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RHYS IFANS (Phil) is one of Britain's finest contemporary actors. He was born and raised in Wales, attended 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 nomination for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role. Prior to that, Ifans starred in Charles McDougall's Heart, Kevin Allen's Twin Town (alongside his brother Llyr Ifans), Anthony Hopkins' August and Karl Francis' Streetlife.

Since 1999, Ifans has appeared in more than 20 films, including Andy Hurst's You're Dead…; Clare Kilner's Janice Beard 45 WPM; Edward Thomas' Rancid Aluminium; 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, Ifans starred in Noah Baumbach's Greenberg, with Ben Stiller; as disc jockey Gavin Canavagh in Pirate Radio, a comedy about a pirate radio station in the North Sea, in which he starred alongside Philip Seymour Hoffman and was directed by Richard Curtis; Gregor Jordan's The Informers; Jaco Van Dormael's Mr. Nobody; Jeff Balsmeyer's Danny Deckchair; Shekhar Kapur's Elizabeth: The Golden Age; Peter Webber's Hannibal Rising; Francesca Joseph's Four Last Songs; Martha Fiennes' Chromophobia; Roger Michell's Enduring Love, which earned him a Best British Actor Award nomination by Empire magazine; and Mira Nair's Vanity Fair.

On television, he played the role of Peter Cook in Terry Johnson's Not Only but Always, for which he won the BAFTA for Best Actor. He also appeared in Shakespeare Shorts; Trial & Retribution; The Two Franks; Judas and the Gimp; Nightshift; Spatz; Burning Love; and Review. In 2005, Ifans made a guest appearance for the rock band Oasis in the music video for their single "The Importance of Being Idle,” for which he accepted their award for Video of the Year at the 2005 NME Awards. He also starred in James MacDonald's A Number.

In the theater, he has appeared at the Donmar Warehouse in Robert Delamere's Accidental Death of an Anarchist, Patrick Marber's Don Juan in Soho and Simon Harris' Badfinger; at the National Theatre in Matthew Warchus' Volpone and Roger Michell's Under Milk Wood; at the Duke of York's 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 Pan.

Ifans has just completed filming Mr. Nice, in which he plays Howard Marks, the notorious British drug dealer.

Ifans' upcoming films include Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1, directed by David Yates. Ifans' latest project is Anonymous, directed by Roland Emmerich, in which he portrays Edward de Vere, the man behind William Shakespeare's plays.


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