Notable Welsh People

by johndavies007 | created - 29 Jan 2018 | updated - 25 Oct 2018 | Public

Many have inadequate bios here, so do look them up.

Not found on imdb: King Arthur Billy Boston (rugby league player) Edward Bowen (radar scientist) Buddug/Boudica (ancient British female warrior) Betsi Cadwaladr (19th century nurse, traveller) Caradog/Caractacus (ancient British chieftain) John Charles (footballer) Dafydd ap Gwilym (medieval poet) Saint David/ Dewi Sant David Davies (businessman) Donald Davies (computer scientist, inventor of packet switching) W.H.Davies (writer) Lyn Evans (CERN director, Hydron Collider project leader) George Everest (geographer, the mountain named after him) Barry Flanagan (sculptor) John Frost (Chartist political activist) John Gibson (19th century sculptor) Giraldus Cambrensis/ Gerald of Wales (medieval writer) Owain Glyndwr (medieval freedom fighter) Clive Granger (Nobel winning economist) William Grove (scientist, 1st fuel cell) Gwenllian ferch Gruffudd (medieval female warrior) Henry V Henry VII George Herbert (17th century poet) John Houghton (environmental scientist) Michael Howard (politician) David Hughes (scientist, inventor- radio transmissions, microphone, teleprinter..) Elizabeth Phillips Hughes (educationalist) Hywel Dda (medieval law maker) J.D. Innes (painter) Barry John (rugby player) Goscombe John (sculptor) Gwen John (painter) Ernest Jones (psychiatrist) Michael Jones (founder of Welsh colony in Patagonia) Steve Jones (athlete, Marathon world record) Thomas Jones (painter) William Jones (mathematician, astronomer) Owain Lawgoch (medieval soldier) Llywelyn ap Iorwerth (medieval ruler) Myrddin/ Merlin Henry Morgan (pirate) William Morgan (bishop, bible translator) Beau Nash (leader of 18th century fashion) Robert Owen (Co-operative socialist) Saint Patrick Richard Price (18th century political writer, philosopher, mathematician) William Price (free thinking 19th century doctor) Pryce Pryce-Jones (19th century mail order shopping) Paulo Radmilovic (swimmer, 4 Olympic golds) Robert Recorde (mathematician, invented = sign) Rhodri Mawr (medieval ruler) Bart Roberts (pirate) Evan Roberts (religious leader) Kate Roberts (writer) Sarah Siddons (18th century actress) Taliesin (early medieval poet) R.S. Thomas (poet) Alfred Russel Wallace (co-originator of the theory of evolution by natural selection, biologist, naturalist, traveller, socio-political writer) Evan Walters (painter) Evan Williams (scientist, discoverer of Meson particle) Kyffin Williams (painter) R Williams Parry (poet) Richard Wilson (painter) Walter Wingfield (inventor of lawn tennis)


Welsh Parentage:

John Adams John Quincy Adams Lily Allen Richard Ameryk Patricia Arquette Rosanna Arquette Brenda Blethyn Humphrey Bogart Daniel Boone David Bowie Frank Brangwyn Edward Byrne Jones Dean Cain William Cecil Charlie Chaplin Julie Christie Petula Clarke Hilary Clinton Sacha Baron Cohen Michelle Collins Calvin Coolidge Kevin Costner Sue Cook Courtenay Cox Daniel Craig Oliver Cromwell Russell Crowe Tom Cruise Jack Daniel Elizabeth David Bette Davis Jefferson Davis James Dean Johnny Depp Ken Dodd John Donne Robert Duvall The Edge Tracy Edwards George Eliot (née Mary Anne Evans) Elizabeth I Alice Catherine Evans Bill Evans Lee Evans Martin Evans Oliver Evans William Fargo Glenn Ford James Garfield Garibaldi Al Gore D W Griffith Nell Gwynn Teri Hatcher Henry VIII Bob Hope Gerard Manley Hopkins Billy Hughes Howard Hughes Murray Humphrys Anjelica Huston John Huston Jesse James David Jason Thomas Jefferson Joseph Jenkins Allan Jones Allen Jones Bobby Jones Inigo Jones Robert E Lee John Llewelyn Lewis Leona Lewis Meriwether Lewis Sinclair Lewis Abraham Lincoln Cariad Lloyd Jack London Myrna Loy Chelsea/Bradley Manning Dannii Minogue Kylie Minogue James Monroe JP Morgan John Nash Olivia Newton-John Jack Nicholson Leslie Nielsen Richard Nixon Donnie Osmond Wilfred Owen William Penn Michael Phelps Fiona Phillips Brad Pitt Rhian Ramos Alan Rickman Julia Roberts Gena Rowlands Susan Sarandon Delia Smith Kevin Spacey Margaret Thatcher Edward Thomas David Thompson Ralph Vaughan Williams Gore Vidal Carol Vorderman William Wallace Naomi Watts Esther Williams Kenneth Williams Robin Williams Bruce Willis Reese Witherspoon Frank Lloyd Wright Diana Wynne-Jones Elihu Yale

