Famous Welsh Media Personalities

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 1 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.

 2 Joanna Page

Joanna Page
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Famous As: Actress who appeared as Stacey Shipman in the BAFTA-winning television series Gavin & Stacey
Birthdate: March 23, 1977
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Treboeth, Swansea, Wales

 3 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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 4 Henry Morton Stanley

Henry Morton Stanley
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Famous As: Explorer
Birthdate: January 28, 1841
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Denbigh, Wales
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.

 5 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

 6 Huw Edwards

Huw Edwards
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Famous As: journalist
Birthdate: August 18, 1961
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Bridgend, Wales

 7 Mark Lewis Jones

Mark Lewis Jones
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: 1964 AD
Birthplace: Rhosllannerchrugog, Wales, UK
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 8 Gareth Jones

Gareth Jones
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: August 13, 1905
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Barry, England
Died: August 12, 1935

 9 Kenneth Griffith

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

 10 Bertie Charles Forbes

Bertie Charles Forbes
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: May 14, 1880
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: New Deer, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Died: May 6, 1954

Born to working-class parents in Scotland, Bertie Charles Forbes initially worked as a journalist in Scotland and South Africa, before moving to the US. He launched Forbes magazine, which focused on finance and business and was later taken over by his two sons. Following his death, his body was buried in Scotland.

 11 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

Costa Book Award-winning Anglo-Welsh journalist Penelope Mortimer is best remembered for her iconic novel The Pumpkin Eater, which was later made into a film. An expert in writing feminist fiction, her works included plots of broken marriages. Her father, a clergyman, had apparently sexually abused her in childhood.

 12 Philip Jones Griffiths

Philip Jones Griffiths
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Famous As: Photojournalist
Birthdate: February 18, 1936
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Rhuddlan, Wales
Died: March 19, 2008

 13 Gerald Davies

Gerald Davies
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Famous As: Rugby union player
Birthdate: February 7, 1945
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Llansaint, Wales

 14 Arthur Symons

Arthur Symons
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: February 28, 1865
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Milford Haven, Wales
Died: January 22, 1945

Considered a pioneer of French Symbolism in English poetry, Arthur Symons was mostly homeschooled in childhood and later moved to London, joining the Rhymers’ Club and other literary societies. He is chiefly remembered for his works such as Days and Nights and Silhouettes. He recovered from a serious bout of mental illness later.

 15 John Maddox

John Maddox
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Famous As: Chemist
Birthdate: November 27, 1925
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Penllergaer, Wales
Died: April 12, 2009

Theoretical chemist and physicist John Maddox is best remembered for his science writing and his 22-year stint as an editor of Nature. He was also associated with The Manchester Guardian, as its science editor. He was also a founding trustee of the charity Sense about Science, which promotes science among common people.

 16 Alan Watkins

Alan Watkins
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Famous As: Columnist
Birthdate: April 3, 1933
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Tycroes, Wales
Died: May 8, 2010

Alan Watkins was a British political columnist who worked for several London-based newspapers and magazines for more than five decades. He is best remembered for his association with The Observer, where he worked from 1976 to 1993. Alan Watkins is credited with coining and popularizing several phrases, such as chattering classes. 

 17 Hugh Cudlipp

Hugh Cudlipp
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: August 28, 1913
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Cardiff, Wales
Died: May 17, 1998

 18 Alastair Hetherington

Alastair Hetherington
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: October 31, 1919
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Llanished, Wales
Died: October 3, 1999

 19 T. Gwynn Jones

T. Gwynn Jones
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: October 10, 1871
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Abergele, Wales
Died: March 7, 1949
Welsh poet and critic T. Gwynn Jones is best remembered for his numerous translations. Initially a journalist, he later worked at the National Library of Wales and then became a professor. His poems, such as The Departure of Arthur, reflected Celtic themes, while Cynddilig highlighted his anti-war sentiment.

 20 Wilf Wooller

Wilf Wooller
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: November 20, 1912
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Rhos on Sea, Wales
Died: March 10, 1997

 21 William John Gruffydd

William John Gruffydd
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: February 14, 1881
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Caernarvonshire, Wales
Died: September 29, 1954

Remembered as the last MP from the University of Wales seat, William John Gruffydd had also been a professor of Celtic all his life. He was also a renowned poet, known for his volumes such as Telynegion. His initial works showcased a revolt against Victorian standards in literature.