Rhys Ifans

BATD ON Jun 10, 2010 AT 7:45 am

Rhys Ifans

Rhys Ifans

The gangly, snaggletoothed comedian, Rhys Ifans, has been making us laugh ever since he appeared as Hugh Grant’s oddball room mate in Notting Hill. We love a man with a good sense of humour, which is why we’re looking forward to his newest project, Greenberg, a new comedy with Ben Stiller opening this Friday.

Born in 1968, Rhys grew up in North Wales. His first language was Welsh and he began to use the traditional Welsh spelling of his surname “Evans” because he wanted “to be difficult.” He studied drama at the Royal Scottish Academy, and began appearing in theatre productions in London before embarking on a film career. Rhys’ scene stealing performance in the romantic comedy Notting Hill resulted in international attention. According to the DVD commentary, Rhys refused to wash his hair or brush his teeth to prepare for the role of Spike, Hugh Grant’s insufferable flatmate.

He followed his role in Notting Hill with a number of films including The Replacements and Little Nicky. In 2005, Rhys received a BAFTA nomination for his portrayal of comedian Peter Cook in the TV film Not Once but Always. More recently, he can be seen in Elizabeth the Golden Age, the Boat that Rocked and Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang. His newest feature, Greenberg, is a comedy from acclaimed director Noah Baumbach. Later this year, he will appear as Xenophilius Lovegood in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

Rhys is also a bit of a rock star. He was briefly the lead singer of the Super Furry Animals and has played with psychedelic rock group The Peth. In 2007, he was dating Sienna Miller, although she purportedly dumped him a year later. Curious about who Rhys is seeing now? Well, he has sworn off famous girlfriends claiming, “I learnt my lesson there, didn’t I? I won’t make that mistake again.”

Greenberg opens this Friday (11.06.10) in cinemas.

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