Famous Welsh Actors

Find out more about the greatest Welsh Actors, including Christian Bale, Ioan Gruffudd, John Rhys-Davies, Vinnie Jones and Anthony Hopkins.

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Anthony Hopkins
(Known for His Role as ‘Hannibal Lector’ in Jonathan Demme's ‘The Silence of the Lambs’)

Anthony Hopkins
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Birthdate: December 31, 1937
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Margam, Wales, United Kingdom

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.

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Michael Sheen
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Birthdate: February 5, 1969
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Newport, Monmouthshire, Wales

Michael Sheen is a Welsh actor and started his career as a theatre artist. He rose to fame in the 2000s as a screen actor after working in various biographical films. He starred in television films like The Deal, The Queen and The Special Relationship. Some of his notable films are The Twilight Saga: New Moon and Midnight in Paris.

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Taron Egerton
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Birthdate: November 10, 1989
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Birkenhead, Merseyside, England

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.

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Tom Ellis
(Actor)

Tom Ellis
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Birthdate: November 17, 1978
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Cardiff, Wales

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.

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Richard Burton
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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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Luke Evans
(Actor)

Luke Evans
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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.

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

While he began his career as a Shakespearean stage actor, Timothy Dalton later gained fame with his iconic role as James Bond in the movies The Living Daylights and Licence to Kill. Known for his deep voice, he was often offered brooding characters. He also appeared as Rochester in the series Jane Eyre.

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John Rhys-Davies
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Birthdate: May 5, 1944
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Salisbury, Wiltshire, England

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.

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Jonathan Pryce
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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.

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Ioan Gruffudd
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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.

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Rhys Ifans
(Actor Who Played the Role of the Sly Lizard Villain Dr. Curt Connors in the 'Amazing Spider-Man')

Rhys Ifans
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Birthdate: July 22, 1967
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, Wales

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Andy Whitfield
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Birthdate: October 17, 1971
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Amlwch, Anglesey, Wales
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. 

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Terry Jones
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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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Matthew Rhys
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Birthdate: November 8, 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.

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Iwan Rheon
(Actor)

Iwan Rheon
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Birthdate: May 13, 1985
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Carmarthen, Wales

Best known to audiences as Ramsay Bolton in Game of Thrones and as Simon Bellamy in Misfits, Iwan Rheon is also an Olivier Award-winning stage actor. A talented singer, too, he was previously the lead vocalist of The Convictions and has also performed with his brother in the single Rhodd.

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Aneurin Barnard
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Birthdate: May 8, 1987
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Ogwr, Mid Glamorgan, Wales
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.

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Tom Cullen
(Actor)

Tom Cullen
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Birthdate: July 17, 1985
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Aberystwyth, Wales
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.

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

John Cale
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Birthdate: March 9, 1942
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Garnant

Experimental musician John Cale is best known as the co-founder of the rock band The Velvet Underground. The son of a coal miner father, he later developed a love for music that earned him a scholarship to the University of London. Prescribed opiates for his bronchial issues, he later struggled with addiction.

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Ray Milland
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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.

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Paul Whitehouse
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Birthdate: May 17, 1958
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Stanleytown, Wales

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Gwilym Lee
(Actor)

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

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Ian Whyte
(actor)

Ian Whyte
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Birthdate: September 17, 1971
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Bangor

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Roger Rees
(Actor)

Roger Rees
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Birthdate: May 5, 1944
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Aberystwyth, Wales, UK
Died: July 10, 2015

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Owain Yeoman
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Birthdate: July 2, 1978
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Chepstow, Monmouthshire, Wales
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.

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Desmond Llewelyn
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Birthdate: September 12, 1914
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Newport, Wales Newport, Wales
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. 

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Craig Roberts
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Birthdate: January 21, 1991
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Bargoed, Wales

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Richard Brake
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Birthdate: November 30, 1964
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Ystrad Mynach, Hengoed, Wales, UK

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Bernard Fox
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Birthdate: May 11, 1927
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Port Talbot, England
Died: December 14, 2016

Gethin Jones
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Birthdate: 0000 AD

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Stanley Baker
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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.

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Richard Harrington
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Birthdate: March 12, 1975
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Merthyr Tydfil

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Christopher Timothy
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Birthdate: October 14, 1940
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bala, Merionethshire, Wales

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Jason Hughes
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Birthdate: December 18, 1971
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Porthcawl, Wales

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Mark Lewis Jones
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Birthdate: 1964 AD
Birthplace: Rhosllannerchrugog, Wales, UK

Hywel Bennett
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Birthdate: 0000 AD

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Shaheen Jafargholi
(Actor, Singer)

Shaheen Jafargholi
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Birthdate: January 23, 1997
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Swansea, Wales

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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Harry Secombe
(Comedian)

Harry Secombe
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Birthdate: September 8, 1921
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Swansea, Wales
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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Hugh Griffith
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Birthdate: May 30, 1912
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Marian-glas, Wales
Died: May 14, 1980

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Bryn Terfel
(Singer, Opera singer, Actor)

Bryn Terfel
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Birthdate: November 9, 1965
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Pant Glas

Welsh opera singer Bryn Terfel initially gained fame with his roles in operas such as The Marriage of Figaro and Don Giovanni. The Guildhall alumnus later won a Grammy and 4 Classic Brit Awards. He was also knighted and awarded a CBE honor for his extraordinary achievements in music.

Lloyd Owen
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Birthdate: 0000 AD

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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
Birthplace: Swansea, Glamorgan, Wales
Died: June 21, 2019

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Wynne Evans
(Singer, Opera singer, Actor)

Wynne Evans
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Birthdate: January 27, 1972
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Carmarthen

Wynne Evans became a household name as the fake opera star Gio Compario in the popular Go Compare insurance commercials. The Welsh singer scored a number 1 classical debut album, A Song in My Heart, and performed as Piangi in The Phantom of the Opera. He is also a regular BBC Radio presenter.

Andy Scott
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Birthdate: June 30, 1949
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Wrexham

Andy Scott initially soared to fame as the lead guitarist for the classic 70s’ English glam rock band Sweet. He later had a lukewarm solo career, too. He now lives in a barn in All Cannings. The Welsh singer/musician has also had a long struggle with prostate cancer.

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Richard Davies
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Birthdate: January 25, 1926
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Dowlais, Wales
Died: October 8, 2015

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Kenneth Griffith
(Actor, Activist)

Kenneth Griffith
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Birthdate: October 12, 1921
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Tenby, Pembrokeshire, Wales
Died: June 25, 2006

Gareth Thomas (Actor)
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Birthdate: February 12, 1945
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Wales

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Victor Spinetti
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Birthdate: September 2, 1929
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Cwm, Ebbw Vale, Wales
Died: June 18, 2012

Actor, author, and raconteur Victor Spinetti initially gained fame with his appearances in films of The Beatles. He later appeared in many comic roles in films such as The Taming of The Shrew. He was also a Tony Award-winning Broadway performer. He eventually succumbed to pancreatic cancer.

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Emlyn Williams
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Birthdate: November 26, 1905
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Mostyn, Wales
Died: September 25, 1987

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Robin Davies
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Birthdate: January 16, 1954
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Tywyn, Merionethshire, Wales
Died: February 22, 2010

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Stan Stennett
(Comedian)

Stan Stennett
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Birthdate: July 30, 1925
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Pencoed, Bridgend, Wales
Died: November 26, 2013

Though mainly a comedian, Stan Stennett had been an all-round entertainer, who did everything from hosting a country music radio show to performing the guitar and the trumpet. He was made a part of the Grand Order of Water Rats and was also awarded an MBE.