1. Danny Abse

Writer | Ein komplizierter Mensch

Danny Abse was born on September 22, 1923 in Cardiff, Wales as Dannie Abse. He was a writer, known for Ein komplizierter Mensch (1962), Muses with Milligan (1964) and Full House (1972). He was married to Joan Mercer. He died on September 28, 2014.

2. Laura Ashley

Costume_designer | Le choix

Laura Ashley was born on September 7, 1925 in Dolwais, Merthyr Tydfil, Wales as Laura Mountney. She was married to Bernard Ashley. She died on September 17, 1985 in Gloucestershire, England.

3. Stanley Baker

Actor | Zulu

Stanley Baker was unusual star material to emerge during the Fifties - when impossibly handsome and engagingly romantic leading men were almost de rigueur. Baker was forged from a rougher mould. His was good-looking, but his features were angular, taut, austere and unwelcoming. His screen persona ...

4. Christian Bale

Actor | The Dark Knight

Christian Charles Philip Bale was born in Pembrokeshire, Wales, UK on January 30, 1974, to English parents Jennifer "Jenny" (James) and David Bale. His mother was a circus performer and his father, who was born in South Africa, was a commercial pilot. The family lived in different countries ...

5. Gareth Bale

Actor | Today it's been impossible

Gareth Frank Bale (born 16 July 1989) is a Welsh professional footballer who plays as a winger for Spanish club Real Madrid and the Wales national team. Renowned for his ball striking from distance, swerving free kicks, and his ability to get past defenders with pace, Bale has received plaudits ...

6. Scott Barley

Director | Sleep Has Her House

Scott Barley is a British artist and filmmaker from South Wales, United Kingdom. His work has been screened across Europe and The Americas, including The Institute of Contemporary Arts London, BFI Southbank, Sheffield Doc Fest, Doclisboa, Karlovy Vary IFF, Dokufest, EYE Filmmuseum, Vancouver ...

7. Shirley Bassey

Soundtrack | Moonraker

Shirley Bassey was born in Tiger Bay, Cardiff, Wales, and raised in the nearby working class neighborhood of Splott. Her mother was originally from Yorkshire, and her father was a Nigerian seaman who left the family when she was less than two. She later helped to support her family by working in an...

8. Aneurin Bevan

Self | This Week

Aneurin Bevan was born on November 15, 1897 in Tredegar, South Wales, UK. He is known for his work on This Week (1956), Panorama (1953) and Small World (1958). He was married to Jennie Lee. He died on July 6, 1960 in Chesham, Buckinghamshire, England.

9. Richard Burton

Actor | Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Probably best-remembered for his turbulent personal life with Elizabeth Taylor (whom he married twice), Richard Burton was nonetheless also regarded as an often brilliant British actor of the post-WWII period.

Burton was born Richard Walter Jenkins in 1925 into a Welsh (Cymraeg)-speaking family in ...

