One of the most noted actors to emerge from Wales, Ioan Gruffudd (pronounced YOE-an GRI-fith) made his breakthrough across the pond in America with a small, but recognizable role as a ship officer abo...
|Titanic||2012||Actor||Fifth Officer Harold Lowe||20127|
|Horatio Hornblower: Duty||2003 2002 - 2003||Actor||Horatio Hornblower||20037|
|Fantastic Four||2005||Actor||Reed Richards/Mr Fantastic||20057|
|Horatio Hornblower: The Duel||1998 1997 - 1998||Actor||Horatio Hornblower||19987|
|Horatio Hornblower: The Mutiny||2000 1999 - 2000||Actor||Horatio Hornblower||20007|
|Monday Mornings||2012 2011 - 2012||Actor||Dr. Stewart Delany||20127|
|Solomon and Gaenor||2000||Actor||Solomon||20007|
|Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer||2007||Actor||Reed Richards/Mr Fantastic||20077|
|Horatio Hornblower: The Fire Ships||1998 1997 - 1998||Actor||Horatio Hornblower||19987|
|Happy Now||2013||Actor||Max Bracchi||20137|
|Horatio Hornblower: Retribution||2000 1999 - 2000||Actor||Horatio Hornblower||20007|
|Horatio Hornblower: The Duchess & the Devil||1998 1997 - 1998||Actor||Horatio Hornblower||19987|
|Horatio Hornblower: Loyalty||2003 2002 - 2003||Actor||Horatio Hornblower||20037|
|Glee||2014 2008 - 2014||Actor||Paolo San Pablo||20147|
|Horatio Hornblower: The Wrong War||1998 1997 - 1998||Actor||Horatio Hornblower||19987|
|Amazing Grace||2007||Actor||William Wilberforce||20077|
|The Gathering||2013||Actor||Dan Blakeley||20137|
|The Kid||2014||Actor||Colin Smith||20147|
|American Dad||2014 2003 - 2014||Voice||n/a||20146|
|Peacekeepers||Actor||Lieutenant John Feeley||7|
|Justice League Unlimited||2005 2002 - 2005||Voice||Mr. Miracle||20056|
|Century City||2003 2002 - 2003||Actor||Lukas Gold||20037|
|Another Life||2013||Actor||Freddie Bywaters||20137|
|Ringer||2011 2010 - 2011||Actor||Andrew||20117|
|Very Annie Mary||2002||Actor||Hob||20027|
|The TV Set||2007||Actor||Richard McCallister||20077|
|Family Guy||2013 1997 - 2013||Voice||Host/Prince Charles||20136|
|The Forsyte Saga||2003 2001 - 2003||Actor||Philip Bosinney||20037|
|The Adventurer: The Curse of the Midas Box||2014||Actor||Charles Mundi||20147|
|Fireflies in the Garden||2011||Actor||Addison||20117|
|This Girl's Life||2004 2003 - 2004||Actor||Daniel||20047|
|The Secret of Moonacre||2013||Actor||Sir Benjamin Merryweather/Sir Wroll Merryweather||20137|
|2007 Taurus World Stunt Awards||2006 2005 - 2006||Actor||Presenter||20067|
|Black Hawk Down||2001||Actor||Ranger Beales||20017|
|The 2005 MTV Movie Awards||2004 2003 - 2004||Actor||n/a||20047|
|Ultimate Super Heroes, Ultimate Super Villains, Ultimate Super Vixens||2004 2003 - 2004||Actor||Interviewee||20047|
|Titanic||1997||Actor||5th Officer Lowe||19977|
|Horrible Bosses||2011||Actor||Wetwork Man||20117|
|The 2007 MTV Movie Awards||2006 2005 - 2006||Actor||Presenter||20067|
|Very Annie Mary||2002||Song Performer||("You Can't Get a Man with a Gun")||1|
|Supported Glenn Close in "102 Dalmatians"|
|Cast in Ridley Scott's "Black Hawk Down"|
|Made film debut as Oscar Wilde's lover John Gray in "Wilde"|
|Cast in the Welsh soap opera "Pobol y Cwm (People of the Valley)"|
|Appeared in the comedy feature "Horrible Bosses" opposite Jennifer Aniston and Colin Farrell|
|Cast as Lancelot opposite Clive Owen in "King Arthur"|
|At age 18, began attending the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London|
|Portrayed former Prime Minister Tony Blair in Oliver Stone's controversial biopic "W."|
|Played the lead role in the British TV-remake "Poldark"|
|Landed small role as half of a gay couple (with best friend Matthew Rhys) in "Very Annie Mary"|
|Portrayed famous abolitionist William Wilberforce in "Amazing Grace"|
|Portrayed Mister Fantastic (Reed Richards) in Marvel's "Fantastic Four"|
|Cast in the lead role of Pip in the BBC TV production of Charles Dickens' "Great Expectations"|
|Reprised role of Mister Fantastic for the sequel "Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer"|
|Played the title role in "Solomon & Gaenor"; film earned an Oscar nomination for Best Foreign-Language Film|
|Portrayed a British soldier in Bosnia for the BBC drama series "Warriors"|
|Cast in the title role of "Hornblower" a British miniseries (aired on ITV and A&E)|
|Reprised title role for the TV-movies "Hornblower: Mutiny" and "Hornblower: Retribution" (aired on ITV and A&E)|
