Ieuan Rhys

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Ieuan Rhys
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Ieuan Rhys Evans

Born: Sunday 24th December 1961 (age: 60)

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Ieuan Rhys (born in the village of Trecynon, near AberdareSouth Wales) is an actor

He attended Ysgol Gynradd Gymraeg Aberdar primary school, and Ysgol Gyfun Rhydfelen secondary school near Pontypridd, both Welsh language schools. 

Evans trained as an actor at The Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama in Cardiff. His theatre work has included a UK tour as The Spruiker in The Thorn Birds - A Musical, Montague in Michael Bogdanov's latest production of Romeo and Juliet, Alfred Doolittle in My Fair Lady at Aberystwyth Arts Centre (2008),Burberry for Sherman Cymru, Cocks & Tales for Cwmni 3D, Pennington in The Hired Man (at The Torch Theatre, Milford Haven), The Servant of Two MastersContenderA Christmas Carol with Ron Moody as Scrooge, A Child's Christmas in WalesFiddler On The Roof at Aberystwyth Arts Centre (2006) Hamlet,Amazing Grace - The MusicalCymbelineThe Merchant Of VeniceTwelfth Night (for Wales Theatre Company), The Merry Wives Of WindsorThe Winter's Tale, (at The Ludlow Festival 2002-04), the award winning production of Amdani (Sgript Cymru), Cwm Glo (Theatr Gwynedd),Seithenyn A'r Twrw Tanllyd Tanddwr (Canol Y Ffordd).

He has also appeared in many pantomimes including Snow White at The Coliseum, Aberdare and tours with Stan Stennett in Cinderella and Owen Money in two productions of AladdinJack and the Beanstalkand Cinderella (directed by Michael Bogdanov). He has played Dame twice for the Welsh language pantos Hansel & Gretel and Aladdin with Martyn Geraint.

In September 2011 he appeared in Bred In Heaven for Frapetsus Theatre Company, written by Jack Llewellen and directed by Michael Bogdanov. The play, a follow-up to the popular 1978 BBC Walescomedy drama Grand Slam, is described as "a two hour romp filled with laughs, double meanings and camp humour."

Rhys's television work has included thirteen years in the role of Seargent Glyn James in the BBC Cymrusoap opera Pobol Y Cwm,[2] Seargent Tom Swann in the last series of A Mind to Kill (for Fiction Factory/Channel 5) and six series of the Welsh language version of Mr & Mrs - Sion a Sian for HTV.

Other TV work include Crabtree in Doctor Who (The Idiot's Lantern) BBC Wales, High Hopes BBC Wales,Rocket Man (Coastal/BBC),Diamond Geezer with David Jason ( Yorkshire TV), Bomber (Zenith TV),Rhinoceros (Granada Television), Jara (HTV), Tracey Beaker - The Movie, 'Of Me (BBC),Mortimer's Law (BBC) Nice Girl (BBC - Screen 2),The Welsh InShakespeare (BBC), Y Delyn, Cameo(Opus TV), Dihirod Dyfed, Llafur Cariad (Taliseyn),Rough Justice (BBC),Crimewatch: Wanted(BBC),Aladdin (BBC) and the first episode of Bowen A'i Bartner (BBC). Cowbois Ac Injans (Opus TV), Y Pris (Fiction Factory) Ar Y Tracs with Ruth Jones (Tidy Productions) and recently as Arthur in Stella(BBC and Sky 1).

His film work includes Masterpiece (Burn Hand Films),Goldfish in a Blender and What? (Screengems),Ringfinger (Fiction Factory), Darklands (Lluniau Lliw) and the Hugh Grant film The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain.

He has written four children's books published by 'Y Lolfa' - Hwyl a JoioJoio Mas DrawJyst Joio & Hwyl a Hafoc. He has also recorded two albums on the Flach label - Ni Allwn Droi Yn Ol - (There's No Turning Back) and Y Diddanwr - (The Entertainer). He also wrote and performed on the Pobol Y Cwm charity single Ar Y Bla'n - also on the Fflach label.

He has also acted as being Master of Ceremonies at Cardiff Castle's Welsh Banquets and has also presented many radio shows including the Welsh language radio show Showbusnesan for BBC Radio Cymru.

Evans is currently working for National Theatre Wales on a new production of A Provincial Life - an adaptation by Peter Gill of a short story by Chekhov. He will then go on to play one of the leads in the Wales Theatre Company's production of Elwyn - (Elling) - directed by Michael Bogdanov.

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