Welsh Directors

by johndavies007 | created - 02 May 2016 | updated - 15 Oct 2018 | Public

I include Zambian-born Rungano Nyoni who was raised in Wales, and Kim Longinotto and Gareth Edwards, both born in England of Welsh parents. Of Welsh ancestry: Charlie Chaplin, John Huston, D.W.Griffith. See also my lists Welsh Actors and Actresses, A Welsh Selection and Notable Welsh People

1. Keith Allen

Actor | 24 Hour Party People

Keith Allen was born on September 2, 1953 in Llanelli, Carmarthenshire, Wales as Keith Howell Charles Allen. He is an actor, known for 24 Hour Party People (2002), The Others (2001) and Shallow Grave (1994).

2. Kevin Allen

Director | Under Milk Wood

Kevin Allen was born on September 15, 1962 in Swansea, Wales. He is an actor and director, known for Under Milk Wood (2015), Spice World (1997) and Y Syrcas (2013). He has been married to Laura Madden since February 28, 2000. They have four children.

3. Ryan Andrews

Director | Elfie Hopkins

Ryan Andrews is a director and writer, known for Elfie Hopkins: Cannibal Hunter (2012), Little Munchkin (2011) and Olivia Holt: History (2016).

4. Jane Arden

Actress | The Other Side of the Underneath

Jane Arden was born in Wales in 1927 and left for London in her teens.

She trained at RADA and quickly began working as an actress and playwright. It was there that she met her future husband, Philip Saville, who is now perhaps most known for his work Boys from the Blackstuff (1982) and The Life and...

5. Scott Barley

Director | Sleep Has Her House

Scott Barley is a British artist and filmmaker from South Wales, United Kingdom. His work has been screened across Europe and The Americas, including The Institute of Contemporary Arts London, BFI Southbank, Sheffield Doc Fest, Doclisboa, Karlovy Vary IFF, Dokufest, EYE Filmmuseum, Vancouver ...

6. Richard Burton

Actor | Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Probably best-remembered for his turbulent personal life with Elizabeth Taylor (whom he married twice), Richard Burton was nonetheless also regarded as an often brilliant British actor of the post-WWII period.

Burton was born Richard Walter Jenkins in 1925 into a Welsh (Cymraeg)-speaking family in ...

7. John Cale

Soundtrack | The Beach

Classically trained (viola and piano) and well-educated, Welsh-born John Cale became interested in both the experimental side of classical music (including artists like John Cage), and American rock-n-roll. When offered a chance to study music in New York in the early 1960s, Cale accepted, and ...

8. James Cellan Jones

Director | Oxbridge Blues

James Cellan Jones was born on July 13, 1931 in Swansea, Wales as Alan James Gwyn Cellan Jones. He was a director and producer, known for Oxbridge Blues (1984), A Fine Romance (1981) and The Adams Chronicles (1976). He was married to Margot Eavis. He died on August 30, 2019.

9. Keri Collins

Director | Convenience

Keri is a BAFTA winning director and writer who has worked for Sky, BBC, PBS and The Sunday Times.

In 2018 he sold a comedy feature spec script.

His debut feature film; a comedy titled 'Convenience', starred a large ensemble cast of British and American comedy talent. The film received multiple 4 ...

10. Gareth Edwards

Visual_effects | Monsters

Gareth James Edwards was born on June 1, 1975 in the English town of Nuneaton, Warwickshire. Growing up, he admired movies such as the 1977 classic "Star Wars", and went on to pursue a film career. He even cites George Lucas and Steven Spielberg as his biggest influences. Edwards studied BA (Hons) ...

11. Sally El Hosaini

Director | My Brother the Devil

Sally El Hosaini is known for her work on My Brother the Devil (2012), Green Zone (2010) and The Fifth Bowl (2008).

12. Endaf Emlyn

Director | Un nos ola' leuad

Endaf Emlyn was born in 1945 in Pwllheli, Wales. He is a director and writer, known for Un nos ola' leuad (1991), Leaving Lenin (1993) and Storms of August (1988).

13. Cerith Wyn Evans

Director | Degrees of Blindness

Cerith Wyn Evans was born in 1958 in Llanelli, Wales. He is an actor and director, known for Degrees of Blindness (1988), The Angelic Conversation (1985) and The Last of England (1987).

14. Gareth Evans

Director | Serbuan Maut

Welsh born writer/director, in 2003 directed a short film "Samurai Monogatari" telling the tale of a Samurai waiting to be executed. The short was in Japanese language and starred students from Tokyo who were studying at Cardiff University at the time.

In 2003 he also graduated with an MA in ...

15. Kieran Evans

Director | Kelly + Victor

Kieran Evans is a director and writer, known for Kelly + Victor (2012), Vashti Bunyan: From Here to Before (2008) and Finisterre (2003).

16. Marc Evans

Director | My Little Eye

Marc Evans was born in 1963 in Wales. He is a director and writer, known for My Little Eye (2002), Snow Cake (2006) and House of America (1997).

17. Karl Francis

Director | Milwr Bychan

Karl Francis began making films in 1971, turning out mainly documentaries for television. He worked initially as a researcher and writer. He studied film at the late age of 26, having previously had an honours degree in Modern History, Politics & Economics. He wrote his own scripts and began ...

20. Peter Greenaway

Director | The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover

Peter Greenaway trained as a painter and began working as a film editor for the Central Office of Information in 1965. Shortly afterwards he started to make his own films. He has produced a wealth of short and feature-length films, but also paintings, novels and other books. He has held several ...

