After a decade on the UK stage, actor Rhys Ifans was propelled into the mainstream with his scene-stealing performance as the unkempt and uninhibited roommate of Hugh Grant in the blockbuster "Notting Hill" (1999). Having provided 90 percent of the romantic comedy's more hilarious moments, Ifans' big personality was snapped up for a few more Hollywood supporting roles in the Adam Sandler comedy "Little Nicky" (2000), Lasse Hallstrom's adaptation of the novel "The Shipping News" (2001), and the thriller "Hannibal Rising" (2007). However, the Welsh actor remained better known overseas, where he was associated with a group of similarly-aged hip London actors including Jude Law and Ewan McGregor; all three being collectively known as the Primrose Hill set. Ifans earned a BAFTA TV Award for his portrayal of English comedian Peter Cook in the biopic "Not Only but Always" (Channel 4, 2004), and was steadily recognized for his assortment of slightly damaged common men and mischievous dreamers in films like "Dancing at Lughnasa" (1998), "Danny Deckchair" (2004) and Richard Curtis' "Pirate Radio" (2009). With his remarkable ability to become unrecognizable and a versatility that could channel sensitivity or unbridled swagger with equal flair, Ifans laid out a path for a long career as a valuable, quirky screen player.