10. John Cale

Soundtrack | The Beach

Classically trained (viola and piano) and well-educated, Welsh-born John Cale became interested in both the experimental side of classical music (including artists like John Cage), and American rock-n-roll. When offered a chance to study music in New York in the early 1960s, Cale accepted, and ...

11. Joe Calzaghe

Actor | Solitary

Joe Calzaghe was born on February 23, 1972 in Hammersmith, London, England as Joseph William Calzaghe. He is an actor, known for Solitary (2015), Faith (2016) and Mr Calzaghe (2015). He was previously married to Mandy M. Davies.

12. Charlotte Church

Soundtrack | I'll Be There

Charlotte Maria Church was born on February 21, 1986 in Llandaff, Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom to Steven Reed and his wife Maria. The couple separated shortly after the child's birth, and she was left in her mother's care. She started singing publicly when she was only three and a half years old,...

13. Nicole Cooke

Writer | The Breakaway

Nicole Cooke was born on April 13, 1983 in Swansea, Wales. She is a writer, known for The Breakaway, A Question of Sport (1970) and Beijing 2008: Games of the XXIX Olympiad (2008).

14. Tommy Cooper

Actor | The Plank

After leaving the army Tommy Cooper took up show business in 1947 and so started his long career of comedy derived around visual humour, magic tricks that didn't work and his trademark red fez, a prop that started from his days in the army. The BBC described him as an "Unattractive young man with ...

16. Roald Dahl

Writer | The Witches

Roald Dahl was born in Wales in 1916. He served as a fighter pilot in the British R.A.F. (Royal Air Force) during World War II. He made a forced landing in the Libyan Desert and was severely injured. As a result, he spent five months in a Royal Navy hospital in Alexandria. Dahl is known for how he ...

17. Timothy Dalton

Actor | The Living Daylights

At a consistently lean 6' 2", green-eyed Timothy Dalton may very well be one of the last of the dying breed of swashbuckling, classically trained Shakespearean actors who have forged simultaneous successful careers in theater, television and film. He has been comparison-shopped roundly for stepping...

18. Lynn Davies

Self | Superstars

Lynn Davies was born on May 20, 1942 in Nantymoel, Bridgend, Wales.

19. Richard Deacon

Self | Richard Deacon - In Between

He was awarded the C.B.E. (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in the 1999 Queen's New Years Honors List for his services to sculpture.

20. Marina Lambrini Diamandis

Soundtrack | The Moth Diaries

Marina Diamandis is a Welsh singer-songwriter was born on October 10, 1985, in Brynmawr, Monmouthshire, Wales, known by her stage name 'Marina and the Diamonds', in which, 'Diamonds' refers to her fans, as she clarified. An "indie artist with pop goals", she is often compared to Kate Bush, even ...

21. Gareth Edwards

Actor | Old Scores

Sir Gareth Owen Edwards CBE (born 12 July 1947) is a Welsh former rugby union player who played scrum-half and has been described by the BBC as "arguably the greatest player ever to don a Welsh jersey".

In 2003, in a poll of international rugby players conducted by Rugby World magazine, Edwards was ...

22. Huw Edwards

Actor | Skyfall

Huw Edwards was born on August 18, 1961 in Bridgend, Wales. He is an actor, known for Skyfall (2012), The Story of Welsh (2003) and Doctor Who (2005).

23. Gareth Evans

Director | Serbuan Maut

Welsh born writer/director, in 2003 directed a short film "Samurai Monogatari" telling the tale of a Samurai waiting to be executed. The short was in Japanese language and starred students from Tokyo who were studying at Cardiff University at the time.

In 2003 he also graduated with an MA in ...

25. Ken Follett

Writer | Eye of the Needle

Ken Follett was born on June 5, 1949 in Cardiff, Wales as Kenneth Martin Follett. He is known for his work on Eye of the Needle (1981), White Wedding (2009) and Target (1977). He has been married to Daphne Barbara Hubbard since November 8, 1985. He was previously married to Mary Emma Ruth Elson.

