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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 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-).
Cast (Feature Film)
Cast (TV Mini-Series)
Had a featured role in the West End production of "Beautiful Thing"
Starred in the dreary drama, "Streetlife" produced by BBC Wales
Featured in Anthony Hopkins' directorial debut "August" (filmed in 1994)
Starred in the film "Twin Town"
Acted in the thriller "You're Dead" featuring John Hurt
Played role of Gerry, the dreamer father of an illegitimate child in "Dancing at Lughnasa"
Played a large supporting role in "Notting Hill"
Appeared in "Love, Honour and Obey" with Sadie Frost, Jonny Lee Miller and Jude Law
Played Adam Sandler's brother in "Little Nicky"
Had a scene-stealing role as a Welsh star kicker and chain smoker in the football comedy "The Replacements"
Portrayed a feral man raised in the woods by his unstable father in "Human Nature"; written by Charlie Kaufman and directed by Michel Gondry
Cast as the British foreign news editor of a local newspaper in "The Shipping News"
Cast as Iki in the drug comedy feature "Formula 51"
Co-starred in the feature "Once Upon a Time in the Midlands"
Co-starred with Daniel Craig and Samantha Morton in "Enduring Love"
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"
Joined Cate Blanchett and Geoffrey Rush in "Elizabeth: The Golden Age"
Starred in "Hannibal Rising," the prequel to "The Silence of the Lambs"
Played the 'king of the airwaves' in Richard Curtis' "Pirate Radio"
Played Ben Stiller's old friend and former bandmate in Noah Baumbach's "Greenberg"
Acted opposite Emma Thompson in the family comedy "Nanny McPhee Returns"
Cast as Xenophilius Lovegood in "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1"
Played the Earl of Oxford opposite Vanessa Redgrave and David Thewlis in the drama "Anonymous"
Cast opposite Jason Segel and Emily Blunt in romantic comedy "The Five-Year Engagement"
Co-starred with Andrew Garfield in "The Amazing Spider-Man" as Peter Parker's nemesis The Lizard
Costarred in espionage series "Berlin Station"