Born October 6, 1973, Ioan Gruffudd is a Welsh actor. He was educated at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in 1992 and began his acting career at the age of 13. He was cast in Austin, a Welsh television film in 1986, and then moved to star in the Welsh soap opera Pobol Y Cwm (People of the Valley) from 1987 to 1994. In 1995 of his final year at RADA, he was given the role of George (Jörgen) Tesman in Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler. His performance led to his portrayal of the lead role in the 1996 TV remake of Poldark.
In 1997, Ioan Gruffudd played John Gray, Oscar Wilde’s lover in Wilde. Afterwards, he took his first international role in the blockbuster Titanic, where he portrayed Fifth Officer Harold Lowe. His best-known role is as Horatio Hornblower in the TV production of Hornblower, shown on ITV1 and A&E.
His other television work includes playing the role of Pip in the BBC TV production of Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations in 1999. He also played architect Philip Bosinney in The Forsyte Saga in 2002. Ioan Gruffudd has also starred in 102 Dalmatians as Kevin Sheperd. He was featured in Another Life, Happy Now, and Black Hawk Down in 2001. He was also in 2002’s thriller Shooters, as well as in the horror The Gathering. In 2004, he starred as Lancelot in King Arthur, alongside Clive Owen. He was also in the historical drama Amazing Grace and has portrayed characters from Marvel Comics and DC Comics. He was cast as Mr. Fantastic in 2005’s Fantastic Four and its sequel, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer in 2007. Ioan Gruffudd has also provided the voice for the character Mister Miracle in DC’s Justice League Unlimited. He was also the voice of the title character in 2008’s Agent Crush, and has appeared as Addison in Fireflies in the Garden.
1997 - Wilde as John Gray
1997 - Titanic as Harold Godfrey Lowe, Fifth Officer of the RMS Titanic
1999 - Solomon & Gaenor as Solomon Levinsky
2000 - 102 Dalmatians as Kevin Shepherd
2001 - Another Life as Freddy Bywaters
2001 - Very Annie Mary as Hob
2001 - Happy Now as Sgt. Max Bracchi
2001 - Black Hawk Down as Lt. John Beales
2002 - Shooters as Freddy Guns
2002 - The Gathering as Dan Blakeley
2003 - This Girl's Life as Daniel
2004 - King Arthur as Lancelot
2005 - Fantastic Four as Reed Richards/Mister Fantastic
2006 - The TV Set as Richard McAllister
2006 - Amazing Grace as William Wilberforce
2007 - Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer as Reed Richards/Mister Fantastic
2008 - Agent Crush as Agent Crush (voice)
2008 - Fireflies in the Garden as Addison
2008 - The Secret of Moonacre as Sir Benjamin
2008 - W. as Tony Blair
- "I am mighty Hornblower! Watch me run like a girl!"
- "I'm determined not to lose my name. It's who I am. It has neither aided my progress nor hampered it. It's just who I am. My character. My make-up. My culture and heritage is a very rich one. So what if it's difficult for people to pronounce? We all learned how to say Schwarzenegger."