"Actors, to a certain extent, never grow up, you see. It's an extension of being out in the back yard with a stick, only you're being paid to do it. It's borderline madness."Ioan Gruffudd (pronounced Yo-wahn Griffith, born 6 October 1973) is a Welsh actor who rose to fame through two very different roles: As the hero of Horatio Hornblower, the Series of the Books by C. S. Forester, and as Mr. Fantastic in the two Fantastic Four movies. Born in Cardiff in 1973, he started out as an actor in his native Britain but moved to the US a couple of years ago and has since appeared in a number of guest appearances on TV shows as well as in movies. He landed a starring role on the CW's Film Noir-style show Ringer which was unfortunately cancelled after one season. Next, he played the main character in Forever, which was also, unfortunately, cancelled after one season.Oh, and his first language is Welsh. Just listen.
Some of his works include:
- Titanic (1997) as Officer Harold Lowe, the man captaining the lifeboat who rescues Rose
- Horatio Hornblower as, well, Horatio Hornblower
- King Arthur as Lancelot
- Fantastic Four & Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer as Reed Richards/Mr. Fantastic
- Amazing Grace as William Wilberforce
- Century City
- Ringer as Andrew Martin
- Horrible Bosses as 'the Wetwork Man'
- Monday Mornings as Dr. Delany ("Truth or Consequences")
- Castle as Eric Vaughn ("The Squab and the Quail")
- Blackhawk Down in a blink-and-you'll-miss-it role as the Ranger lieutenant who teases Sergeant Eversman for being so interested in Somali culture, and ends up being sidelined due to suffering a seizure, leaving their unit in Eversman's command.
- Forever as Dr. Henry Morgan
- Playing It Cool as "Stuffy"
- Diablo III as the male Necromancer
Tropes associated with Ioan:
- Playing Against Type: For someone who was so frequently typecast in films and TV shows as an idealized or pure-hearted hero, Ioan's role in Diablo III stands out. Not only is it a role in a video game, but he portrays the male Necromancer class, an Anti-Hero who uses necromancy to battle the forces of Hell.
- Quintessential British Gentleman: For a while, it seemed he would forever be getting typecast as this.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Has said he's determined never to lose his Welsh name, and has succeeded so far.