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List of famous film actors and actresses from Wales, listed by their popularity with photos when available. Wales has given birth to some great movie actors and actresses over the years, many of who have gone on to star in comedies, dramas, horror movies and more. These are some of the best Welsh screen actors in the history of the world, so if you're a native of Wales and an aspiring actor/actress then these are people you should look up to.

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Anthony Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Popular Film Actors from Wales
Age 81, Credits: The Silence of the Lambs, Thor & Thor: The Dark World

Birthplace: Margam, United Kingdom

Nationality: United States of America, United Kingdom

Height: 5'8"

Parents: Richard Arthur Hopkins, Muriel Anne Hopkins

Children: Abigail Hopkins

Sir Philip Anthony Hopkins (born 31 December 1937) is a Welsh actor, director, and producer. He won the Academy Award for Best Actor in 1992, and was nominated three additional times. Hopkins ...more

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Christian Bale is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Popular Film Actors from Wales
Age 45, Credits: The Dark Knight, Batman Begins & The Dark Knight Rises

Birthplace: Haverfordwest, United Kingdom

Nationality: Wales, United Kingdom

Height: 6'0"

Parents: Gloria Steinem, Jenny James, David Bale

Children: Emmeline Bale

Christian Charles Philip Bale (born 30 January 1974) is a Welsh actor who is known for his intense method acting style, often transforming his body drastically for his roles. Bale is the ...more

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Richard Burton is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Popular Film Actors from Wales
Dec. at 59 (1925-1984), Credits: The Longest Day, Where Eagles Dare & Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Birthplace: Pontrhydyfen, United Kingdom

Nationality: United Kingdom

Height: 5'10"

Parents: Edith Maude Jenkins, Richard Walter Jenkins

Children: Kate Burton, Maria Burton, Liza Todd Burton, Jessica Burton

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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Jonathan Pryce is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Popular Film Actors from Wales
Age 68, Credits: Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, Brazil & Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest

Birthplace: Carmel, Flintshire, United Kingdom

Nationality: Wales

Height: 1.88

Parents: Isaac Price, Margaret Ellen Price

Children: Phoebe Pryce, Patrick Pryce, Gabriel Pryce

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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Catherine Zeta-Jones is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Popular Film Actors from Wales
Age 49, Credits: Chicago, High Fidelity & Traffic

Birthplace: Swansea, United Kingdom

Nationality: United Kingdom

Height: 5'6"

Parents: Patricia Fair, David James Jones

Children: Carys Zeta Douglas, Dylan Michael Douglas

Catherine Zeta-Jones (; born 25 September 1969) is a Welsh actress. Born and raised in Swansea, Zeta-Jones aspired to be an actress from a young age. As a child, she played roles in the West End ...more

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John Rhys-Davies is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Popular Film Actors from Wales
Age 74, Credits: Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King & The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

Birthplace: Ammanford, United Kingdom

Nationality: Wales, United Kingdom

Height: 6'0"

Parents: Mary Margaretta Phyllis Jones, Rhys Davies

Children: Maia Davies, Tom Davies, Ben Davies

John Rhys-Davies (born 5 May 1944) is a Welsh actor, voice actor and producer, known for his portrayal of Gimli and the voice of Treebeard in the Lord of the Rings trilogy and Sallah in the ...more

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Terry Jones is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Popular Film Actors from Wales
Age 77, Credits: Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Life of Brian & Monty Python's The Meaning of Life

Birthplace: Colwyn Bay, United Kingdom

Nationality: United Kingdom

Height: 5'8"

Children: Bill Jones, Sally Jones, Siri Jones

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) 8 on the list Popular Film Actors from Wales
Age 50, Credits: Gladiator, Alice in Wonderland & Underworld

Birthplace: Newport, United Kingdom

Nationality: Wales

Height: 5'8"

Parents: Irene Sheen, Meyrick Sheen

Children: Lily Mo Sheen

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) 9 on the list Popular Film Actors from Wales
Age 51, Credits: The Amazing Spider-Man, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part I & The Replacements

