Actor Mark Lewis Jones examines the life of Welsh actor and writer Emlyn Williams, a complex and fascinating man who crossed boundaries and broke taboos.
A portrait of Welsh actor and writer Emlyn Williams, a complex and fascinating man who crossed boundaries and broke taboos.
Emlyn Williams was one of the most handsome and talented actors of his generation. Born into a working-class Welsh-speaking family in Flintshire, his life was changed by a brilliant schoolmistress who recognised his rare talent. With her help, he won a scholarship to Oxford University.
He was a man of many parts, living a complex private life. His work as a writer (The Corn is Green, Night Must Fall, The Last Days of Dolwyn) brought Wales to stage and screen. His morbid fascination with crime produced best-selling studies of the Moors Murders and Dr Crippen, and as an actor, he re-invented the stage monologue with his one-man portrayals of Charles Dickens and Dylan Thomas.
Actor Mark Lewis Jones examines the life of Emlyn Williams.