970
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Swansea

 47 Ethan Ampadu

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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: September 14, 2000
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Exeter
Son of former footballer Kwame Ampadu, Chelsea midfielder Ethan Ampadu, who has now been loaned to Sheffield United, was the only silver lining in Sheffield’s disastrous Premier League season in late 2020. He has 13 senior international caps, playing for Wales, and was the youngest player in Exeter City’s first-team.

 48 Llywelyn the Great

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Famous As: King
Birthdate: 1173 AD
Birthplace: Dolwyddelan, Wales
Died: April 11, 1240

 49 Tom Ward

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: January 11, 1971
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Swansea, United Kingdom

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.

 50 Wayne Hennessey

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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: January 24, 1987
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Bangor

Have you ever wondered who actually gave mathematics the plus and equal and pi sign? Yes, it was yet again Welsh men – Robert Recorde and William Jones. And if you are fond of music, let us tell you that it was Welsh man David Edward Hughes who actually refined Edison’s idea of a microphone thus paving the way for the modern microphone. From actors to architects, entrepreneurs to explorers, models to monarchs, philanthropists to politicians, scientists to sportspeople, writers to inventors, Welsh men have greatly impacted the lives of people in the world. to know in details about the life and works of famous Welsh men, read further.