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Popular Film Actors from Wales

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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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This list answers the questions, "Who are the best Welsh actors?" and "Which movies stars are from Wales?"

You can click on the names of these legendary movie stars of Wales in order to get more information about each one. If you're a film buff use this list of talented Welsh film actors to find some new movies you haven't already seen.
  • 1

    Anthony Hopkins

    The Silence of the Lambs, Thor

    BirthplaceMargam, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited States of America, United Kingdom


    ParentsRichard Arthur Hopkins, Muriel Anne Hopkins

    ChildrenAbigail Hopkins

    Sir Philip Anthony Hopkins (born 31 December 1937) is a Welsh actor, director, and producer....  more

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  • 2

    Christian Bale

    The Dark Knight, Batman Begins

    BirthplaceHaverfordwest, United Kingdom

    NationalityWales, United Kingdom


    ParentsGloria Steinem, Jenny James, David Bale

    ChildrenEmmeline Bale

    Christian Charles Philip Bale (born 30 January 1974) is a Welsh actor who is known for his...  more

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  • 3

    Richard Burton

    The Longest Day, Where Eagles Dare

    BirthplacePontrhydyfen, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom


    ParentsEdith Maude Jenkins, Richard Walter Jenkins

    ChildrenKate Burton, Maria Burton, Liza Todd Burton, Jessica Burton

    Richard Burton, (; born Richard Walter Jenkins Jr.; 10 November 1925 – 5 August 1984) was a...  more

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  • 4

    Jonathan Pryce

    Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, Brazil

    BirthplaceCarmel, Flintshire, United Kingdom



    ParentsIsaac Price, Margaret Ellen Price

    ChildrenGabriel Pryce, Phoebe Pryce, Patrick Pryce

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

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  • 5

    Catherine Zeta-Jones

    Chicago, High Fidelity

    BirthplaceSwansea, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom


    ParentsPatricia Fair, David James Jones

    ChildrenCarys Zeta Douglas, Dylan Michael Douglas

    Catherine Zeta-Jones (; born 25 September 1969) is a Welsh actress. Born and raised in...  more

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  • 6

    John Rhys-Davies

    Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

    BirthplaceAmmanford, United Kingdom

    NationalityWales, United Kingdom


    ParentsMary Margaretta Phyllis Jones, Rhys Davies

    ChildrenMaia Davies, Ben Davies, Tom Davies

    John Rhys-Davies (born 5 May 1944) is a Welsh actor, voice actor and producer, known for his...  more

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  • 7

    Terry Jones

    Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Life of Brian

    BirthplaceColwyn Bay, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom


    ChildrenBill Jones, Sally Jones, Siri Jones

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

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  • 8

    Michael Sheen

    Gladiator, Alice in Wonderland

    BirthplaceNewport, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom


    ParentsIrene Sheen, Meyrick Sheen

    ChildrenLily Mo Sheen

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

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  • 9

    Rhys Ifans

    The Amazing Spider-Man, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part I

    BirthplaceHaverfordwest, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom


    ParentsBeti Wyn Davies, Eirwyn Evans

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

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  • 10

    Ray Milland

    Dial M for Murder, Love Story

    BirthplaceNeath, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited States of America, United Kingdom, Wales


    ParentsAlfred Jones, Elizabeth Annie Jones

    ChildrenDaniel Milland, Victoria Milland

    Ray Milland (born Alfred Reginald Jones, 3 January 1907 – 10 March 1986) was a Welsh-American...  more

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  • 11

    Desmond Llewelyn

    Goldfinger, GoldenEye

    BirthplaceNewport, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom

    ParentsMia Llewelyn, Ivor Llewelyn

    ChildrenJustin Llewelyn, Ivor Llewelyn

    Desmond Wilkinson Llewelyn (; 12 September 1914 – 19 December 1999) was a Welsh actor, best...  more
  • 12

    Georgia Mackenzie

    Possession, Franklyn

    BirthplaceAbergavenny, United Kingdom

    NationalityWales, England

    ParentsColin Mackenzie

    ChildrenPurdy Coyle

    Georgia Mackenzie (born 19 May 1973) is a British actress. Mackenzie's notable screen credits...  more
  • 13

