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Rhys Ifans
Ifans in 2012.
Born Rhys Owain Evans
22 July 1967 (age 45)
Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, Wales, United Kingdom
Occupation Actor, musician
Years active 1990–present
Worked in Human Nature
Characters portrayed Puff
Other works The Amazing Spider-Man
Nothing Hill
Enduring Love

Rhys Ifans (born Rhys Owain Evans; 22 July 1967)[1][2][3] is a Welsh actor and musician. He is known for his portrayal of characters such as Spike in Notting Hill and Jed Parry in Enduring Love and as a member of the Welsh rock groups Super Furry Animals and The Peth. Ifans also appeared as Xenophilius Lovegood in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1, and as Dr. Curt Connors/The Lizard in The Amazing Spider-Man. He played Edward de Vere, Earl of Oxford, in Anonymous. Ifans gained fame in the United States as the gambling footballer turned American football player Nigel Gruff in the 2000 film The Replacements.


Rhys Ifans was born and raised in Wales, the son of teacher parents. He was educated in two Welsh language schools - Ysgol Pentrecelyn, where his mother taught, and Ysgol Maes Garmon. During his childhood, Ifans showed an interest in performing and attended youth acting school. He went on to train at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London.

Ifans made his small screen debut as the host of Welsh children's TV show, Stwnsh. Various roles in theater and Welsh language television also followed. His breakthrough on the big screen came in the British hit Twin Town, where he acting alongside his younger brother Llyr Ifans. More film success followed, notably as Hugh Grant's scruffy housemate in Notting Hill. Other projects include Dancing at Lughnasa, Little Nicky, Enduring Love, Elizabeth: The Golden Age, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 and The Amazing Spider-Man.

In 2004, he played iconic British comedian Peter Cook in the TV film Not Only But Always. His performance earned him an Emmy nomination and a BAFTA award for Best Actor.[4]

Personal lifeEdit

Ifans's brother, Llŷr Evans, is also an actor. They starred together in the Welsh produced film Twin Town. Rhys was romantically linked to actress Sienna Miller,[5] and has a swallow tattoo on his right wrist to match hers.[6] In June 2008 it was reported that Miller had ended the relationship with Ifans just a few months after they had become engaged.[7]

During 2011 Comic Con, Ifans was arrested for misdemeanour battery, by San Diego police, after allegedly pushing a guard prior to speaking on a guest panel.[8] In August 2011, the local District Attorney's office announced that Ifans would not be charged due to lack of evidence.[9]


Year Film Role Notes
1995 Streetlife Kevin
1996 August Griffiths
1997 Twin Town Jeremy Lewis
Trial & Retribution, Series 1 Michael Dunn
1998 Dancing at Lughnasa Gerry Evans
1999 Heart Alex Madden
Notting Hill Spike Nominated – BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Nominated – Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor: Musical or Comedy
You're Dead Eddie
2000 Rancid Aluminium Pete Thompson
Love, Honour and Obey Matthew
Kevin And Perry Go Large Eyeball Paul
The Replacements Nigel Gruff
Little Nicky Adrian
2001 Hotel Trent Stoken
Christmas Carol: The Movie Bob Cratchit voice
The Shipping News Beaufield Nutbeem
Human Nature Puff
The 51st State Iki
2002 Once Upon a Time in the Midlands Dek
2003 Danny Deckchair Danny Morgan
2004 Vanity Fair William Dobbin
Enduring Love Jed Nominated – Empire Award for Best British Actor
2005 Midsummer Dream Lysander voice: English version
Chromophobia Colin
2006 Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties McBunny voice
2007 Four Last Songs Dickie
Hannibal Rising Grutas
Elizabeth: The Golden Age Robert Reston
2008 Come Here Today Alex
2008 A Number Benard (B2)
2009 The Informers Roger
The Boat That Rocked Gavin Kavanagh
Mr. Nobody Nemo's Father
2010 Mr. Nice Howard Marks
Greenberg Ivan Schrank
Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang Uncle Phil
Passion Play Sam Adamo
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 Xenophilius Lovegood
Exit Through the Gift Shop Narrator
2011 Anonymous Edward de Vere
Neverland James Hook TV movie
2012 The Amazing Spider-Man Dr. Curt Connors/The Lizard[10]
The Five-Year Engagement Winton Childs


  1. Births, Marriages & Deaths Index of England & Wales, 1916–2005.; at
  2. Wloszczyna, Susan (3 June 1999). "Undies and all, 'Hill' is heaven for the flatmate from hell". USA Today.'Hill'+is+heaven+for+the+flatmate+from+hell&pqatl=google. Retrieved 11 October 2010.
  4. Biography for Rhys Ifans at IMDb.
  5. Louise Ford (9 March 2008). "Sienna Miller to marry lover Rhys Ifans". Sunday Mirror.
  6. "".,26334,1558340,00.html.
  7. "Sienna Miller Dumps Rhys Ifans". MTV UK. 4 June 2008.
  8. "'Spider-Man' Villain Rhys Ifans Cited at Comic-Con". TheWrap. 23 July 2011.
  9. "Rhys Ifans in the clear over arrest". 15 Aug 2011.
  10. "Rhys Ifans Will Play the Lizard in ‘Spider-Man’". /film. 14 October 2010. Retrieved 13 October 2010.