26. Dick Francis

Writer | Dead Cert

Dick Francis learned to ride when he was five, on a donkey. His older brother offered him sixpence if he could jump the fence sitting backwards on the donkey. It took five tries, but the determined five-year-old did finally manage to stay on the donkey as he jumped the fence. He collected the ...

27. Dawn French

Actress | French and Saunders

Dawn French was born on October 11, 1957 in Holyhead, Wales as Dawn Roma French. She is an actress and writer, known for French and Saunders (1987), The Vicar of Dibley (1994) and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004). She has been married to Mark Bignell since April 20, 2013. She was ...

28. Ryan Giggs

Self | Match of the Day

Ryan Giggs was born on November 29, 1973 in Cardiff, Wales as Ryan Joseph Wilson. He has been married to Stacey Cooke since September 7, 2007. They have two children.

29. Julia Gillard

Self | Junior Masterchef Australia

Julia Gillard was born on September 29, 1961 in Barry, Wales as Julia Eileen Gillard. She is known for her work on Junior Masterchef Australia (2010), The Diamond Queen (2012) and XXX Summer Olympics Opening Ceremony (2012).

31. Peter Greenaway

Director | The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover

Peter Greenaway trained as a painter and began working as a film editor for the Central Office of Information in 1965. Shortly afterwards he started to make his own films. He has produced a wealth of short and feature-length films, but also paintings, novels and other books. He has held several ...

32. Tanni Grey-Thompson

Actress | Twenty Twelve

Tanni Grey-Thompson was born on July 26, 1969 in Cardiff, Wales as Tanni Carys Davina. She is an actress, known for Twenty Twelve (2011), Commonwealth Games (1954) and Paralympic Games (1960). She has been married to Ian Thompson since 1999. They have one child.

33. Philip Jones Griffiths

Camera_department | The Deer Hunter

Philip Jones Griffiths was born in Wales in 1936. He launched his career as a free-lance writer for Britain's Observer newspaper in 1961. He covering the Algerian war in 1962 before traveling across central Africa.

In a career that took Philip to more than 120 countries, he covered everything from ...

34. Michael Heseltine

Self | Anyone for Pennis?

Michael Heseltine was born on March 21, 1933 in Swansea, Wales as Michael Ray Dibdin Heseltine. He has been married to Anne Williams since 1962. They have three children.

35. Mary Hopkin

Soundtrack | The Falling

Mary Hopkin was born in Pontardawe, Wales on 3 May 1950. In her teens she made some modest success as a Welsh folk singer until one day, on 4 May, 1968, one day after her 18th birthday, she appeared on the television talent show Opportunity Knocks (1956), a show which featured talented (and ...

36. Anthony Hopkins

Actor | The Silence of the Lambs

Anthony Hopkins was born on December 31, 1937, in Margam, Wales, to Muriel Anne (Yeats) and Richard Arthur Hopkins, a baker. His parents were both of half Welsh and half English descent. Influenced by Richard Burton, he decided to study at College of Music and Drama and graduated in 1957. In 1965, ...

37. Geoffrey Howe

Self | The Great Offices of State

Geoffrey Howe was born on December 20, 1926 in Port Talbot, West Glamorgan, Wales as Richard Edward Geoffrey Howe. He was married to Elspeth Howe. He died on October 9, 2015 in Warwickshire, England.

38. Mark Hughes

Self | Match of the Day

Mark Hughes was born on November 1, 1963 in Wrexham, Wales as Leslie Mark Hughes.

39. John Humphrys

Actor | Ali G Indahouse

John Humphrys was born on August 17, 1943 in Cardiff, Wales as Desmond John Humphrys. He is an actor and writer, known for Ali G Indahouse (2002), Oliver's Travels (1995) and Bodyguard (2018).

40. Colin Jackson

Actor | Fast Girls

Colin Jackson was born on February 18, 1967 in Cardiff, Wales as Colin Ray Jackson. He is an actor, known for Fast Girls (2012), Cyberzone (1993) and Olympic Games (1936).

