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Pembrokeshire born Rhys Ifans is joining forces with the Torch Theatre and has become one of our latest patrons. Globally renowned, Rhys is perhaps most commercially known for his scene-stealing performance in Roger Michell's ‘Notting Hill’ (1999) for this portrayal of Hugh Grant’s roommate Spike, where he starred opposite Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant.

He spent his time growing up with our friends and partners at Theatr Clwyd where he learned his trade and where he is also a patron.

Rhys is a gifted actor known for his enduring presence, his distinctive approach to comedy and his ability to elegantly disappear into compelling and complex roles that are always memorable. Ifans has just completed filming the second series, ‘House of the Dragon’ playing Hand of the King, Otto Hightower shortly after filming ‘Inheritance’ a Miramax feature film starring alongside Bridgerton’s Phoebe Dynevor. Ifans will also star in ‘Nyad’ an upcoming biographical sports drama film directed by Jimmy Chin and Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi starring Jodie Foster and Annette Benning out later in the year.

Benjamin Lloyd, Torch Theatre’s Executive Director said:

“We are thrilled that one of our leading actors has joined the call to protect the Torch as one of Wales’s most cherished cultural assets. We look forward to having Rhys as our patron and to have him visit the Torch.”

Commenting on his role as patron, Rhys said: “It’s a huge honour to be a patron of the Torch Theatre and to support this priceless resource for the local community and the whole of Wales. May her flame continue to burn brightly.”


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