8 May 1958
Hughes studied music at the University College of Wales Aberystwyth under Professor Ian Parrott and singing with the soprano Hazel Holt. While a music student he conducted the university chamber choir, the Aberystwyth Elizabethan Madrigal Singers, for several years. As a student Hughes's first acting experience was gained when he appeared in performances of the Gilbert and Sullivan operas under conductor David Russell Hulme. Hughes also studied at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama.
He began his acting career in the 1980s in the BBC Wales soap opera Pobol y Cwm. Hughes went on to appear in Blood on the Dole, Casualty, Family Affairs as DI Patrick Grenham, Spooks, Take Me with Robson Green and EastEnders in January and April 2009 as Andy Jones, the adoptive father of Danielle Jones.
Hughes won a Best Actor BAFTA Cymru (or BAFTA Wales) for his appearance as Delme in Cameleon (1997), a Welsh language film. He appeared regularly in Judge John Deed as Neil Haughton and in Young Dracula as Graham Branagh. He played Harper in the TV movie Harper and Isles with Hywel Bennett and appeared in the 1998 film The Theory of Flight. More recently, he appeared in the S4C drama Pen Talar and in Holby City as Sir Fraser Anderson, and has also returned to the BBC Wales soap opera Pobol y Cwm as a new character, Moc Thomas, whom he played in 2012-2013.
In 2013 he also appeared in the S4C film Y Syrcas (The Circus) and the bilingually-filmed detective series Y Gwyll (Hinterland), shown in Welsh on S4C in October–November 2013 and in English on BBC One Wales in January 2014. In May 2014 he appeared with Tom Jones and Katherine Jenkins in a BBC centenary production of Under Milk Wood by Dylan Thomas.
Hughes has run several marathons for charity, including the London Marathon in 2009.
- Hughes on the Internet Movie Database
- Internet Movie Database
- BAFTA Cymru 1998
- "Y Syrcas". S4C. December 2013.
- 'Welsh stars including Tom Jones and Katherine Jenkins unite for Dylan Thomas performance' - South Wales Evening Post 17 April 2014
- Under Milk Wood on the BBC One website - 5 May 2014
- "Aneirin Hughes's profile". Just Giving. Retrieved 29 February 2012.