Shares a flat in London with old friend and fellow Welsh actor Matthew Rhys
He played the oboe in the South Glamorgan Youth Orchestra for several years.
He learned Yiddish for his role in the film Solomon and Gaenor (1999).
Had the honor of lighting the National Millennium Beacon for Wales in Cardiff City Centre for the New Year's Eve 2000 celebration.
Won the BBC Radio Cymru Showbusnesan Award for Best Actor. [28 March 2001]
Graduated from London's Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (1995)
An Associate Member of RADA.
Lives in Los Angeles (for 2 years as of July 2004)
First language is Welsh
His name is pronounced "Eo-wan Griff-ith"
Parents were teachers.
Grandparents ran a local amateur drama society in Cardiff.
Was already an accomplished singer and oboist by the age of 13.
Became a professional actor at the age of 13 with his role in the Welsh soap opera Pobol Y Cwm ("People of the Valley").
Best friend is Matthew Rhys.
Has a younger brother, Alun & a younger sister, Siwan
Ioan Gruffudd Detailed Biography -
Handsome Welsh actor Ioan Gruffudd has played a number of dashing leading men in big budget TV costume dramas, most notably the lead part in ITV's Hornblower. Since 1998 and Hornblower: The Even Chance, Gruffudd has notched up a total of three seasons playing the role.
He starred as Gareth Wyn Harries in Pobol y Cwm and attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts from 1992 to 1995. Afterwards, he was cast in the title role of the TV series Poldark and starred in the period drama Wilde and the Hollywood blockbuster, Titanic.
He played Pip in the TV movie Great Expectations. Other feature films included Solomon & Gaenor, Shooters, and the romantic lead in the liveaction comedy, 102 Dalmatians. In 2002, he played Phillip Bosinney in a miniseries remake of The Forsythe Saga and he played opposite Stephen Dillane in the British-made horror film, The Gathering. His most recent film was This Girl's Life.