Ioan Gruffudd is a Welsh actor. He first came to public attention as Fifth Officer Harold Lowe in Titanic, and also for his depiction of Horatio Hornblower in the Hornblower series of TV flicks
Ioan Gruffudd( Welsh born 6 October 1973) is a Welsh actor. He first came to public attention as Fifth Officer Harold Lowe in Titanic( 1997), and also for his depiction of Horatio Horn blower in the Hornblower series of TV flicks( 1998 – 2003). posterior places have included Lancelot in King Arthur( 2004), Reed Richards/ Mister Fantastic in Fantastic Four( 2005) and its 2007 effect, William Wilberforce in Amazing Grace( 2006), and Tony Blair inW.( 2008).
His other film credits include 102 Dalmatians( 2000), Black Hawk Down( 2001), The Gathering( 2003), Fireflies in the Garden( 2008), The Secret of Moonacre( 2008), Sanctum, Horrible heads, Foster( all 2011), The Adventurer The Curse of the Midas Box( 2014), and San Andreas( 2015).
On TV, Gruffudd has starred in the CW series Ringer( 2011 – 2012), the ABC drama Forever( 2014 – 2015), the Continuance series UnReal( 2016), Sundance/ ITV’s Fabricator( 2017 – 2020), and the Australian series Harrow( 2018 – present).
Early life and education
Gruffudd was born on 6 October 1973 in Aberdare, the eldest of three sisters. His parents, Gillian( née James) and Peter Griffiths( Ioan uses Gruffudd, the more traditional Welsh interpretation of the surname, were both preceptors.
His father was headmaster at two Welsh- language comprehensive seminaries in South Wales, first at Ysgol Gyfun Llanhari( in Llanharry, Rhondda Cynon Taf also latterly at Ysgol Gyfun Rhydfelen( in Rhydfelin). He has a family, Alun, two times youngish, and a family, Siwan, who’s seven times his inferior. The Gruffudd siblings were raised in a Protestantnon-conformist ménage.
During his nonage, his family moved to Cardiff. Gruffudd attended Ysgol Gynradd Gymraeg Aberdar( Ynyslwyd; now located in Cwmdare), Ysgol Gymraeg Melin Gruffydd( in Whitchurch, Cardiff), and Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Glantaf( in Llandaff North).
He was an accomplished oboist in his teens, achieving a Grade 8 position in the ABRSM music examinations and playing in the South Glamorgan Youth Orchestra for several times,but gave it up formerly acting took up utmost of his time. He won prizes for his high baritone singing while at academy, including one at the National Eisteddfod. He has said,” As a Welshman, I grew up in a culture of singing and performing with music, and I suppose it was through this performing that I got my confidence as an actor.”
Gruffudd’s parents are committed Christians, and in his early 20s he was a member of the London Church of Christ, but his mama latterly came to London to” sort( his) head out”. In June 2007, he said that he” wouldn’t describe myself as a deeply religious man”.
Gruffudd in 2005
Gruffudd started his amusement career at the age of 13 in a Welsh TV film, Austin( 1986), and latterly moved on to the Welsh language cleaner pieces Pobol y Cwm( People of the Valley) from 1987 to 1994. He also played football with the Pobol y Cwm football platoon Cwmderi FC alongsideco-stars Hywel Emrys, Gwyn Elfyn and Ieuan Rhys. During this time, he was also active on stage, in- academy performances, and in the 1991 Urdd Eisteddfod product of Cwlwm.
In 1992, aged 18, he began attending the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art( RADA) in London. still, he was only given small corridor in the academe’s products, and feeling isolated and directionless, nearly dropped out several times. still, in 1995 in his final time, he was cast in Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler as George( Jörgen) Tesman, the hubby of Hedda, the supereminent character. This performance led to his being offered the part of Jeremy Poldark in the 1996 television remake of Poldark.
