Rhys Ifans (born Rhys Evans, 22.7.1968) Rhys Ifans is a Welsh actor.
Childhood: Rhys Ifans was born in Haverfordwest in Pembrokeshire, Wales, to Beti Wyn and Eurwyn Evans. Both of his parents were teachers: his mother at a nursery and his father at a primary school.
Rhys grew up with Welsh as his first language, hence using the Welsh spelling of his surname (though he states that this is simply to be difficult).
Rhys Ifans grew up in Ruthin, North Wales and attended the primary school at which his mother worked - Ysgol Pentrecelyn - and then Ysgol Maes Garmon, a Welsh language secondary school. Whilst he was at school, he also took acting classes at Theatr Clwyd in Mold.
Rhys has a brother Llyr, who is also an actor. He and his brother both appeared in Twin Town.
Film & TV Career: In 1990, Rhys Ifans presented a children's TV show entitled Sdwnsh (translated to 'Mash' in English). He presented 31 of the 15 minute programmes on the Welsh TV channel S4C.
As well as appearing in a number of television programmes, Rhys Ifans also performed onstage at the Royal National Theatre in London and the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester.
Rhys Ifans briefly sang lead vocals for the alternative rock group Super Furry Animals, before they rose to fame.
Ifans' big break came in 1997, when he starred alongside his brother in Twin Town. The black comedy, set in Swansea has become a cult classic, though its success was moderate at the time of release. He then went on to play Eyeball Paul in Kevin and Perry Go Large. This film was an expansion of a Harry Enfield sketch and also starred Kathy Burke.
In 1999, he appeared in Notting Hill, the hugely successful film written by Richard Curtis and starring Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant.
2000 saw him feature as Adrian in Adam Sandler's comedy Little Nicky. The film received a lukewarm reception at the time of release but has since gathered support.
Ifans then went on to appear in The Replacements, a film about American football, which starred Gene Hackman, Keanu Reeves and Brooke Langton. Ifans plays the role of a Welsh soccer player by the name of Nigel Gruff.
This was followed by a role in 51st State, a film that centers around a fictional drug. The film was shot on location in Liverpool and had an all-star cast, including Samuel L. Jackson, Meat Loaf, Robert Carlyle and Ricky Tomlinson.
In 2003, Rhys Ifans played the lead role in Danny Deckchair, playing Danny Morgan, an unhappy construction worker that ties helium balloons to his deckchair at a party and takes flight.
In 2004, Rhys Ifans starred in Vanity Fair, an adaptation of the William Makepeace Thackeray novel, playing the role of Major William Dobbin. The film also starred Reese Witherspoon, Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Bob Hoskins. Later that year, he also featured in the film adaptation of Ian McEwan's novel Enduring Love, which co-starred Daniel Craig, Samantha Morton and Bill Nighy.
Rhys Ifans won a BAFTA for his portrayal of the late comedian Peter Cook, in Not Only But Always in 2005. That same year, he appeared in a music video for Oasis' 'The Importance of Being Idle'. He accepted their 'Video Of The Year' award at the NME awards for them. He also appeared in videos for Super Furry Animals, Catatonia and Tom Jones & The Stereophonics.
Three years later, Rhys Ifans landed a role in Hannibal Rising, the fifth film in the Hannibal Lecter series of films based on the novels by Thomas Harris. Hannibal Rising also starred Gaspard Ulliel and Gong Li.
Rhys Ifans also sings with his own band, The Peth, which features Dafydd Ieuan of Super Furry Animals.
When he appeared on Friday Night With Jonathan Ross in March 2009, Rhys Ifans announced that he would be playing Howard Marks, in a biopic about the legendary drug smuggler.
Personal Life: Rhys Ifans dated Sienna Miller in the past and has a tattoo of a swallow on his wrist to match Sienna's own tattoo.
