Famous Authors from Wales

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List of the most popular authors from Wales, listed alphabetically with photos when available. For centuries authors have been among the world's most important people, helping chronicle history and keep us entertained with one of the earliest forms of storytelling. Whether they're known for fiction, non-fiction, poetry or even technical writing, the famous Welsh authors on this list have kept that tradition alive by writing renowned works that have been praised around the world. You can find useful information below about these notable Welsh writers, such as when they were born and where their place of birth was.

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This list answers the questions, "Which famous authors are from Wales?" and "Who are the best Welsh authors?"

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Roald Dahl is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Authors from Wales
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, The Witches

Birthplace: Cardiff, United Kingdom

Birthdate: 1916-09-13

Nationality: Wales, United Kingdom

Series Written: Charlie, Willie Wonka Series, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Roald Dahl (; 13 September 1916 – 23 November 1990) was a British novelist, short story writer, poet, screenwriter, and fighter pilot. His books have sold more than 250 million copies ...more

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Roald Dahl's Real Life Was Far Darker Than Any Of His Children's Books #14 of 177 The Best Fantasy Authors #25 of 1,176 The Best Writers of All Time

Bertrand Russell is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Authors from Wales
The ABC of Relativity, A History of Western Philosophy, Why I Am Not a Christian

Birthplace: Trellech, United Kingdom

Birthdate: 1872-05-18

Nationality: United Kingdom

Bertrand Arthur William Russell, 3rd Earl Russell, (; 18 May 1872 – 2 February 1970) was a British philosopher, logician, mathematician, historian, writer, essayist, social critic, political ...more

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The Best Bertrand Russell Books #287 of 1,176 The Best Writers of All Time #386 of 2,444 The Most Influential People of All Time

Robert Owen is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Authors from Wales
The life of Robert Owen, The evidences of Christianity, A statement regarding the New Lanark Establishment

Birthplace: Eurasia, United Kingdom, Newtown

Birthdate: 1771

Nationality: Wales

Robert Owen (; 14 May 1771 – 17 November 1858) was a Welsh textile manufacturer, philanthropic social reformer, and one of the founders of utopian socialism and the cooperative movement. Owen is ...more
Terry Jones is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Authors from Wales
Starship Titanic, The Saga of Erik the Viking, Monty Python's Big Red Book

Birthplace: Wales, Eurasia, United Kingdom, United Kingdom, with Dependencies and Territories, + more

Birthdate: 1942-02-01

Nationality: Wales, United Kingdom

Terence Graham Parry Jones (February 1, 1942 - January 21, 2020) is a Welsh actor, writer, comedian, film director and historian was a member of the Monty Python comedy troupe. After graduating ...more

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#51 of 184 The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time #197 of 362 The Funniest People Of All Time #254 of 778 The Greatest Directors In Movie History

Andrew Davies is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Authors from Wales
Prin, Dirty faxes, The legend of King Arthur

Birthplace: Rhiwbina, United Kingdom

Birthdate: 1936-09-20

Nationality: United Kingdom

Andrew Wynford Davies (; born 20 September 1936) is a Welsh writer of screenplays and novels, best known for House of Cards and A Very Peculiar Practice, and his adaptations of Vanity Fair, ...more
Richard Burton is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Authors from Wales
A Christmas story

Birthplace: Pontrhydyfen, United Kingdom

Birthdate: 1925-11-10

Nationality: United Kingdom

Richard Burton, (; born Richard Walter Jenkins Jr.; 10 November 1925 – 5 August 1984) was a Welsh actor. Noted for his mellifluous baritone voice, Burton established himself as a formidable ...more

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Inside The Tumultuous Romance Of Elizabeth Taylor And Richard Burton #37 of 273 The Greatest British Actors of All Time #121 of 1,139 The Best Actors in Film History

Russell T Davies is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Authors from Wales
Doctor Who: The Dalek Conquests, Damaged Goods, Doctor Who: The Shooting Scripts

Birthplace: Swansea, United Kingdom

Birthdate: 1963-04-27

Nationality: United Kingdom

Series Written: Doctor Who Audiobooks, Doctor Who New Adventures

Stephen Russell Davies (born 27 April 1963), better known as Russell T Davies, is a Welsh screenwriter and television producer whose works include Queer as Folk, Bob & Rose, The Second ...more
Charles Bronson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Authors from Wales

