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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.

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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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People From Wales
Dec. at 59 (1925-1984)

Birthplace: Pontrhydyfen, United Kingdom

Richard Burton, (; born Richard Walter Jenkins Jr.; 10 November 1925 – 5 August 1984) was a Welsh actor. Noted for his mellifluous baritone voice, Burton established himself as a formidable ...more

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Terry Jones is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From Wales
Age: 73

Birthplace: Colwyn Bay, United Kingdom

Terence Graham Parry Jones (February 1, 1942 - January 21, 2020) is a Welsh actor, writer, comedian, film director and historian was a member of the Monty Python comedy troupe. After graduating ...more

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Michael Sheen is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People From Wales
Age: 50

Birthplace: Newport, United Kingdom

Michael Christopher Sheen (born 5 February 1969) is a Welsh actor. After training at London's Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA), he worked mainly in theatre throughout the 1990s and made ...more

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Rhys Ifans is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People From Wales
Age: 51

Birthplace: Haverfordwest, United Kingdom

Rhys Ifans (Welsh pronunciation: [r̥ɨːs ˈivans]; born Rhys Owain Evans; 22 July 1967) is a Welsh actor and musician. He is known for his portrayal of characters such as Spike in Notting Hill, ...more

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Julia Gillard is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People From Wales
Age: 57

Birthplace: Barry, Vale of Glamorgan, United Kingdom

Julia Eileen Gillard AC (born 29 September 1961) is an Australian former politician who served as the 27th Prime Minister of Australia and Leader of the Australian Labor Party from 2010 to 2013. ...more

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Griff Rhys Jones is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People From Wales
Age: 62

Birthplace: Cardiff, United Kingdom

Griffith Rhys Jones (born 16 November 1953) is a Welsh comedian, writer, actor and television presenter. He starred in a number of television series with his comedy partner, Mel Smith. Rhys ...more
Bartholomew Roberts is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People From Wales
Dec. at 40 (1682-1722)

Birthplace: Pembrokeshire, United Kingdom

Bartholomew Roberts (17 May 1682 – 10 February 1722), born John Roberts, was a Welsh pirate who raided ships off the Americas and West Africa between 1719 and 1722. He was the most successful ...more

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Rhod Gilbert is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People From Wales
Age: 47

Birthplace: Carmarthen, United Kingdom

Rhodri Paul Gilbert (born 18 October 1968) is a Welsh comedian who was nominated in 2005 for the Perrier Best Newcomer Award. In 2008 he was nominated for the main comedy award (as the Edinburgh ...more

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Ivor Novello is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People From Wales
Age: Died at 58 (1893-1951)

Birthplace: Cardiff, United Kingdom

Ivor Novello (15 January 1893 – 6 March 1951), born David Ivor Davies, was a Welsh composer and actor who became one of the most popular British entertainers of the first half of the 20th ...more
Duffy is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People From Wales
Age: 31

Birthplace: Bangor, United Kingdom

Aimee Anne Duffy (born 23 June 1984), known professionally as Duffy, is a Welsh singer, songwriter and actress. Born in Bangor, Wales, she was introduced to Jeannette Lee of Rough Trade Records, ...more

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Andy Bell is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People From Wales
Age: 48

Birthplace: Cardiff, Wales

Andrew Piran Bell (born 11 August 1970) is an English musician who plays guitar in the band Ride. He is a songwriter, singer, producer, DJ and former member of the band Hurricane #1. He was also ...more
Gethin Jones is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People From Wales
Age: 37

Birthplace: Cardiff, United Kingdom

Gethin Clifford Jones (born 12 February 1978) is a Welsh television presenter. An active rugby union player while at Manchester Metropolitan University and, for a time, after graduation, Jones ...more
Chris Bryant is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People From Wales
Age: 57

Birthplace: Cardiff, Wales

Christopher John Bryant (born 11 January 1962) is a Welsh Labour Party politician who has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Rhondda since the 2001 general election and most recently the ...more
Rowan Williams is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People From Wales
Age: 68

Birthplace: Swansea, United Kingdom

Rowan Douglas Williams, Baron Williams of Oystermouth, (born 14 June 1950), is a Welsh Anglican bishop, theologian and poet. He was the 104th Archbishop of Canterbury, a position he held from ...more
Liz Fuller is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People From Wales
Age: 43

Birthplace: Swansea, United Kingdom

Elizabeth Angela Fuller (born 30 December 1975) is a Welsh television presenter, actress, model and media personality, who is also known for being Miss Great Britain 1996 – 97. Fuller is the ...more
Charles Gibbs is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People From Wales
Dec. at 57 (1877-1934)

Birthplace: Newport, United Kingdom

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Ken Follett is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People From Wales
Ken Follett Age: 66

Birthplace: Cardiff, United Kingdom

Kenneth Martin Follett, (born 5 June 1949) is a Welsh author of thrillers and historical novels who has sold more than 160 million copies of his works. Many of his books have achieved high ...more

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Claire Summers is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People From Wales

Birthplace: Cardiff, United Kingdom

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
Karl Jenkins is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People From Wales
Age: 75

Birthplace: Penclawdd, United Kingdom

Sir Karl William Pamp Jenkins (born 17 February 1944) is a Welsh musician and composer. His best known works include the song "Adiemus" and the Adiemus album series; Palladio; The ...more

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Bonnie Tyler is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People From Wales
Age: 67

Birthplace: Skewen, United Kingdom

Bonnie Tyler (born Gaynor Hopkins; 8 June 1951) is a Welsh singer, known for her distinctive husky voice. Tyler came to prominence with the release of her 1977 album The World Starts Tonight and ...more

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Jonathan Pryce is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People From Wales
Age: 68

Birthplace: Carmel, Flintshire, United Kingdom

Jonathan Pryce (born John Price; 1 June 1947) is a Welsh actor and singer. After studying at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and meeting his longtime girlfriend, English actress Kate Fahy, in ...more

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Guto Harri is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People From Wales
Age: 52

Birthplace: Cardiff, Wales

Guto Harri (Welsh pronunciation: [ˈɡɪtɔ.hariː]; born 8 July 1966) is a writer, broadcaster and strategic communications consultant. A former BBC chief political correspondent, in May 2008 he was ...more
Augustus John is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People From Wales
Dec. at 83 (1878-1961)

Birthplace: Tenby, United Kingdom

Augustus Edwin John (4 January 1878 – 31 October 1961) was a Welsh painter, draughtsman, and etcher. For a short time around 1910, he was an important exponent of Post-Impressionism in the ...more
Peter Greenaway is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People From Wales
Age: 76

Birthplace: Newport, United Kingdom

Peter Greenaway, (born 5 April 1942 in Newport, Wales) is a British film director, screenwriter, and artist. His films are noted for the distinct influence of Renaissance and Baroque painting, ...more
Timothy Evans is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People From Wales
Dec. at 26 (1924-1950)

Birthplace: Merthyr Tydfil, United Kingdom

Timothy John Evans (20 November 1924 – 9 March 1950) was a Welshman falsely convicted and hanged for the murder of his wife and infant daughter at their residence at 10 Rillington Place in ...more