Find out more about the greatest Welsh people, including Anthony Hopkins, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Taron Egerton, Roald Dahl and Richard Burton.

What is that common thread that ties the rich and the famous like Anthony Hopkins, Richard Burton, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Courteney Cox, Dylan Thomas, George Herbert, and Christian Bale together? Well, it is their nationality. True that! From celebrated crooners and iconic movie stars to cutting-edge comedians and fine poets, Wales has produced abundant talent in course of its history. And if you think that is all, read further. You will be surprised to know that eminent personalities like Tom Jones, Roald Dahl, King Arthur and Bertrand Russell too called Wales their home. With such an awe-inspiring lot of talent to its credit, it is surprising how Wales has managed to understate its greatness on the face of the world all along. Let us pay tribute to the greatest Welshmen of all times in their biographies below. Read all about their timeline discover interesting trivia and dig some lesser-known facts about these famous Welsh people here.
Catherine Zeta-JonesCatherine Zeta-Jones
(Actress)

25 September 1969

Anthony HopkinsAnthony Hopkins

31 December 1937

Taron EgertonTaron Egerton
(Actor)

10 November 1989

Roald DahlRoald Dahl
(Novelist, Short Story Writer)

13 September 1916

Ryan GiggsRyan Giggs
(Footballer)

29 November 1973

Richard BurtonRichard Burton
(Actor)

10 November 1925

Bertrand RussellBertrand Russell
(Philosopher)

18 May 1872

Ioan GruffuddIoan Gruffudd
(Actor)

06 October 1973

Jonathan PryceJonathan Pryce
(Actor)

01 June 1947

Shirley BasseyShirley Bassey
(Singer)

08 January 1937

Tom CullenTom Cullen
(Actor)

17 July 1985

David Lloyd GeorgeDavid Lloyd George
(Former Chancellor of the Exchequer)

17 January 1863

Dylan ThomasDylan Thomas
(Poet & Writer)

27 October 1914

Ethan AmpaduEthan Ampadu
(Footballer)

14 September 2000

Aneurin BevanAneurin Bevan
(Former Secretary of State for Health)

15 November 1897

Charlotte ChurchCharlotte Church

21 February 1986

Aneurin BarnardAneurin Barnard
(Actor)

08 May 1987

Ray MillandRay Milland
(Actor)

03 January 1907

Henry Morton StanleyHenry Morton Stanley
(Explorer)

28 January 1841

Shaheen JafargholiShaheen Jafargholi
(Actor, Singer)

23 January 1997

Robert OwenRobert Owen

14 May 1771

Owain GlyndŵrOwain Glyndŵr
(Defender)

1349 AD

George HerbertGeorge Herbert
(Poet)

03 April 1593

Saint DavidSaint David
(Welsh bishop)

0500 AD

Laura Ashley Laura Ashley
(Founder of 'Laura Ashley' Brand)

07 September 1925

Leondre Antonio DevriesLeondre Antonio Devries
(Rapper)

06 October 2000

Arthur KeithArthur Keith
(Father of Modern Nationalism)

05 February 1866

Marina DiamandisMarina Diamandis
(Singer)

10 October 1985

Emma Rhys-JonesEmma Rhys-Jones
(Gareth Bale's Fiancee)

29 July 1991

Alun HoddinottAlun Hoddinott
(Composer)

11 August 1929

Sian PhillipsSian Phillips
(Actress)

14 May 1933

Sir Clive William John GrangerSir Clive William John Granger
(British economist)

04 September 1934

Timothy DaltonTimothy Dalton
(Actor, Film actor)

21 March 1944

Eve MylesEve Myles

John Rhys-DaviesJohn Rhys-Davies
(Screenwriter, Actor, Voice acting)
Andy WhitfieldAndy Whitfield
(Model, Actor, Engineer)

John CaleJohn Cale
(Singer-songwriter, Record producer, Actor, Lyricist, Musician, Autobiographer, Model, Film actor, Television actor, Music arranger, Experimental musician, Pianist, Film score composer)

09 March 1942

Henry MorganHenry Morgan
(Privateer, Lieutenant Governor of Jamaica)

24 January 1635

Craig BellamyCraig Bellamy
(Association football player)

13 July 1979

Desmond LlewelynDesmond Llewelyn

Aimee-Ffion EdwardsAimee-Ffion Edwards
(actor, television actor)

21 November 1987

Mali HarriesMali Harries

Joanna ScanlanJoanna Scanlan
Laurence Llewelyn-BowenLaurence Llewelyn-Bowen

Christopher TimothyChristopher Timothy

John CharlesJohn Charles
(Association football player, Association football manager)

27 December 1931

Alexandra RoachAlexandra Roach
Tom PryceTom Pryce
(Motorcycle racer, Racecar driver)

11 June 1949

Wayne HennesseyWayne Hennessey
(Association football player)

24 January 1987

David OwenDavid Owen
(politician, physician)

02 July 1938

Hywel BennettHywel Bennett

John HartsonJohn Hartson
(Association football player)

05 April 1975

Bryn TerfelBryn Terfel
(Singer, Opera singer, Actor)

09 November 1965

Gethin JonesGethin Jones

Carl RobinsonCarl Robinson
(Association football player, Association football manager)

13 October 1976

Lloyd OwenLloyd Owen

Sarah SiddonsSarah Siddons
(Actress)

05 July 1755

Judith OwenJudith Owen

David CotterillDavid Cotterill
(Association football player)

04 December 1987

Wynne EvansWynne Evans
(Singer, Opera singer, Actor)

27 January 1972

Robert RecordeRobert Recorde
(mathematician, physician, physicist, philosopher)

1512 AD

Henry VaughanHenry Vaughan
(Physician, Economist, Poet, Writer)

17 April 1621

Gwen JohnGwen John
(Painter, Visual artist, Model)

22 June 1876

Shaun MacDonaldShaun MacDonald
(Association football player)

17 June 1988

Ian WatkinsIan Watkins
(singer, lyricist, songwriter)

30 July 1977

Ben FlowerBen Flower
(Rugby league player, Rugby union player)

19 October 1987

Mark WilliamsMark Williams
(Snooker player)

21 March 1975

JemJem
(singer-songwriter, singer, songwriter)

18 May 1975

Chris ColemanChris Coleman
(association football player, association football manager)

10 June 1970

Sophie EvansSophie Evans
(singer)

13 February 1993

John EvansJohn Evans
(singer, writer, film maker, artist)

1960 AD

Richie BurnettRichie Burnett
(Darts player)

07 February 1967

Elaine MorganElaine Morgan
(screenwriter, columnist, author, writer, feminist)

07 November 1920

David ThompsonDavid Thompson
(explorer, cartographer)

30 April 1770

John OwenJohn Owen
(Theologian)

1616 AD