    Glynis Johns

    Mary Poppins, While You Were Sleeping

    BirthplacePretoria, South Africa

    NationalityWales, South Africa


    ParentsAlyce Steele, Mervyn Johns

    ChildrenGareth Forwood

    Glynis Johns (born 5 October 1923) is a retired Welsh stage, television and film actress,...  more
  • 14

    Ioan Gruffudd

    Titanic, Black Hawk Down

    BirthplaceLlwydcoed, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited States of America, United Kingdom


    ParentsGillian Gruffudd, Peter Gruffudd

    ChildrenElla Betsi Janet Gruffudd, Elsie Marigold Gruffudd

    Ioan Gruffudd (Welsh: [ˈjɔan ˈɡrɪfɪð] (listen); born 6 October 1973) is a Welsh actor. He...  more

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  • 15

    Matt Ryan

    Layer Cake, Flypaper

    BirthplaceSwansea, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom

    ParentsSteve Evans, Maria Evans

    Matthew Darren Evans (born 11 April 1981, Swansea, Wales), known professionally as Matt Ryan,...  more
  • 16

    Keith Allen

    Trainspotting, The Others

    BirthplaceGorseinon, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom


    ParentsEdward Charles Owen

    ChildrenLily Allen, Alfie Allen, Sarah Owen, Gala Talbott, Teddie Allen

    Keith Howell Charles Allen (born 2 September 1953) is a Welsh actor and television presenter....  more
  • 17

    Roger Rees

    The Prestige, Robin Hood: Men in Tights

    BirthplaceAberystwyth, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited States of America, United Kingdom

    ParentsWilliam John Rees, Doris Louise Rees

    Roger Rees (5 May 1944 – 10 July 2015) was a Welsh actor and director, widely known for his...  more

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    Kate Burton

    Big Trouble in Little China, 127 Hours

    BirthplaceGeneva, Switzerland

    NationalityUnited States of America, United Kingdom

    ParentsRichard Burton, Sybil Williams

    ChildrenCharlotte Ritchie, Morgan Ritchie

    Katherine Burton (born September 10, 1957) is a Swiss-born Welsh-American actress, daughter of...  more
  • 19

    Kenneth Griffith

    The Lion in Winter, A Night to Remember

    BirthplaceTenby, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom

    ParentsEmily Griffiths, Ernest Griffiths

    ChildrenEva Griffiths, Polly Griffiths, David Griffiths, Jonathan Griffiths, Huw Griffiths

    Kenneth Griffith (born Kenneth Reginald Griffiths, 12 October 1921 – 25 June 2006) was a Welsh...  more
  • 20

    Luke Evans

    The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Clash of the Titans

    BirthplaceAberbargoed, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom


    ParentsDavid Evans, Yvonne Evans

    Luke George Evans (born 15 April 1979) is a Welsh actor. Evans began his career on the stage,...  more

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    Shefali Chowdhury

    Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

    BirthplaceBirmingham, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom


    Shefali Chowdhury (Bengali: শেফালী চৌধুরী; born 20 June 1988) is a British actress of...  more
  • 22

    Robert Pugh

    Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, Kingdom of Heaven

    BirthplaceUnited Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom

    Robert Pugh (born 11 October 1950) is a Welsh actor, known for his many television...  more
  • 23

    Stanley Baker

    Zulu, The Guns of Navarone

    BirthplaceFerndale, United Kingdom


    ChildrenGlyn Baker, Martin Baker, Adam Baker, Sally Baker

    Sir William Stanley Baker (28 February 1928 – 28 June 1976) was a Welsh actor and film...  more
  • 24

    Mervyn Johns

    Scrooge, Moby Dick

    BirthplacePembroke, United Kingdom


    ChildrenGlynis Johns

    David Mervyn Johns (18 February 1899 – 6 September 1992) was a Welsh film and television...  more
  • 25

    Hugh Griffith

    Ben-Hur, Oliver!



    ParentsMary Griffith, William Griffith

    Hugh Emrys Griffith (30 May 1912 – 14 May 1980) was a Welsh film, stage and television actor....  more