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    Top 15 Famous Welsh Actors

    Wales is part of the United Kingdom. It borders the Irish Sea to the north and west, England to the east, the Bristol Channel to the south, and the sea to the southwest. Wales has given birth to many famous actresses and people. Its stunning scenery, ancient history, the Welsh language, and most famous Welsh actors are well-known.

    Here is a list of famous actors from Wales, ranked by their popularity and accompanied by photos when available. Wales has produced many great movie actors and actresses who have starred in comedies, dramas, horror movies, and more. These individuals are among the best Welsh screen actors in the world. If you are a native of Wales and an aspiring actor, these are the people you should look up to.

    You can also visit our other article: Top 15 Famous Scottish Actors

    Anthony Hopkins

    Sir Philip Anthony Hopkins is a famous Welsh actor. He was born on December 31, 1937, in Port Talbot, Glamorgan, Wales. He performed his roles in television. Anthony Hopkins has performed his roles in many films.

    Reason for Fame: His performances on both screen and stage, including those in The Lion in Winter, A Bridge Too Far, and The Elephant Man, are renowned.

    Achievements: He performed his first professional stage appearance in the Palace Theater, Swansea, in 1960 with the Theatre’s production of Have a Cigarette.  

    He has achieved many awards and accolades, such as two Academy Awards, four BAFTA awards, two Primetime Emmy awards, a Laurence Olivier Award, British Academy TV award for best actor.

    Anthony Hopkins also won two Academy Awards for Best Actor for his roles as Hannibal Lecter in The Silence of the Lambs and an Octogenarian with Dementia in The Father.

    He gathered about $160 million as a net worth which he received from his career.

    Michael Sheen

    Michael Sheen is a well-known Welsh actor. He was born on February 5, 1969, and started his career as a theatre artist. He appeared in television films like The Deal, The Queen, and The Special Relationship. Some of his notable films are The Twilight Saga: New Moon and Midnight in Paris.

    Reason for Fame: Acting in biographical films, he is known for it. He is also famous for his work in theatre throughout the 1990s, with stage roles in Romeo and Juliet, Don’t Fool with Love, Peer Gynt, The Seagull, The Homecoming, and Henry V.

    Achievements and Awards: He focused on biological films and transitioned his career. Michael Sheen received the Kansas City Film Critics Circle award for Best Actor, the Los Angeles Film Critics Association award

    He was also awarded the British Independent Film award, the Toronto Film Critics Association award for Best Actor, and the Critics Circle Theatre award for Best Actor.

    He has a net worth of approximately $16 million.

    Taron Egerton

    Taron Egerton is a famous Welsh actor. He was born on November 10, 1989, in Birkenhead, England, and has appeared in many stage plays.

    Reason for Fame: He is well known for his role as Gary “Eggsy” Unwin, a spy in the action comedy films Kingsman: The Secret Service and Kingsman: The Golden Circle.

    He also gained recognition for his various roles in many biological films, such as Testament of Youth, Eddie The Eagle, and Rocketman.

    Achievements and Awards: He played his roles in a stage production of The Last of the Haussmans at the National Theatre in London. He received a BAFTA award nomination for his wonderful role as a rising star. He achieved many awards, such as the Golden Globe award for Best Actor and the Primetime Emmy award.

    According to the available information, he has earned a total of $6 million throughout his career.

    Tom Ellis

    Tom Ellis is a famous Welsh actor. He was born on November 17, 1978, in Cardiff, Wales. He reprised his role in the Arrowverse franchise’s Crisis on Infinite Earths crossover.

    Reason for Fame: He is best known for playing Lucifer Morningstar in the Fox Urban fantasy series Lucifer and in the Arrowverse franchise’s Crisis on Infinite Earths crossover. He first became famous for playing the role of Gary Preston in the BBC One sitcom Miranda.

    Awards and Achievements: He appeared in many films, such as High Heels and Low Lives, Buffalo Soldiers, I’ll Be There, Vera Drake, The Best Man, Calon Geath, Miss Conception, and Players.

    He received the HCA Award for Best Actor in a Streaming Series, Drama Lucifer, the Pop Culture Icon Award, and a nomination for the HCA Award for Best Actor in a Streaming Series, Comedy Lucifer.

    He has amassed a net worth of $10 million throughout his career.

    Richard Burton

    Richard Burton was a famous Welsh actor. He was born on November 10, 1925, in Pontrhydyfen, Wales. He established himself as a formidable Shakespearean actor in 1950 and gave a memorable performance as Hamlet in 1964. Critic Kenneth Tynan called him the natural successor to Olivier.

