Welsh Directorsby 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
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 ...
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 ...
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) ...
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 ...
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 ...
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.
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, ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...