After playing Oscar Wilde’s nut John Gray in 1997’s Wilde he took a part as Fifth Officer Harold Lowe in James Cameron’s film Titanic. He latterly landed the part of Horatio Hornblower in Hornblower, the Meridian product of theC.S. Forester novels( 1998 – 2003), shown on ITV and A&E. He has said” It was relatively commodity for an unknown actor to get the lead. So I’ll always be thankful to Hornblower.. I would love to play this character through every stage of his life. I suppose it would be unique to have an actor playing him from the veritably early days as a midshipman, through till he is an Crewmate. So, I would love to play this character till he perishes.”
His TV work includes playing the character Pip in the BBC television product of Charles Dickens’ Great prospects( 1999),Lt. John Feeley in BBC One’s soldiers( 1999) and mastermind Philip Bosinney in ITV’s adaption of The Forsyte Saga( 2002). He has starred in the flicks 102 Dalmatians( 2000), Black Hawk Down( 2001) and King Arthur( 2004).
Gruffudd in 2007
In 2007, he starred in the literal drama Amazing Grace as William Wilberforce, the British abolitionist, entering critical sun for the part. Gruffudd has also portrayed characters of both Marvel Comics and DC Comics, having appeared as Reed Richards/ Mister Fantastic in Marvel’s Fantastic Four( 2005) and Fantastic Four Rise of the tableware Cybersurfer( 2007), and handed the voice of Mister Miracle in DC’s Justice League Unlimited( 2004 – 06).
In 2008, he appeared in the Julia Roberts- Ryan Reynolds film, Fireflies in the Garden. In 2008, he also appeared in The Secret of Moonacre. In 2009, he starred alongside Josh Brolin inW., a biopic about the life of US President George W Bush, in which Gruffudd played Tony Blair. In 2011, he played the financier of a delve
dive in Sanctum.
Gruffudd débuted his new manly lead of Dr Andrew Earlham, a reputed surgeon and widowed father of a teenage son, on 11 September 2017, in ITV’s new 6- part suspenser miniseries, Fabricator. Dr Earlham’s world — tête-à-tête and professionally is torn apart when his son’s teacher, Laura Neilson( Joanne Froggatt) accuses him of violating her after their first date, the details of which she can not flash back . Fabricator also began raising in the US on SundanceTV on 25 September 2017.
In 2018, Gruffudd was cast as forensic pathologistDr. Daniel Harrow in the Australian television show Harrow raising on the ABC. The show is set and mugged in Brisbane and focuses on Gruffudd’s characterDr. Harrow a forensic pathologist with a total casualness for authority and an unerring empathy for the dead which helps him to break the most crazy of cases. The series was a conditions hit in Australia and overseas and was renewed for a alternate series in 2019 and third series in 2020.
piecemeal from TV and film work, he starred in the music videotape of Westlife’s interpretation of” Uptown Girl”( 2001) alongside Claudia Schiffer. On 7 July 2007 he was a presenter at the UK leg of Live Earth at Wembley Stadium, London.
Gruffudd is a native Welsh speaker. He was instated into the Gorsedd Beirdd Ynys Prydain( the Bardic Order of Great Britain) at the loftiest rank of druid in the National Eisteddfod at Meifod,mid-Wales, on 4 August 2003, with the lyrical name” Ioan”.
In July 2008, he featured in a promotional caravan in Welsh for BBC Wales, alongside fellow Welshmen Matthew Rhys and Gethin Jones, publicising BBC content of the 2008 National Eisteddfod of Wales in Cardiff. In early 2014, Gruffudd was among the stars of Wales in a short film from the BBC to mark the centenary of the birth of Welsh minstrel Dylan Thomas.
On 14 September 2007, he married actress Alice Evans, whom he met during the product of 102 Dalmatians.
One of Gruffudd’s stylish men and speechmakers at the marriage was fellow Welsh actor Matthew Rhys, his long- time friend and former flatmate of eight times. Both are patrons of Trust PA, a UK spinal injuries charity.
Gruffudd and Evans have two daughters, born in 2009 and 2013. Evans blazoned the couple’s separation in January 2021.On 1 March 2021, Gruffudd filed for divorce.
On 14 February 2022, Gruffudd filed for a Domestic Violence Restraining Order against Evans. This included the protection of his gal Bianca Wallace. On 2 August 2022, Gruffudd was granted a three- time Permanent Domestic Violence Restraining Order against Evans.