Birthplace: USA, Ehrenfeld, Pennsylvania

Birthdate: 1921-11-03

Nationality: United States of America

Charles Bronson (born Charles Dennis Buchinsky; Lithuanian: Karolis Dionyzas Bučinskis; November 3, 1921 – August 30, 2003) was an American actor. He was often cast in the role of a police ...more

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#115 of 1,139 The Best Actors in Film History #207 of 925 People We Wish Were Still Alive #286 of 532 Famous Men You'd Want to Have a Beer With

Dylan Thomas is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Authors from Wales
Dylan Thomas selected poems, 1934-1952., The outing

Birthplace: Swansea, United Kingdom

Birthdate: 1914-10-27

Nationality: Wales

Dylan Marlais Thomas (27 October 1914 – 9 November 1953) was a Welsh poet and writer whose works include the poems "Do not go gentle into that good night" and "And death shall ...more

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#104 of 373 The Greatest Poets of All Time #956 of 1,471 The Greatest Minds of All Time #24 of 111 The Best English Poets of All Time

Jimmy Sangster is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Authors from Wales
Your friendly neighbourhood death pedlar, Touchfeather, Inside Hammer

Birthplace: Kinmel Bay, United Kingdom

Birthdate: 1927-12-02

Nationality: United Kingdom

James Henry Kinmel Sangster (2 December 1927 – 19 August 2011) was a British screenwriter and director, most famous for his work on the initial horror movies made by the British company Hammer ...more
Ken Follett is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Authors from Wales
The Pillars of the Earth, Eye of the Needle, The Key to Rebecca

Birthplace: Cardiff, United Kingdom

Birthdate: 1949

Nationality: Wales

Kenneth Martin Follett, (born 5 June 1949) is a Welsh author of thrillers and historical novels who has sold more than 160 million copies of his works. Many of his books have achieved high ...more

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The Best Ken Follett Books #262 of 1,176 The Best Writers of All Time #89 of 309 The Best Novelists of All Time

Dawn French is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Authors from Wales
Big knits, A feast of French and Saunders, Great big knits

Birthplace: Holyhead, United Kingdom

Birthdate: 1957-10-11

Nationality: Wales, United Kingdom

Dawn Roma French (born 11 October 1957) is a British actress, writer, comedian and presenter from Plymouth. She is best known for starring in and writing for the BBC comedy sketch show French ...more

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#197 of 261 The Funniest Stand Up Comedians Of All Time #110 of 286 The Funniest Female Comedians of All Time #29 of 184 The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time

Eric Linklater is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Authors from Wales
The Wind on the Moon, Private Angelo, The campaign in Italy

Birthplace: Eurasia, United Kingdom, Penarth

Birthdate: 1899

Nationality: Wales

Eric Robert Russell Linklater (8 March 1899 – 7 November 1974) was a Welsh-born Scottish poet, writer of novels, short stories, military history, and travel books. For The Wind on the Moon, a ...more
Emlyn Williams is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Authors from Wales
Headlong, The Corn Is Green, Night Must Fall

Birthplace: Mostyn, United Kingdom

Birthdate: 1905-11-26

Nationality: Wales, United Kingdom

George Emlyn Williams, CBE (26 November 1905 – 25 September 1987), known as Emlyn Williams, was a Welsh writer, dramatist and actor.
Siân Phillips is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Authors from Wales
Private Faces, Public Places, Farmyard Stories for Under Fives - C.C.-

Birthplace: United Kingdom

Birthdate: 1933-05-14

Nationality: Wales

Dame Jane Elizabeth Ailwên Phillips, (born 14 May 1933), known professionally as Siân Phillips (), is a Welsh actress.
Kenneth Griffith is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Authors from Wales
Ireland's Unfinished Revolution, Thank God we kept the flag flying, Curious journey

Birthplace: Tenby, United Kingdom

Birthdate: 1921-10-12

Nationality: Wales, United Kingdom

Kenneth Griffith (born Kenneth Reginald Griffiths, 12 October 1921 – 25 June 2006) was a Welsh actor and documentary filmmaker.
Denys Val Baker is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Authors from Wales
The Face in the Mirror, The woman and the engine driver, The spirit of Cornwall