    Reason for Fame: He was best known for his role as Hamlet in 1964. He is also famous for his wonderful roles in TV dramas and Films. His famous films are The Lady’s Not for Burning and My Cousin Rachel. He also contributed to cinema.

    Achievements and Awards: His famous TV roles raised him to the peak. He received many awards, such as a BAFTA award, a Golden Globe award, a Grammy award, and a Tony award for Best Actor in a Musical for his portrayal of King Arthur in the Lerner and Loewe musical Camelot.

    He earned approximately $4.58 million throughout his career.

    Luke Evans

    Luke Evans is a famous Welsh actor and singer. He was born on April 15, 1979, in Pontypool, Torfaen, Wales. He started his career on the stage, performing in London’s West End productions of Rent and Miss Saigon before making his film The Clash of Titans.

    Reason for Fame: He is well known for playing a significant role in the play Small Change, written and directed by Peter Gill at the Donmar Warehouse.

    Awards and Achievements: Through his famous roles, he received many awards, such as the Monto-Carlo TV Festival for Outstanding Actor in a Miniseries and the Acapulco Black Film Festival for Best Ensemble Cast.

    He was also awarded the British Independent Film Awards, MTV Movie, and TV Awards for best-supporting roles and Best Duo.

    Teen Choice Awards for Choice Movie, Virgin Atlantic Attitude Awards for Man of the Year, and BAFTA Cymru Awards for the Entertainment programme.

    According to estimates, his net worth is around $9 million.

    John Rhys – Davies

    John Rhys is a famous Welsh actor. He was born on May 5, 1944. His notable projects are Shogun, soldiers, and the James Bond film The Living Daylights

    Reason for Fame: He is known for voicing Cassim in Alladin and The King of Thieves. He is also best known as Gimili and the voice of Tree Beard from the lord of the Rings trilogy.

    John Rhys is also known for his roles in the films Victoria, The Living Daylights, The Princes Diaries 2, Royal Engagement, and Aquaman.

    He is best known for his roles and superb voice work in Alladin and The King of Thieves, The Jungle Book 2, and Spongebob Squarepants.

    Achievements and Awards: He rose to fame in TV roles such as Macro in Claudius, Vasco Rodrigues in Shogun, and Michael Malone in The Untouchables. He received the Screen Actors Guild Award for outstanding performance and the Critics Choice Movie Award for best acting.

    He has accumulated a net worth of approximately $5 million.

    Jonathan Pryce

    Sir Jonathan Pryce, born June 1, 1947, is a Welsh movie, TV, stage, and voice actor who has appeared in many movies, TV programs, and plays during his 42-year career.

    Reason of Fame: He is mainly known for his roles as Elliot Carver in Tomorrow Never Dies, Sam Lowry in Brazil, King James of England in The New World, Juan Peron in Evita, Governor Weatherby Swann in The Pirates of the Caribbean Movie series, U.S president in both G.I Joe of Cobra, and in G.I Joe Retaliation.

    Achievements and Awards: He received the Cannes Best Actor award for best actor, the Tony Award for Best Performance, the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Movie

    He was also awarded the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor, the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Performance, and the Laurence Olivier Award for Actor of the Year.

    He has accumulated a total of $16 million throughout his career.

    Ioan Gruffud

    Ioan Grufudd is a Welsh actor. He was born on October 6, 1973, in Aberdare, Wales, United Kingdom. He appeared in many movies such as Harold Lowe in Titanic and for his play of Horatio Hornblower in the Hornblower series of TV films.

    Reason for Fame: He is known for his roles in films and TV series in the United Kingdom, the United States, and Australia.

    He is also famous for his portrayal of Harold Lowe In Titanic and Horatio Hornblower in the Hornblower series of TV films, as well as his subsequent roles in King Arthur and Reed Richards/ Mister Fantastic in Fantastic Four.

    Achievements and Awards: His notable roles include Titanic, Wilde, Solomon, 102 Dalmatians, Very Annie Mary, Happy Now?, Shooters, King Arthur, Fantastic Four, The TV Set, and Amazing Grace.

    He received the BAFTA Cymru award for Best Actor as a Liar and won the Sian Phillips award.

    His impressive net worth totals $3 million.

     Rhys Ifans

    Rhys Owain Evans is a famous Welsh actor. He was born on July 22, 1967, in Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, Wales, and has appeared in many movies and dramas.

    Reason of Fame: He is well known for his roles in Notting Hill, Kevin, and Perry Go Large, and Enduring Love.

