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Also Known As: Rhys Evans Died:
Born: July 22, 1968 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: United Kingdom Profession: actor, singer

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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...

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.

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Raised in Ruthin, Wales
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Acted in several television projects, in both English and Welsh
1994:
Had a featured role in the West End production of "Beautiful Thing"
1995:
Starred in the dreary drama, "Streetlife" produced by BBC Wales
1996:
Featured in Anthony Hopkins' directorial debut "August" (filmed in 1994)
1997:
Breakthrough screen role (opposite brother Llyr Evans) as one of a pair of sociopathic brothers in "Twin Town"
1998:
Played role of Gerry, the dreamer father of an illegitimate child in "Dancing at Lughnasa"
1998:
Acted in the thriller "You're Dead" featuring John Hurt
1999:
Offered a memorable performance as Hugh Grant's off-the-wall roommate in the romantic comedy "Notting Hill"
2000:
Had a scene-stealing role as a Welsh star kicker and chain smoker in the football comedy "The Replacements"
2000:
Played Adam Sandler's brother in "Little Nicky"
2000:
Appeared in "Love, Honour and Obey" with Sadie Frost, Jonny Lee Miller and Jude Law
2001:
Portrayed a feral man raised in the woods by his unstable father in "Human Nature"; written by Charlie Kaufman and directed by Michel Gondry
2001:
Cast as the British foreign news editor of a local newspaper in "The Shipping News"
2002:
Cast as Iki in the drug comedy feature "Formula 51"
2003:
Co-starred in the feature "Once Upon a Time in the Midlands"
2004:
Cast as an Aussie who becomes a national sensation when he lifts off in his deck chair tied to balloons in the comedy "Danny Deckchair"
2004:
Co-starred with Daniel Craig and Samantha Morton in "Enduring Love"
2007:
Starred in "Hannibal Rising," the prequel to "The Silence of the Lambs"
2007:
Joined Cate Blanchett and Geoffrey Rush in "Elizabeth: The Golden Age"
2009:
Played the 'king of the airwaves' in Richard Curtis' "Pirate Radio"
2010:
Played Ben Stiller's old friend and former bandmate in Noah Baumbach's "Greenberg"
2010:
Acted opposite Emma Thompson in the family comedy "Nanny McPhee Returns"
2010:
Cast as Xenophilius Lovegood in "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1"
2011:
Played the Earl of Oxford opposite Vanessa Redgrave and David Thewlis in the drama "Anonymous"
2012:
Cast opposite Jason Segel and Emily Blunt in romantic comedy "The Five-Year Engagement"
2012:
Co-starred with Andrew Garfield in "The Amazing Spider-Man" as Peter Parker's nemesis The Lizard
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Education

Guildhall School of Music and Drama: London , England -
Eugene O'Neill Center's National Theatre Institute: Waterford , Connecticut -

Notes

His name is pronounced 'Reese EE-vans'

Ifans was at one time a vocalist in the popular Welsh rock band Super Furry Animals, but none of the recordings on which he appeared were officially released

"It's just been such a pleasure to work with such quality actors. The whole successs and stardom thing hasn't touched me yet because I have been working non-stop. I haven't had time to go about being flash yet."---Ifans on his impressive credits as quoted in Total Wales News, January 12, 1999.

"It's strange to ask an actor what's hard, because the harder something is the more enjoyable and rewarding it is."---Ifans on acting to Venice, November 2004.

Companions close complete companion listing

companion:
Jessica Morris. Publicist. Born c. 1968; together since c. 1997.

Family close complete family listing

father:
Eirwyn Evans. Teacher.
mother:
Beti Evans. Teacher.
brother:
Llyr Evans. Actor. Born c. 1970; appeared together in "Twin Town"; acts primarily in Welsh-language productions; younger.

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