52 posts about People on this blog
Tuesday 5 August 2014, 08:27
Opinion is divided as to the quality of many – if not most – of Richard Burton's films. Yet there is no doubt that the man was a superb actor with a magnificent baritone voice who could, if he had chosen to remain acting on the stage, become a name as great as Olivier.
Thursday 17 April 2014, 09:33
The date 18 April may not mean much to most people but on that spring day in 1689 Judge George Jeffreys, the famous 'Hanging Judge' of the 17th century, finally died, appropriately enough in the Tower of London.
Friday 28 February 2014, 11:58
Hannah Ellis, granddaughter of Dylan Thomas talks about his work at the BBC.
Friday 28 February 2014, 09:56
"Mae Elliott yn siarad Cymraeg?!" (Elliot speaks Welsh?)
"Well, yes... well, no... Not Elliott - the actor who played him - Henry J. Thomas Jr."
"Yes... well, I think so... hang on, I'll find out."
That was essentially the gist of a conversation I had in August 2012 with a colleague of mine at...
Tuesday 4 February 2014, 10:31
To put it in the vernacular, the Welsh have always been portrayed as having ‘the gift of the gab.’ As someone knowingly, but confusingly, once said “the Welsh could talk for England.”
Wednesday 8 January 2014, 09:39
The life of Shirley Bassey is a genuine rags to riches story, one filled with amazing success and more than a few tragedies.
Friday 3 January 2014, 15:57
A look back over highlights from 2013 for BBC Cymru Wales
Friday 20 December 2013, 12:53
When you look at the lives of famous Welshmen it is amazing to see how many of them were born during the Christmas period. Indeed, so many great actors, sportsmen and politicians entered the world around Christmas time that it's tempting to think some propitious guiding star was looking down on Wales...
Tuesday 20 November 2012, 10:31
No-one compiling a list of the greatest Welsh sportsmen and women could afford to leave out the name of Wilf Wooller, who was born 100 years ago this month in Rhos on Sea, Denbighshire.
Thursday 24 May 2012, 10:56
It's news that perhaps won't surprise many people given his penchant for a small dram or two but the will of Dylan Thomas, which has been now been published online, reveals that the Welsh poet left very little wealth behind him after his death.
Genealogy website ancestry.co.uk has published the wills...
Monday 19 March 2012, 09:30
Loved for his on-stage magic trick buffoonery, trademark Fez hat and infectious laugh, comedian Tommy Cooper was born on this day in 1921.
Though Cooper's family moved to his mother's native Devon when he was just a few years old, the comedian was born in Caerphilly...
Friday 9 March 2012, 10:55
In the programme Swansea's Other Poet, which will broadcast this Sunday 11 March, the Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan...
Thursday 8 March 2012, 16:20
This Friday, 9 March, marks the 15th anniversary of the death of screenwriter and novelist Terry Nation, the creator of one of Doctor Who's most terrifying enemies, the Daleks.
Terry Nation was born in Llandaff in Cardiff on 8 August 1930. A keen reader...
Monday 5 March 2012, 14:24
Welsh actor Philip Madoc, famous for stage and screen roles including The Life and Times of David Lloyd George, has died aged 77 after a short illness.
The Merthyr Tydfil-born actor starred in many hit television dramas such as Doctor Who and A Mind To Kill, as well as one of most famous episodes of...
Tuesday 7 February 2012, 14:05
One of the giants of British theatre is to bring his interpretation of a poignant Chekhov tale to audiences at the newly refurbished Sherman Theatre in Cardiff.
Despite growing up in Cardiff, Peter Gill's lengthy and illustrious career has never once seen him direct a play in his home city, until now...
Friday 20 January 2012, 11:15
Artes Mundi, the team behind the UK's largest international visual art prize, have welcomed Welsh artist Tim Davies onto their board.
Davies, who is head of fine art at Swansea Metropolitan University, was the only European artist shortlisted for the prestigious award in its first-ever year in 2004...
Monday 2 January 2012, 09:30
Most jobbing actors leaving drama school can expect months and possibly years of scraping by, existing on bit parts and leaving countless auditions downhearted.
Not so for Ammanford actor and recent Rada graduate Alexandra Roach, for whom the 18 months since graduating can only be described as something...
Monday 7 November 2011, 17:25
It's fair to say that the success of his début novel, Submarine, opened a string of doors for Swansea author Joe Dunthorne.
Five years ago he was a creative writing graduate dreaming of getting published, now he has two novels, a film adaptation, two mini-collections of poetry and a literary prize under...
Monday 12 September 2011, 16:23
Tuesday 13 September marks the annual Roald Dahl Day, a celebration of the life and work of the Cardiff-born author on what would have been his 95th birthday.
Monday 12 September 2011, 09:58
Actor Andy Whitfield, who was born in Amlwch on Anglesey, has lost his battle with cancer at the age of just 39.
Whitfield starred in the controversial but popular American television series Spartacus: Blood And Sand. He was forced to take a break from the show when diagnosed with stage 1 non-Hodgkin...
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