Ioan Gruffudd

Last updated on the 27 March 2024 by Evandrus

Ioan Gruffudd

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Born: 6 October 1973, Aberdare, Wales.

Ioan Gruffudd is a Welsh actor who has been known for his roles in film and television series in the UK, the United States and Australia. He was born to Welsh parents who were both teachers. He has a brother, Alun and a sister, Siwan.

Ioan Gruffudd started his acting career at the age of 13 in a Welsh soap opera, Pobol y Cwm and later attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. He made his screen debut in 1997, playing John Gray in Wilde and Harold Lowe in Titanic. He gained fame for his portrayal of Horatio Hornblower in the Hornblower series of television films from 1998 to 2003.

Ioan Gruffudd has appeared in various genres and mediums, such as Black Hawk Down, King Arthur, Fantastic Four and its sequel, Amazing Grace, W., Great Expectations, 102 Dalmatians, and Agatha Christie’s Marple. He has also worked on stage, in radio, and in video games. He has been praised for his versatility and talent as an actor and for his deep smooth voice.

Ioan Gruffudd married actress Alice Evans in 2007, after meeting her on the set of 102 Dalmatians. They have two daughters, Ella and Elsie. They divorced in 2023 and Gruffudd became engaged to Bianca Wallace, a publicist, in 2021. He lives in Los Angeles, Californi and holds dual citizenship of the UK and the US. He is fluent in Welsh and English and has a basic knowledge of French. He is a supporter of the British Heart Foundation and the Teenage Cancer Trust.

 

Suggested viewing

 

Hornblower (1998)

Hornblower poster

Bftv 8.5

The three TV films of “Hornblower” depict the captivating adventures of Horatio Hornblower, a young and courageous British naval officer during the Napoleonic Wars. Filled with action, drama, and historical authenticity, these films bring C.S. Forester’s beloved character to life on screen.

Top cast: Ioan Gruffudd, Robert Lindsay, Paul McGann, Sean Gilder, Jamie Bamber, David Warner, Robert Bathurst, Colin MacLachlan.

Amazing Grace (2006)

Amazing Grace film poster

Bftv 8.5 / IMDb 7.4

“Amazing Grace,” a historical drama film, tells the inspiring true story of William Wilberforce, a British politician and abolitionist who relentlessly fought for the end of the slave trade in 18th century England. Through his unwavering determination and belief in justice, Wilberforce spearheads a movement that challenges societal norms and brings about significant change.

Top cast: Ioan Gruffudd, Romola Garai, Benedict Cumberbatch, Albert Finney, Michael Gambon, Rufus Sewell, Youssou N’Dour, Ciarán Hinds.

King Arthur (2004)

King Arthur

Bftv 8.0 / IMDb 6.3

“King Arthur,” a thrilling historical adventure film, follows the legendary King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table as they face daunting challenges and engage in epic battles against invading forces. With loyalty, bravery, and honor at stake, their quest for freedom becomes an unforgettable journey.

Top cast: Clive Owen, Keira Knightley, Ioan Gruffudd, Mads Mikkelsen, Joel Edgerton, Hugh Dancy, Ray Winstone, Stephen Dillane.

Liar (2017)

Liar

Bftv 8.0 / IMDb 7.1

“Liar,” a gripping psychological thriller series, follows the lives of Laura Nielson and Andrew Earlham. After an alleged sexual assault, their conflicting versions of events lead to a web of deception, secrets, and manipulation that keeps viewers on the edge of their seats until the truth is ultimately revealed.

Top cast: Joanne Froggatt, Ioan Gruffudd, Zoë Tapper, Warren Brown, Shelley Conn, Richie Campbell, Jamie Flatters, Danny Webb.

Full filmography (@Wikipedia)

 

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