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Famous People From Wales

Updated April 2, 2018 46.2k views995 items

List of famous people from Wales, 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 Wales, while others are simply notable locals. If you're from Wales 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 Wales, as well as those who were born there but moved away at a young age.

The list you're viewing has a variety of people in it, like David Davies and Simon Lee Evans.

If you want to answer the questions, "Which famous people are from Wales?" or "Which celebrities were born in Wales?" then this list is a great resource for you.
  • Richard Burton

    Dec. at 59 (1925-1984)
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  • Michael Christopher Sheen (born 5 February 1969) is a Welsh actor. After training at London's...  more

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  • Rhys Ifans

    Age: 53
    Rhys Ifans (Welsh pronunciation: [r̥ɨːs ˈivans]; born Rhys Owain Evans; 22 July 1967) is a...  more

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  • Bartholomew Roberts

    Dec. at 40 (1682-1722)
    Bartholomew Roberts (17 May 1682 – 10 February 1722), born John Roberts, was a Welsh pirate...  more

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  • Ivor Novello

    Dec. at 58 (1893-1951)
    Ivor Novello (15 January 1893 – 6 March 1951), born David Ivor Davies, was a Welsh composer...  more
  • Duffy

    Age: 36
    Aimee Anne Duffy (born 23 June 1984), known professionally as Duffy, is a Welsh singer,...  more

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  • Andy Bell

    Age: 50
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  • Liz Fuller

    Age: 44
    Elizabeth Angela Fuller (born 30 December 1975) is a Welsh television presenter, actress,...  more
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    Dec. at 57 (1877-1934)
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    Age: 71
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  • Guto Harri

    Age: 54
    Guto Harri (Welsh pronunciation: [ˈɡɪtɔ.hariː]; born 8 July 1966) is a writer, broadcaster and...  more
  • Augustus John

    Dec. at 83 (1878-1961)
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  • Timothy Evans

    Dec. at 26 (1924-1950)
    Timothy John Evans (20 November 1924 – 9 March 1950) was a Welshman falsely convicted and...  more