Famous Welsh Actors/Actresses & Directors

by BalloonCinema | created - 11 Apr 2017 | updated - 18 Aug 2017 | Public

1. Anthony Hopkins

Actor | The Silence of the Lambs

Anthony Hopkins was born on December 31, 1937, in Margam, Wales, to Muriel Anne (Yeats) and Richard Arthur Hopkins, a baker. His parents were both of half Welsh and half English descent. Influenced by Richard Burton, he decided to study at College of Music and Drama and graduated in 1957. In 1965, ...

2. Luke Evans

Actor | Dracula Untold

Luke George Evans was born in Pontypool, Wales, and grew up in Aberbargoed, in the south of Wales. He is the son of Yvonne (Lewis) and David Evans. He moved to Cardiff at the age 17. He then won a scholarship to the London Studio Centre, and graduated in 2000.

He starred in many of London's West End...

3. Timothy Dalton

Actor | The Living Daylights

At a consistently lean 6' 2", green-eyed Timothy Dalton may very well be one of the last of the dying breed of swashbuckling, classically trained Shakespearean actors who have forged simultaneous successful careers in theater, television and film. He has been comparison-shopped roundly for stepping...

4. Rhys Ifans

Actor | The Amazing Spider-Man

Rhys Ifans was born and raised in Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, Wales, the son of teacher parents, Beti Wyn (Davies) and Eirwyn Evans. He was educated in two Welsh language schools - Ysgol Pentrecelyn, where his mother taught, and Ysgol Maes Garmon. During his childhood, Ifans showed an interest in...

5. Michael Sheen

Actor | Masters of Sex

Even though he had burned up the London stage for nearly a decade--and appeared in several films--Michael Sheen was not really "discovered" by American audiences until his critically-acclaimed turn as Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in the 1999 Broadway revival of "Amadeus".

Sheen was born in Newport, Wales...

6. Iwan Rheon

Actor | Game of Thrones

Iwan Rheon (born 13 May 1985) is a Welsh actor, singer and musician, best known for portraying Ramsay Bolton in the HBO series Game of Thrones (2011), Simon Bellamy in the E4 series Misfits (2009) and Ash Weston in the ITV sitcom Vicious (2013).

Rheon was born in Carmarthen, Carmarthenshire. When he...

7. Taron Egerton

Actor | Kingsman: The Secret Service

Taron Egerton is a British actor and singer, known for his roles in the British television series The Smoke, the 2014 action comedy film Kingsman: The Secret Service, and the film Rocketman (2019). He has also played Edward Brittain in the 2014 drama film Testament of Youth, appeared in the 2015 ...

8. Ioan Gruffudd

Actor | Fantastic Four

Ioan Gruffudd was born on October 6, 1973 in Cardiff, Wales, UK to educators Gillian (James) and Peter Gruffudd. He has a brother, Alun, who is two years younger and a sister, Siwan, who is seven years younger. He got his start at age 13 in the Welsh soap opera Pobol y Cwm (1974). He attended the ...

9. Tom Ellis

Actor | Lucifer

Thomas John Ellis (born 17 November 1978) is a Welsh actor from Cardiff, Wales. He is best known for playing Gary Preston in the sitcom Miranda (2009-2015) and Lucifer Morningstar in the American television series Lucifer (2016-2020).

Ellis was born in Cardiff, the son of Marilyn Jean (née Hooper) ...

10. Matt Ryan

Actor | Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag

Ryan was born in Swansea, the son of Steve (a postman turned record producer) and Maria Evans, a dance teacher. He attended schools in Penyrheol before moving on to Gorseinon College, where he completed a BTEC Performing Arts course. He graduated from the Bristol Old Vic in 2003 and joined the ...

11. Richard Brake

Actor | Doom

Richard Brake was born on November 30, 1964 in Ystrad Mynach, Hengoed, Wales as Richard Colin Brake. He is an actor, known for Doom (2005), 31 (2016) and Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014).

