Best and Famous Welsh Actors and Actresses

 

Best and Famous Welsh Actors and Actresses

Wales is the home of many famous people in different fields ; arts, music, entertainment, religious figures, architectures, craftsmen etc. They say that in Wales one out of seven people will become famous in their chosen fields. In this article, I will share with you the best and famous Welsh actors and actresses. St. Davids Day is celebrated every ist of March in Wales and it is an honor of their patron saint -- St. David. It is also timely to honor the greatest and best Welsh actors and actresses.

Wales is a country and part of the United Kingdom bordered by England in the east, and the Irish sea and the Atlantic Ocean to its west. Their main symbol is the red dragon and its capital is Cardiff.

There are hundred other Welsh actors and actresses and feel free to add more here, these choices I have listed here are the ones whoare famous and continually hog the limelight because of their acting except of course Richard Burton and Ivor Novello who are already dead. I also included best Welsh singers Tom Jones and Shirley Bassey (my favorte singer).

Ivor Norvello     Best and Famous Welsh Actors and Actresses
Ivor Norvello Best and Famous Welsh Actors and Actresses
Anthony Hopkins  Best and Famous Welsh Actors and Actresses
Anthony Hopkins Best and Famous Welsh Actors and Actresses
Jonathan Pryce Best and Famous Welsh Actors and Actresses
Jonathan Pryce Best and Famous Welsh Actors and Actresses
Catherine Zeta jones  Best and Famous Welsh Actors and Actresses
Catherine Zeta jones Best and Famous Welsh Actors and Actresses
Richard Burton  Best and Famous Welsh Actors and Actresses
Richard Burton Best and Famous Welsh Actors and Actresses
Christian Bale -- Batman   Best and Famous Welsh Actors and Actresses
Christian Bale -- Batman Best and Famous Welsh Actors and Actresses
Ioan Grufudd  Best and Famous Welsh Actors and Actresses
Ioan Grufudd Best and Famous Welsh Actors and Actresses
Rhys Ifans   Best and Famous Welsh Actors and Actresses
Rhys Ifans Best and Famous Welsh Actors and Actresses

 

Best and Famous Welsh Actors and Actresses

Ivor Novello

  • Perhaps the most popular among entertainers in the early 20th century is David Ivor Davies who was born on march 15 1893 and is better known as Ivor Novello. He was a composer, singer and actor and one of the greatest British entertainers of all time. The "Ivor Novello Awards" was named after him and this is awarded to best in songwriting and composition categories. it is awarded yearly in May by the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors and this began in 1955.

Anthony Hopkins

  • Anthony Hopkins is a Welsh film, stage and television actor and is one of the biggest star in Hollywood. Many will remember him as Hannibal Lecter as the serial killer in the movie "Silence of the Lambs". He is also superb in "The Red Dragon". He also starred in the movies: Dracula, Legends of the Fall, 84 Charing Cross Road, "The Remains of the Day", "Fracture", Amistad" , Nixon etc. He has a Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2003 and had been a Fellow at the British Academy of Film and Television (BAFTA).
  • He grew up in Wales but became a US citizen in 2000 while retaining his British citizenship.
  • He won an Oscars for his performance in “The Silence of the Lambs” and he was nominated at Oscars in his four other movies. In 1973, he won the BAFTA award for the BBCs production "War and Peace". He also won Emmy awards and another renomination for the movie “Hunchback of the Notre Dame”. He won the directing and the acting award for the movie Slipstream and as an actor for his role and directing at the Locarno International Film Festival

Jonathan Pryce

  • Jonathan Pryce is a Welsh stage and film actor and also a singer. I like him in “Evita” as the President of Argentina. He is a multi awarded actor both in film and stage. He was born on 1947 in Wales. He appeared in "Evita", "Tomorrow Never Dies", "Pirates of the Caribbean", "Brazil" -- his breakthrough screen performance. He is known for his versatility as an actor. He also appeared in "The New World", "Glengarry Glen Rose" and "Carrington". He won two Tony awards as actor in the musicale “Miss Saigon” and “Comedians".

Catherine Zeta Jones

  • Catherine Zeta Jones was born in Swansea, Wales and was raised a Catholic, and her mom is Irish while her dad is Welsh. She started her career very young and studied at numerous and prestigious acting schools. After landing small roles in her career in UK and US, she finally became famous after her film "Entrapment", "Mask of Zorro" opposite Antonio Banderas, the Phantom. She won an Academy Award, BAFTA award plus Screen Actors Guild Award . She was also nominated for the Golden Globe Award.
  • She is currently married to Michale Douglas 25 years her senior.

