Ioan Gruffudd

Actor
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 aboard the "Titanic" ... Read more »
Born: 10/05/1973 in United Kingdom

Filmography

Actor (52)

Forever 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Actor

San Andreas 2015 (Movie)

Daniel Reddick (Actor)

Agent Crush 2014 (Movie)

(Voice)

Happy Now? 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Home Invasion 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Playing It Cool 2014 (Movie)

Stuffy (Actor)

The Adventurer: The Curse of the Midas Box 2014 (Movie)

Charles Mundi (Actor)

Castle 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Glee 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Monday Mornings 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Necessary Roughness 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Ringer 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

Fireflies in the Garden 2011 (Movie)

Addison (Actor)

Horrible Bosses 2011 (Movie)

Wetwork Man (Actor)

Sanctum 2011 (Movie)

Carl Hurley (Actor)

Foster 2010 (Movie)

Alec (Actor)

The Kid 2010 (Movie)

Colin Smith (Actor)

The Secret of Moonacre 2008 (Movie)

Sir Benjamin Merryweather/Sir Wroll Merryweather (Actor)

W. 2008 (Movie)

Tony Blair (Actor)

2007 Taurus World Stunt Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Amazing Grace 2007 (Movie)

William Wilberforce (Actor)

Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer 2007 (Movie)

Reed Richards/Mr Fantastic (Actor)

The 2007 MTV Movie Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

The TV Set 2007 (Movie)

Richard McCallister (Actor)

Fantastic Four 2005 (Movie)

Reed Richards/Mr Fantastic (Actor)

Justice League Unlimited 2005 (Tv Show)

Voice

The 2005 MTV Movie Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

This Girl's Life 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Century City 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Horatio Hornblower: Duty 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Horatio Hornblower: Loyalty 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

King Arthur 2004 (Movie)

Lancelot (Actor)

The Forsyte Saga 2002 - 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Gathering 2003 (Movie)

Dan Blakeley (Actor)

Very Annie Mary 2002 (Movie)

Hob (Actor)

Another Life 2001 (Movie)

Freddie Bywaters (Actor)

Black Hawk Down 2001 (Movie)

Ranger Beales (Actor)

Happy Now 2001 (Movie)

Max Bracchi (Actor)

Horatio Hornblower: Retribution 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Horatio Hornblower: The Mutiny 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Shooters 2001 (Movie)

Freddie Guns (Actor)

102 Dalmatians 2000 (Movie)

Kevin (Actor)

Solomon and Gaenor 2000 (Movie)

Solomon (Actor)

Horatio Hornblower: The Duchess & the Devil 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Horatio Hornblower: The Duel 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Horatio Hornblower: The Fire Ships 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Horatio Hornblower: The Wrong War 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Wilde 1998 (Movie)

John Gray (Actor)

Titanic 1997 (Movie)

5th Officer Lowe (Actor)

Great Expectations (TV Show)

Actor

Peacekeepers (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

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 aboard the "Titanic" (1997). Oddly enough, in the United Kingdom, Gruffudd became one of the most recognized sea officers on the small screen, playing the young, fictional naval officer "Horatio Hornblower" (ITV, 1998-2003). But it was "Titanic" that allowed Gruffudd to stake a claim in American cinema, helping him land supporting roles in "102 Dalmatians" (2000) and "Black Hawk Down" (2001). Though not a household name by any stretch - thanks in part to his name's difficult pronunciation - he did manage to make himself a recognizable face when he played Reed Richards/Mr. Fantastic in the feature comic book adaptation, "Fantastic Four" (2005). After a successful reprisal in the 2007 sequel, Gruffudd was well-established as one of the most talented Welch exports this side of Catherine Zeta-Jones.

Relationships

Alice Evans Actor

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 Actor

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

Gillian Gruffudd

Mother

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

EDUCATION

Royal Academy of Dramatic Art

London , England 1992 - 1995
Rhys was enrolled in the class of 1996

Ysgol Melin Gruffydd

Attended his junior school; first met Matthew Rhys

Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Glantaf

Sat his GCSEs and A-Levels

Milestones

2011

Appeared in the comedy feature "Horrible Bosses" opposite Jennifer Aniston and Colin Farrell

2011

Co-starred opposite Sarah Michelle Gellar on The CW mystery drama "Ringer"

2008

Portrayed former Prime Minister Tony Blair in Oliver Stone's controversial biopic "W."

2007

Portrayed famous abolitionist William Wilberforce in "Amazing Grace"

2007

Reprised role of Mister Fantastic for the sequel "Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer"

2005

Portrayed Mister Fantastic (Reed Richards) in Marvel's "Fantastic Four"

2004

Cast as Lancelot opposite Clive Owen in "King Arthur"

2001

Landed small role as half of a gay couple (with best friend Matthew Rhys) in "Very Annie Mary"

2001

Cast in Ridley Scott's "Black Hawk Down"

2001

Reprised title role for the TV-movies "Hornblower: Mutiny" and "Hornblower: Retribution" (aired on ITV and A&E)

2000

Supported Glenn Close in "102 Dalmatians"

1999

Cast in the lead role of Pip in the BBC TV production of Charles Dickens' "Great Expectations"

1999

Portrayed a British soldier in Bosnia for the BBC drama series "Warriors"

1998

Cast in the title role of "Hornblower" a British miniseries (aired on ITV and A&E)

1998

Played the title role in "Solomon & Gaenor"; film earned an Oscar nomination for Best Foreign-Language Film

1997

Made film debut as Oscar Wilde's lover John Gray in "Wilde"

1997

Landed first international role as Officer Harold Lowe in James Cameron's blockbuster film "Titanic"

1996

Played the lead role in the British TV-remake "Poldark"

1987

Cast in the Welsh soap opera "Pobol y Cwm (People of the Valley)"

1986

Appeared at the age of 13 in a Welsh television film called "Austin"

While at RADA, was cast in Ibsen's "Hedda Gabler" as the husband of the lead character

At age 18, began attending the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London

Bonus Trivia

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"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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