Famous Welshmen (and Women!)

greatest1When one thinks of famous people from around the world and where they come from, seldom does the name Wales pop up in the conversation. Most people think of Wales as that funny sounding place that is really close to Britain where people speak a very strange language.

Many fail to realize that Wales has played a huge role in world events from the industrial revolution to participation in both world wars. What many also fail to realize is that there is a huge amount of influential people in the worlds of politics, acting, sports and just about every other endeavor that hail from the country of Wales.

For example, “Hannibal Lecter” himself, Sir Anthony Hopkins is from Wales yet most people if asked would probably say he was from England. If you asked most Americans where Tom Jones, the workingman singer beloved throughout the 70s and 80s they would most likely say he hails from somewhere in the U.S but that would be incorrect as Mr. Jones actually comes from Wales as well.

Other famous actors or entertainers from Wales include: Richard Burton, Shirley Bassey, Catherine Zeta Jones and Rhys Ifans to name but a few. While these are a few names of famous Welsh who the masses may have heard of there are a dazzling variety of others who are just as famous and some who may be lesser known but have contributed to the world of writing, science, politics and everything in between.

From Bertrand Russel to Dylan Thomas the culture of Wales can be found in any number of places.

For a smallish, drizzly country off the coast of one of the worlds greatest empires the Welsh have established themselves as a great force and one to be reckoned with. Contributions from the Welsh in all spheres of public life are quite evident and easily surpass even countries much larger than Wales.