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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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Richard Burton is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People From Wales
Richard Burton 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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Terry Jones is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From Wales
Terry Jones age 75 - 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.

Michael Sheen is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People From Wales
Michael Sheen age 48 - Michael Christopher Sheen, OBE is a Welsh actor and director. After training at London's Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, he made his professional debut in 1991, starring in When She Danced at the ...more

Rhys Ifans is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People From Wales
Rhys Ifans age 49 - Rhys Ifans is a Welsh actor and musician. He is most famously known for playing Eyeball Paul in Kevin & Perry Go Large. He is also known for his portrayal of characters such as Spike in ...more

Julia Gillard is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People From Wales
Julia Gillard age 55 - Julia Eileen Gillard is a former Australian politician who served as the 27th Prime Minister of Australia, and the Australian Labor Party leader from 2010 to 2013. She was the first woman to ...more

Griff Rhys Jones is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People From Wales
Griff Rhys Jones age 63 - 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

Bartholomew Roberts is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People From Wales
Bartholomew Roberts Died at 40 (1682-1722) - Bartholomew Roberts, 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 pirate of the Golden Age of Piracy, ...more

Rhod Gilbert is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People From Wales
Rhod Gilbert age 48 - Rhodri "Rhod" Paul Gilbert is a Welsh comedian who was nominated in 2005 for the Perrier Best Newcomer Award. In 2008, he was nominated for the main if.comedy. Gilbert appears on ...more

Ivor Novello is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People From Wales
Ivor Novello Died 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

Duffy is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People From Wales
Duffy age 32 - Amie Ann Duffy, known as Duffy, is a Welsh singer-songwriter and occasional actress. Born in Bangor, Gwynedd, Wales, her career began when she recorded and released her debut EP, Aimée ...more

Isabel Ice is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People From Wales
Isabel Ice age 34 - Isabel Ice is a Welsh pornographic actress who began her career in 2003.

Andy Bell is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People From Wales
Andy Bell age 46 - 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) 13 on the list Famous People From Wales
Gethin Jones age 39 - 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) 14 on the list Famous People From Wales
Chris Bryant age 53 - 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

Rowan Williams is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People From Wales
Rowan Williams age 66 - Rowan Douglas Williams, Baron Williams of Oystermouth PC FBA FRSL FLSW is an Anglican bishop, theologian and poet. Williams was the 104th Archbishop of Canterbury, Metropolitan of the Province ...more

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Liz Fuller is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People From Wales
Liz Fuller age 41 - Elizabeth "Liz" Fuller is a Welsh Television presenter, actress, model and media personality,who is also known for being Miss Great Britain 1996 – 97, part of the Miss Universe ...more

Charles Gibbs is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People From Wales
Charles Gibbs Died at 57 (1877-1934) - Charles Lionel Gibbs, who went by his middle name Lionel, was a politician in Alberta, Canada. He served as a municipal councillor in Edmonton from 1924 until his death and, concurrently, a ...more

Ken Follett is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People From Wales
Ken Follett age 66 - Ken Follett is a film producer and writer.

Claire Summers is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People From Wales
Claire Summers 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) 20 on the list Famous People From Wales
Karl Jenkins age 71 - Karl William Pamp Jenkins, CBE is a Welsh musician and composer known for "Adiemus", The Armed Man and his Requiem.

Bonnie Tyler is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People From Wales
Bonnie Tyler age 65 - Bonnie Tyler is a Welsh singer. Born in Skewen, she spent seven years performing in pubs and clubs around South Wales before being signed to RCA Records in 1975. Tyler is known for her ...more

Jonathan Pryce is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People From Wales
Jonathan Pryce age 69 - Jonathan Pryce, CBE 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 1974, he began his career ...more

Guto Harri is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People From Wales
Guto Harri age 49 - 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

Augustus John is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People From Wales
Augustus John Died at 83 (1878-1961) - Augustus Edwin John OM RA was a Welsh painter, draughtsman, and etcher. For a short time around 1910, he was an important exponent of Post-Impressionism in the United Kingdom. "Augustus was ...more

Peter Greenaway is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People From Wales
Peter Greenaway age 73 - Peter Greenaway, CBE is a British film director. His films are noted for the distinct influence of Renaissance and Baroque painting, and Flemish painting in particular. Common traits in his film ...more

Timothy Evans is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous People From Wales
Timothy Evans Died at 26 (1924-1950) - Timothy John Evans was a Welshman accused of murdering his wife and infant daughter at their residence at 10 Rillington Place in Notting Hill, London. In January 1950, Evans was tried and ...more

Geoffrey Howe is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous People From Wales
Geoffrey Howe age 90 - Richard Edward Geoffrey Howe, Baron Howe of Aberavon, CH Kt QC PC is a retired British Conservative politician. He was Margaret Thatcher's longest-serving Cabinet minister, successively holding ...more

Owen John Thomas is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous People From Wales
Owen John Thomas age 76 - 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) 29 on the list Famous People From Wales
Peter Gill age 77 - 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.

