Famous Welsh Women

Wales has long since lived under the shadow of Great Britain but has a lot more to it than an eclipsed existence. It is its extraordinary nationals and their outstanding feats that have carved a niche for Wales in the world map. From the land of fathers, come a female sect, strong and influential, whose achievements have shaped history and whose names will resonate for centuries at large. Welsh women have been pioneers – the have left a trail of their geniuses for others to follow. Their achievements are so profound that they sure would leave your startled for good. Megan Llyod George was the first woman to serve as the Welsh MP. Her campaigns for women’s rights and underprivileged gave her an iconic status.

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 1 Catherine Zeta-Jones

Catherine Zeta-Jones
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: September 25, 1969
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Swansea

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.

 2 Shirley Bassey

Shirley Bassey
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: January 8, 1937
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Tiger Bay, Cardiff, Wales

Shirley Bassey is one of the most popular Welsh singers of all time. Blessed with an expressive voice, Shirley Bassey is renowned for recording the theme songs of popular James Bond movies, such as Moonraker, Diamonds Are Forever, and Goldfinger. In 2000, she was appointed a DBE for services to performing arts.

 3 Bonnie Tyler

Bonnie Tyler
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: June 8, 1951
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Skewen, Neath, Wales
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 4 Perdita Weeks

Perdita Weeks
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 25, 1985
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Cardiff, United Kingdom

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.

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 5 Charlotte Church

Charlotte Church
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: February 21, 1986
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Llandaff, Cardiff, Wales

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.  

 6 Katherine Jenkins

Katherine Jenkins
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: June 29, 1980
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Neath, Glamorgan, Wales, UK

 7 Alex Jones

Alex Jones
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Famous As: Television presenter
Birthdate: March 18, 1977
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Ammanford, Carmarthen, Wales, UK
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 8 Ruth Jones

Ruth Jones
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: September 22, 1966
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Bridgend, Wales, UK

 9 Ruth Ellis

Ruth Ellis
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Famous As: Model
Birthdate: October 9, 1926
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Rhyl, Flintshire, Wales, UK
Died: July 13, 1955

 10 Sian Phillips

Sian Phillips
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 14, 1933
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Gwaun-Cae-Gurwen, United Kingdom

Sian Phillips is a respected Welsh actress whose achievements over the course of her career spanning over seven decades were honored with a Radio Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2018 BBC Audio Drama Awards. Sian Phillips, who has won prestigious awards, such as BAFTA TV Award, was appointed DBE during the New Year Honours in 2016.

 11 Erin Richards

Erin Richards
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 17, 1986
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Penarth, Wales, UK

 12 Marina Diamandis

Marina Diamandis
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: October 10, 1985
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Brynmawr
Welsh singer Marina Diamandis initially soared to fame as Marina and the Diamonds. Though she studied classic composition in university, she dropped out later to create her own music. She created the character Electra Heart to promote her album of the same name. She claims she is synesthetic.

 13 Aimee-Ffion Edwards

Aimee-Ffion Edwards
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: November 21, 1987
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Newport, United Kingdom

Initially aspiring to be a classical singer, Aimee-Ffion Edwards had her first stint with showbiz on the show Wawffactor. As a teenager, she was the only girl in a rugby team. She is equally at ease playing a working-class mother in The Left Behind and a gypsy in Peaky Blinders.

 14 Mandy Rice-Davies

Mandy Rice-Davies
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Famous As: Model
Birthdate: October 1, 1944
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Llanelli, Carmarthenshire, Wales
Died: December 18, 2014

Mandy Rice-Davies was a British model and a showgirl, best remembered for her involvement in the Profumo affair that damaged the credibility of Harold Macmillan's Conservative government in early 1960s. Later, she opened a restaurant and a nightclub in Tel Aviv and publishing three books including her autobiography. She also appeared in a number of films and television productions.  

 15 Tegan Nox

Tegan Nox
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Famous As: Wrestler
Birthdate: November 15, 1994
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Bargoed, Wales

 16 Alexandra Roach

Alexandra Roach
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 23, 1987
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Ammanford, Carmarthenshire, Wales

 17 Eve Myles

Eve Myles
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 8, 1978
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Ystradgynlais, Wales

 18 Paula Yates

Paula Yates
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Famous As: Television presenter
Birthdate: April 24, 1959
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Colwyn Bay, Wales
Died: September 17, 2000

 19 Laura Ashley

Laura Ashley
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Famous As: Founder of 'Laura Ashley' Brand
Birthdate: September 7, 1925
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Dowlais, Merthyr Tydfil,, Wales
Died: September 17, 1985

Laura Ashley was a Welsh businesswoman and fashion designer. She is credited with co-founding a British textile design company called Laura Ashley plc, which became an international retail chain after some 20 years from its founding. Two years after her death, the Laura Ashley Foundation was established in order to fund arts and social welfare projects.

