->''"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 ''Series/HoratioHornblower'', the [[TheFilmOfTheBook Series of the Books]] by C. S. Forester, and as Mr. Fantastic in the two ''Film/FantasticFour'' 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 FilmNoir-style show ''Series/{{Ringer}}'' which was unfortunately cancelled after one season. Next, he played the main character in ''{{Series/Forever}}'', which was also, unfortunately, cancelled after one season.

Oh, and his first language is [[EverythingSoundsSexierInFrench Welsh]]. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BeSLOmEeDgw Just listen.]]

!!Some of his works include:
* ''Film/{{Titanic 1997}}'' as Officer Harold Lowe, the man captaining the lifeboat who rescues Rose
* ''Series/HoratioHornblower'' as, well, Horatio Hornblower
* ''Film/KingArthur'' as Lancelot
* ''[[Film/FantasticFour Fantastic Four & Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer]]'' as Reed Richards/Mr. Fantastic
* ''Film/AmazingGrace'' as William Wilberforce
* ''Series/CenturyCity''
* ''{{Film/Sanctum}}''
* ''Series/{{Ringer}}'' as Andrew Martin
* ''Film/HorribleBosses'' as [[TheCameo 'the Wetwork Man']]
* ''Series/MondayMornings'' as Dr. Delany ("Truth or Consequences")
* ''Series/{{Castle}}'' as Eric Vaughn ("The Squab and the Quail")
* ''Film/BlackhawkDown'' 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, [[YouAreInCommandNow leaving their unit in Eversman's command]].
* ''Series/{{Forever}}'' as Dr. Henry Morgan
* ''Film/PlayingItCool'' as "Stuffy"
* ''VideoGame/DiabloIII'' as the male Necromancer
!!Tropes associated with Ioan:
* PlayingAgainstType:[[invoked]] For someone who was so frequently typecast in films and TV shows as [[TheHero 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 AntiHero who uses [[DarkIsNotEvil necromancy to battle the forces of Hell]].
* QuintessentialBritishGentleman: For a while, it seemed he would forever be getting [[TypeCasting typecast]] as this.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Has said he's determined never to lose his Welsh name, and has succeeded so far.