Richard Burton

  • Richard Burton was a well known multi awarded actor both in stage plays and screen He is a Welsh actor and was born in Pontrhydyfen Port Talbot in Wales. He was twice married to the great Elizabeth Taylor. He has been constantly nominated for Oscars award and was considered the highest paid actor at one time. He was an Academy Award winner, Academy Awards., awarded at BAFTA as best actor in the movie “Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf”? he was also nominated at Emmys, Golden Globe, Best actor and Most promising Actor, Grammy award winner and best actor in Tony, for Camelot and Hamlet.

Christian Bale

  • Christian Bale is a 36 years old Welsh actor born in Pembrokeshire, Wales on 30 January 1974. He appeared in numerous films big and small budgeted films.As early as 13 years old he was noticed and became famous because of his role in the movie “Empire of the Sun” as an English boy lost and separated form his family during WWII. His work soon continues starting when he was 13 years old. He is best remember now for his role as Batman in 2008. He appeared in numerous and well awarded films and garnered awards as best actor in numerous award giving bodies.

Ioan Grufudd

  • Ioan Grufudd is an actor who played Mr Fantastic and Fifth officer Harold Lowe in "Titanic" the movie. He was born in 1973 in South Wales. He also played as Lancelot in King Arthur and got the role of Horatio in Hornblower in TV.
  • Gruffudd's recent roles include Mister Fantastic in Fantastic Four and the series in 2005. In 2007 he appeared in another of the series fantastic Four; the Rise of the Silver Surfer and appeared in the well acclaimed movie Amazing Grace as William Wilberforce in 2006. He played Tony Blair in the film W- 2008.

Rhys Ifans

  • Rhys Ifans is known as Spike in the famous movie of Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant -- "Notting Hill". He was born in Pembrokeshire, Wales on July 22, 1968. Before embarking in his career in movies he was well known for being a member of a rock band -- Super Furry Animals”.
  • He also was noted in his role as -- Adrian --- eldest brother in the movie Little Nicky in 2000. His other film roles include -- Eyeball Paulin Kenin and Peery Go Large in 2000, Nigel in “the replacements’ in 2000, Iki in the The 51stState, Vanity Fair in 2004, and in Hannibal rising in 2007. He also appeared in the film Enduring Love and Danny Deckhair.

I cant include all of the famous Welsh actors and actresses here because space is limited but I can assure you that there are hundreds if not thousands of them. Please feel free to share your opinions.

Tom Jones  Best and Famous Welsh Singer
Tom Jones Best and Famous Welsh Singer
Shirley Bassey  Best and Famous Welsh Singer
Shirley Bassey Best and Famous Welsh Singer
Timtothy Dalton Best and Famous Welsh Actors and Actresses
Timtothy Dalton Best and Famous Welsh Actors and Actresses
Glynis Johns Best and Famous Welsh Actors and Actresses
Glynis Johns Best and Famous Welsh Actors and Actresses
Hugh Griffith Best and Famous Welsh Actors and Actresses
Hugh Griffith Best and Famous Welsh Actors and Actresses

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alexandriaruthk 6 years ago from US

beautiful I admire Shirley Bassey, I know she isn't an actress but she is a great singer! great choices, and well researched hub,


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BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

I'm glad you included Shirley Basset - a real star. While the faces are all familiar (except Ivor Novello), even Tom Jones whom I knew was Welsh, I didn't know all these stars were Welsh. Anyway, I had a nice time when I visited Cardiff - where everyone talked about Shirley Bassey!

Thanks for the hub!


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RevLady 6 years ago from Lantana, Florida

Actually, I am only familiar with Anthony Hopkins, Richard Burton and Tom Jones, but I did not know they were Welsh.

Thank you for sharing this interesting information. I always learn something new from your hubs Maita.

Forever His,


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rmcrayne 6 years ago from San Antonio Texas

That's an impressive roster of actors. Who knew!? Ioan Grufudd looks quite tasty.


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

Like with so many of your hubs, you did such an immaculate and thorough job of covering all of the basis of your actors and actresses, Maita. Wonderful. I think that this is the only HubMob Hub I've read so far, but already, I think it's the best :D Maybe I'm bias?

