Ifans, Rhys Biography
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22 July 1967, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, Wales, UK
Rhys Ifans was born and raised in Wales, the son of teacher parents. He was educated in two Welsh language schools - Ysgol Pentrecelyn, where his mother taught, and Ysgol Maes Garmon. During his childhood, Ifans showed an interest in performing and attended youth acting school. He went on to train at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. Ifans made his small screen debut as the host of Welsh children's TV show, Stwnsh. Various roles in theater and Welsh language television also followed. His breakthrough on the big screen came in the British hit _Twin Town (1997)_ (qv), where he acting alongside his younger brother 'Llyr Ifans' (qv). More film success followed, notably as 'Hugh Grant (I)' (qv)'s scruffy housemate in _Notting Hill (1999)_ (qv). Other projects include _Dancing at Lughnasa (1998)_ (qv) , _Little Nicky (2000)_ (qv), _Enduring Love (2004)_ (qv), _Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007)_ (qv), _Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (2010)_ (qv) and _The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)_ (qv). In 2004, he played iconic British comedian 'Peter Cook (I)' (qv) in the TV film _Not Only But Always (2004) (TV)_ (qv). His performance earned him an Emmy nomination and a BAFTA award for Best Actor.
- Welsh-speaker, has starred in many Welsh language dramas, comedies and entertainment programmes (for Welsh-language channel S4C).
- Both he and his brother 'Llyr Ifans' (qv) are from Ruthin, Denbighshire, Wales, UK.
- His first language is Welsh, and at one time, he went to the all Welsh speaking school, Maes Garmon.
- Has performed at the National Theatre and the Royal Exchange, Manchester.
- Name is pronounced Reese Ee-vans.
- Left Wales at age 18 to study acting in London.
- Was the original lead singer for the band 'Super Furry Animals' (qv), leaving before the band became well known.
- Has appeared in several rock promos: "Hometown Unicorn" and "God Show Me Magic" by the Super Furry Animals (both 1996), "Mulder and Scully" by Catatonia (1998), "Mama Told Me Not To Come" by Tom Jones and the Stereophonics (2000), and "The Importance of Being Idle" by Oasis (2005).
- Won a scholarship to Guildhall School of Music & Drama and graduated in 1997.
- Both parents were teachers.
- Was engaged to 'Sienna Miller' (qv), having been in a relationship with her since June 2007 (March-June 2008).
- He was a self-described "obsessive fan" of the 'Spider-Man' comics as a child and got the chance to play the villain (The Lizard) in the 2012 reboot "The Amazing Spider-Man".
- (2005): Appeared in a music video for Oasis, "The Importance of Being Idle".
- Appeared in a television commercial for Filmfour (2006)
- Apppeared in music video for Catatonia's Mulder and Scully (1998)
- His credits at Mold's Theatre Clwyd include: Gogol's "The Government Inspector" (1986) and Shakespeare's "Hamlet".
- Played Flute in Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" - Regent's Park Open Air Theatre, London (1992).
- Appeared in "Poison Pen", a new play by 'Ronald Harwood' (qv) and "Smoke", a new play by Rod Wooden - Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester (1993).
- Played Tony in "Beautiful Thing" by 'Jonathan Harvey (II)' (qv) - Duke of York's Theatre, London (1994).
- His National Theatre credits include: "Under Milk Wood" by 'Dylan Thomas (I)' (qv) and Jonson's "Volpone" (both 1995).
- Played the Chorus in Seneca the Younger's "Thyestes" - Royal Court Theatre, London/ The Green Room, Manchester (1994).
- His credits at London's Donmar Warehouse Theatre include: the title role in "Don Juan in Soho", a new play by 'Patrick Marber' (2006), the maniac in "Accidental Death of an Anarchist" by 'Dario Fo' (qv) (2003) and Speed in "Badfinger", a new play by Simon Harris (1997).
- I'm a factory-floor actor. I learn the lines, I get there on time. I don't sit around with other actors and talk about the pain and the magic of acting. I'd rather just go down the pub. That's where the real magic happens. That's often where the ideas take flight. Very underrated, the pub, in terms of the history of creativity.
- 'I work hard and I party hard. When I go to work, I know what I am doing and I do it to the best of my abilities. When I party, I take exactly the same rule book with me. Except I might turn up later and outstay my welcome. I really don't know why that interests anybody, given that most of the population behaves in exactly the same way.
- Every time the Tories get a bit of power they rip off all the things I love. The mining industry. Milk.
- [on whether he has reservations about Shakepeare's genius] I'm a British actor, so of course you suckle on the milk of William Shakespeare from the moment that you decide to act. But no, I'll say the body of evidence to prove that William Shakespeare from Stratford wrote all of these works is flimsy.
- [on working with a stellar cast in _Anonymous (2011/I)_ (qv)] You'd think that a cast of that stature would be intimidating, and it was quite the opposite. I felt so safe. And we all know each other. We know what it is to be underpaid and worked to the bone. So it was just a luxury from beginning to end.
- _Notting Hill (1999)_ (qv) was at once a set of wings and a ball and chain.
- "Playboy" (USA), June 2012, Vol. 59, Iss. 5, pg. 96-97, 132-133, by: Stephen Rebello, "20Q: Rhys Ifans"
- "Total Film" (UK), December 2004, pg. 96-97, by: Mark Dinning, "Growing Pains"
- "Playboy" (USA), December 2000, Vol. 47, Iss. 12, pg. 40, by: Leonard Maltin, "Scene Stealer: Rhys Ifans"
- "FHM" (UK), August 1999, Iss. 115, pg. 100+101, by: Richard Galpin, "Rhys Ifans"
- "NME" (UK), 22 May 1999, pg. 14
- "Melody Maker" (UK), 12 April 1997, pg. 29, by: Ian Watson, "Double Trouble"
- "The Sunday Times Magazine" (UK), 16 October 2011, pg. 19-21, 23, by: Lynn Barber (words), "Super Furry Animal"
- "Radio Times" (UK), 7 September 2002, Vol. 314, Iss. 4096, pg. 50, by: David Parkinson, "Teach Yourself - Rhys Ifans"
- "Entertainment Weekly" (USA), 18 August 2000, Vol. 1, Iss. 555, pg. 97, by: Dave Karger, "Getting Spiked"
- "Premiere" (Czech Republic), March 2001, Vol. 2, Iss. 3, pg. 15, "Human Nature"
- "Total Film" (Hungary), October 1999, Iss. 7, pg. 50, "A jelenettolvaj"
- "The Sunday Times Magazine" (UK), 16 October 2011
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