The Ioan Gruffudd Appreciation Site
No doubt you are here to learn about and drool over the handsome Welsh actor, Ioan Gruffudd. (His name is pronounced yo-IN griffith) And you have found a most excellent site to do it in....
When I realized that this gorgeous actor was virtually unknown, I made it my crusade to make him known...and do alot of drooling in the process! It's worth it, for those smoldering eyes, sculpted jaw, gorgeous dark hair....
You probably first saw Ioan in the excellent A&E movie Horatio Hornblower about a young midshipman's adventures during the Napoleonic wars. Maybe you experienced a very strong sense of deja vu, knowing you had seen him somewhere before. And you have. He also played the memorable part of Fifth Officer Harold Lowe in the blockbuster "Titanic." What? You don't remember any character by that name? Remember the "Is there anyone alive out there?" lifeboat guy? That's Ioan!
Ioan, 27, was born in Cardiff, Wales. He is the oldest child in his family and has one younger brother and sister. Like many young boys in Wales, his dream was to become a rugby player, or an airline pilot, but he got bitten by the acting bug after landing a part in a Welsh film, at the young age of eleven. Two years later, he landed a part in the soap opera "Pobblycom", which lasted seven years. He left Cardiff for London to attend the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts. Days after finishing, he returned to Cardiff and landed a part in a BBC drama "A Relative Stranger" then landed a part in another television movie, "Poldark." He got a taste of professional theatre at London's Gate Theatre, before getting roles in "Titanic" and "Wilde", in which he played the character of John Gray.
Now that you know who Ioan is, proceed to the really fun parts of the site. I hope you enjoy the things contained therein and that you visit often for I will be adding new stuff as I receive it!
I have been assigned the post of "Keeper of Horatio's Hose" on board the ship Indefatigable and I am honored to accept. My duties shall consist of making sure his hose always fits and that he doesn't have to resort to plaster and oakum any longer. Unfortunately, it looks like the mighty ship we served on has been sunk by a French frigate. I'm keeping the title, in hopes of a transfer.
"...We wear the trousers of the white, and the jackets of the blue..."
Welsh traits are actually incredibly sexy. We're traditionally very romantic, passionate, melancholic...
--on the Welsh people
People have in the past. Agents in America mentioned it. They haven't forced me to. When I first started out, agents in London told me that I was going to get pigeonholed as a Welsh actor and would only get Welsh parts. I don't want to work with those kind of people if that's how narrow- minded they're going to be. I'm proud of who I am and the language that I speak.
--Ioan on changing his name
He's not so much uptight as an introverted character. Because he understands people, he knows how to pick on their consciences, to get them to do things, not in a physical, heroic way, but in an intelligent, human way...it is a big role. It is exciting but it's also been a very nerve-racking time because, what if people didn't like the series? Or they didn't like me as the character? Mostly, I feel, it's a good story. I think even women are interested in him. Seeing a man being open and vulnerable.
--on Horatio Hornblower
My only line in the script was: "Oh my God!" James Cameron turned round and told me, "Improvise!" So I just shouted all day and made it up.
They brought on a lot of dogs for me to meet I suppose to see how I got on with them. There was a huge, mean-looking bull mastiff, a weird-looking one and a scruffy little one. I must have done a good job convincing them I loved dogs and had been around them all my life because they gave me the part.
--on 102 Dalmatians
Pobol Y Cwm (TV) (1987)
Poldark (TV) (1996)
Horatio Hornblower (TV) (1999)
Great Expectations (TV) (1999)
Solomon and Gaenor (1999)
The Peacekeepers (1999)
Love in the 21st Century (TV) (1999)
Another Life (2000)
Very Annie Mary (2000)
102 Dalmations (2000)
Horatio Hornblower: Mutiny & Retribution (2001)
Happy Now (2001)
Black Hawk Down (2001)
The Forsyte Saga (2001)
The Gathering (2001)
Man and Boy (2002)
What of Ioan would you like to see first?
The "Find Officer Lowe" Game!
My Letter and Signed Photo from Ioan!
Or, if you want more to visit more Ioan sites, visit this great page of links:
The Ioan Gruffudd Links Clearing House
Your time here is not complete unless you stop to visit my sister, Sarah's website devoted to Jamie Bamber, aka Midshipman Archie Kennedy.
The Admiration of Jamie Bamber
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This page was originally created April 6, 1999, date of death unknown. Was resurrected November 28th, 2000.