Gruffudd, Ioan 1973–

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GRUFFUDD, Ioan 1973


Name is pronounced Yoan Griffith; born October 6, 1973, in Cardiff, Wales; son of Peter (a teacher) and Gillian (a teacher) Gruffudd. Education: Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, London, graduated, 1995. Religion: Christian. Avocational Interests: Seeing movies and plays, watching rugby.

Addresses: Agent Brian Swardstrom, The Endeavor Agency, 9701 Wilshire Blvd., 10th Floor, Beverly Hills, CA 90212; Christian Hodell, Hamilton Hodell, Ltd., 24 Hanway St., First Floor, London W1T 1UH, England. Manager Stacy Boniello, The Firm, 9465 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90212. Publicist Ame van Iden, Wolf/Kasteler/van Iden Public Relations, 335 North Maple Dr., Suite 351, Beverly Hills, CA 90210.

Career: Actor. Appeared in advertisements and in short promotions on the Starz! network. Lit the National Millennium Beacon, Cardiff City Centre, Cardiff, Wales, 2000; oboe player, South Glamorgan Youth Orchestra, Wales.

Awards, Honors: Golden FIPA Award, Biarritz International Festival of Audiovisual Programming, outstanding actor in a television series or serial, 1999, and Best Actor Award, USA Today poll, 2001, both for the "Horatio Hornblower" movies; Film Award nomination, British Academy of Film and Television ArtsWales, 2001, for Solomon and Gaenor; Cymru Showbusnesan Award, BBC Radio Cymru, best actor, 2001; honorary member, Gorsedd of Bards, National Eisteddfod (Wales), 2003.


Television Appearances; Series:

Gareth Wyn Harries, Pobol y Cwm (also known as People of the Valley ), BBC Wales and Sianel 4 Cymru (Wales), c. 19871992.

Lukas Gold, Century City, CBS, 2004.

Television Appearances; Miniseries:

Jack, "Masturbation", Making Love (In the 21st Century) (also known as Love in the 21st Century ), Channel 4, 1999.

Phillip Bosinney, The Forsyte Saga, ITV, also broadcast on Masterpiece Theatre, PBS, both 2002.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Nigel Fraiman, A Relative Stranger, BBC2, 1995.

Jeremy Poldark, Poldark, ITV, 1996.

Lieutenant John Feeley, Warriors (also known as Peacekeepers ), BBC America, 1999.

Voice of Jesus for Welsh version, The Miracle Maker (animated; also known as Gwr y Gwyrthiau ), Sianel 4 Cymru (Wales), 2000.

Harry Silver, Man and Boy, BBC, 2002.

Television Appearances; Horatio Hornblower Movies:

Horatio Hornblower, Hornblower: The Duchess and the Devil (also known as Horatio Hornblower: The Duchess and the Devil ), ITV and Arts and Entertainment, 1999.

Horatio Hornblower, Hornblower: The Even Chance (also known as Horatio Hornblower: The Duel ), ITV and Arts and Entertainment, 1999.

Horatio Hornblower, Hornblower: The Examination for Lieutenant (also known as Horatio Hornblower: The Fire Ship ), ITV and Arts and Entertainment, 1999.

Horatio Hornblower, Hornblower: The Frogs and Lobsters (also known as Horatio Hornblower: The Wrong War ), ITV and Arts and Entertainment, 1999.

Third lieutenant Horatio Hornblower, Hornblower: Mutiny (also known as Horatio Hornblower: The Mutiny ), ITV and Arts and Entertainment, 2001.

Third lieutenant Horatio Hornblower, Hornblower: Retribution (also known as Horatio Hornblower: Retribution ), ITV and Arts and Entertainment, 2001.

Commander Horatio Hornblower, Hornblower: Duty, ITV and Arts and Entertainment, 2003.

Commander Horatio Hornblower, Hornblower: Loyalty (also known as Horatio Hornblower 3 ), ITV and Arts and Entertainment, 2003.

