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WELSH ACTORS AND ACTRESSES

by Kenji
WELSH ACTORS AND ACTRESSES by Kenji
If you can’t identify all the faces above, you can read this section and click on Read More and the links. Welsh cinema may not have set the world alight but Wales has certainly produced at least its fair share of acting talent. 6 Oscar winners marked below. Not that i should be promoting the primacy of the Oscars, Hollywood, Anglophone culture, the big buck and razzmatazz: tut tut! Selected filmographies: ANTHONY HOPKINS The Lion in Winter Magic The Elephant Man The Good Father 84 Charing Cross Road The Silence of the Lambs (Oscar) Howards End The Remains of the Day Shadowlands Legends of the Fall Nixon Amistad The Mask of Zorro Titus The… Read more

If you can’t identify all the faces above, you can read this section and click on Read More and the links.

Welsh cinema may not have set the world alight but Wales has certainly produced at least its fair share of acting talent. 6 Oscar winners marked below. Not that i should be promoting the primacy of the Oscars, Hollywood, Anglophone culture, the big buck and razzmatazz: tut tut! Selected filmographies:

ANTHONY HOPKINS
The Lion in Winter
Magic
The Elephant Man
The Good Father
84 Charing Cross Road
The Silence of the Lambs (Oscar)
Howards End
The Remains of the Day
Shadowlands
Legends of the Fall
Nixon
Amistad
The Mask of Zorro
Titus
The World’s Fastest Indian
Hitchcock
Noah
Westworld

RICHARD BURTON
The Last Days of Dolwyn
My Cousin Rachel
The Robe
Alexander the Great
Bitter Victory
Look Back in Anger
The Longest Day
Cleopatra
Becket
Night of the Iguana
The Spy who Came in from the Cold
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Taming of the Shrew
Where Eagles Dare
Anne of the Thousand Days
Equus
1984

STANLEY BAKER
The Criminal
The Guns of Navarone
Eva
Zulu
Accident
Robbery

CHRISTIAN BALE
Empire of the Sun
American Psycho
The Machinist
Batman Begins
The Prestige
The Dark Knight
3:10 to Yuma
The Fighter (Oscar)
The Big Short

JONATHAN PRYCE
Something Wicked this Way Comes
Brazil
The Age of Innocence
Carrington
Regeneration/Behind the Lines
Tomorrow Never Dies
The Testimony of Taliesin Jones (a.k.a Small Miracles)
The New World
Pirates of the Caribbean

CATHERINE ZETA-JONES
The Darling Buds of May
The Mask of Zorro
Traffic
Chicago (Oscar)

MICHAEL SHEEN
Heartlands
The Queen
Frost-Nixon
The Damned United
Twilight Saga: New Moon
Alice in Wonderland (as the white rabbit)
Midnight in Paris
Resistance
The Gospel of Us

ROGER LIVESEY
The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp
I Know Where I’m Going
A Matter of Life and Death

MERVYN JOHNS
Went the Day Well?
The Halfway House
Dead of Night
Scrooge/A Christmas Carol
The Heroes of Telemark

GLYNIS JOHNS (daughter of Mervyn)
The Halfway House
Personal Affair
The Court Jester
Mary Poppins
Under Milk Wood

RACHEL ROBERTS
Saturday Night and Sunday Morning
This Sporting Life
O Lucky Man
Picnic at Hanging Rock

RAY MILLAND
Easy Living
Ministry of Fear
The Uninvited
Lost Weekend (Oscar)
The Thief
Dial M for Murder
A Man Alone
The Man with the X-Ray Eyes

IVOR NOVELLO
The Lodger

HUGH GRIFFITH
The Titfield Thunderbolt
Ben Hur (Oscar)
Tom Jones
Grand Slam

PEGGY CUMMINS
Gun Crazy
Night of the Demon

TERRY JONES
Monty Python and the Holy Grail
Monty Python’s Life of Brian

TIMOTHY DALTON
The Lion in Winter
Flash Gordon
The Living Daylights

DESMOND LLEWELYN
Goldfinger (and other Bond films as “Q”)

JOHN RHYS DAVIES
Raiders of the Lost Ark
Lord of the Rings

SIAN PHILLIPS
Becket
Under Milk Wood
I, Claudius
Valmont
The Age of Innocence

TARON EGERTON
Kingsman: Secret Service
Testament of Youth
Eddie the Eagle

IOAN GRUFFUDD
Titanic
Solomon and Gaenor
102 Dalmatians
Fantastic Four

RHYS IFANS
Notting Hill
Mr Nice
Madame Bovary

DAWN FRENCH
French and Saunders
The Vicar of Dibley
Coraline (as Miss Miriam Forcible)

HARRY SECOMBE
Oliver!

