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Famous Film Directors from Wales

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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.

A factual list, featuring items like Joanna Scanlan and Gruff Rhys.

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

    BirthplaceMargam, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited States of America, United Kingdom

    Films DirectedSlipstream, August

    Sir Philip Anthony Hopkins (born 31 December 1937) is a Welsh actor, director, and producer....  more

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  • Christopher Monger

    BirthplaceTaff's Well, United Kingdom

    NationalityWales

    Films DirectedJust 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

    Christopher Monger (born 1950) in Taffs Well, Cardiff, Wales is a Welsh screenwriter, director...  more
  • Clive Rees

    Age: 68

    BirthplaceEurasia, Asia, Southeast Asia, Singapore

    NationalityWales

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

    Clive Frederick William Rees (born 6 October 1951 in Singapore) is a former Welsh rugby union...  more
  • Emlyn Williams

    Emlyn Williams

    Dec. at 82 (1905-1987)

    BirthplaceMostyn, United Kingdom

    NationalityWales

    Films DirectedThe Last Days of Dolwyn

    George Emlyn Williams, CBE (26 November 1905 – 25 September 1987), known as Emlyn Williams,...  more
  • Gareth Evans

    BirthplaceHirwaun, Eurasia, United Kingdom

    NationalityWales

    Films DirectedBerandal, The Raid, Merantau, Footsteps, S-VHS

    Gareth Huw Evans is a Welsh film director, screenwriter, film editor, and action...  more
  • BirthplaceBrecon, United Kingdom

    Films DirectedTo the Manor Born: Silver Wedding Anniversary

    Gareth Gwenlan (26 April 1937 – 8 May 2016) was a Welsh television producer and director,...  more
  • Gary Jones

    Gary Jones

    Age: 61

    BirthplaceSwansea, United Kingdom

    NationalityWales, Canada, United Kingdom

    Films DirectedBoogeyman 3, Planet Raptor, Mosquito, Crocodile 2: Death Swamp

    Gary Jones (born 4 January 1958) is a British-born Canadian actor, who has worked on...  more
  • Geraint Morris

    Dec. at 56 (1941-1997)

    BirthplaceWales, Eurasia, United Kingdom, United Kingdom, with Dependencies and Territories

    NationalityWales

    Geraint Morris (28 March 1941 – 12 July 1997) was a Welsh film and television director and...  more
  • Gruff Rhys

    Gruff Rhys

    Age: 49

    BirthplaceHaverfordwest, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom

    Films DirectedSeparado!

    Gruffudd Maredudd Bowen Rhys (Welsh pronunciation: [ˈɡrɨ̞fɨ̞ð maˈrɛdɨ̞ð ˈbowɛn ˈr̥ɨːs]; born...  more
  • Kevin Allen

    BirthplaceSwansea, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom, England

    Films DirectedTwin Town, The Big Tease, Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London

    Kevin Edward Allen (born 15 September 1959) is an English film director, screenwriter, film...  more
  • Helen M. Grace is a Welsh film director (Are You Ready for Love?)....  more
  • BirthplaceWales, Swansea, Eurasia, United Kingdom, United Kingdom

    NationalityWales

    Films DirectedHarnessing Peacocks, The Comedy of Errors, The Portrait of a Lady, Married 2 Malcolm, Bequest to the Nation

    Alan James Gwynne Cellan Jones is a British television and film director. Since 1963, he has...  more
  • James Marquand

    James Marquand is a Welsh film editor and director. As a child, much of his time was spent on...  more
  • Jane Arden

    Jane Arden

    Dec. at 55 (1927-1982)

    BirthplaceWales, Pontypool, Eurasia, United Kingdom, United Kingdom

    NationalityWales

    Films DirectedThe Other Side of the Underneath, Anti-Clock

    Jane Arden (29 October 1927 – 20 December 1982) was a Welsh film director, actress,...  more
  • Jimmy Sangster

    Jimmy Sangster

    Dec. at 84 (1927-2011)

    BirthplaceKinmel Bay, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom

    Films DirectedThe Horror of Frankenstein, Lust for a Vampire, Fear in the Night

    James Henry Kinmel Sangster (2 December 1927 – 19 August 2011) was a British screenwriter and...  more
  • Joanna Scanlan

    BirthplaceWales, Ruthin, Eurasia, United Kingdom, United Kingdom

    NationalityWales, United Kingdom

    Joanna Scanlan (born 27 October 1961) is an English actress and screenwriter. She is known for...  more
  • John Hefin

    Dec. at 71 (1941-2012)

    BirthplaceUnited Kingdom

    NationalityWales

    Films DirectedGrand Slam

    John Hefin is a film Director, television director and producer....  more
  • Jon Ronson

    Jon Ronson

    Age: 52

    BirthplaceWales, South Glamorgan, Eurasia, Cardiff, South Wales

    NationalityWales, United Kingdom

    Films DirectedStanley Kubrick's Boxes

    Jon Ronson (born 10 May 1967) is a Welsh journalist and documentary filmmaker whose works...  more
  • BirthplaceWales, Newport, Eurasia, United Kingdom, United Kingdom

    NationalityWales

    Films DirectedShiver, Silent Cry, Darklands, Bad Company, The Last Horror Movie

    Julian Richards (born 31 July 1968, Newport, South Wales, Monmouthshire) is a Welsh film...  more
  • Karl Francis

    Karl Francis

    Age: 77

    BirthplaceBedwas, United Kingdom

    NationalityWales

    Films DirectedOne of the Hollywood Ten, Giro City, Boy Soldier, Streetlife, Angry Earth

    Karl Francis (born 1 April 1942) is a Welsh film and television director, producer and...  more
  • Kate Burton

    BirthplaceGeneva, Switzerland

    NationalityWales, Switzerland, United States of America

    Films DirectedEver Here I Be

    Katherine Burton (born September 10, 1957) is a Swiss-born Welsh-American actress, daughter of...  more
  • Keith Allen

    BirthplaceGorseinon, United Kingdom

    NationalityWales, United Kingdom

    Films DirectedDetectives on the Edge of a Nervous Breakdown, Unlawful Killing

    Keith Howell Charles Allen (born 2 September 1953) is a Welsh actor and television presenter....  more
  • Peter Gilbert

    BirthplaceNorth East England, Eurasia, United Kingdom, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear

    NationalityWales, England

    Eric Peter Gilbert (born 31 July 1983), known as Peter Gilbert, is a Welsh former footballer....  more
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  • Ray Milland

    Ray Milland

    Dec. at 79 (1907-1986)

    BirthplaceNeath, United Kingdom

    NationalityWales, United States of America

    Films DirectedPanic in Year Zero!, A Man Alone, Hostile Witness, Lisbon, The Safecracker

    Ray Milland (born Alfred Reginald Jones, 3 January 1907 – 10 March 1986) was a Welsh-American...  more

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