Michael Sheen: thanks to Gage Skidmore

Michael Sheen

Actor From Port Talbot, Wales

Micheal was actually born in Newport, Wales to Irene and Meyrick. Meyrick worked for British Steel so moving to Baglan, closer to the steel works and Port Talbot was natural.

The family now including a younger sister Joanne were always interested in the theatre and took part in local performances. Indeed, his dad Meyrick was a 'Jack Nicholson' look-alike. During his 'teens' Michael was played with the West Glamorgan Youth Theatre and following the National Youth Theatre of Wales.

He said "It was a brilliant youth theatre and it taught me not only a lot about acting, but also about work ethic; it was very disciplined." He did well at school from Blaenbaglan Primary School through to Neath Port Talbot College sitting 'A-levels' in English, Drama and Sociology. Then in 1988 He moved to London for training at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA). He graduated in 1991 with a BA in Acting.

Michael was awarded an OBE in the 2009 New Year's Honours for his services to drama

in early career Michael predominantly worked in theatre remarking that he will always feel "slightly more at home" on stage.

As honorary President of Wales Council for Voluntary Action he plays an important part in the public duties of a leading national body for the voluntary sector in Wales. On accepting the role he explained "I plan to use my role to actively challenge and support WCVA in their impact and role in supporting the community and keeping us focused on what matters locally as well as the need for national leadership".

The international stage!

Gaining international attention in 2006 for his portrayal of Labour leader Tony Blair in the movie 'The Queen' which focused on the differing reactions of the British Royal Family and the newly appointed Prime Minister following the death of Diana, Princess of Wales in 1997. This was followed another portrayal of a key figure, David Frost in 'Frost/Nixon' from 2007. Both roles have a strong political theme and call for accuracy in the depiction of real, not fictional characters.

Thanks to Gage Skidmore for picture of Michael.

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Connection: born in Newport, from Port Talbot, Wales

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'It ain't half hot mum', 'Never The Twain' and TV movie 'Grand Slam' along with many other appearances.

Aged 88 Windsor died in January 2019.

 

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Terry Jones, the Python!

Terry Jones

Actor, Writer, Presenter and Python! From Colwyn Bay, Wales

Born in Colwyn Bay during WW2 (1st February 1942) Terence Graham Parry Jones found fame and success as an actor, writer, comedian, screenwriter, film director and historian. A member of the Monty Python comedy team first broadcast by the BBC in 1969.

Graduating from Oxford University with a degree in English, Terry and writing partner Michael Palin (Oxford students together) wrote and performed for several high-profile British comedy programmes, including Do Not Adjust Your Set and The Frost Report, before creating Monty Python's Flying Circus with Cambridge graduates Eric Idle, John Cleese, and Graham Chapman, and American animator/filmmaker Terry Gilliam.

Terry was largely responsible for the programme's ground-breaking, surreal structure where sketches flowed from one to another without punchlines or conclusion.

His directorial debut was the 'Python' team's first movie, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, co-directing with Gilliam. Terry also directed the subsequent 'Python' films, Life of Brian and The Meaning of Life.

He co-created and co-wrote with Palin the Ripping Yarns series first broadcast by the BBC. Apparently he also created an early draft of the  1986 cult-classic film Labyrinth, though little of his work remained in the final cut.

Terry was a well-respected medieval historian authoring several books and presented television documentaries on this period.  He was also a prolific children's book writer! 

2016 saw Terry gain a 'Lifetime Achievement' award at the BAFTA Cymru Awards for his outstanding contribution to television and film.

Sadly after several years of degenerative aphasia, Terry lost the ability to speak and died on 21st January 2020.

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Connection: born in Colwyn Bay, Wales

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COMMENT BY: The_Jim

As we all know, he is probably the most under-appreciated of the entire Python cast.

Title image: Eduardo Unda-Sanzana
Terry Jones, Monty Python star from Colwyn Bay, North Wales

More exceptional talent from Pontypool

Another exceptional Welsh actor Luke (George) Evans was born in Pontypool and grew up in Aberbargoed, the son Yvonne and David Evans. At seventeen he moved to Cardiff later winning a scholarship to the London Studio Centre graduating in 2000. Has appeared in various West End theatre productions and many movies already!

 

 

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ROB BRYDON

Rob Brydon

Actor From Port Talbot, Wales

Rob appeared in and co-wrote hit BBC series 'Marion and Jeff'. Rob has also hosted his own BBC chat show.

