Famous Welsh Film & Theater Personalities

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

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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 Richard Burton

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 Jonathan Pryce

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.

 4 Taron Egerton

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.

 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 Ioan Gruffudd

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.

 7 Aneurin Barnard

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.
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 8 Andy Whitfield

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. 

 9 Eve Myles

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

 10 Katherine Jenkins

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

 11 Alex Jones

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

 12 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.

 13 Craig Roberts

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

 14 Ray Milland

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.

 15 Ian Whyte

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

 16 Tom Cullen

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.

 17 Erin Richards

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

 18 Desmond Llewelyn

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. 

 19 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.

 20 John Cale

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

 21 Richard Harrington

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

 22 Christopher Timothy

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

 23 Gethin Jones

Gethin Jones
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Birthdate: 0000 AD

 24 Paul Whitehouse

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

 25 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.

 26 Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen

Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen
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Birthdate: 0000 AD

 27 Stanley Baker

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.

 28 Alexandra Roach

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

 29 Jason Hughes

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

 30 Hywel Bennett

Hywel Bennett
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Birthdate: 0000 AD

 31 Shaheen Jafargholi

Shaheen Jafargholi.
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Famous As: Actor, Singer
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.

 32 Mali Harries

Mali Harries
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Birthdate: 0000 AD

 33 Lloyd Owen

Lloyd Owen
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Birthdate: 0000 AD

 34 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

 35 Andy Scott

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

 36 Hugh Griffith

Hugh Griffith
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: May 30, 1912
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Marian-glas, Wales
Died: May 14, 1980

 37 Bryn Terfel

Bryn Terfel
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Famous As: Singer, Opera singer, Actor
Birthdate: November 9, 1965
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Pant Glas

 38 Gareth Thomas (Actor)

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

 39 Sophie Evans

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

 40 Richard Davies

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

 41 Emlyn Williams

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

 42 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

 43 Dean Smith

Dean Smith
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: January 25, 1990
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Leeds, Yorkshire, England, UK