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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).
Best and Famous Welsh Actors and Actresses
- 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.
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