41. Karl Jenkins

Soundtrack | The Karate Kid

Karl Jenkins was born on February 17, 1944 in Penclawdd, Wales as Karl William Pamp Jenkins. He is known for his work on The Karate Kid (2010), The Hurricane (1999) and Superbad (2007).

42. Katherine Jenkins

Actress | Minamata

Welsh Superstar Mezzo Soprano Katherine Jenkins OBE officially became the world's most successful Classical singer this year after she was crowned 'The Biggest Selling Classical Artist of the Century' by Classic FM. She further cemented her title by gaining her 13th Number 1 Album - smashing the ...

43. Roy Jenkins

Actor | On Trial

Roy Jenkins was born on November 11, 1920 in Abersychan, Monmouthshire, Wales as Roy Harris Jenkins. He was an actor, known for On Trial (1960), Don't Quote Me (1990) and A Week in Politics (1982). He was married to Jennifer Morris. He died on January 5, 2003 in East Hendred, Oxfordshire, England.

44. Augustus John

Self | Face to Face

Augustus John was born on January 4, 1878 in Tenby, Pembrokeshire, Wales. He was married to Nettleship, Ida. He died on October 31, 1961.

45. Aled Jones

Soundtrack | Snow Falling on Cedars

Aled Jones was born in Bangor, Gwynedd, Wales, by caesarean section on December 29th 1970. His mother, Nest, was a primary school teacher, his father, Derek, an engineer. He is an only child, and was raised in the tiny village of Llandegfan on the island of Anglesey. Until the age of almost five, ...

46. Alex Jones

Actress | Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie

Alex Jones was born on March 18, 1977 in Ammanford, Carmarthen, Wales as Charlotte Alexandra Jones. She is an actress, known for Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie (2016), Jonathan (2004) and The Great British Poker Tour (2007). She has been married to Charlie Thomson since December 31, 2015. They have...

47. Gwyneth Jones

Actress | Quartet

Gwyneth Jones was born on November 7, 1936 in Pontnewynydd, Wales. She is an actress, known for Quartet (2012), Der Ring des Nibelungen (1980) and Fidelio (1970).

48. Jade Jones

Self | A League of Their Own

Jade Jones was born on March 21, 1993 in Bodelwyddan, Denbighshire, Wales as Jade Louise Jones.

49. Steve Jones

Actor | Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging

Steve Jones was born in 1977 in Rhondda, Glamorgan, Wales as Stephen Jones. He is an actor and writer, known for Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging (2008), It's a Wonderful Afterlife (2010) and Comedy Lab (1998).

50. Terry Jones

Writer | Monty Python and the Holy Grail

Terry Jones was born in Colwyn Bay, North Wales, the son of Dilys Louisa (Newnes), a homemaker, and Alick George Parry Jones, a bank clerk. His older brother is production designer Nigel Jones. His grandparents were involved in the entertainment business, having managed the local Amateur Operatic ...

51. Tom Jones

Soundtrack | The Emperor's New Groove

Tom Jones was born Thomas Jones Woodward in Pontypridd, South Wales, to a traditional coal-mining family, the son of Freda (Jones) and Thomas Woodward. His father was of English descent and his mother was of Welsh and English ancestry. He began singing at an early age in church and in the school ...

53. Neil Kinnock

Self | UK General Election

Neil Kinnock was born on March 28, 1942 in Tredegar, Gwent [now Blaenau, Gwent], Wales as Neil Gordon Kinnock. He is an actor, known for UK General Election (1950), Drop the Dead Donkey (1990) and Above Us the Earth (1977). He has been married to Glenys Kinnock since March 25, 1967. They have two ...

54. T.E. Lawrence

Writer | Lawrence of Arabia

T.E. Lawrence was born on August 16, 1888 in Tremadoc, Caernarvonshire, Wales as Thomas Edward Lawrence. He was a writer, known for Lawrence of Arabia (1962), With Lawrence in Arabia (1927) and T. E. Lawrence 1888-1935 (1962). He died on May 19, 1935 in Clouds Hill, Dorset, England.