Birthplace: Yorkshire, United Kingdom

Birthdate: 1917-10-24

Nationality: Wales, England

Denys Val Baker (24 October 1917 – 6 July 1984) was a Welsh writer, specialising in short stories, novels, and autobiography. He was also known for his activities as an editor, and promotion of ...more
Roger Rees is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Authors from Wales
Roger Rees-What You Will

Birthplace: Aberystwyth, United Kingdom

Birthdate: 1944-05-05

Nationality: United States of America, United Kingdom

Roger Rees (5 May 1944 – 10 July 2015) was a Welsh actor and director, widely known for his stage work. He won an Olivier Award and a Tony Award for his performance as the lead in The Life and ...more

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Martin Amis is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Authors from Wales
Dead Babies, London Fields, The Information

Birthplace: Swansea, United Kingdom

Birthdate: 1949-08-25

Nationality: Wales, United Kingdom

Martin Louis Amis (born 25 August 1949) is a British novelist, essayist, memoirist, and screenwriter. His best-known novels are Money (1984) and London Fields (1989). He has received the James ...more

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#558 of 1,176 The Best Writers of All Time #35 of 207 The Greatest Living Writers & Most Famous Authors Today #49 of 109 The 30+ Best Living Novelists & Fiction Authors Today, Ranked

Harry Secombe is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Authors from Wales
Twice Brightly, An Entertaining Life, Strawberries and Cheam

Birthplace: United Kingdom

Birthdate: 1921

Nationality: Wales, United Kingdom

Sir Harry Donald Secombe (8 September 1921 – 11 April 2001) was a Welsh comedian, actor and singer. Secombe was a member of the British radio comedy programme The Goon Show (1951–60), playing ...more
Rachel Roberts is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Authors from Wales
No bells on Sunday, Song of the Unicorns, The Cry of the Wolf

Birthplace: Llanelli, United Kingdom

Birthdate: 1927-09-20

Nationality: Wales, United Kingdom

Rachel Roberts (20 September 1927 – 26 November 1980) was a Welsh actress. She is best remembered for her forthright screen performances as the older mistress of the central male character in ...more

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#680 of 940 The Best Actresses in Film History #218 of 313 Which Actor Would You Bring Back for One Final Movie?

Alastair Reynolds is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Authors from Wales
Revelation Space, The Prefect, Redemption Ark

Birthplace: Barry, Vale of Glamorgan, United Kingdom

Birthdate: 1966-03-13

Nationality: United Kingdom

Series Written: Revelation Space series

Alastair Preston Reynolds (born 13 March 1966) is a British science fiction author. He specialises in hard science fiction and space opera. He spent his early years in Cornwall, moved back to ...more

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#1,007 of 1,176 The Best Writers of All Time #60 of 218 The Best Science-Fiction Authors

Ivor Novello is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Authors from Wales
The Dancing Years, Perchance to Dream, The Truth Game

Birthplace: Cardiff, United Kingdom

Birthdate: 1893-01-15

Nationality: Wales

Ivor Novello (15 January 1893 – 6 March 1951), born David Ivor Davies, was a Welsh composer and actor who became one of the most popular British entertainers of the first half of the 20th ...more
Clive Granger is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Authors from Wales
Essays in Econometrics, Forecasting economic time series, Predictability of stock market prices

Birthplace: Swansea, United Kingdom

Birthdate: 1934-09-04

Nationality: United Kingdom

Sir Clive William John Granger (; 4 September 1934 – 27 May 2009) was a British econometrician known for his contributions to non-linear time series. He taught in Britain, at the University of ...more
Elaine Morgan is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Authors from Wales
Red Sea Pilot, The Scars of Evolution, Books and storytelling

Birthplace: Pontypridd, United Kingdom

Birthdate: 1920-11-07

Nationality: Wales

Elaine Morgan OBE, FRSL (7 November 1920 – 12 July 2013), was a Welsh writer for television and the author of several books on evolutionary anthropology, especially the aquatic ape hypothesis. ...more