Television Appearances; Specials:

Pip, Great Expectations, BBC, also broadcast on Masterpiece Theatre, PBS, both 1999.

Narrator, Canrif o Brifwyl, Sianel 4 Cymru (Wales), 2000.

Narrator, Y Daith Olaf (documentary), Sianel 4 Cymru, 2001.

Narrator, The Christmas Truce (documentary), History Channel, 2002.

The Quest for King Arthur, History Channel, 2004.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Karl Stranger, "Strange Territory", A Mind to Kill, Channel 3 and Channel 5, 1996, also in Welsh version of episode.

Himself, The Priory, Channel 4, 1999.

Narrator, Extreme Lives, BBC, 2000.

Narrator, Extreme Lives, BBC, 2001.

Himself, The Fat, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, 2003.

Reader, "First Flush", Essential Poems, 2003.

Reader, "Talking in Bed", Essential Poems, 2003.

Himself, Entertainment Weekly (also known as ET ), syndicated, 2004.

Himself, Good Morning America (also known as GMA ), ABC, 2004.

Himself, The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn (multiple episodes), CBS, 2004.

Defi Lewis, Austin, 1994.

The Orange British Academy Film Awards, 2001.

Also appeared as Arfon in William Jones, BBC Cymru (Wales).

Film Appearances:

Fifth officer Harold Godfrey Lowe, Titanic, Paramount, 1997.

John Gray, Wilde (also known as Oscar Wilde ), Sony Pictures Classics, 1997.

Freddy Guns, Shooters, MCOne, 2000.

Kevin Shepard, 102 Dalmatians, Buena Vista, 2000.

Solomon Levinsky, Solomon and Gaenor, Sony Pictures Classics, 2000.

Freddy Bywaters, Another Life, Winchester Films, 2001.

Second lieutenant John Beales, Black Hawk Down, Sony Pictures Releasing, 2001.

Sergeant Max Bracchi, Happy Now?, Miramax, 2001.

Dan, The Gathering, Dimension Films, 2002.

Daniel, This Girl's Life, Eagle Entertainment, 2003.

Hob, Very Annie Mary (also known as Pavarotti in Dad's Room and AnnieMary a la folie! ), Empire Pictures, 2003.

Voice of King Bendigeidfran, Y Mabinogi (animated; also known as Otherworld ), Miracle Communications, 2003.

Lancelot, King Arthur, Buena Vista, 2004.

Stage Appearances:

The Decameron, Gate Theatre, London, beginning 1996.

Reader of Patrick Jones's poem "Guerrilla Tapestry", Voice of a Nation Concert, 1999.

Himself, The Play Wot I Wrote, The Right Size/Wyndham's Theatre, London, beginning 2002.

Radio Appearances:

Himself, Showbusnesan (episodic), BBC Radio Cymru, 2004.

Appeared as Dylan, Fi A Fe, as Wolf Tone, Breuddwyd Rhy Bell, and in Y Fflam.



Narrator, Lieutenant Hornblower, by C. S. Forester, Berg Publishers, 1998.

(With others) Reader, DianaA Dedication in Seven Ages, Naxos Audiobooks, 1998.

Narrator, Hornblower and the Atropos, by C. S. Forester, Trafalgar Square Publishing, 1999.

Narrator, DK Read & Listen: Robin Hood, Dorling Kindersley, 2000.

(With others) Performer, Siwan, by Saunders Lewis, 2002.

(With others) Performer, When Love Speaks (benefit album for Royal Academy of Dramatic Art), EMI Classics, 2002.

Music Videos:

"Uptown Girl", by Westlife, 2001.



Entertainment Weekly, May 7, 1999, p. 45.

IFCRant, July, 2000, p. 13.

In Style, July, 2004.

News of the World Sunday, October 4, 1998, p. 6.

TV Guide, April 3, 1999, pp. 3435; April 7, 2001, pp. 1419.