Notable Welsh Peopleby 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)
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
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 ...
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 ...
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...
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 ...
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,...
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...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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.
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 ...
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, ...
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.
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...
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. ...
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 ...
63. Richard Meade
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 ...
68. Ivor Novello
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
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 ...
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...
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...
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, ...
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 ...
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, ...
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.
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.
Gwyn Alf Williams is a writer, known for The Dragon Has Two Tongues: A History of the Welsh (1985) and Excalibur: The Search for Arthur (1995).
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 ...
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 ...