Dohn


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia

I didn't know all these guys were Welsh! I think Catherine Zeta-Jones is the most beautiful woman on earth, and I love Anthony Hopkins and Christian Bale!


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carolina muscle 6 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

Great hub, Maita.. very interesting!!


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Ghost Whisper 77 6 years ago from The U.S. Government protects Nazi War Criminals

You often have the most informative things on your hubs! I leaned much! I didn't know that Tom Jones was Welch.

Oh, and did you get lotz of chocolate for V day Maita? I got NONE! :* (


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Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

Hello, Mait, you have done a grand job there. Very clear and precise. Thank you.


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Princessa 6 years ago from France

Great selection, I am a fan of Mr. fantastic Ioan Grufudd, I wish he could stretch all the way to France for a big hug ;-)


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Micky Dee 6 years ago

Very nice Prettydarkhorse. I didn't all these were from Wales. Thanks Maita.


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blpelton 6 years ago

Wonderful hub Miata!!!


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Cagsil 6 years ago from USA or America

Hey PrettyDarkHorse, thank you very much for a great presentation. I learned a little more about some of the actor/actresses that I've never known their background before now. It was really great to see. :) Much appreciated. :)


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bonny2010 6 years ago from outback queensland

How come you picked all my favourites - must have something to do with the Welsh - loved your hub.


peacenhim 6 years ago

I enjoyed the tour of Welsh actors! Huge Anthony Hopkins fan!! Thanks!


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nanospeck 6 years ago

heya pretty.. thanks.. i'm glad that i could learn about them.


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

Hi nanospeck, thanks for reading this one!


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

hi peacenhim, thanks, Maita


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

Hi bonny, am glad you like welsh actors and actresses, Maita


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

Hi CAGSIL, thanks for your nice comments, Maita


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

Hi blpelton, thanks dear, maita


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

Hi MICK< how are you, am glad you read this one, TC, Maita


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

Thanks Princessa,LOL, he is a hunk, Maita


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

hi hello, thanks for your comments, Maita


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

Hey Ghost, no chocolates LOL< only lots of headaches, hehe, Thanks dear for dropping by, maita


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

Hi Cris, thanks, Maita


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

Hi habee, agree to all of your statements specially with BALE and HOPKINS, and zeta jones, Maita


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

Yes DOHN, you are biased, dont worry I will pay you next week, LOL, hahaha, Thanks Dohn am just kidding, Maita


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

Hi RM, thanks and for your email as well, Maita


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

Hi Rev, thanks for your remarks, Bless, Maita


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

Hi BK, yes and Shirley is really great, shes a fav of mine, thank you,Cardiff is very beautiful, Maita


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

Hi alexandriaruthk, yes she is beautiful and great singer, thanks for your nice comments always, Maita


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yenajeon 6 years ago from California

I had no idea Catherine Zeta Jones and Christian Bale were Welsh. They are on my list of favorite actors/actresses! Love it Maita =)


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andromida 6 years ago

Welsh is full of talented actors. My best pick is Anthony Hopkins, though I like Catherine Zeta Jones as well.Thanks Maita.


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tonymac04 6 years ago from South Africa

Thanks Maita - a very good Hub. I have some Welsh blood in my veins and so this means a lot to me. And one of my favourite writers is that very Welsh man Dylan Thomas. I have a CD of the original cast recording of his "play for voices" "Under Milkwood" with the greatest of the great Welsh actors, Richard Burton, and a whole cast of Welsh voices. Magical stuff!

Love and peace

Tony


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

thank you yena, they are WELSH, very talented people, isn't it? Maita


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

Hi Andromida, yes they are all telented specially Anthony Hopkins and Catherine Zeta Jones, Maita


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

Hi Tony, agree with you about DYLAN, he is great, thank you, That's why you are a great writer, you have WELSH blood in you, thank you again, Maita


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Tammy Lochmann 6 years ago

Very interesting...Your pictures are great.


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Cheeky Girl 6 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

Some great acting talent here! Very impressive, Maita! Good hubs


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GeneralHowitzer 6 years ago from Land of Salt, Philippines

Awesome and truly informative hub Maita, you have a great list and I like Tom Jones a lot...


