Gwlad beirdd a chantorion, enwogion o fri;
Ei gwrol ryfelwyr, gwladgarwyr tra mad,
Dros ryddid collasant eu gwaed."note
Tra mor yn fur i'r bur hoff bau,
O bydded i'r hen iaith barhau."note
There are a lot of famous Welsh people such as:
- Tom Jones - world famous singer, with a reputation for women throwing their knickers at him.
- Aimee Ann Duffy - a UK famous singer, who hasn't had any pants or knickers thrown at her yet.
- Dame Shirley Bassey!
- Catherine Zeta-Jones - world famous actress. Oh, and singer (sort of) in Chicago
- Katherine Jenkins, who like Charlotte Church really CAN sing, and unlike Charlotte Church has wisely decided to stay with what she knows best
- Aled Jones — another Welsh singer, most famous (as a boy) for his cover version of "Walking in the Air" from The Snowman. He now regularly presents the God-Slot religious show on BBC Radio Two every Sunday morning and is an occassional religious presenter on BBC television.
- Russell T Davies.
- Ray Milland.
- Anthony Hopkins. You know, A Glass of Chianti...
- John Rhys-Davies.
- Richard Burton.
- Bertrand Russell, the philosopher and mathematician, was born at Trellech in Monmouthshire and died almost one hundred years later at Penrhyndeudraeth.
- Timothy Dalton.
- Dylan Thomas, poet whose best known work is "Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night". See Soul Music for Terry Pratchett's take on this.
- John Cale, musician and former member of The Velvet Underground.
- Milton Jones, comic.
- Christian Bale, born in Pembrokeshire but raised in Southern England from early childhood. (Incidentally, he voiced Howl in the film's English dub.)
- Author Jasper Fforde was not born in Wales, but lived there for a while, and "The Socialist Republic of Wales" features prominently in several Thursday Next books. Its background and Alternate History are All Here on the Internet.
- Alastair Reynolds.
- Comedians Rob Brydon, Ruth Jones and Rhod Gilbert.
- Wrestler Mason Ryan, former Florida Heavyweight champion and now heel for The Nexus on WWE.
- TNA wrestling also has their own wrestling Welshman, Rob Terry.
- Actor Michael Sheen, from Newport and Port Talbot. Cinema's very own Tony Blair.
- Rhys Ifans, a first language Welsh-speaker and main example of a 'Gog' accent (from North Wales)
- Hornblower actor Ioan Gruffudd, also Cymraeg - but Welsh-Speaker from South Wales (Glamorgan).
- Charlotte Church, from Cardiff.
- Gavin Henson, rugby player and noted sun-bed user, sometimes referred to as 'Tango Man' for this reason.
- Gareth Bale, footballer who was formerly a winger for Tottenham Hotspur before being sold for a record-breaking transfer fee to Real Madrid.
- Terry Jones of Monty Python.
- Arthur Machen, an author whose The Great God Pan and other stories were a major influence on HP Lovecraft.
- Ruth Madoc, comic actress.
- Iwan Rheon, singer and actor (Best known as Simon in Misfits and Ramsay Bolton from Game of Thrones), from Cardiff.
- Julia Gillard, Prime Minister of Australia, was born in Wales, except she was naturalised in Australia as a youngster - first-generation Australians are recognised by the law as Australians but some Australian citizens whose ancestry goes back further tend to disagree
- Harry Secombe, Goon Show straight man as Harry Seagoon, comedian, singer and presenter of religious shows.
- Myfanwy Talog, Welsh-language actress, wife of English comic actor David Jason. Now deceased but a mainstay of soap opera Pobol Y Cwm for many years. Also voiced Welsh characters in English-language animations such as Count Duckula and Supermouse.
- Green Gartside, frontman of Scritti Politti.
- Bonnie Tyler.
- Singer-songwriter Marina Diamandis of Marina & the Diamonds.
- Welshy, Channel Awesome video producer.