21. Andrew Grieve

Director | On the Black Hill

Andrew Grieve was born on November 28, 1939 in Cardiff, Wales. He is a director and assistant director, known for On the Black Hill (1988), Horatio Hornblower: The Duel (1998) and Bugs (1995).

22. Sid Griffiths

Actor | A Desperate Poaching Affray

Sid Griffiths was born in 1901 in the UK. He is known for his work on The Poachers (1903), Animal Farm (1954) and Jerry the Troublesome Tyke (1925). He died in 1967.

23. Gareth Gwenlan

Producer | Only Fools and Horses....

A British television comedy legend, who will forever be remembered for directing and producing series such as The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin (1976), Butterflies (1978) and Only Fools and Horses (1981), Gareth Gwenlan was born in Brecon on April 26 1937. His father died when he was two and he ...

24. William Haggar

Director | The Tramp and Baby's Bottle

Arthur William Haggar, a film pioneer of the silent era, began his career as a traveling entertainer who later bought a Bioscope show and earned his money in south Wales. Beginning in 1902 he began making ground-breaking fiction films which made him one of the earliest British film directors. "...

25. Anthony Hopkins

Actor | The Silence of the Lambs

Anthony Hopkins was born on December 31, 1937, in Margam, Wales, to Muriel Anne (Yeats) and Richard Arthur Hopkins, a baker. His parents were both of half Welsh and half English descent. Influenced by Richard Burton, he decided to study at College of Music and Drama and graduated in 1957. In 1965, ...

26. Jack Howells

Director | Dylan Thomas

Jack Howells was born in July 1913 in Cardiff, Wales as Thomas John Howells. He was a writer and director, known for A Tribute to Dylan Thomas (1961), Here's to the Memory! (1952) and Front Page Story (1954). He died on September 6, 1990 in Penarth, Vale of Glamorgan, Wales.

27. Caradog W. James

Director | The Machine

Caradog W. James is a director and writer, known for The Machine (2013), Little White Lies (2006) and The Call Up (2016).

29. Terry Jones

Writer | Monty Python and the Holy Grail

Terry Jones was born in Colwyn Bay, North Wales. His father was a bank clerk, mother - mistress of the house. He has an older brother, Nigel Jones (1940-). He studied at St. Edmund Hall College, Oxford University. In 1965, with his friend Michael Palin, he made The Late Show (1966) for television, ...

30. Kim Longinotto

Director | Sisters in Law

Kim Longinotto was born in 1952 in London, England. She is a director and cinematographer, known for Sisters in Law (2005), Gaea Girls (2000) and Pink Saris (2010).

31. Euros Lyn

Director | Torchwood

Euros Lyn was born in 1971 in Wales. He is a director and producer, known for Torchwood (2006), The Library Suicides (2016) and Doctor Who (2005).

32. Timothy Lyn

Director | Eldra

Timothy Lyn is an actor and director, known for Eldra (2002), Blood Circle (1994) and Treflan (2002).

33. Richard Marquand

Director | Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi

Richard Marquand was born on September 22, 1937 in Llanishen, Cardiff, Glamorgan, Wales as Richard Alfred Marquand. He was a director and producer, known for Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983), Jagged Edge (1985) and Nowhere to Run (1993). He was married to Carol Bell and Josephine ...

34. Ray Milland

Actor | The Lost Weekend

Ray Milland became one of Paramount's most bankable and durable stars, under contract from 1934 to 1948, yet little in his early life suggested a career as a motion picture actor.

Milland was born Alfred Reginald Jones in the Welsh town of Neath, Glamorgan, to Elizabeth Annie (Truscott) and Alfred ...

35. Christopher Monger

Director | The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain

Christopher Monger has won awards for directing theatre, feature films, and screenwriting. He has directed eight feature films and written over thirty screenplays.

He was born in Ffynnon Taf, Wales and started making films while studying painting at the Chelsea School of Art, London. His graduation ...

38. Rungano Nyoni

Writer | Mwansa the Great

Directors born in Zambia and willing to bear witness on this country are something of a rarity. This is nonetheless the case of Rungano Nyoni, a young woman whose native town is Lusaka although she did not stay there long. She was indeed still a little girl when she emigrated to Great Britain with ...

39. Gruff Rhys

Soundtrack | Set Fire to the Stars

Gruff Rhys was born on July 18, 1970 in Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, Wales.

40. Julian Richards

Director | Darklands

A graduate of The National Film School, Julian Richards wrote and directed three short films; Pirates (1987) (The Starting Out Award at The Celtic Film Festival), Queen Sacrifice (1988) (Best Film at the British Short Film Festival) and Bad Company (1992) (AFI Film Festival official selection). ...

41. Craig Roberts

Actor | Submarine

Craig Roberts is one of the most interesting, diverse and exciting young actors working today. He is known for his breakout role in Submarine, for which he won the BAFTA Cymru Award for Best Actor, the London Critics Circle Film Award for Young British Performer of the Year, in addition to being ...

43. Sara Sugarman

Director | Vinyl

Sara Sugarman was born on October 13, 1965 in Rhyl, Denbighshire, Wales. She is an actress and director, known for Vinyl (2012), Very Annie Mary (2001) and Sid and Nancy (1986). She was previously married to David Thewlis.

44. Paul Turner

Director | Hedd Wyn

Born 1945 in Wales. After studies in film, he worked as cameraman and cutter. From 1971 through 1982 he worked as news editor with the BBC.

45. Emlyn Williams

Actor | Ivanhoe

Born George Emlyn Williams in Pen-y-Ffordd, Mostyn, Flintshire in northeast Wales on November 1905, he lived in a rural village in which Welsh was spoken until he was 12 years old, when his family moved to an English-speaking town, Connah's Quay. It changed the course of his life, as it was there ...

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