55. Saunders Lewis

Writer | BBC Sunday-Night Theatre

Saunders Lewis was a Welsh nationalist, author, critic and playwright. On 20 January, 1937, Lewis and two others were sentenced to nine months imprisonment for arson. Lewis, then president of the Welsh Nationalist Party (Plaid Genedlaethol Cymru) and lecturer at Swansea University, along with Rev. ...

56. David Lloyd George

Writer | The First World War

David Lloyd George was born on January 17, 1863 in Chorlton-on-Medlock, Manchester, England. He was a writer, known for The First World War (2003), Hearst-Selig News Pictorial, No. 26 (1915) and Pathé News, No. 24 (1915). He was married to Frances Stevenson and Mrs. Lloyd George. He died on ...

58. Gabby Logan

Actress | Mike Bassett: England Manager

Dedicated and professional with a fantastic sense of humor, Gabby is one of the UK's leading broadcasters. A former international gymnast, Gabby began her broadcasting career in radio in 1992 and joined Sky Sports in 1996 where she quickly established herself as one of their key presenters. In 2004...

59. Arthur Machen

Writer | Ecstasy

In 1914 Machen wrote a story called "The Bowmen", about how British troops at the Battle of the Mons--which had recently occurred--were helped in their victory by the ghosts of medieval British longbowmen who appeared in the sky at the height of the battle and rained down arrows on the opposing ...

60. Manic Street Preachers

Soundtrack | Anatomie 2

Alternative rock band from Blackwood, Wales (UK), comprising members James Dean Bradfield (lead vocals, guitars), Nicky Wire (bass, vocals) and Sean Moore (drums, vocals). Established in 1986.

61. Cerys Matthews

Soundtrack | Looking for Alibrandi

Cerys Matthews was born on April 11, 1969 in Cardiff, Wales as Cerys Elizabeth Philip Matthews. She was previously married to Seth Riddle.

63. Richard Meade

International Velvet

Richard Meade was born on December 4, 1938 in Chepstow, Monmouthshire, Wales as Richard John Hannay Meade. He is known for his work on International Velvet (1978), It's a Knockout (1966) and A Question of Sport (1970). He was married to Angela Dorothy Farquhar. He died on January 8, 2015 in West ...

64. Billy Meredith

Self | The Ball of Fortune

To anyone even remotely interested in football, the name of Billy Meredith is legendary; he was truly one of the greatest players of his era. His career was spent between both Manchester clubs for whom he played thirty-five years of League football, between 1894 and 1924. He also played forty-eight...

65. Ray Milland

Actor | The Lost Weekend

Ray Milland became one of Paramount's most bankable and durable stars, under contract from 1934 to 1948, yet little in his early life suggested a career as a motion picture actor.

Milland was born Alfred Reginald Jones in the Welsh town of Neath, Glamorgan, to Elizabeth Annie (Truscott) and Alfred ...

66. Cliff Morgan

Producer | This Week

Cliff Morgan was born on April 7, 1930 in Trebanog, Wales. He is a producer and actor, known for This Week (1956), All Your Own (1952) and Paralympic Games (1960).

67. Rhodri Morgan

Self | UK General Election

Rhodri Morgan was born on September 29, 1939 in Cardiff, Wales as Hywel Rhodri Morgan. He was married to Julie Morgan. He died on May 17, 2017 in Wales.

68. Ivor Novello

Actor | The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog

While his special gifts seemed to lie in music and composing, the dapper, multi-talented Welsh actor Ivor Novello (ne David Ivor Davies), with his leading-man good looks, had a strong affinity for the camera.

Born in Cardiff, Wales, in 1893, he was the son of a tax-collector father and a well-known ...

69. Siân Phillips

Actress | Dune

Veteran stage actress Sian Phillips is forever identified on television as the tarantula mother/empress Livia in the classic BBC series I, Claudius (1976), and as the Reverend Mother in the science fiction epic film Dune (1984). Her broad range of roles went from endearing to downright deadly.


