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Ioan Gruffudd

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Ioan Facts
Name: Ioan Gruffudd (pronounced Yo-an Griffith... so no Eye-oh-an Gruf-fudds please and thank you)
Birthday: October 6, 1973
Hometown: Cardiff, Wales
Parents: Peter and Gillian Gruffudd (both teachers)
Siblings: Brother- Alun, Sister- Siwan (Ioan is the oldest)
Education: Graduated RADA (Royal Academy of the Dramatic Arts), in June 1995
Height: 5'11
Favourite Sport: Rugby
Favourite Bands: Manic Street Preachers, Catatonia, Steriophonics and Oasis
He wears contacts
Played the oboe in the South Glamorgan Youth Orchestra for several years
Learned Yiddish for his role in Soloman and Gaenor (The movie is in English, Welsh and Yiddish)
Had the honour of lighting the National Millenennium Beacon for Wales in Cardiff City Centre for the New Year's Eve 2000 celebration
Won the BBC Radio Cymru Showbusiness Award for Best Actor in 2001
Ioan previously lived in Kilburn, England with fellow Welsh actor, and longtime best friend, Matthew Rhys, but now lives in LA with girlfriend, actress Alice Evans
Ioan has his own question in Trivial Pursuit (20th Anniversary edition). Question: What swashbuckler did 102 Dalmatians co-star Ioan Gruffudd play in an A&E mimiseries? Answer: Horatio Hornblower

Check out this interview with Ioan about his role as Horatio Horblower:

Interview with Ioan - A&E

Ioan was named #10 in British GQ's Best Dressed List :

GQ's Best Dressed List

What the hell kind of name is "Ioan Gruffudd" anyway?

IOAN   m   Romanian, Bulgarian
Romanian and Bulgarian form of JOHN

GRUFFUDD   m   Welsh
Variant of GRUFFYDD

GRUFFYDD   m   Welsh
From Old Welsh Grippiud. The second element of the name derives from Welsh iud "lord, prince" but the first element is unknown. Gruffydd ap Llewellyn was a Welsh ruler who fought against England in the 11th century but was eventually defeated.




  • The Drop (2005)-pre-production-Film: Cpl. Urquhart
  • Fantastic Four (2005)-pre-production-Film: Reed Richards a.k.a. Mr. Fantastic
  • King Arthur (2004) Film: Lancelot
  • Century City (2004) TV: Lukas Gold
  • Y Mabinogi (2003) voice: King Bendiedfran (International English title: Otherworld)
  • This Girl's Life (2003): Daniel
  • Hornblower: Duty (2003) - TV: Horatio Hornblower
  • Hornblower: Loyalty (2003) - TV: Horatio Hornblower (Christian Coulson is in this also)
  • The Gathering (2002): Dan
  • The Forsyte Saga (2002)- Mini-Series: Phillip Bosinney (Once again, Christian Coulson also acted in this)
  • Man and Boy (2002) - TV: Harry Silver
  • Black Hawk Down (2001) - Film: John Beals (Orlando Bloom was also in this. However, I feel that I should note that I was rather dissapointed, because for the longest time I was excited to see this movie because both Orlando AND Ioan were in it. Then, Ioan was in it for about two minutes, had a seizure and left. I was not happy. However, my lovely reinactment of the 'Ioan Seizure' for Stacy at 2am one morning was cause for great hilarity).
  • Hornblower: Retribution (2001) - TV: Horatio Hornblower
  • Hornblower: Mutiny (2001) - TV: Horatio Hornblower
  • Happy Now (2001): Max Bracchi
  • Very Annie Mary (2001) - Film: Hob
  • Another Life (2001): Freddy Bywaters
  • 102 Dalmations (2000) - Film: Kevin Sheperd
  • The Miracle Maker (2000) - TV: Voice of Jesus (in Welsh version... Welsh title: Gwr y Gwyrthiau)
  • Shooters (2000): Freddy Guns
  • Warriors (1999) - TV: Lt. John Feeley
  • Love in the 21st Century (1999) - TV: Jack
  • Soloman and Gaenor (1999) -film: Soloman Levinsky
  • Great Expectations (1999) - TV: Pip
  • Hornblower: The Frogs and the Lobsters (1999) - TV: Horatio Hornblower (U.S. title: Horatio Hornblower: The Wrong War)
  • Hornblower: The Duchess and the Devil (1999) - TV: Horatio Hornblower
  • Hornblower: The Examination for Lieutenant (1998) - TV: Horatio Hornblower (U.S. title: Horatio Hornblower: The Fire Ship)
  • Hornblower: The Even Chance (1998) - TV: Horatio Hornblower (U.S. title: Horatio Hornblower: The Duel)
  • Titanic (1997) - Film: Fifth Officer Harold Godfrey Lowe (he was the guy who shouted "Is any one alive out there" Can anybody hear me?" at the end... and saved Rose. Actually, he didn't have any lines in the script... that was just ad lib)
  • Wilde (1997) - Film: John Gray (Orlando Bloom was also in God, Ioan's acted with everyone!)
  • Poldark (1996) - TV: Jeremy Poldark
  • A Relative Stranger (1995) - TV: Nigel Fraiman
  • Pabol y Cwm (this is a Welsh soap, the English title would be "People of the Valley"... the series began in 1974. Ioan was on it from 1987-1994. He started when he was 14): Gareth Wyn Harris

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