|Co-starred opposite Sarah Michelle Gellar on The CW mystery drama "Ringer"|
|While at RADA, was cast in Ibsen's "Hedda Gabler" as the husband of the lead character|
|Landed first international role as Officer Harold Lowe in James Cameron's blockbuster film "Titanic"|
|Appeared at the age of 13 in a Welsh television film called "Austin"|
Born on Oct. 6, 1973, in Cardiff, Wales, Gruffudd and his siblings - a younger brother and sister - were raised in a household of teacher parents, and steeped in the Welsh language, literature and culture. Gruffudd went to school at Ysgol Gynradd Gymraeg Aberdar, Ysgol Gymraeg Melin Gruffydd and later Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Glantaf. As a child, he was gifted in music, singing and playing the oboe for many years, by the time his acting career had begun at age 12. A year later, at age 13, he was cast as the child of a landlord on the popular "Pobol y Cwm (People of the Valley") (1974- ), Wales' long-running soap opera. After finishing with his A-levels at the age of 18, Gruffudd headed to London to attend the prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts. During his London days, he would spend six years splitting a bachelor pad flat dubbed "The Welsh Embassy" with fellow classmate and childhood friend, Matthew Rhys. After graduation from RADA in 1995, Gruffudd began to work locally, appearing in his first onscreen English language project, "A Relative Stranger" (1995), playing the son of a man waking up far into his own future, followed by the role of Jeremy Poldark, son of the Poldark mining family in the updated "Poldark" series (1996).
Gruffudd's subsequent onscreen projects would soon gain him some early recognition. First, he appeared as John Gray, the lover of famed poet Oscar Wilde in BBC's television movie "Wilde" (1997), and within months, could be seen as the 5th Officer Harold Lowe aboard the doomed ocean liner of James Cameron's "Titanic" (1997). It was this combination that got him cast in ITV1's series "Hornblower" (1998- ), which quickly skyrocketed his visibility. Horatio Hornblower began as a 17-year old midshipman in the first installment, "Hornblower: Even Chance" (1998), which focused on his duel with a cruel shipmate. Gruffudd quickly made a succession of more elaborate "Hornblower" episodes, rising to the rank of lieutenant in 1998's "Hornblower: The Examination for Lieutenant" and facing peril while escorting a captured French vessel and an English duchess back home in "Hornblower: The Duchess and the Devil" (1999).
Gruffudd immediately followed production of "Hornblower: The Frogs and the Lobsters" (1999), which found Horatio and a team of British troops enmeshed in the madness of the French Revolution. In 1999, he was the star of BBC's "Great Expectations," winning rave reviews as the poor, orphaned blacksmith's apprentice Pip of Charles Dickens' novel, who aims to win the heart of Estella and join high society. With a severe interest in feature films, Gruffudd was also keen to expand his resume on the big screen. He studied Yiddish intensively in order to play the Jewish salesman Solomon of "Solomon and Gaenor" (1999), who embarks on a secret love affair with a Welsh woman in early the 20th century.
Gruffudd had stirred quite a sensation in England by the time 2000 came around. That year, rumors had swirled that he might take on the role of James Bond, as Pierce Brosnan was considering vacating the series. Brosnan ultimately did not depart at that time, but a flattered Gruffudd was not left without a glimpse of his future in Tinseltown. He was cast in Disney's live-action sequel "102 Dalmatians" (2000), shot mostly in England and in Paris, playing an animal rights supporter forced to help stop the dog-napping ways of Cruella de Vil (Glenn Close). The film was a light entry for Disney, but marked some heavy changes for Gruffudd, who met his girlfriend, actress Alice Evans, during the shoot. The "Hornblower" episodes "Mutiny" and "Retribution" followed "Dalmatians," as did work on "Black Hawk Down" (2001) for director Ridley Scott. Gruffudd made his presence known among the ensemble as Beales, part of a team of American soldiers sent to provide aid to Somalians in a mission turned deadly.