PAUL WHITEHOUSE
The Fast Show
Finding Neverland
Corpse Bride
Alice in Wonderland (as the March hare)

MATTHEW RHYS
Titus
The Edge of Love
Patagonia

NIA ROBERTS
Solomon and Gaenor
Snow Cake
Patagonia

KEITH ALLEN (father of singer Lily Allen)
Comrades
Trainspotting
Twin Town

PAM FERRIS
Meantime
The Darling Buds of May
Matilda
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Children of Men
Rosemary & Thyme

ROB BRYDON
Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story
Gavin & Stacey
The Trip to Italy

ANGHARAD REES
Under Milk Wood
Poldark

CRAIG ROBERTS
Submarine
Red Oaks

DONALD HOUSTON
A Run for Your Money
Room at the Top
The Longest Day
633 Squadron
Where Eagles Dare

GLYN HOUSTON (brother of Donald)
The Cruel Sea

EVE MYLES
Torchwood

RUTH JONES
Gavin & Stacey

JOANNA PAGE
Gavin & Stacey

NAUNTON WAYNE
The Lady Vanishes

ANEURIN BARNARD
The White Queen
Interlude in Prague

JASON HUGHES
Midsomer Murders

TOMMY COOPER
The Plank

GRIFF RHYS-JONES
Alas Smith & Jones

HYWEL BENNETT
Shelley

RUTH MADOC
Hi De Hi

VICTOR SPINETTI
SuperTed

NERYS HUGHES
The Liver Birds

child actress/Big Brother winner Rachel Rice

+ Charlotte Church, Vinnie Jones, Philip Madoc, Erin Richards, Tom Cullen, Owain Yeoman, Andy Whitfield, Melanie Walters, Kenneth Griffith, Huw Garmon, Meredith Edwards, Talfryn Thomas, Glynn Edwards, John Ogwen, Sharon Morgan, Sophie Evans, Owen Teale, Windsor Davies, Liz Fuller, Myfanwy Waring, Josie D’Arby, Iona Jones, Hywel Bennett, Desmond Barrit, Sue Jones-Davies, Duffy, Christopher Timothy, Lloyd Owen, Paul Rhys, Di Botcher, Clive Merrison, Richard Davies, Norman Wynne, Gareth Hughes, Helen Lederer, Catrin Stewart, Iwan Rheon…

and the greatest British stage actress, Sarah Siddons

Welsh parentage: Bette Davis, Myrna Loy, Naomi Watts (who lived with her gran at LLanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch), Tom Cruise, Russell Crowe, Humphrey Bogart, Bob Hope, Charlie Chaplin, Glenn Ford, Susan Sarandon, Rosanna and Patricia Arquette, Sacha Baron Cohen, Alan Rickman, Gena Rowlands, Esther Williams, Kevin Spacey, Kevin Costner, Olivia Newton-John, Teri Hatcher, Robin Williams, Johnny Depp, Daniel Craig, Leslie Nielsen, Julie Christie, Brenda Blethyn, James Dean, Robert Duvall, Jack Nicholson, Brad Pitt, Courtenay Cox, Bruce Willis, Julia Roberts, Anjelica Huston, Reese Witherspoon, David Jason, Geraldine James, Edmund Gwenn, Kenneth Williams, Lily Allen, Patrick Mower, Erika Christensen, Reiko Aylesworth..

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Reading:
Peter Stead: Acting Wales: Stars of Stage and Screen
David Berry: Wales and Cinema: The First Hundred Years

see also the lists The Welsh Connection and Keith Griffiths, Adventurous Film Producer.

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