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Rhys Ifans, one of Britain’s finest contemporary actors, was born and raised in Wales. There he attended youth acting schools at Theatre Clwyd, Mold, and appeared in many Welsh-language television programs before embarking on his film career. His television work also includes starring as legendary actor/writer Peter Cook in Terry Johnson’s Not Only But Always, for which he won a BAFTA Award.
His breakout performance came in 1999’s Notting Hill, written by Richard Curtis and directed by Roger Michell, opposite Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant, for which Mr. Ifans received a BAFTA Award nomination. He reteamed with the director on Enduring Love, for which he was an Empire Award nominee for Best British Actor.
Mr. Ifans’ other films include Mira Nair’s Vanity Fair, opposite Reese Witherspoon, also for Focus Features; Michel Gondry’s Human Nature; Anthony Hopkins’ August; Mike Figgis’ Hotel; Pat O’Connor’s Dancing at Lughnasa; Steven Brill’s Little Nicky; Howard Deutch’s The Replacements; Lasse Hallström’s The Shipping News; Charles McDougall’s Heart; Gregor Jordan’s The Informers; Karl Francis’ Streetlife; Clare Kilner’s janice beard 45wpm; Shane Meadows’ Once Upon a Time in the Midlands; Jeff Balsmeyer’s Danny Deckchair; Shekhar Kapur’s Elizabeth: The Golden Age; Kevin Allen’s Twin Town, alongside his brother Llyr Ifans; Jaco van Dormael’s Mr. Nobody, which world-premiered at the 2009 Venice International Film Festival; Bernard Rose’s soon-to-be-released Mr. Nice; David Yates’ eagerly anticipated Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows; Susanna White’s recently wrapped Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang; also for Focus Features, Richard Curtis’ rock and roll comedy Pirate Radio; and, currently in production, Mitch Glazer’s Passion Play, with Mickey Rourke and Megan Fox.
He made a guest appearance for the rock band Oasis in their music video “The Importance of Being Idle,” for which he accepted their Video of the Year Award at the 2005/2006 NME Awards.
Onstage, Mr. Ifans has appeared at the Donmar Warehouse in Robert Delamere’s staging of Accidental Death of an Anarchist, Patrick Marber’s of Don Juan in Soho, and Michael Sheen’s of Bad Finger; and at the National Theatre in Matthew Warchus’ production of Volpone and Roger Michell’s of Under Milk Wood; at the Duke of York Theatre in Hettie MacDonald’s staging of Beautiful Thing;at the Royal Court Theatre in James MacDonald’s production of Thyestes; and at the Royal Exchange in Braham Murray and Derek Griffiths’ Smoke and Ronald Harwood’s Poison Pen.