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John Hartson is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous People From Wales
John Hartson age 42 - John Hartson is a Welsh former professional footballer who played as a striker from 1992 until 2008 notably in the Scottish Premier League for Celtic and the Premier League for Arsenal and West ...more

Marina & the Diamonds is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous People From Wales
Marina & the Diamonds age 31 - Marina Lambrini Diamandis, better known by her stage name Marina and the Diamonds, is a Welsh singer-songwriter. Born in Brynmawr and raised in nearby Pandy, she performed for choir productions ...more

Tom Ward is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous People From Wales
Tom Ward age 44 - Tom Ward is a British film, stage and television actor.

Alastair Reynolds is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous People From Wales
Alastair Reynolds age 51 - Alastair Preston Reynolds is a British science fiction author. He specialises in dark hard science fiction and space opera. He spent his early years in Cornwall, moved back to Wales before going ...more

Michael Heseltine is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous People From Wales
Michael Heseltine age 84 - Michael Ray Dibdin Heseltine, Baron Heseltine, CH, PC is a British businessman, Conservative politician and patron of the Tory Reform Group. He was a Member of Parliament from 1966 to 2001, and ...more

Christine Chapman is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous People From Wales
Christine Chapman age 61 - Christine Chapman is a Welsh Labour Co-operative politician who has been a Member of the National Assembly for Wales for Cynon Valley since 1999. She has not held senior government posts and has ...more

Sean Moore is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous People From Wales
Sean Moore age 47 - Sean Anthony Moore is a Welsh musician, who is the drummer and percussionist and occasional trumpet player of the Welsh alternative rock band Manic Street Preachers.

Owain Arwel Hughes is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous People From Wales
Owain Arwel Hughes age 75 - 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

James Miller is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous People From Wales
James Miller Died at 35 (1968-2003) - James Henry Dominic Miller was a Welsh cameraman, producer, and director, and recipient of numerous awards, including five Emmy Awards. He was killed by a soldier from the Israel Defense Forces. ...more

Perdita Weeks is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous People From Wales
Perdita Weeks age 30 - Perdita Rose Annunziata Weeks is a Welsh actress.

Kim Ashfield is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous People From Wales
Kim Ashfield age 58 - Kim Ashfield is a former model from Wales who was Miss United Kingdom in 1980. As Miss Wales, she competed in Miss Universe 1980. As Miss United Kingdom, she placed as the 4th runner-up in Miss ...more

Jonathan Morgan is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous People From Wales
Jonathan Morgan age 41 - Jonathan Morgan, is a Welsh Conservative politician, who served as a Conservative Assembly Member for South Wales Central from 1999–2007 and AM for Cardiff North from 2007-2011. In the National ...more

Vulcana is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous People From Wales
Vulcana Died at 71 (1875-1946) - Kate Williams, sometimes called Kate Roberts, better known by her stage name Vulcana, was a Welsh strongwoman born of Irish parents in Abergavenny, Monmouthshire. With strongman William Hedley ...more

Glyn Jones is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous People From Wales
Glyn Jones Died at 90 (1905-1995) - Glyn Jones was a Welsh novelist, poet and literary historian, and an important figure in Anglo-Welsh literature. He served as both Chairman and President of the Welsh Academy's English-language ...more

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Rob Jones is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous People From Wales
Rob Jones age 44 - Robert Marc "Rob" Jones is a Welsh-born English former professional footballer who played as a defender from 1987 to 1999. After starting his career with Crewe Alexandra, he went on to ...more

Gabriel Goodman is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous People From Wales
Gabriel Goodman Died at 73 (1528-1601) - Gabriel Goodman became the Dean of Westminster on 23rd September 1561 and the re-founder of Ruthin School, in Ruthin, Denbighshire. In 1568 he translated the “First Epistle to the ...more

Lucy Owen is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous People From Wales
Lucy Owen age 46 - Lucy Owen is a Welsh television news reader.

Jonathan Edwards is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous People From Wales
Jonathan Edwards Died at 20 (1692-1712) - Jonathan Edwards was a theologian and Principal of Jesus College, Oxford from 1686 to 1712. Born in Wrexham, Wales, Edwards studied at Christ Church, Oxford from 1655 to 1659. He became a Fellow ...more

Gwyneth Lewis is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous People From Wales
Gwyneth Lewis age 58 - Gwyneth Lewis is a Welsh poet and was the inaugural National Poet of Wales.

Martin Amis is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous People From Wales
Martin Amis age 67 - Martin Louis Amis is an English novelist. His best-known novels are Money and London Fields. He has received the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for his memoir Experience and has been listed for ...more

Colin Jackson is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous People From Wales
Colin Jackson age 50 - 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