 20 Jem

Jem
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: May 18, 1975
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Penarth, Wales

 21 Margaret John

Margaret John
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 14, 1926
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Swansea, Wales
Died: February 2, 2011

 22 Lisa Scott-Lee

Lisa Scott-Lee
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: November 5, 1975
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Rhyl, North Wales

 23 Rachel Roberts

Rachel Roberts
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: September 20, 1927
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Llanelli, Carmarthenshire, Wales
Died: November 26, 1980

 24 Mali Harries

Mali Harries
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Birthdate: 0000 AD

 25 Cerys Matthews

Cerys Matthews
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: April 11, 1969
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Cardiff, Wales, UK

 26 Jade Jones

Jade Jones
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Famous As: Taekwondo athlete
Birthdate: March 21, 1993
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Bodelwyddan, Wales

 27 Sarah Waters

Sarah Waters
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Famous As: Novelist, Writer
Birthdate: July 21, 1966
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Neyland, Wales

 28 Hannah Mills

Hannah Mills
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Famous As: Skipper
Birthdate: February 29, 1988
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Cardiff, South Glamorgan, Wales

 29 Sophie Evans

Sophie Evans
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Famous As: singer
Birthdate: February 13, 1993
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Tonypandy

 30 Gwen John

Gwen John
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Famous As: Painter, Visual artist, Model
Birthdate: June 22, 1876
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Haverfordwest
Died: September 18, 1939

 31 Penelope Mortimer

Penelope Mortimer
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: September 19, 1918
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Rhyl, Wales
Died: October 19, 1999

 32 Lucy Walter

Lucy Walter
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Famous As: Mistress of Charles II
Birthdate: 1630 AD
Birthplace: Roch Castle, Wales
Died: 1658 AD

 33 Isabel de Clare, 4th Countess of Pembroke

Isabel de Clare, 4th Countess of Pembroke
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Famous As: Noblewoman
Birthdate: 1172 AD
Birthplace: Leinster, Ireland
Died: March 11, 1220

 34 Judith Owen

Judith Owen
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Birthdate: 0000 AD

 35 Sarah Siddons

Sarah Siddons
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 5, 1755
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Brecon
Died: June 8, 1831

 36 Hester Thrale

Hester Thrale
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: January 27, 1741
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Wales
Died: May 2, 1821

 37 Margaret Oliphant Oliphant

Margaret Oliphant Oliphant
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Birthdate: April 4, 1828
Sun Sign: Aries
Died: June 25, 1897

 38 Hannah Stone

Hannah Stone
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Famous As: Harpist
Birthdate: April 27, 1987
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Mumbles, Swansea, Wales

 39 Catrin Finch

Catrin Finch
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Famous As: Harpist
Birthdate: April 24, 1980
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Llanon, Ceredigion, Wales

 40 Tessie O'Shea

Tessie O'Shea
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: March 13, 1913
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Cardiff, Glamorgan, Wales
Died: April 21, 1995

 41 Margaret Price

Margaret Price
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Famous As: Opera singer
Birthdate: April 13, 1941
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Blackwood, Wales
Died: January 28, 2011

 42 Victoria Thornley

Victoria Thornley
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Famous As: Rower
Birthdate: November 30, 1987
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: St Asaph, Denbighshire, Wales

 43 Elaine Morgan

Elaine Morgan
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Famous As: screenwriter, columnist, author, writer, feminist
Birthdate: November 7, 1920
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Pontypridd
Died: July 12, 2013

 44 Catherine Tregenna

Catherine Tregenna
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Birthdate: 0000 AD

 45 Anna Hursey

Anna Hursey
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Famous As: Table tennis player
Birthdate: June 22, 2006
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Carmarthen, Wales

 46 Claire Jones

Claire Jones
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Famous As: Harpist
Birthdate: 1985 AD
Birthplace: Crymych, Wales

 47 Kate Roberts

Kate Roberts
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Famous As: Welsh writer
Birthdate: February 13, 1891
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Rhosgadfan, Wales
Died: April 4, 1985

 48 Myfanwy Piper

Myfanwy Piper
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Famous As: Art Critic
Birthdate: March 28, 1911
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: London, England
Died: January 18, 1997

 49 Siân James

Siân James
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: December 24, 1961
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Powys, Wales

 50 Ann Griffiths

Ann Griffiths
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: March 31, 1776
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Llanfihangel-yng-Ngwynfa, Wales
Died: July 31, 1805

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