Birthplace: Haverfordwest, United Kingdom

Nationality: United Kingdom

Height: 6'2"

Parents: Beti Wyn Davies, Eirwyn Evans

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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Ray Milland is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Popular Film Actors from Wales
Dec. at 79 (1907-1986), Credits: Dial M for Murder, Love Story & Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid

Birthplace: Neath, United Kingdom

Nationality: United Kingdom

Height: 6'1"

Parents: Alfred Jones, Elizabeth Annie Jones

Children: Daniel Milland, Victoria Milland

Ray Milland (born Alfred Reginald Jones, 3 January 1907 – 10 March 1986) was a Welsh-American actor and film director. His screen career ran from 1929 to 1985, and he is best remembered for his ...more

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Desmond Llewelyn is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Popular Film Actors from Wales
Dec. at 85 (1914-1999), Credits: Goldfinger, GoldenEye & Thunderball

Birthplace: Newport, Wales, United Kingdom

Nationality: Wales, United Kingdom

Parents: Mia Llewelyn, Ivor Llewelyn

Children: Ivor Llewelyn, Justin Llewelyn

Desmond Wilkinson Llewelyn (; 12 September 1914 – 19 December 1999) was a Welsh actor, best known for his role as Q in 17 of the James Bond films between 1963 and 1999.
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Georgia Mackenzie is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Popular Film Actors from Wales
Age 46, Credits: Possession, Franklyn & Kovak Box

Birthplace: Abergavenny, United Kingdom

Nationality: Wales, England

Parents: Colin Mackenzie

Children: Purdy Coyle

Georgia Mackenzie (born 19 May 1973) is a British actress. Mackenzie's notable screen credits include Sarah Beckenham in the BBC's BAFTA nominated series Outlaws, Jackie Haggar in ITV's Hot ...more
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Glynis Johns is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Popular Film Actors from Wales
Age 95, Credits: Mary Poppins, While You Were Sleeping & The Ref

Birthplace: Pretoria, South Africa

Nationality: Wales, South Africa

Height: 5'4"

Parents: Alyce Steele, Mervyn Johns

Children: Gareth Forwood

Glynis Johns (born 5 October 1923) is a retired Welsh stage, television and film actress, dancer, pianist, and singer. Born in Pretoria, South Africa while her parents were on tour, she is best ...more
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Ioan Gruffudd is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Popular Film Actors from Wales
Age 45, Credits: Titanic, Black Hawk Down & Fantastic Four

Birthplace: Llwydcoed, United Kingdom

Nationality: United States of America, United Kingdom

Height: 5'10"

Parents: Gillian Gruffudd, Peter Gruffudd

Children: Ella Betsi Janet Gruffudd, Elsie Marigold Gruffudd

Ioan Gruffudd (Welsh: [ˈjɔan ˈɡrɪfɪð] (listen); born 6 October 1973) is a Welsh actor. He first came to public attention as Fifth Officer Harold Lowe in Titanic (1997), and then for his ...more

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Matt Ryan is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Popular Film Actors from Wales
Age 37, Credits: Layer Cake, Flypaper & Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day

Birthplace: Swansea, United Kingdom

Nationality: Wales

Parents: Steve Evans, Maria Evans

Matthew Darren Evans (born 11 April 1981, Swansea, Wales), known professionally as Matt Ryan, is a Welsh actor. He is known for voicing Edward Kenway in the Ubisoft video game Assassin's Creed ...more
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Keith Allen is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Popular Film Actors from Wales
Age 65, Credits: Trainspotting, The Others & Shallow Grave

Birthplace: Gorseinon, United Kingdom

Nationality: Wales, United Kingdom

Height: 1.67

Parents: Edward Charles Owen

Children: Lily Allen, Teddie Allen, Alfie Allen, Rebecca Allen, Sarah Owen

Keith Howell Charles Allen (born 2 September 1953) is a Welsh actor and television presenter. He is the father of singer Lily Allen and actor Alfie Allen, and brother of actor and director Kevin ...more