12. John Rhys-Davies

Actor | The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Acclaimed Welsh actor John Rhys-Davies was born in Ammanford, Carmarthenshire, Wales, to Mary Margaretta Phyllis (Jones), a nurse, and Rhys Davies, a mechanical engineer and Colonial Officer. He graduated from the University of East Anglia and is probably best known to film audiences for his roles ...

13. Desmond Llewelyn

Actor | GoldenEye

Desmond Llewelyn was born in South Wales in 1914, the son of a coal mining engineer. In high school, he worked as a stagehand in the school's productions and then picked up sporadic small parts. His family would not give up their effort to prevent him from a life on stage, so an uncle who was a ...

14. Keith Allen

Actor | 24 Hour Party People

Keith Allen was born on September 2, 1953 in Llanelli, Carmarthenshire, Wales as Keith Howell Charles Allen. He is an actor, known for 24 Hour Party People (2002), The Others (2001) and Shallow Grave (1994).

15. Richard Burton

Actor | Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Probably best-remembered for his turbulent personal life with Elizabeth Taylor (whom he married twice), Richard Burton was nonetheless also regarded as an often brilliant British actor of the post-WWII period.

Burton was born Richard Walter Jenkins in 1925 into a Welsh (Cymraeg)-speaking family in ...

16. Aneurin Barnard

Actor | Dunkirk

Aneurin Barnard was born on May 8, 1987 in Ogwr, Mid Glamorgan, Wales. He is an actor, known for Dunkirk (2017), The Goldfinch (2019) and Cilla (2014).

17. Catherine Zeta-Jones

Actress | Chicago

Catherine Zeta-Jones was born September 25, 1969 in Swansea, West Glamorgan, Wales, UK. She is the daughter of Patricia (Fair) and David James "Dai" Jones, who formerly owned a sweet factory. Her father is of Welsh descent and her mother is of English, Irish, and Welsh ancestry. Her brothers are ...

18. Katherine Jenkins

Actress | Doctor Who

Katherine Jenkins was born on June 29, 1980 in Neath, Glamorgan, Wales. She has been married to Andrew Levitas since September 27, 2014. They have two children.

19. Tiffany Ceri

Actress | Angel of Decay

Tiffany Ceri was born on January 18th in Cardiff, South Wales. She trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. She is an actress, known for Angel of Decay (2016), The Exorcism of Anna Ecklund (2016), The Curse of Robert the Doll (2016) and Six Wives with Lucy Worsley (2016).

20. Erin Richards

Actress | Gotham

Erin Richards was born on May 17, 1986 in Penarth, Wales. She is an actress and director, known for Gotham (2014), Breaking In (2011) and Being Human (2008).

21. Kimberley Nixon

Actress | Wild Child

Kimberley Nixon was born on September 24, 1985 in Bristol, England. She is an actress, known for Wild Child (2008), Black Death (2010) and Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging (2008).

22. Joanna Page

Actress | Love Actually

Joanna Page was born on March 23, 1978 in Treboeth, Swansea, Wales as Joanna Louise Page. She is an actress, known for Love Actually (2003), From Hell (2001) and Gavin & Stacey (2007). She has been married to James Thornton since December 6, 2003. They have three children.

23. Lucie Jones

Soundtrack | Les Misérables in Concert: The 25th Anniversary

Lucie Jones is a leading theatre actress, credits include: 'Lou' in Girlfriends (LMTO); 'Elle Woods' in Legally Blonde (National Tour); 'Emily' in A Christmas Carol (Lyceum Theatre); 'Maureen Johnson' in RENT The Musical (The Other Palace & National Tour); 'Holly' in The Wedding Singer (National ...

24. Catrin Stewart

Actress | Connie

Catrin Stewart is an actress, known for Connie (2016), Doctor Who (2005) and Stella (2012).

25. Eve Myles

Actress | Torchwood

Eve Myles was born on July 26, 1978 in Ystradgynlais, Wales. She is an actress, known for Torchwood (2006), Keeping Faith (2017) and Dragon Age II (2011). She has been married to Bradley Freegard since May 18, 2013. They have two children.

26. Perdita Weeks

Actress | As Above, So Below

Perdita Weeks was born on December 25, 1985 in Cardiff, Wales as Perdita Rose Annunziata Weeks. She is an actress, known for As Above, So Below (2014), Hamlet (1996) and Spice World (1997).

