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ELIZABETH: THE GOLDEN AGE

RHYS IFANS (Robert Reston) is one of Britain's finest contemporary actors. He was born and raised in Wales, attending youth acting schools at Theatre Clwyd, Mold, and appeared in many Welsh-language television programs before embarking on his film career.

His breakout performance came in 1999, in Roger Michell's Notting Hill, opposite Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant, for which he received a BAFTA Film Award nomination for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role. Prior to that, Rhys starred in Charles McDougall's Heart, Kevin Allen's Twin Town (alongside his brother Llyr Evans), Anthony Hopkins' August and Karl Francis' Streetlife.

Since 1999, he has appeared in more than 20 films, including Andy Hurst's You're Dead; Clare Kilner's Janice Beard; Edward Thomas' Rancid Aluminum; Dominic Anciano's Love, Honor and Obey; Ed Bye's Kevin & Perry Go Large; Howard Deutch's The Replacements; Steven Brill's Little Nicky; Michel Gondry's Human Nature; Ronny Yu's Formula 51; Mike Figgis' Hotel; Lasse Hallström's The Shipping News; and Shane Meadows' Once Upon a Time in the Midlands.

More recently, Rhys starred in Jeff Balsmeyer's Danny Deckchair; Mira Nair's Vanity Fair; Roger Michell's Enduring Love, for which he was nominated for a Best British Actor Award by Empire magazine; Martha Fiennes' Chromophobia; Francesca Joseph's Four Last Songs; and Peter Webber's Hannibal Rising. He most recently completed filming Pawel Pawlikowski's The Restraint of Beasts.

In the theater, he has appeared at the Donmar Warehouse in Robert Delamere's Accidental Death of an Anarchist and Michael Sheen's Bad Finger; at the National Theatre in Matthew Warchus' Volpone and Roger Michell's Under Milk Wood; at the Duke of York Theatre in Hettie MacDonald's Beautiful Thing; at the Royal Court Theatre in James MacDonald's Thyestes; and at the Royal Exchange in Braham Murray's Smoke and Ronald Harwood's Poison Pen.

On television, most recently, he played the role of Peter Cook in Terry Johnson's Not Only but Always, for which he won the BAFTA TV Award for Best Actor. He also appeared in Shakespeare Shorts (BBC); Trial & Retribution (YTV); The Two Franks (S4C); Judas and the Gimp (BBC); Night Shift; Spatz (S4C); Burning Love (S4C); and Review (S4C). In 2005, Rhys made a guest appearance for the rock band Oasis in the video for their single "The Importance of Being Idle,” for which he accepted their award for Video of the Year at the 2005/2006 NME Awards.

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