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Also Known As: Died:
Born: October 6, 1973 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: United Kingdom Profession: actor

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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.

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.

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CAST: (feature film)

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 Sanctum (2011)
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 Horrible Bosses (2011)
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 Kid, The (2010)
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 W. (2008)
8.
 Agent Crush (2007)
10.
 TV Set, The (2006)
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Milestones close milestones

1986:
Appeared at the age of 13 in a Welsh television film called "Austin"
1987:
Cast in the Welsh soap opera "Pobol y Cwm (People of the Valley)"
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At age 18, began attending the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London
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While at RADA, was cast in Ibsen's "Hedda Gabler" as the husband of the lead character
1996:
Played the lead role in the British TV-remake "Poldark"
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"
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
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"
2000:
Supported Glenn Close in "102 Dalmatians"
2001:
Reprised title role for the TV-movies "Hornblower: Mutiny" and "Hornblower: Retribution" (aired on ITV and A&E)
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"
2004:
Cast as Lancelot opposite Clive Owen in "King Arthur"
2005:
Portrayed Mister Fantastic (Reed Richards) in Marvel's "Fantastic Four"
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"
2008:
Portrayed former Prime Minister Tony Blair in Oliver Stone's controversial biopic "W."
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"
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Education

Ysgol Melin Gruffydd: -
Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Glantaf: -
Royal Academy of Dramatic Art: London , England - 1992 - 1995

Companions close complete companion listing

companion:
Charlotte Hayward. Met when both were students at RADA; no longer together.

Family close complete family listing

father:
Peter Gruffudd. Educator.
mother:
Gillian Gruffudd. Educator.
brother:
Alun Gruffudd. Born c. 1975.
sister:
Siwan Gruffudd. Born c. 1980.
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