27. Daisy Keeping

Actress | Neverlake

Daisy Keeping was born on August 1st, 1985, in Cardiff, Wales. She studied Acting at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and graduated in 2008, and has stayed in London ever since then. She is an actress, known for Neverlake (2013), Holby City (1999) and Footprints (2012). She is engaged to be...

28. Ella Peel

Actress | Nobody Girl

Ella Peel was born on the leap year February 29, 1996 in Carmarthen, Wales. She is an actress, known for roles in Tracy Beaker Returns (2013), Hinterland (2013) and Ordinary Lies (2015). She is bilingual, speaking Welsh and English, and has worked extensively on both Welsh and English television. ...

29. Alexandra Roach

Actress | Anna Karenina

Alexandra Roach was born in Ammanford, Carmarthenshire in Wales and was already a veteran of the Welsh television soap 'Pobol Y Cwm' by her early teens. In 2003 whilst studying for her GCSE exams at the local comprehensive school she learned that she had beaten out players in national soaps to win ...

30. Siwan Morris

Actress | The Machine

Siwan Morris was born on February 7, 1976 in Glynneath, South Wales, UK. She is an actress, known for The Machine (2013), Skins (2007) and Dark Signal (2016).

31. Aimee-Ffion Edwards

Actress | Peaky Blinders

Aimee-Ffion Edwards (born 21 November 1987) is a Welsh actress from Newport, Wales. She is known for playing Sketch in Skins, Esme in Peaky Blinders, Sophie in Detectorists and Abi in Loaded.

Aimee-Ffion Edwards was born in Newport, Wales. She attended Ysgol Gymraeg Casnewydd (Newport Welsh medium ...

32. Emma Stansfield

Actress | Fanny Hill

Emma Stansfield was born in 1978 in Monmouth, Wales as Emma Thompson. She is known for her work on Fanny Hill (2007), The Tudors (2007) and Coronation Street (1960).

33. Liz Fuller

Actress | A Winter Rose

Liz is an entrepreneur, manager/producer at Citizen Skull, co-director/producer at Miss World America.

A former Miss Great Britain, and previously a TV host and actress of 22 years.

Archive: Being Welsh to Liz, means poetry in your veins, and passion in your soul. She hails from Swansea, South Wales ...

34. Jan Anderson

Actress | My Lonely Me

Janina Anderson is from Wales in the UK. She caught the acting bug at the tender age of 9 and spent a happy childhood performing. Inspirational teachers quickly noticed her talent and throughout her younger years she enjoyed playing in wonderful productions including 'Annie', 'Gypsy', 'Oklahoma', '...

35. Jessica Sula

Actress | Split

Jessica Sula (born 3 May 1994)[1] is a British actress known for playing the character Grace Blood in the third generation of the British television series Skins and for her role in the M. Night Shyamalan-directed horror film Split (2016).

Sula was born in Swansea to Trinidadian mother Shurla Blades...

36. Amy Beth Hayes

Actress | Misfits

Amy Beth Hayes was born in Wales and grew up in the North-East of England. As a teenager she was a member of the National Youth Theatre.

Amy read English Literature at Keble College, University of Oxford, where she was an active member of OUDS (Oxford University Dramatic Society).

After graduating ...

37. Peter Greenaway

Director | The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover

Peter Greenaway trained as a painter and began working as a film editor for the Central Office of Information in 1965. Shortly afterwards he started to make his own films. He has produced a wealth of short and feature-length films, but also paintings, novels and other books. He has held several ...

38. Gareth Evans

Director | Serbuan Maut

Welsh born writer/director, in 2003 directed a short film "Samurai Monogatari" telling the tale of a Samurai waiting to be executed. The short was in Japanese language and starred students from Tokyo who were studying at Cardiff University at the time.

In 2003 he also graduated with an MA in ...

39. Euros Lyn

Director | Y Llyfrgell

Euros Lyn was born in 1971 in Wales. He is a director and producer, known for The Library Suicides (2016), Doctor Who (2005) and Torchwood (2006).



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