Alice once again returns to Wonderland and meets a lot of familiar faces. This time her biggest enemy is Time, quite literally. As the Blue Caterpillar reminds her, 'You've been gone too long, Alice there are matters that might benefit from your attention. Friends cannot be neglected.' Instead of falling down a rabbit hole, this time Alice gains entry to wonderland through a large mirror which takes her to a topsy-turvy universe which could only be associated with Wonderland. There appear to be a few differences between the book and the new film; whilst Lewis Carol's original version of the book was based six months after the original tale, the inclusion of Time might mean that Linda Woolverton's version make time travel much quicker in Wonderland. Again, Carol used many chess analogies in the book, at the moment its unknown how much this will play a part in the movie. The majority of the lead cast from Tim Burton's 2010 version of Alice in Wonderland including Johnny Depp as Mad Hatter, Helena Bonham Carter as the Red Queen and Anne Hathaway as the White Queen. Alice Through The Looking Glass was directed by James Bobbin who previously worked on the 2011 Muppets film and Muppets Most Wanted.
Kevin Allen has dramatised and adapted Dylan Thomas's classic poem Under Milk Wood. The poem was initially created as a radio drama but was turned into a film by Andrew Sinclair in 1972, Now, director Kevin Allen updates the tale once more and offers viewers a 'radically surreal and erotic film'.
Instead of making a straight translation, the adaptation was written by Murray Lachlan Young, Michael Breen and Allen and takes more of an abstract look at the work.
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In June 2013, a high-flying 29-year-old government employee named Edward Snowdon suddenly found himself the most wanted man in the world after leaking classified documents from the US government to the media. An intelligent young man, whose army career at just 20 led him to join the CIA and eventually become an NSA contractor where he was faced with what he deemed as seriously questionable ethics from his colleagues, and those above him. Disturbed by the lies spoken by those around him and with a direct concern for the welfare of the people, he sought justice. He knew what such a move would entail, and indeed he was accused of being a traitor when the government tried to suggest that his actions had a negative impact on their counterterrorism programmes, but he knew he couldn't watch the citizens of Earth be continually deceived.
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Highly respected theatre director Arnold Albertson could not have made more of a mistake when he spends the night with a young and attractive escort named Izzy; now determined to become an actress, she turns up at auditions for his next big Broadway show the following day. To make matters even more awkward, his wife Delta is already cast in the upcoming play and Izzy's remarkable skill leaves him no choice but to take her on to avoid suspicion from the rest of the impressed cast. Unfortunately, it isn't long before Delta's co-star and ex-boyfriend Seth (who happens to still be in love with Delta) finds out about Arnold's brazen infidelity, and with this hanging over him, Arnold has no idea if show will go on if the truth comes out. Izzy is also causing a stir in other people's love lives; her therapist Jane has fallen head over heels for Arnold's playwright Joshua, but he only has eyes for Izzy. Who knew one girl could be so much trouble?
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Wacky enough to make us smile but never laugh out loud, this screwball comedy harks back to those nutty 1970s farces Woody Allen used to make about a group of neurotic urbanites. Actually, filmmaker Peter Bogdanovich used to make those kinds of movies too (1972's What's Up Doc is a classic). But he gives this film an oddly muted tone and uneven cast, which leaves it enjoyably silly even though it's never very funny.
It's set in a version of Manhattan where everyone sees the same shrink, eats in the same restaurant and stays at the same hotel, conveniently. Isabella (Imogen Poots) is working as a hooker, and her next john is Arnold (Owen Wilson), who offers her $30,000 if she gives up being a call girl after tonight and pursues her dream of becoming an actress. Then when she goes for her first Broadway audition, she's shocked to discover that Arnold is the director, and her costars would be his wife Delta (Kathryn Hahn) and leery actor Seth (Rhys Ifans), who knows what she used to do for a living. Another ex-client (Austin Pendleton) is obsessing because Isabella has vanished, so he visits the tetchy therapist Jane (Jennifer Aniston), who not only happens to also be counselling Isabella but is dating the playwright Joshua (Will Forte) who fell for Isabella at her audition.
The entanglement between these seven characters is recounted in flashback as Isabella is interviewed by a jaded Hollywood reporter (Illeana Douglas), so the film has a rather episodic structure as it traces each slapstick encounter between these people. With the plot so ludicrously convoluted, it's up to the actors keep us entertained, and they're a mixed bag. Aniston is surprisingly funny as the short-tempered psychologist who really should be in therapy herself, and Hahn gets the balance just right between the manic emotion and the darker comedy. Ifans has his moments as well, creeping around the corners of most scenes. But Poots never quite convinces in the focal role, while Wilson merely recycles his usual hapless routine and Forte gets lost in the shuffle as the token nice guy.
