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Also Known As: Rhys Evans, Rhys Owain Evans Died:
Born: July 22, 1967 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire [Sir Benfro GB-BNF], GB Profession: actor, singer

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Born in Wales in 1967, Rhys Ifans was drawn to performing at an early age, attending youth acting schools as well as the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Ifans first taste of professional performing came in the early 1990's when he was part of the band Super Furry Animals, who toured Europe and were part of the Welsh music renaissance that included Manic Street Preachers and Stereophonic among others. His first on screen acting role came on the children's TV show "Spatz" (ITV, 1990-92), but his breakout role came in the film "Twin Town" (1997), playing opposite his younger brother Llyr Ifans in a story of down on their luck brothers who try to squeeze a local bar owner for compensation after their father breaks his arm working for the man. After the success, Ifans abandoned his music to focus on acting, and gained international recognition for his scene stealing supporting role in "Notting Hill" (1999) with Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant. Ifans continued to play quirky supporting characters, mainly in films such as "The Shipping News" (2001), "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1" (2010), and "The Amazing Spider-Man" (2012) where he played the antagonist of the film, Dr. Curt Connors, also...

Born in Wales in 1967, Rhys Ifans was drawn to performing at an early age, attending youth acting schools as well as the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Ifans first taste of professional performing came in the early 1990's when he was part of the band Super Furry Animals, who toured Europe and were part of the Welsh music renaissance that included Manic Street Preachers and Stereophonic among others. His first on screen acting role came on the children's TV show "Spatz" (ITV, 1990-92), but his breakout role came in the film "Twin Town" (1997), playing opposite his younger brother Llyr Ifans in a story of down on their luck brothers who try to squeeze a local bar owner for compensation after their father breaks his arm working for the man. After the success, Ifans abandoned his music to focus on acting, and gained international recognition for his scene stealing supporting role in "Notting Hill" (1999) with Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant. Ifans continued to play quirky supporting characters, mainly in films such as "The Shipping News" (2001), "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1" (2010), and "The Amazing Spider-Man" (2012) where he played the antagonist of the film, Dr. Curt Connors, also known as The Lizard. Ifans also found success on the small screen, playing Mycroft Holmes, a recurring role on the Sherlock Holmes series "Elementary" (CBS, 2012-), as well as a series regular role on the spy drama "Berlin Station" (Epix, 2016-).

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 Serena (2015)
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 Another Me (2014)
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 Dominion (2014)
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 Panda Eyes (2013)
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Raised in Ruthin, Wales
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Acted in several television projects, in both English and Welsh
1995:
Starred in the dreary drama, "Streetlife" produced by BBC Wales
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
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:
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"
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.

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

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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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