Ioan Gruffudd (pronounced YO-an GRIFF-ith), Welsh actor, born October 6, 1973.
Hometown hero for all Wales, to judge from the number of web sites devoted to his worship. As of April 24, 2001, a Google search returns 7,650 results. He stands 5'11", tall by Welsh standards; his dark good looks and curly hair make him a favourite of schoolgirls everywhere.
Some films include (source: IMDB):
He has a Bacon number of 2.
He is best known in the United States for his portrayal of Horatio Hornblower in the made-for-TV Hornblower movies, adapted from the series of naval adventure novels by C.S. Forester.
June 24, 2000: "Solomon a Gaenor" won honors for Best Film, Best Camera: Drama, Best Design, and Best Costume at the BAFTA Cymru awards. BAFTA Cymru is the Welsh arm of The British Academy of Film and Television Arts.