Full name: Ioan Gruffudd
Date of birth: October 6, 1973
Hometown: Cardiff, Wales, UK
Wife: Alice Evans (married since 2007)
Children: Daughter, Ella Betsi Janet (born on September 6, 2009)
Education: London's Royal Academy of Dramatic Art
Bet you didn’t know... Ioan, pronounced “Yo-wahn,” is the Welsh equivalent of John. His last name is pronounced “Griffith.”
Ioan Gruffudd Bio
After training at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and landing roles in several Welsh-language productions, Ioan Gruffudd gained international fame as Fifth Officer Harold Lowe in Titanic (1997) and as Lt. John Beales in Black Hawk Down (2001). He is best known for playing Horatio Hornblower in Hornblower, a series of British made-for-TV films based on C.S. Forester's novels.
The sexy star’s other high-profile roles include Lancelot in King Arthur (2004); Mister Fantastic (Reed Richards) in Fantastic Four (2005) and Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007); British slavery abolitionist William Wilberforce in Amazing Grace (2006); and Tony Blair in W. (2008).
He met his wife, actress Alice Evans, on the set of 102 Dalmatians in 2000 — although at the time she was hookin’ up with Pablo Picasso's grandson Olivier. Ooh la la! They tied the knot in September 2007, and welcomed their daughter, Ella Betsi Janet, on September 6, 2009.
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