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Roger Rees is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Popular Film Actors from Wales
Age 74, Credits: The Prestige, Robin Hood: Men in Tights & The New World

Birthplace: Aberystwyth, United Kingdom

Nationality: United States of America, United Kingdom

Parents: William John Rees, Doris Louise Rees

Roger Rees (5 May 1944 – 10 July 2015) was a Welsh actor and director, widely known for his stage work. He won an Olivier Award and a Tony Award for his performance as the lead in The Life and ...more

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Kate Burton is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Popular Film Actors from Wales
Age 61, Credits: Big Trouble in Little China, 127 Hours & Unfaithful

Birthplace: Geneva, Switzerland

Nationality: United States of America, United Kingdom

Parents: Richard Burton, Sybil Williams

Children: Charlotte Ritchie, Morgan Ritchie

Katherine Burton (born September 10, 1957) is a Swiss-born Welsh-American actress, daughter of actor Richard Burton and Sybil Burton. On television, Burton received critical acclaim for ...more

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Kenneth Griffith is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Popular Film Actors from Wales
Dec. at 85 (1921-2006), Credits: The Lion in Winter, A Night to Remember & The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain

Birthplace: Tenby, United Kingdom

Nationality: Wales, United Kingdom

Parents: Emily Griffiths, Ernest Griffiths

Children: Eva Griffiths, Polly Griffiths, David Griffiths, Jonathan Griffiths, Huw Griffiths

Kenneth Griffith (born Kenneth Reginald Griffiths, 12 October 1921 – 25 June 2006) was a Welsh actor and documentary filmmaker.
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Luke Evans is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Popular Film Actors from Wales
Age 39, Credits: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Clash of the Titans & Fast & Furious 6

Birthplace: Aberbargoed, United Kingdom

Nationality: United Kingdom

Height: 6'0"

Parents: David Evans, Yvonne Evans

Luke George Evans (born 15 April 1979) is a Welsh actor. Evans began his career on the stage, performing in many of London's West End productions such as Rent, Miss Saigon, and Piaf before ...more

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Shefali Chowdhury is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Popular Film Actors from Wales
Age 30, Credits: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince & Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Birthplace: Birmingham, England

Nationality: Wales

Height: 1.63

Shefali Chowdhury (Bengali: শেফালী চৌধুরী; born 20 June 1988) is a British actress of Bangladeshi descent best known for playing the role of Parvati Patil in the Harry Potter film series, except ...more
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Robert Pugh is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Popular Film Actors from Wales
Age 69, Credits: Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, Kingdom of Heaven & The Ghost Writer

Birthplace: United Kingdom

Nationality: Wales, United Kingdom

Robert Pugh (born 11 October 1950) is a Welsh actor, known for his many television appearances, including the role of Craster in the HBO series Game of Thrones.
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Stanley Baker is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Popular Film Actors from Wales
Dec. at 48 (1928-1976), Credits: Zulu, The Guns of Navarone & Richard III

Birthplace: Ferndale, United Kingdom

Nationality: Wales, United Kingdom

Children: Adam Baker, Martin Baker, Sally Baker, Glyn Baker

Sir William Stanley Baker (28 February 1928 – 28 June 1976) was a Welsh actor and film producer.

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Mervyn Johns is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Popular Film Actors from Wales
Dec. at 93 (1899-1992), Credits: Scrooge, Moby Dick & The Day of the Triffids

Birthplace: Pembroke, United Kingdom

Nationality: Wales

Children: Glynis Johns

David Mervyn Johns (18 February 1899 – 6 September 1992) was a Welsh film and television character actor who became a star of British films during World War II. In the postwar era, he worked ...more
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Hugh Griffith is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Popular Film Actors from Wales
Dec. at 68 (1912-1980), Credits: Ben-Hur, Oliver! & Kind Hearts and Coronets

Birthplace: Marian-glas

Nationality: Wales

Parents: Mary Griffith, William Griffith

Hugh Emrys Griffith (30 May 1912 – 14 May 1980) was a Welsh film, stage and television actor. He won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Ben-Hur (1959) and received an ...more

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