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Famous People From Cardiff

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List of famous people from Cardiff, including photos when available. The people below are listed by their popularity, so the most recognizable names are at the top of the list. Some of the people below are celebrities born in Cardiff, while others are simply notable locals. If you're from Cardiff you might already know that these prominent figures are also from your hometown, but some of the names below may really surprise you. This list includes people who were born and raised in Cardiff, as well as those who were born there but moved away at a young age.

Examples of people on this list include Rhodri Morgan and Aled Brew.

If you want to answer the questions, "Which famous people are from Cardiff?" or "Which celebrities were born in Cardiff?" then this list is a great resource for you.
Griff Rhys Jones is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People From Cardiff
age 65
Griff Rhys Jones is a Welsh comedian, writer, actor and television presenter. He starred in a number of television series with his comedy partner Mel Smith. Rhys Jones came to national attention ...more
Roald Dahl is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From Cardiff
Dec. at 74 (1916-1990)
Roald Dahl was a British novelist, short story writer, poet, screenwriter, and fighter pilot. Born in Wales to Norwegian parents, Dahl served in the Royal Air Force during World War II, in which ...more
Ivor Novello is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People From Cardiff
Dec. at 58 (1893-1951)
David Ivor Davies, better known as Ivor Novello, was a Welsh composer and actor who became one of the most popular British entertainers of the first half of the 20th century. He was born into a ...more
Isabel Ice is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People From Cardiff
age 36
Isabel Ice is a Welsh pornographic actress who began her career in 2003.
Andy Bell is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People From Cardiff
age 48
Andrew Piran "Andy" Bell is a British musician who plays guitar in the band Ride. He is a songwriter, singer, producer, DJ and former member of the band Hurricane #1. He is also well ...more
Gethin Jones is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People From Cardiff
age 41
Gethin Clifford Jones is a Welsh television presenter. An active rugby union player while at Manchester Metropolitan University and, for a time, after graduation, Jones began his television ...more
Chris Bryant is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People From Cardiff
age 57
Christopher John Bryant is a British Labour Party politician who has been the Member of Parliament for Rhondda since 2001 and the Shadow Minister for the Arts since 2014. He was previously the ...more
Ken Follett is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People From Cardiff
age 66
Ken Follett is a film producer and writer.
Claire Summers is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People From Cardiff
Claire Summers is a Welsh news television presenter for BBC Wales. Born in Cardiff, but brought up in Cowbridge, Summers was educated at Howell's in Llandaff. She then gained a BA degree at ...more
Guto Harri is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People From Cardiff
age 52
Guto Harri is Director of Communications at News UK. A former BBC Chief Political Correspondent, in May 2008 he was appointed as Communications Director for the Mayor of London Boris Johnson's ...more
Owen John Thomas is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People From Cardiff
age 80
Owen John Thomas MA is a former Plaid Cymru politician who represented the South Wales Central region in the National Assembly for Wales from 1999 to 2007.
Peter Gill is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People From Cardiff
age 79
Peter Gill is a Welsh theatre director, playwright and actor. He was born in Cardiff to George John and Margaret Mary Gill, and educated at St Illtyd's College, Cardiff.
Owain Arwel Hughes is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People From Cardiff
age 77
Owain Arwel Hughes CBE is a Welsh orchestral conductor. Hughes was born in Ton Pentre, Rhondda, the son of another successful musician, composer Arwel Hughes. He studied at Howardian High ...more
Perdita Weeks is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People From Cardiff
age 33
Perdita Rose Annunziata Weeks is a Welsh actress.
Chris Addison is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People From Cardiff
age 47
Chris Addison is a British comedian, writer, actor and director from Manchester. He is perhaps best known for his role as a regular panellist on Mock the Week. He is also known for his ...more
Gwyneth Lewis is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People From Cardiff
age 60
Gwyneth Lewis is a Welsh poet and was the inaugural National Poet of Wales.
Lucy Owen is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People From Cardiff
age 48
Lucy Owen is a Welsh television news reader.
Colin Jackson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People From Cardiff
age 52
Colin Ray Jackson, CBE is a Welsh former sprint and hurdling athlete who specialised in the 110 metres hurdles. During a career in which he represented Great Britain and Wales, he won an Olympic ...more
David William Thomas is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People From Cardiff
Dec. at 85 (1876-1961)
David William Thomas, Sr., was a Welsh-American "Renaissance man", journalist, publisher, university professor, poet, and attorney who served from 1936–1940 as mayor of the small city ...more
Craig Bellamy is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People From Cardiff
age 39
Craig Douglas Bellamy is a Welsh former footballer. Born in Cardiff, Bellamy began his career with Norwich City. He went on to play for Coventry City and Newcastle United, before spending half a ...more
Jon Ronson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People From Cardiff
age 48
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
Peter Baynham is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People From Cardiff
age 55
Peter Baynham is a Welsh comedian, screenwriter, and performer. Baynham often collaborates with Armando Iannucci, Chris Morris and Steve Coogan and has worked with Stewart Lee and Richard ...more
Clem Thomas is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People From Cardiff
Dec. at 67 (1929-1996)
Richard Clement Charles "Clem" Thomas was a Wales international rugby union player. A flanker, he represented Cambridge University R.U.F.C. in the Varsity Match in 1949 and played for ...more
Ralph Hancock is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People From Cardiff
Dec. at 57 (1893-1950)
Ralph Hancock was a Welsh landscape gardener and author. Hancock built gardens in the UK in the 1920s, 30s and 40s and in the United States in the 1930s. A few are well known – the roof gardens ...more
Matthew Rhys is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People From Cardiff
age 44
Matthew Rhys Evans, known as Matthew Rhys, is a Welsh actor best known as Kevin Walker in the ABC family drama Brothers & Sisters, and as Dylan Thomas in The Edge of Love. He stars as Philip ...more