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WELSH ACTORS AND ACTRESSES

By: Kenji

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:

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

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

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)

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 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 (father of Glynis)

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

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

IOAN GRUFFUDD

Titanic
Solomon and Gaenor
102 Dalmatians
Fantastic Four

NAUNTON WAYNE

The Lady Vanishes

DAWN FRENCH

Coraline (as Miss Miriam Forcible)

HARRY SECOMBE

Oliver!

RHYS IFANS

Notting Hill
Mr Nice

PAUL WHITEHOUSE

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 pop singer Lily Allen)

Comrades
Trainspotting
Twin Town

PAM FERRIS

Meantime
Matilda
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Children of Men

ROB BRYDON

Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story
The Trip to Italy

CRAIG ROBERTS

Submarine

DONALD HOUSTON (brother of Glyn)

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

oh and best known on TV,

child actress/Big Brother winner Rachel Rice (a rose among thorns on that programme)

Ruth Jones, co-writer and star of popular series Gavin & Stacey

+ Philip Madoc, Ruth Madoc, Joanna Page, Melanie Walters, Kenneth Griffith, Huw Garmon, Meredith Edwards, Talfryn Thomas, Angharad Rees, John Ogwen, Sharon Morgan, Griff Rhys-Jones, Owen Teale, Nerys Hughes, Windsor Davies, Iona Jones, Hywel Bennett, Desmond Barrit, Duffy…

and the greatest British stage actress, Sarah Siddons

Welsh parentage: Bette Davis, Myrna Loy, Naomi Watts, Tom Cruise, Russell Crowe, Humphrey Bogart, Esther Williams, 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, 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..

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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. Beyond films: Welcome to Wales, Croeso i Gymru: Views of a Small Country, Kenji’s Welsh Art Gallery, and Welsh Books

 

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ExperimentoFilm

20Mar14

Desmond Barrit.

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    Kenji

    20Mar14

    I've mentioned him now as well as Bennett, thanks

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    ExperimentoFilm

    20Mar14

    Saw Barrit do Malvolio once - very good actor. Bennett pretty good too - loved him as Ricki Tarr in TINKER TAILOR...

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ExperimentoFilm

19Mar14

PERCY, TWISTED NERVE, ENDLESS NIGHT. That's right -> it's a Hywel Bennett attack!!

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Les films du miroir magique

27Oct13

Hi Kenji. Fantastic list, as always. Do you know the book 'Acting Wales. Stars of Stage and Screen' by Peter Stread ?

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    Kenji

    27Oct13

    Ah, it's some time since i'd thought of him. I don't think I've read the book, but it does ring a bell, in fact I will mention it above and on the Welsh Connection list, thanks

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Kenji

12Apr11

Thanks, i'll consider him, i did mention him in the list The Welsh Connection. This isn't a full list.