Ioan Gruffudd (Welsh) is best known to audiences
for his portrayal of Horatio Hornblower in the UK television
series of the same name. All that swashbuckling and period costume
may lead you to believe that is the only reason I have him listed
here, but you'd be very wrong.
Hornblower could so easily
have been a little trite. Luckily it was a British team who put
the series together, so that already had it out of the danger
zone, but the casting of Ioan was the masterstroke that gave
this series integrity and strength.
Yes, Robert Lindsay also
has a lot to do with the depth and weightiness of this work (and
I intend to add his profile to the site in the near future),
but the lead role of Horatio, who has to age from 17 to twenty-something
over the various series installments, needed someone who could
hold their own with Robert. as well as bring a sense of honesty
and realism to the role. Ioan doesn't disappoint.
His commitment to the part
is obvious. He gives the character a true sense of realism and
compassion, as well as honour and integrity. Not an easy mix
to achieve. He doesn't rely on the costume to give the role a
sense of authority or adventure - he embodies it instead.
One of Ioan's biggest assets
is his eyes. The eyes are the windows to the soul and the camera
never misses a trick. His complete honesty in the part, his believeablity,
comes from his own belief in the part and the setting and circumstances.
This is a tribute to his dedication to his craft, as you never
feel you are watching someone who is "going through the
motions", he is always fully present and his presence is
therefore impossible to ignore.
He is beautiful, not just
because of how he looks, but because his beauty comes from within.
And that is true beauty.
MAKES HIM BEAUTIFUL?
As an actor:
His compassion, his generosity,
his presence, his intensity.
As a person:
his enjoyment of what he does.
Life (2003) (post-production)
Duty (2003) (TV) .... Horatio
Loyalty (2003) (TV) ....
Commander Horatio Hornblower
The (2002) .... Dan
Saga, The" (2002)
(mini) TV Series .... Phillip Bosinney
Boy (2002) (TV) .... Harry
Down (2001) .... John Beales
Retribution (2001) (TV)
.... 3rd Lt. Horatio Hornblower
Mutiny (2001) (TV) ....
3rd Lt. Horatio Hornblower
Happy Now (2001) .... Max Bracchi
Mary (2001) .... Hob
Life (2001) .... Freddy
102 Dalmatians (2000) .... Kevin Sheperd
Maker, The (2000) (TV)
.... Voice of Jesus (in Welsh version. Welsh title: Gwr y Gwyrthiau)
Shooters (2000) .... Freddy Guns
Warriors (1999) (TV) .... Lt. John Feeley
in the 21st Century"
(1999) TV Series .... Jack (episode "Masturbation")
and Gaenor (1999) ....
Great Expectations (1999) (TV) .... Pip
The Frogs and the Lobsters
(1999) (TV) .... Horatio
The Duchess and the Devil
(1999) (TV) .... Hornblower
The Examination for Lieutenant (1998)
(TV) .... Acting Lt. Horatio Hornblower
The Even Chance (1998)
(TV) .... Midshipman Horatio Hornblower
Titanic (1997) .... Fifth Officer Harold Godfrey
Wilde (1997) .... John Gray
Poldark (1996) (TV) .... Jeremy Poldark
Stranger, A (1995) (TV)
.... Nigel Fraiman
y Cwm" (1974) TV Series
.... Gareth Wyn Harries (1987-1994)
TV Guest Appearances
The" (1999) playing
"Himself" (episode # 1.6) 14 December 1999
Secrets" (1999) playing
to Kill, A" (1994)
playing "Karl Stranger" in episode: "Strange Territory"
(episode # 2.6) 1996
http://us.imdb.com/Name?Gruffudd,+Ioan (his listing on the IMDB)
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