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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.
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    Anthony Hopkins

    Anthony Hopkins

    The Silence of the Lambs, Thor

    BirthplaceMargam, United Kingdom

    NationalityWales, United 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 on Wikipedia

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  • 2
    Christian Bale

    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 on Wikipedia

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  • 3
    Richard Burton

    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

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  • 4
    Jonathan Pryce

    Jonathan Pryce

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

    BirthplaceCarmel, Flintshire, United Kingdom



    ParentsIsaac Price, Margaret Ellen Price

    ChildrenPhoebe Pryce, Patrick Pryce, Gabriel Pryce

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

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  • 5
    Catherine Zeta-Jones

    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 on Wikipedia

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    John Rhys-Davies

    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



    ParentsMary Margaretta Phyllis Jones, Rhys Davies

    ChildrenMaia Davies, Tom Davies, Ben Davies

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

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  • 7
    Terry Jones

    Terry Jones

    Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Life of Brian

    BirthplaceColwyn Bay, United Kingdom

    NationalityWales, United Kingdom


    ChildrenBill Jones, Sally Jones, Siri Jones

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

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  • 8
    Michael Sheen

    Michael Sheen

    Gladiator, Alice in Wonderland

    BirthplaceNewport, United 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 on Wikipedia

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  • 9
    Rhys Ifans

    Rhys Ifans

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

    BirthplaceHaverfordwest, United Kingdom



    ParentsBeti Wyn Davies, Eirwyn Evans

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

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  • 10
    Ray Milland

    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 on Wikipedia

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    Desmond Llewelyn

    Desmond Llewelyn

    Goldfinger, GoldenEye

    BirthplaceNewport, Wales, United Kingdom

    NationalityWales, United Kingdom

    ParentsMia Llewelyn, Ivor Llewelyn

    ChildrenIvor Llewelyn, Justin Llewelyn

    Desmond Wilkinson Llewelyn (; 12 September 1914 – 19 December 1999) was a Welsh actor, best... more on Wikipedia
  • 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 on Wikipedia
  • 13
    Glynis Johns

    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 on Wikipedia
  • 14
    Ioan Gruffudd

    Ioan Gruffudd

    Titanic, Black Hawk Down

    BirthplaceLlwydcoed, United Kingdom

    NationalityWales, United Kingdom


    ParentsGillian Gruffudd, Peter Gruffudd

    ChildrenElla Betsi Janet Gruffudd

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

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    Matt Ryan

    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 on Wikipedia
  • 16
    Keith Allen

    Keith Allen

    Trainspotting, The Others

    BirthplaceGorseinon, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom,Wales


    ParentsEdward Charles Owen

    ChildrenLily Allen, Teddie Allen, Alfie Allen, Rebecca Allen, Sarah Owen

    Keith Howell Charles Allen (born 2 September 1953) is a Welsh actor and television presenter.... more on Wikipedia
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    Roger Rees

    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 on Wikipedia

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    Kate Burton

    Kate Burton

    Big Trouble in Little China, 127 Hours

    BirthplaceGeneva, Switzerland

    NationalityWales, Switzerland, United States of America

    ParentsRichard Burton, Sybil Williams

    ChildrenCharlotte Ritchie, Morgan Ritchie

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

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    Kenneth Griffith

    Kenneth Griffith

    The Lion in Winter, A Night to Remember

    BirthplaceTenby, United Kingdom

    NationalityWales, United 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 on Wikipedia
  • 20
    Luke Evans

    Luke Evans

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

    BirthplaceAberbargoed, United Kingdom

    NationalityWales, United Kingdom


    ParentsDavid Evans, Yvonne Evans

    Luke George Evans (born 15 April 1979) is a Welsh actor. Evans began his career on the stage,... more on Wikipedia
  • 21
    Shefali Chowdhury

    Shefali Chowdhury

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

    BirthplaceBirmingham, England



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  • 22
    Robert Pugh

    Robert Pugh

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

    BirthplaceUnited Kingdom

    NationalityWales, United Kingdom

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

    Stanley Baker

    Zulu, The Guns of Navarone

    BirthplaceFerndale, United Kingdom

    NationalityWales, United Kingdom

    ChildrenAdam Baker, Martin Baker, Sally Baker, Glyn Baker

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

    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 on Wikipedia
  • 25
    Hugh Griffith

    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 on Wikipedia