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Rhys Ifans



Welsh actor Rhys Ifans has not only one of the most distinctive names in the film industry but also one of its most idiosyncratic appearances. Tall, lanky, and snaggletoothed, Ifans can go from raving freak to persuasive romantic interest in less time than it takes to pronounce his name correctly.

Ifans got his start acting in a number of Welsh language dramas and comedies, and he made his feature film debut in Anthony Hopkins' August (1996). The following year, he was part of one of the most successful films in Great Britain in 1997 when he starred in Twin Town. As one half of a set of twins (the other was portrayed by his real-life brother, Llyr Evans), he played what was undoubtedly one of the most riveting and revolting characters to come into contact with film audiences in years. The film's success opened the way for more work, and the following year he did a complete about-face, appearing as the charmingly errant father of Catherine McCormack's young son in Dancing at Lughnasa.

The year after that, Ifans rejected grooming and general communication skills to play the role that was to give him international recognition, starring as Hugh Grant's hygienically challenged roommate in the romantic comedy Notting Hill. Many a critic agreed that Ifans virtually stole the show from his better-known co-stars, and that same year he had a chance to prove himself further in such diverse features as Heart, a black comedy in which he played a writer; and Rancid Aluminum, in which he starred as a man forced into business with the Russian mob after his father's death. Following an unlikely appearance as a football player in The Replacements (2000) and a turn as the son of Old Scratch in Little Nicky (2000), Ifans' role as a socially challenged forest dweller turned opera-loving socialite in the eccentric Human Nature provided audiences with abundant laughs and a further glimpse into the quirkiness of a truly unique actor.

Of course the ever-eccentric Ifans was only warming up, and after supporting roles in such efforts as The 51st State, The Shipping News and Once Upon a Time in the Midlands Ifans once again took the lead in the 2003 comedy Donnie Deckchair. Cast as a man whose desperate attempt to escape the monotony of suburban life includes a bundle of large helium balloons and a lightweight deck chair, Ifans charmed Australian audiences in the family-friendly effort.

Outside of his film work, Ifans briefly served as lead singer of the band Super Furry Animals before they struck the big time in the late 1990s.



In 2006 he voiced McBunny in Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties, but had major roles the next year in two very different projects -- Hannibal Rising and Elizabeth: The Golden Age. He appeared in 2009's Pirate Radio, reteaming with Notting Hill screenwriter Richard Curtis. Ifans had a strong supporting turn in Greenberg in 2010, and was center stage in Roland Emmerich's Shakespearean drama Anonymous in 2011. The next year he was part of the cast of the Spider-Man reboot, and was the romantic rival to Jason Segel in the comedy The Five-Year Engagement.

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
61% Snowden
  • Actor
2016
70% Len and Company
  • Len
2016
29% Alice Through the Looking Glass
  • Zanik Hightopp
2016
40% She's Funny That Way
  • Seth Gilbert
2015
43% Madame Bovary
  • Monsieur Lheureux
2015
17% Serena
  • Galloway
2015
No Score Yet Another Me
  • Father
2014
64% Mr. Nobody
  • Nemo's Father
2013
93% Skyfall
  • Actor
2012
72% The Amazing Spider-Man
  • The Lizard/Dr. Curt Connors
2012
63% The Five-Year Engagement
  • Winton Childs
2012
46% Anonymous
  • Earl of Oxford
2011
55% Mr. Nice
  • Howard Marks
2011
3% Passion Play
  • Sam
2011
78% Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1
  • Xenophilius Lovegood
2010
75% Nanny McPhee Returns
  • Phil green
2010
96% Exit Through The Gift Shop
  • Narrator
2010
75% Greenberg
  • Ivan Schrank
2010
61% Pirate Radio (The Boat That Rocked)
  • Gavin
2009
13% The Informers
  • Roger
2009
No Score Yet A Number
  • Bernard (B1)/Bernard (B2)/Michael Black
2008
35% Elizabeth: The Golden Age
  • Robert Reston
2007
15% Hannibal Rising
  • Grutas
2007
11% Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties
  • McBunny
2006
No Score Yet Four Last Songs
  • Dickie
2006
No Score Yet El SueƱo de Una Noche de San Juan (Midsummer Dream)
  • Actor
2005
31% Chromophobia
  • Colin
2005
No Score Yet Not Only But Always
  • Peter Cook
2004
59% Enduring Love
  • Jed
2004
51% Vanity Fair
  • William Dobbin
2004
51% Once Upon a Time in the Midlands
  • Dek
2003
55% Danny Deckchair
  • Danny Morgan
2003
38% Hotel
  • Trent Stoken
2003
No Score Yet Robbie the Reindeer in Hooves of Fire and the Legend of the Lost Tribe
  • Actor
2002
25% Formula 51
  • Iki
2002
46% Janice Beard 45 wpm
  • Sean
2002
49% Human Nature
  • Puff
2002
55% The Shipping News
  • Beufield Nutbeem
2001
27% Love, Honour and Obey
  • Matthew
2001
No Score Yet Rancid Aluminum
  • Pete Thompson
2001
No Score Yet Heart
  • Actor
2001
20% Christmas Carol - The Movie
  • Bob Cratchit
2001
22% Little Nicky
  • Adrian
2000
41% The Replacements
  • Nigel Gruff
2000
0% Kevin & Perry Go Large
  • Actor
2000
83% Notting Hill
  • Spike
1999
No Score Yet You're Dead...
  • Actor
1999
No Score Yet Heart
  • Alex Madden
1999
65% Dancing at Lughnasa
  • Gerry Evans
1998
46% Twin Town
  • Jeremy
1997
17% August
  • Griffiths
1996

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
70% Berlin Station
2016
  • Hector DeJean
57% Neverland
2011
  • Jimmy Hook
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
2014
  • Guest
95% Elementary
2012
  • Mycroft Holmes

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