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anglnwu 6 years ago

What an impressive list. I have to go with Catherine Zeta Jones--so sexy and talented. Now, what's it with Welsh and their propensity to shine? Isn't Craig Fergeson also from Wales or is he from Ireland? Thanks again for the lovely hub.


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lovelypaper 6 years ago from Virginia

Wow. Great compilation of Welsh celebs. I learned something new.


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

Hi lovelypaper, thank you for your nice comments, happy weekend, maita


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

Hi anglnwu, I think he is a Scottish American, I like Zeta Jones as well, thanks dear, Maita


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

hi GH, I am glad you're back, Maita


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

Hi Cheeky, I am glad you like it and yes they are all impressive talent, How dya? Maita


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

hi Tammy, thanks, Maita


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Truth From Truth 6 years ago from Michigan

Thanks Maita, Anthony Hopkins is a phenomenal actor. This was a nice list of actors. Christian Bale is a really nice choice also, one of the best young actors out there. Thanks.

I hope you enjoyed your weekend.


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

Hi Truth, thanks again for your visit here, Happy weekdays, rest you're too busy, Maita


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James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago

Great Hub. Glynis Johns was a honey back in her day. I love Gruffuld's performance in "Amazing Grace." All in all, your list is an amazing collection of talent. Well done!


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

Hi James, thank you and I like him as well, brilliance in Amazing Grace, I agree -- Maita


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mazhar194 6 years ago from pakistan

amazing compilation I admire Shirley Bassey a real star.


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britneydavidson 6 years ago from united kingdom

great acting talent here, very impressive and thanks you for your nice comment.


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA

Richard Burton had the most incredible voice of any actor ever. He was a remarkable performer. And, of course, Anthony Hopkins still sends a chill down my back when I think of his role as Hannibal Lector in Silence of the Lambs.

Tom Jones has aged pretty gracefully as a singer. I saw him in Las Vegas a few years ago, and his voice was still very strong and rich. I always liked his music.

And, of course, Catherine Zeta-Jones really wishes she were married to me instead of Michael Douglas....

Thanks again, Maita.


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

Hi mazhar 194, I agree with you, She is a good singer, Thank you, Maita


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

Hi britney davidson, they are all impressive I agree with you, thank you, Maita


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

Hi Mike, Maybe Catherine haven't met you yet hehe, hmm Michael Douglas will be jealous LOL, and Yes Hopkins and Burton are the best there is, Hopkins -- chilling performances indeed specially as Hannibal Lecter. Thank you and happy weekend Mike, Maita


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knell63 6 years ago from Umbria, Italy

Diolch y fawr (thanks) for bigging up Wales. Living in Italy I always love to read about my homeland. You've got to love Burton and Hopkins, and Zeta Jones is gorgeous on any day. Rhys Ifans kills me and you can't fault Tom "the voice" Jones.


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

thnaks knell63, I like Welsh actors and actresses, they are great, Diolch y fawr as well, hehe, did i get it right? Maita


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Jamiehousehusband 6 years ago from Derbyshire, UK

Glad to see you've got Anthony Hopkins there - my wife and I follow his movies. Great hub, thanks.


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

thank you Jamie, he is one of the best there is, Maita


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reversecharles 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

All great talents!


REvans1953 5 years ago

Nice listing, however, Richard Burton NEVER won a single Academy Award even though he was nominated 7 times.


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ed77burns 5 years ago from USA

Cool hub.


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N.E. Wright 5 years ago from Bronx, NY

Love this information.

Timothy Dalton is still hot to me. LOL. Love his eyes.

Take Care,

N.E.


ctbrown7 5 years ago

Interesting hub. Who knew the Welsh were such great thespians!


5 years ago

Christian Bale's parents are both English. He grew up In England and considers himself an English actor. His parents were living in Wales for a little while.


LE 4 years ago

You totally forgot Luke Evans!!!


diya 4 years ago

Which Hollywood celebrity starred in two renowned chocolate related movies?


Richard Lewis ap Davies 3 years ago

Great site and thanks for making people aware that us Welsh exist, a people from a small population of 3 million to West of Britain who can produce some great Actors/Actresses not to mention sport stars and others who created nations such as the USA with Thomas Jefferson plus many Presidents of Welsh descent, our myths & legends such as the Arthurian tales first documented from native Welsh sources over 1500 years ago and earlier from Cymru and beyond by Welsh people throught Hen Prydain.

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