    He also portrayed Xenophillus Lovegood in Harry Potter, Deathly Hallows in Amazing Spider-Man, the Marvel Cinematic Universe film Spider-Man: No Way Home, and Grigori Rasputin in The King’s Man.

    Achievements and Awards: His roles in many movies made him more popular. His notable roles are in Harry Potter and Deathly Hallows – part 1 and Dr Curt in The Amazing Spider-man.

    He received the 2000 Nominee Golden Satellite Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role, Comedy or Musical, and International Emmy awards.

    His hard work and dedication have resulted in a remarkable net worth of $12.5 million.

    Matthew Rhys

    Matthew Rhys Evans is a famous Welsh actor. He was born on November 8, 1974, in Cardiff, Wales, and has appeared in many TV and movie films.

    Reason of Fame:  He is well known for recognition for playing Kevin Walker in the family drama series Brothers and sisters and Phillip Jennings in the spy drama series.

    Achievements and Awards: In 2018, he received the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series.

    The Critics Choice TV Award for Best Actor in a Drama Series, and the Drama League Award for Distinguished Performance.

    He was also awarded the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a TV Drama Series, and the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series.

    The Satellite Award for Best Actor in a Drama Series, the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Ensemble in a Drama Series, and the TCA Award for Individual Achievement in Drama.

    His estimated net worth is about $12 million.

    Terry Jones

     Terence Graham Parry Jones was a famous Welsh actor, comedian, director, popular historian, writer, and member of the Monty Python comedy Troupe. He was born on February 1, 1942, in Colwyn Bay, Wales.

    Reason for Fame: He was well known for his high-profile British comedy programmes, including Do Not Adjust Your Set and The Frost Report.

    Achievements and Awards: He appeared in many films, such as Twice a Fortnight, Horne A Plenty, Broaden Your Mind, Marty, Frost on Sunday, and Marty Amok.

    He was nominated for Grammy awards three times for Best Comedy Recording for Matching Tie and Handkerchief, Monty Python’s Contractual Obligation Album, and Monty’s The Meaning of Life, and for BAFTA Cymru awards for his outstanding contribution to TV and film.

    He has an estimated net worth of $15 million dollars.

    Iwan Rheon

    Iwan Rheon is a famous Welsh actor and musician. He was born on May 13, 1985, in Carmarthen, Dyfed, Wales. He gave his many albums.

    Reason for Fame: He is famous for playing the role of a call girl in Misfits on the E4 channel’s hit show. He is also famous for his roles in the HBO series Game of Thrones, Motley Crue, and The Dirt.

    Achievements and Awards:  He won the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Performance in a Supporting Role in a Musical, the Golden Nymph Award for Outstanding Actor – Drama Series, the SFX Award for Best Actor,

    He was also awarded the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series.

    The IGN Awards for Best TV Villain, the IGN People’s Choice Award for Best TV Villain

    The Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance, and the CinEuphoria Award for Merit—Honorary award.

    This actor has accumulated a net worth of approximately $4 billion.

    Andy Whitfield

    Andrew Whitfield was a famous Welsh actor. He was born on October 17, 1971, in Amlwch, Anglesey, Wales. He played roles in several Australian TV series, such as Opening Up, All Saints, The Strip, Pack to the Rafters, and McLeod’s Daughters.

    Reason for Fame: He is famous for his leading role in the Starz TV series Spartacus: Blood and Sand. He is also famous for his first prominent role in the 2007 Australian film Gabriel.

    He also appeared in many other TV performances, such as Blood and Sand.

    Awards and Achievements: His roles in film and TV made him more popular. His TV roles include Matthew Parkes in All Saints, Charlie Palmer in The Strip, Nick Leigh in Packed to the Rafters, and Gods of the Arena.  He received nominations for Outstanding Actor.

    He has earned approximately $5 million throughout his acting career.

    Aneurin Barnard

    Aneurin Barnard is a famous Welsh actor. He was born on May 8, 1987, in Bridgend, Mid Glamorgan, Wales.

    Reason of Fame: He is known for playing Davey in “Hunky Dory,” Claude in “The Truth About Emanuel,” Bobby Willis in “Cilla,” Tim in “Thirteen,” King Richard III in “The White Queen,” William in “Dead in a Week or Your Money Back,” Gibson in “Dunkirk,” and Boris in “The Goldfinch.”

    Awards and Achievements: He appeared in many films, which enabled him to win many awards and achievements. His notable films are In Deep, Ironclad, Queen of Hearts, The Facility, and Mary Queen of Scots.

    He won the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Musical, the Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival, and the BAFTA Cymru for Best Actor.

    He has earned approximately $5 million throughout his career.

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