- David Lloyd George, Prime Minister 1916-22. The only Welsh PM of the United Kingdom thus far (all the others have been English or Scottish, or in one case, Canadian). Born in Manchester to Welsh parents, and raised a Welsh-speaker in Caernarfonshire—and thus also the only PM so far not to have English as his native language. The custom of holding the investiture of the Prince of Wales in Wales (specifically at Castle Caernarfon) came about at his insistence when Prince Edward (later Edward VIII) came of age in 1911 (Lloyd George was Chancellor of the Exchequer at the time), and he taught the Prince a few words of Welsh for the occasion.
Welsh TV shows:
- C'Mon Midffîld: north Welsh Sitcom, the most successful Welsh comedy
- Pobol y Cwm: south Wales Soap Opera
- Dim Byd: a sketch show
- Y Gwyll/Hinterland: a bilingual Mid-Wales detective drama in the vein of Scandinavian noirs like Wallander, Bron|Broen, or Forbrydelsen.
Famous Welsh Bands:
- Bullet For My Valentine
- Funeral for a Friend
- Goldie Lookin Chain
- Lost Prophets
- Manic Street Preachers
- Super Furry Animals
- This band, which usually records most of their music in English, often includes at least a few Welsh language songs on their albums, culminating in 2000's Mwng, the best selling Welsh-language album in rock history.
- Gorky's Zygotic Mynci
- The Automatic
- The Oppressed
- Los Campesinos!
- All the members of this band are actually English, but they all met at university in Cardiff and have adopted the city as their home
- and its Spiritual Successor, Future of the Left
- People in Planes
- The Alarm
Famous Fictional Welsh People:
- Pixie from the X-Men comics
- Gwen Cooper, Ianto Jones and Rhys Williams, Torchwood
- Fluellen, Henry V
- Wizard Howl, of Moving Castle fame.
- Brother Cadfael
- Negi Springfield from Mahou Sensei Negima! Well, he spent a good deal of his childhood there.
- The West clan of Gavin and Stacey, plus their friends and neighbors.
- Also from Ruth Jones, A Child's Christmases in Wales.
- Ivor the Engine.
- Several characters from Channel 4's classic sketch show Absolutely, particularly DIY 'expert' Denzil and his equally repulsive wife, Gwyneth (played by Welsh comedy actor John Sparks and Morwenna Banks).
- Futurama's Welshy, a Red Shirt replacement for Star Trek: The Original Series's Scotty
- Able Seaman Goldstein from The Navy Lark, apparently he joined the Navy to work his passage to Swansea.
- Madoc and all of his descendants in A Swiftly Tilting Planet.
- The Owl Service by Alan Garner is set in Wales, based on themes from the Mabinogion.
- The Grey King, part of the series The Dark Is Rising, is set in Wales and has a Welsh-speaking boy as its second-most-important character.
- Jeff (the crazy one) from Coupling.
- The setting of the Chronicles of Prydain is based on Welsh mythology.
- The country of Llamedos on the Discworld is an extreme parody of Welsh stereotypes, best known as the original home of Imp y Celyn and noted for its rain mines.
- Llamedos is "Sod 'em all" backwards, a joke taken from the fictional village of Llareggub ("Bugger all") in Dylan Thomas's "Under Milk Wood".
- The King Arthur of Welsh legend was a Celtic Briton and not necessarily considered to hail from (what is today) Wales, but as the descendants of the Britons, the Welsh always considered him as one of their heroes.
- Likely as a direct result, Sir Ystin.
- Swansea-born Edward Kenway is the protagonist of Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag
- Merlin. The original Merlin was a bard called Myrddin, the founder of Carmarthen (from Caer Myrddin, "Merlin's City").
- Ddraig of High School DXD is a Welsh Dragon. And of course his name means Dragon in Welsh. It's implied that he looks like a realistic version of the dragon on the Welsh flag.
The Welsh flag
- "The land where history sleeps, and so does everybody else."— Griff Rhys Jones"I think most of all, the Welsh were doomed by English superiority to become objects of terminal quaintness. The quaint language, the quaint songs. Those amusing choirs and chants"— Simon Schama's A History of Britain