In 2002, Gruffudd went to Los Angeles in hopes of landing more work in Hollywood productions, but returned, having had little success. American actress Christina Ricci crossed the Atlantic to headline the UK-produced independent film "The Gathering" (2001), a thriller that recruited Gruffudd as her onscreen love interest. If Hollywood still seemed somewhat unresponsive, the UK was certainly still crazy about him. Gruffudd scored with two consecutive projects - first as a newly single father connecting with both his son and father in the sweet-natured BBC drama, "Man and Boy" (2002), then in the network's more ambitious miniseries "The Forsyte Saga" (2002), in which Gruffudd captivated hearts as the visionary architect Phillip Bosinney who was embarking on a scandalous affair with a married high society woman.
Despite his growing success at home, the thoughts of Hollywood continued to weigh on Gruffudd's mind. He knew it was where he wanted to be to further his career under its particular brand of moviemaking. Gruffudd's Horatio returned to UK television screens in "Loyalty" and "Duty" in 2003, but at the start of the year, he and Evans had moved to the United States, settling in Los Angeles. It was a decision that quickly was validated, with Gruffudd tapped for the role of Lancelot, a knight of the Roundtable of Jerry Bruckheimer's summer tentpole, "King Arthur" (2004). Making the rounds, he was also a weekly presence in homes with the CBS series, "Century City" (2004), the resident squeaky clean lawyer of a law firm handling the urgent case topics of the future. Neither project made a huge impression, but "Arthur" shined a light on its cast.
Come the summer of 2004, as audiences witnessed the slow end of "Century," America learned what the UK had been chirping about all along. That year, Pierce Brosnan had considered vacating his Bond post again, and Gruffudd's name - along with others like his "King Arthur" co-star Clive Owen, Daniel Craig and Australian hunk Sam Worthington - surfaced yet again on a short list of possible actors to play the British superspy. Once again, Gruffudd was at a loss, as Craig snagged the part, but a different franchise awaited his presence. He was not overly familiar with the Marvel Comics creation of Reed Richards at the time, but would nonetheless be the one donning the blue suit and the graying temples for "Fantastic Four," battling the sadistic metal-faced Dr. Doom. Released in the summer of 2005, "FF4" immediately took its place among the other successful members of the expanding comic book adaptation genre. With his theatrical future in place, Gruffudd asked his own leading lady to marry him, prompting their engagement that New Year's Eve.
Gruffudd's name was firmly entrenched in the minds of admiring viewers who were now seeking out the correct pronunciation, and the actor took a detour from the world of blockbusters into some smaller character-driven films. With a passionate display of English pride, he stepped into the heavy shoes of William Wilberforce, the18th century abolitionist who helped end slavery practices in England and inspired the movie's titular hymn, "Amazing Grace" (2006). As a sympathetic BBC executive navigating the loopy world of television development and trying to steer David Duchovny's fictional TV writer out of his miserable pilot experience, Gruffudd's own fascination with Hollywood was as evident onscreen as it was off, with his performance in the feature, "The TV Set" (2007).
Rescue duty called once more in 2007, so Gruffudd suited up as Reed Richards - Mr. Fantastic - for more body-bending action in "Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer" (2007). The sequel saw its newest gliding intergalactic foe arrive on Earth for a mysterious, but ominous purpose. Meanwhile, with the Bond-like "Agent Crush" (2008), he brought his voice to animation filmmaking for the first time. Saving the world yet again, albeit in graphic form, Gruffudd got his spy movie in after all. In perhaps his most anticipated role, Gruffudd played British Prime Minister Tony Blair in "W" (2008), Oliver Stone's controversial, but surprisingly even-handed look at the troubled life and presidency of George W. Bush (Josh Brolin).
|Alice Evans||Wife||Met during the production of "102 Dalmatians" (2000); previously engaged to Olivier Picasso, the grandson of painter Pablo Picasso; married Sept. 14, 2007 in Los Cabos, Mexico|
|Alice Evans||Companion||Met during the production of "102 Dalmatians" (2000); previously engaged to Olivier Picasso, the grandson of painter Pablo Picasso; married Sept. 14, 2007 in Los Cabos, Mexico|
|Peter Gruffudd||Father||Was headmaster at two Welsh comprehensive schools in South Wales, first at Ysgol Gyfun Llanhari and later at Ysgol Gyfun Rhydfelen|
|Ella Gruffudd||Daughter||Born Sept. 6, 2009; mother, Alice Evans|
|Alun Gruffudd||Brother||Born c. 1975|
|Siwan Gruffudd||Sister||Born c. 1980|
|Charlotte Hayward||Companion||Met when both were students at RADA; no longer together|
|Royal Academy of Dramatic Art|
|Ysgol Melin Gruffydd|
|Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Glantaf|
|"We had unlimited supplies of love and encouragement from our parents. I was given everything a child would need to enter this world with confidence, and I think that's where my confidence comes from for acting." - Gruffudd quoted in Venice magazine, July 2005|
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