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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?"

You can click on the names of these legendary directors of Wales in order to get more information about each one. If you're a film buff use this list of talented Welsh directors to find some new movies you haven't already seen.

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Anthony Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Film Directors from Wales
age 81 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 ...more

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Christopher Monger is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Film Directors from Wales
age 68 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 ...more

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Clive Rees is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Film Directors from Wales
age 67 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 ...more

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Emlyn Williams is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Film Directors from Wales
Died at 82 (1905-1987) Emlyn Williams is a director, screenwriter and playwright.

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Gareth Evans is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Film Directors from Wales
age 38 Gareth Huw Evans is a Welsh film director, screenwriter, film editor, and action choreographer. He is best known for bringing the Indonesian martial art pencak silat into world cinema through ...more

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Gareth Gwenlan is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Film Directors from Wales
age 81 Gareth Gwenlan OBE is a British television producer, best known for his work on shows such as The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin, To the Manor Born, Only Fools and Horses, and High Hopes. In ...more

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Gary Jones is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Film Directors from Wales
age 60 Gary Jones is a Welsh-born Canadian actor, who has worked on television and on stage in Britain and Canada. He is known for his recurring role as CMSgt. Walter Harriman in Stargate SG-1 and ...more

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Geraint Morris is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Film Directors from Wales
Geraint Morris Died at 56 (1941-1997) Geraint Morris was a Welsh film and television director and producer. His first contribution to film directing came in 1971 when he directed The Onedin Line. Later contributions included ...more

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Gruff Rhys is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Film Directors from Wales
age 48 Gruffydd Maredudd Bowen Rhys is a Welsh musician, composer, producer, filmmaker and author. He performs solo and with several bands, including Super Furry Animals who obtained mainstream success ...more

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Kevin Allen is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Film Directors from Wales
age 59 Kevin Allen is a Welsh actor, screenwriter, film director and film producer. He is noted for writing and directing the cult black comedy feature Twin Town set in Swansea. The film was entered ...more

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Helen Grace is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Film Directors from Wales
Helen M. Grace is a Welsh film director.

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James Cellan Jones is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Film Directors from Wales
age 87 Alan James Gwynne Cellan Jones is a British television and film director. Since 1963, he has directed over 50 diverse television series and films, specializing in dramas. Particularly associated ...more

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James Marquand is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Film Directors from Wales
James Marquand James Marquand is a Welsh film editor and director. As a child, much of his time was spent on film sets observing his father Richard Marquand. Later, he worked as an editor on the Joe Eszterhas ...more

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Jane Arden is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Film Directors from Wales
Died at 55 (1927-1982) Jane Arden was a Welsh film director, actress, screenwriter, playwright, songwriter, and poet.

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Jimmy Sangster is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Film Directors from Wales
Died at 84 (1927-2011) James Henry Kinmel Sangster was a Welsh screenwriter and director, known for his work for horror film producers Hammer Film Productions, including scripts for The Curse of Frankenstein and ...more

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Joanna Scanlan is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Film Directors from Wales
age 56 Joanna Scanlan is an English actress and television writer, best known for her roles in various British comedy series, such as The Thick of It, Doctors and Nurses, Getting On, Little Britain, ...more

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John Hefin is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Film Directors from Wales
Died at 71 (1941-2012) John Hefin is a film Director, television director and producer.

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Jon Ronson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Film Directors from Wales
age 51 Jon Ronson is a Welsh journalist, author, documentary filmmaker, and radio presenter, whose works include the best-selling The Men Who Stare at Goats. He has been described as a gonzo ...more

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Julian Richards is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Film Directors from Wales
age 50 Julian Richards, is a Welsh film director.

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Karl Francis is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Film Directors from Wales
Karl Francis age 76 Karl Francis is a Welsh film and television director, producer and screenwriter, associated with left-wing political causes. His work is inspired by the likes of Chris Marker and Ken Loach and ...more

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Kate Burton is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Film Directors from Wales
age 61 Katherine "Kate" Burton is a Swiss-born Welsh-American actress and the daughter of actor Richard Burton and Sybil Burton. On television, Burton received critical acclaim for ...more

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Keith Allen is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Film Directors from Wales
age 65 Keith Howell Charles Allen is a British actor, comedian, musician, singer-songwriter, artist, author and television presenter. He is the father of singer Lily Allen and actor Alfie Allen, and ...more

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Peter Gilbert is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Film Directors from Wales
age 35 Eric Peter Gilbert, known as Peter Gilbert, is a Welsh footballer who plays as a Defender for the Sacramento Republic. He has played in the Football League for Plymouth Argyle, Leicester City, ...more

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Phil Robinson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Film Directors from Wales
Phil Robinson Phil Robinson is a director.

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Ray Milland is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Film Directors from Wales
Died at 79 (1907-1986) Ray Milland was a Welsh actor and director. His screen career ran from 1929 to 1985, and he is best remembered for his Academy Award–winning portrayal of an alcoholic writer in The Lost Weekend, ...more

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Richard Burton is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Film Directors from Wales
Died at 59 (1925-1984) Richard Burton, CBE (10 November 1925 – 5 August 1984) was a Welsh actor. He was nominated seven times for an Academy Award, six of which were for Best Actor in a Leading Role (without ever ...more

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Richard Marquand is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Film Directors from Wales
Died at 50 (1937-1987) Richard Marquand was a British film director best known for directing Return of the Jedi. He also directed the critically acclaimed 1981 drama film Eye of the Needle and the 1985 thriller Jagged

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Russell Lloyd is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Film Directors from Wales
Died at 92 (1916-2008) Russell Lloyd was a British-born film editor who amassed fifty credits on feature films. Lloyd had a notable collaboration with the director John Huston that extended over eleven films. Lloyd ...more

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Sally El Hosaini is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Film Directors from Wales
Sally El Hosaini is a British-Egyptian film director and screenwriter. Her debut feature film, My Brother the Devil received huge critical acclaim and won multiple international awards, ...more

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Sara Sugarman is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Film Directors from Wales
age 55 Sara Sugarman is a Welsh actress and film director whose work includes Disney's Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen and Very Annie Mary. She has also appeared in films including Dealers and ...more

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Sean Mathias is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Film Directors from Wales
age 62 Sean Gerard Mathias is a British theatre director, film director, writer and actor, known for directing the film Bent and for directing highly acclaimed theatre productions in London, New York ...more

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Steve Jones is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Film Directors from Wales
age 41 Stephen Ashton Jones is a Welsh television presenter, best known as presenter of Channel 4's teen schedule T4. In the United States, he is best known as the host of the first season of The X ...more

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Terry Jones is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Film Directors from Wales
age 76 Terence Graham Parry "Terry" Jones is a British comedian, screenwriter, actor, film director and author. He is best known as a member of the Monty Python comedy team.