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Matthew Rhys      

Emmy Nominated Actor, Know for his Role on "The Americans"

Born 8 November 1974 in the historic city of Cardiff, South Glamorgan, South Wales. Father Glyn Evans (headmaster), mother Helen Evans (teaches special needs children) and an older sister Rachel Evans, who is a BBC broadcast journalist . His parents were strict when necessary, but also gave him free rein to live his life. He would not call himself a bad child, but did the ‘typical setting fire to my mum’s carpet’. He looks back at his childhood affectionately 'through the old rose-tinted spectacles'.

He was educated in the Welsh language at Ysgol Gynradd Gymraeg Melin Gruffydd, Whitchurch, Cardiff where he met Ioan Gruffudd.

Considering that his father's family were farmers, his mother's people lived near the sea, it is only natural that he wanted to be a farmer. "Don't ask me why. I thought maybe I'd be a farmer. That was another silly notion. I think I'd last about five minutes, being a farmer."

But when he was 10 or 11 years old, he saw the movie that inspired him: ‘Look back in anger’ with Richard Burton. His father told him Richard Burton was Welsh “…and I realized it was possible to be Welsh and make it in the filmworld.” He than transferred to a Welsh-speaking co-ed comprehensive Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Glantaf where Ioan also went to.

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