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List of famous film directors from Wales, listed alphabetically with photos when available. Wales has given birth to some great movie directors over the years, many of who have gone on to direct popular comedies, dramas, horror movies and more. These are some of the best Welsh directors in the history of the world, so if you're a native of Wales and an aspiring director then these are people you should look up to.

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

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Anthony Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Film Directors from Wales
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Sir Philip Anthony Hopkins, CBE is a Welsh actor of film, stage, and television, and a composer and painter. After graduating from the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama in 1957, he trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, and was then spotted by Laurence Olivier who invited him to join the Royal National Theatre. In 1968, he got his break in film in The Lion in Winter, playing Richard I. Considered to be one of the greatest living actors, Hopkins is well known for his portrayal of Hannibal Lecter in The Silence of the Lambs, for which he won the Academy Award for Best Actor, its sequel Hannibal, and the prequel Red Dragon. Other notable films include The Mask of Zorro, The ...more

Birthplace: Margam, United Kingdom

Nationality: Wales, United States of America, United Kingdom

Films Directed: Slipstream, August

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Christopher Monger is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Film Directors from Wales
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Christopher Monger is a Welsh screenwriter, director and editor, best known for writing and directing The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain and writing the HBO biopic Temple Grandin. He has directed eight feature films and written over thirty screenplays. ...more

Birthplace: Taff's Well, United Kingdom

Nationality: Wales

Films Directed: Just like a Woman, Girl from Rio, Waiting for the Light, A Sense of Wonder, The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain, + more

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Clive Frederick William Rees is a former Welsh rugby union player. He won thirteen caps as left wing for Wales between 1973 and 1983. Clive Rees's rugby career started at Llanelli Grammar School in the late 1960s where he instantly became known as 'Fred' and played on the wing at all levels. In the same Llanelli & District Schoolboys team were future internationals Gareth Jenkins and Stephen Warlow, and Scarlets Bernard Thomas and David Mathias. He displayed his natural speed by winning both the 100 and 200 meters at the Colwyn Bay Secondary Schools Athletic Championship. Rees went on to study at Loughborough College, where he played in the rugby team for three seasons alongside future stars ...more

Birthplace: Singapore

Nationality: Wales

Films Directed: The Blockhouse, When the Whales Came, Germany: A Regional Geography

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Emlyn Williams is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Film Directors from Wales
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Emlyn Williams is a director, screenwriter and playwright. ...more

Birthplace: Mostyn, United Kingdom

Nationality: Wales, United Kingdom

Films Directed: The Last Days of Dolwyn

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