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William Shakespeare just got even better.
Double Falsehood, a play said to have been written by William Shakespeare but disputed for years, is almost certainly the work of the 16th century bard, new research has found. Shakespeare appears to have written the play with John Fletcher, a contemporary who is thought to have worked with the poet and playwright on three projects.
Rhys Ifans starred in the William Shakespeare movie Anonymous
Nevertheless, "the entire play was consistently linked to Shakespeare with a high probability," the authors of the new study wrote.
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Emma Bovary is a young Christian woman from Normandy, France with proper values, whose marriage to the town's doctor she hopes will bring money, high status and unending excitement compared to her miserly life on her father's farm. A handsome and intelligent fellow, it seems Emma couldn't wish for a better husband, though as time progresses his frequent coldness towards her and lack of ambition starts to weigh heavy on her heart. On one of her rare social occasions, she and Charles attend a dinner party hosted by Monsieur Homais, and it's there she meets a handsome young man named Leon Dupuis. Dupuis presents gifts and the romantic exhilaration she so craves, but she is trapped by the conventions of respectable marriage. Meanwhile, her taste for the finer things in life have thrust her into huge debt and now she has serious worries about her future.
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With preparation well underway for his latest Broadway show, director Arnold Albertson (Owen Wilson) heads to New York to begin casting. While there, he has a one-night-stand with a young starlet named Izzy (Imogen Poots). He is then shocked to discover her attending his audition the next day, where she performs alongside his wife Delta (Kathryn Hahn) and performs so well that he has to give her the part. As if that wasn't enough, Abertson's leading man (Rhys Ifans) knows about the affair, and also is in love with Delta. And if THAT wasn't enough, Izzy's therapist Jane (Jennifer Aniston), has fallen in love with the show's playwright Josh (Will Forte), who in turn has fallen in love with Izzy. All that remains, is to find out if the play with succeed with so many forces acing against it.
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Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper shot 'Serena' before 'Silver Linings Playbook' - so what took so long?
Filmed in the Czech Republic more than two years ago, the American Depression-era drama 'Serena' took a long time to get to the big screen, during which time its stars Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence were nominated for Oscars in two other films together: 'Silver Linings Playbook' (for which Lawrence won Best Actress) and American Hustle.
Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper re-unite on screen with 'Serena'
Directed by Oscar-winning Danish filmmaker Susanne Bier ('In a Better World'), the film is a sweeping romance set in the wilds of Carolina's Smoky Mountains, based on the novel by Ron Rash. It's a complicated story with plenty of subtle textures that are ideally suited to Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence, as well as fine supporting players like Toby Jones, Rhys Ifans and Sean Harris. But the film's postponed release has sparked some bad buzz, as people wondered about the delay, which usually indicates some significant tinkering by the studios. And that's rarely a good thing.
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Gorgeously shot, this period drama has a terrific setting and vivid characters, but is edited together in a jarring way that distances the audience from the situations. As the story progresses, the film also shifts strangely from a riveting exploration of a power couple with a pioneering spirit to a more melodramatic thriller about corruption and murder. It's consistently engaging thanks to the power of the cast, but it should have also been darkly moving as well.
The story is set in the late 1920s, as lumber baron George (Bradley Cooper) struggles under the economic pressures of the impending Great Depression. Then he meets Serena (Jennifer Lawrence) and it's love at first sight. A feisty, outspoken woman with a background in logging, she immediately ruffles feathers in George's camp by giving out advice that's actually helpful. George's two righthand men, accountant Buchanan (David Dencik) and foreman Campbell (Sean Harris), both quietly wonder if this woman is going to mess up their all-male world of underhanded bribes and physical danger. But she develops a rapport with George's hunting tracker Galloway (Rhys Ifans). Meanwhile, the local sheriff (Toby Jones) is trying to get George's land declared protected national parkland.
Oscar-winning Danish director Susanne Bier (In a Better World) gives the film a grand scale with expansive mountain landscapes and a sweeping romantic tone. The Western-style bustle of the logging camp is lively and authentic, as is the continual threat of death or dismemberment on the job. Against this, Cooper and Lawrence have terrific chemistry both with each other and the characters around them, sharply portrayed by strong actors who know how to invest plenty of attitude into even a small role.
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Date of birth
22nd July, 1967