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Famous People From Wales

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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.

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

    Richard Burton

    Dec. at 59 (1925-1984)

    BirthplacePontrhydyfen, United Kingdom

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  • Terry Jones

    BirthplaceColwyn Bay, United Kingdom

    Terence Graham Parry Jones (February 1, 1942 - January 21, 2020) is a Welsh actor, writer,... more on Wikipedia

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  • Michael Sheen

    BirthplaceNewport, United Kingdom

    Michael Christopher Sheen (born 5 February 1969) is a Welsh actor. After training at London's... more on Wikipedia

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  • Rhys Ifans

    Rhys Ifans

    Age: 53

    BirthplaceHaverfordwest, United Kingdom

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

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  • Julia Gillard

    BirthplaceBarry, Vale of Glamorgan, United Kingdom

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  • Griff Rhys Jones

    BirthplaceCardiff, United Kingdom

    Griffith Rhys Jones (born 16 November 1953) is a Welsh comedian, writer, actor and television... more on Wikipedia
  • Bartholomew Roberts

    Bartholomew Roberts

    Dec. at 40 (1682-1722)

    BirthplacePembrokeshire, United Kingdom

    Bartholomew Roberts (17 May 1682 – 10 February 1722), born John Roberts, was a Welsh pirate... more on Wikipedia

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  • Rhod Gilbert

    BirthplaceCarmarthen, United Kingdom

    Rhodri Paul Gilbert (born 18 October 1968) is a Welsh comedian who was nominated in 2005 for... more on Wikipedia

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  • Ivor Novello

    Ivor Novello

    Age: Died at 58 (1893-1951)

    BirthplaceCardiff, United Kingdom

    Ivor Novello (15 January 1893 – 6 March 1951), born David Ivor Davies, was a Welsh composer... more on Wikipedia
  • Duffy


    Age: 36

    BirthplaceBangor, United Kingdom

    Aimee Anne Duffy (born 23 June 1984), known professionally as Duffy, is a Welsh singer,... more on Wikipedia

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  • Andy Bell

    Andy Bell

    Age: 50

    BirthplaceCardiff, Wales

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  • Gethin Jones

    BirthplaceCardiff, United Kingdom

    Gethin Clifford Jones (born 12 February 1978) is a Welsh television presenter. An active rugby... more on Wikipedia
  • Chris Bryant

    BirthplaceCardiff, Wales

    Christopher John Bryant (born 11 January 1962) is a Welsh Labour Party politician who has been... more on Wikipedia
  • Rowan Williams

    BirthplaceSwansea, United Kingdom

    Rowan Douglas Williams, Baron Williams of Oystermouth, (born 14 June 1950), is a Welsh... more on Wikipedia
  • Liz Fuller

    Liz Fuller

    Age: 44

    BirthplaceSwansea, United Kingdom

    Elizabeth Angela Fuller (born 30 December 1975) is a Welsh television presenter, actress,... more on Wikipedia
  • Charles Gibbs

    Dec. at 57 (1877-1934)

    BirthplaceNewport, United Kingdom

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  • Ken Follett

    Ken Follett

    Age: 71

    BirthplaceCardiff, United Kingdom

    Kenneth Martin Follett, (born 5 June 1949) is a Welsh author of thrillers and historical... more on Wikipedia


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  • Claire Summers is a Welsh news television presenter for BBC Wales. Born in Cardiff, but... more on Wikipedia
  • Karl Jenkins

    BirthplacePenclawdd, United Kingdom

    Sir Karl William Pamp Jenkins (born 17 February 1944) is a Welsh musician and composer. His... more on Wikipedia

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  • Bonnie Tyler

    BirthplaceUnited Kingdom

    Bonnie Tyler (born Gaynor Hopkins; 8 June 1951) is a Welsh singer, known for her distinctive... more on Wikipedia

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  • Jonathan Pryce

    BirthplaceCarmel, Flintshire, United Kingdom

    Jonathan Pryce (born John Price; 1 June 1947) is a Welsh actor and singer. After studying at... more on Wikipedia

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  • Guto Harri

    Age: 54

    BirthplaceCardiff, Wales

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

    Augustus John

    Dec. at 83 (1878-1961)

    BirthplaceTenby, United Kingdom

    Augustus Edwin John (4 January 1878 – 31 October 1961) was a Welsh painter, draughtsman, and... more on Wikipedia
  • Peter Greenaway

    BirthplaceNewport, Wales, United Kingdom

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  • Timothy Evans

    Timothy Evans

    Dec. at 26 (1924-1950)

    BirthplaceMerthyr Tydfil, United Kingdom

    Timothy John Evans (20 November 1924 – 9 March 1950) was a Welshman falsely convicted and... more on Wikipedia