70. John Prescott

Self | The Cars That Made Britain Great

John Prescott was born on May 31, 1938 in Prestatyn, Denbighshire, Wales as John Leslie Prescott. He is an actor, known for The Cars That Made Britain Great (2016), The London Programme (1975) and One Rogue Reporter (2014). He has been married to Pauline Prescott since November 11, 1961. They have ...

71. Jonathan Pryce

Actor | The Two Popes

From Holywell to Hollywood, Jonathan Pryce, CBE is a critically acclaimed and award winning actor from North Wales, internationally regarded as one of the greatest on both stage and screen. Renowned for his immense versatility and powerful presence he has transcended the industry, effortlessly ...

72. Mary Quant

Costume_department | The Haunting

Mary Quant was born on February 11, 1934 in London, England as Barbara Mary Quant. She is known for her work on The Haunting (1963), Two for the Road (1967) and Georgy Girl (1966). She was previously married to Alexander Plunket Greene.

73. Ray Reardon

Actor | The Little and Large Show

Ray Reardon was born on October 8, 1932 in Tredegar, Monmouthshire, Wales. He is an actor, known for The Little and Large Show (1978), Pro-Celebrity Snooker (1976) and Pot Black (1969).

74. Gruff Rhys

Soundtrack | Set Fire to the Stars

Gruff Rhys was born on July 18, 1970 in Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, Wales.

75. Rachel Roberts

Actress | Murder on the Orient Express

Beautiful, swift and tough-tongued British character actress Rachel Roberts gained notice for her roles on the English stage, before she hit it largely in films. Born in Wales and married to actor Rex Harrison in 1962, Roberts made her film debut in a key role in J. Lee Thompson's Young and Willing...

76. Ian Rush

Self | Offside

Ian Rush was born on October 20, 1961 in Flint, Wales. He has been married to Tracy Evans since July 3, 1987. They have two children.

77. Bertrand Russell

Self | Five More

Bertrand Russell was born on May 18, 1872 in Ravenscroft, Trelleck, Monmouthshire, Wales as Bertrand Arthur William Russell. He was married to Edith Finch, Patricia Spence, Dora Russell and Alys Pearsall. He died on February 2, 1970 in Penrhyndeudraeth, Merioneth, Wales.

78. Harry Secombe

Actor | Oliver!

Harry Secombe was one of Britain's best loved comic entertainers. Born in Swansea, South Wales he began singing as a child in local church choirs. His first job was as a clerk although he had considered a career in opera. During World War Two he served in the Army in North Africa and Italy. He met ...

79. Michael Sheen

Actor | Masters of Sex

Even though he had burned up the London stage for nearly a decade--and appeared in several films--Michael Sheen was not really "discovered" by American audiences until his critically-acclaimed turn as Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in the 1999 Broadway revival of "Amadeus".

Sheen was born in Newport, Wales...

80. Neville Southall

Actor | Dream Team

Neville Southall was born on September 16, 1958 in Llandudno, Carnarvonshire, Wales. He is an actor, known for Dream Team (1997), Everton, Howard's Way (2019) and Everton 3 - Bayern Munich 1 (1985).

81. Henry Morton Stanley

Self | Biography

Welsh explorer and travel writer Henry Morton Stanley was born John Rowlands (he may have been illegitimate). His father died when he was 2; his mother, a butcher's daughter, went into service in London and then married, and did not want him. Stanley's paternal grandfather, a prosperous farmer, ...

82. Stereophonics

Soundtrack | Death Race

A rock band that formed in 1992 in Cwmaman, Wales.

83. Shakin' Stevens

Soundtrack | Filth

Shakin' Stevens was born on March 4, 1948 in Cardiff, Wales as Michael Barratt. He was previously married to Carole Dunn.

84. Steve Strange

Soundtrack | Laurence Anyways

Steve Strange was born on May 28, 1959 in Porthcawl, South Wales, UK as Steven John Harrington. He was an actor, known for Laurence Anyways (2012), Urban Cowboy (1980) and Welcome to the 80's (2009). He died on February 12, 2015 in Sharm El Sheikh International Hospital, Sharm el-Sheikh, South ...