Born Baglan in Port Talbot on 3rd May 1965 Robert Brydon Jones accepted his MBE saying it was on behalf of  "short Welshmen everywhere", actually it was a just reward for his excellent work for charities including Tenovus. A comedian, actor, presenter on radio and television. A singer and impressionist. Rob Brydon is another amazing talent from the Port Talbot area.

Roles include Dr Paul Hamilton in the Australian/British comedy series Supernova, Bryn West in the sitcom Gavin & Stacey and Keith Barret in the BBC comedy series Marion and Geoff and its spin-off The Keith Barret Show. He has appeared in a number of shows for the BBC with Steve Coogan, including The Trip series in 2010, released as a feature film later that year; and The Trip to Italy in 2014 and The Trip to Spain in 2017, also edited and released as feature films. Since 2009, Brydon has presented the BBC One comedy panel show Would I Lie to You?

He played himself in Rob Brydon's Annually Retentive, a satirical series about a fictional panel show, which ran on BBC Three from 2006 until 2007. Between 2010 and 2012, Brydon presented his own BBC Two late-night chat show called The Rob Brydon Show. In 2014, Brydon hosted the Saturday-night game show The Guess List for BBC One.

In the early 1990's Rob was a presenter for the Home Shopping Network. He began to find small roles in several successful films and television series before blasting into television comedy.

From his first marriage Brydon has two daughters, Katie, born August 1994 and Amy, born July 1998, and a son Harry, born October 1996.

After a divorce, on 6 October 2006 Brydon married Claire Holland, a former producer on The South Bank Show, at Windsor church.

They live in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames. The couple have two sons, Tom and George. Rob is apparently a keen golfer, He is also a Swansea City fan and is an ambassador to their 1912 foundation.

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Connection: born in Baglan, Port Talbot, Wales.

  • COMMENT BY: TVDinner

    Correct, he was born in Baglan in Port Talbot.
  • COMMENT BY: annethomas

    He is my mothers cousin!
  • COMMENT BY: tonyprice

    He used to be called Rob Jones and I remember winning a cucumber eating competition (nothing lewd) with a Joanne 'something' at a disco at which he was DJ at the Grand Pavilion in Porthcawl, some twenty years ago.

    Also, I remember him being quiz show MC in Wales as Rob Jones. I wonder why he changed his name?

  • COMMENT BY: rachied

    I used to speak to Rob Brydon every week when he did his BBC radio Wales show, 'Rave'. He's a very very funny guy. Love you rob!

  • COMMENT BY: spenny

    He's very funny and I look forward to the second series. Was he in 'Human Remains' too? I'm pretty sure he was. [Ed: Yep]
  • COMMENT BY: daveyboy

    Rob I enjoy your programmes often.
  • COMMENT BY: misty11

    Hi Rob - Remember Sheena the ballerina with the embarrassing question? Fancy a drink sometime?
  • COMMENT BY: HelenRichards

    Saw the show in Rickmansworth on Saturday, was perfect, poignant and made my sister a 'hooting' star. Thank you.
  • COMMENT BY: EmmaNemms

    Sat a couple of seats up from the hooting lady on Saturday night (which one? - Ed). It was an absolutely fantastic show. Haven't laughed as much in ages.
  • COMMENT BY: JamesFord

    Just a note to say I saw 'Marion and Geoff' in Exeter on the 2003 tour. Was not sure what to expect really but really was the best comedy show I have ever seen. It was worth every penny. Can't wait for the next tour.
  • COMMENT BY: timere

    Has anyone out there got the 'Human Remains' series on video or whatever. I've mailed the BBC, they have no plans to repeat it or release it as they have done with 'Marion and Geoff'. Thanks
  • COMMENT BY: NiallOG

    The BBC coverage of the 2004 Oscar's was sensational. Rob clearly demonstrated his exceptional ability with breath-taking spontaneity and panache.
  • COMMENT BY: sailin

    I've just found out about Rob's links with Baglan and Michael Sheen too! What with Richard Burton and Anthony Hopkins and Katherine Jenkins,the Neath and Port Talbot area seems to produce more than its share of big names!

    [Ed - Yes, there should be a sign 'Taffywood' on the hillside as you go past Briton Ferry.]

  • Link BY: MalcolmX

    Rob's official website: Great for fans of Marion & Geoff and of course the man himself. Listings of events etc.

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