85. Bryn Terfel

Soundtrack | À bout portant

Bryn Terfel was born on November 9, 1965 in Pwllheli, Wales as Bryn Terfel Jones. He is an actor, known for Point Blank (2010), Immortal Beloved (1994) and The Forsyte Saga (2002).

86. Dylan Thomas

Soundtrack | Interstellar

Dylan Thomas was born at the start of the First World War in the "ugly, lovely town" of Swansea, an industrial, coastal town on the South Wales Coast. He published his first volume of poetry, "Eighteen poems" in 1934 and went on to write many more volumes of poetry as well as many short stories, ...

87. Geraint Thomas

Self | Horizon

Geraint Thomas was born on May 25, 1986 in Cardiff, Wales as Geraint Howell Thomas.

88. Gwyn Thomas

Writer | Sporting Scenes

Gwyn Thomas was born on July 6, 1913 in Cymer, Porth, Glamorgan, Wales. He was a writer, known for Sporting Scenes (1973), Festival (1963) and Thirty Minute Theatre (1961). He was married to Eiluned Williams. He died on April 14, 1981 in Cardiff, Wales.

89. Bonnie Tyler

Soundtrack | Metropolis

Born on June 8, 1951 in Skewen, Neath, Wales. She first came to prominence in 1976 with the song, "Lost in France", which made the UK top 10. Following a throat operation, she inadvertently developed her distinct singing voice. She had a transatlantic top 5 hit with "It's a Heartache" in 1978.

She ...

90. Sarah Waters

Writer | Ah-ga-ssi

Sarah Waters was born in 1966 in Neyland, Pembrokeshire, Wales as Sarah Ann Waters. She is a writer, known for The Handmaiden (2016), The Little Stranger (2018) and Affinity (2008).

91. Simon Weston

Actor | Henry Maybury: You're Beautiful

Simon Weston was born in 1961 in Nelson, Glamorganshire, Wales. He is an actor, known for Henry Maybury: You're Beautiful (2015), Zed & Stan's Random Adventures (2011) and Portrait Artist of the Year (2013). He is married to Lucy. They have three children.

92. Jimmy Wilde

Actor | A Pit-boy's Romance

Jimmy Wilde was born on May 15, 1892 in Tylorstown, Glamorganshire, Wales. He was an actor, known for A Pit-boy's Romance (1917) and Excuse My Glove (1936). He died on March 10, 1969 in Cardiff, Wales.

93. Grace Williams

Composer | Blue Scar

Studied music with Ralph Vaughan Williams and Egon Wellesz. In 1930s met Benjamin Britten who introduced her to film scoring.

96. Mark Williams

Self | UK Championship Snooker

Mark Williams was born on March 21, 1975 in Ebbw Vale, Wales as Mark James Williams. He is married to Joanne. They have three children.

97. Raymond Williams

Writer | Thirty-Minute Theatre

Raymond Williams was born on August 31, 1921 in Pandy, Abergavenny, Monmouthshire, Wales as Raymond Henry Williams. He was a writer, known for Thirty-Minute Theatre (1965), The Wednesday Play (1964) and Looking at Drama (1969). He was married to Joy Dalling. He died on January 26, 1988 in Saffron ...

98. Rowan Williams

Writer | The Sunday Programme

Rowan Williams was born on June 14, 1950 in Swansea, Wales as Rowan Douglas Williams. He is a writer, known for The Sunday Programme (1994), The Diamond Queen (2012) and Songs of Praise (1961).

99. Sian Williams

Actress | Doctor Who

Sian Williams was born on November 28, 1964 in Paddington, London, England as Sian Mary Williams. She is known for her work on Doctor Who (2005), Taking the Flak (2009) and Balcony (2015). She has been married to Paul Woolwich since 2006. They have two children. She was previously married to Neale ...

100. Leanne Wood

Soundtrack | UK General Election

Leanne Wood was born on December 13, 1971 in Rhondda, Glamorgan, Wales.

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