8 May 1958
Hughes was born in Aberystwyth, where he studied music at the University College of Wales under Professor Ian Parrott and sang 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.
Hughes began his acting career in the 1980s in the BBC Wales soap opera Pobol y Cwm. He 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. He reprised the role in June 2016.
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 2012, he portrayed the politician and Welsh-language campaigner Gwynfor Evans in an S4C docu-drama, titled Gwynfor Evans: Y Penderfyniad? (The Decision?).
In 2013 Hughes appeared in the S4C film Y Syrcas (The Circus) and is a regular in the bilingually-filmed detective series Y Gwyll (Hinterland). 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.
In July 2016 he was assaulted outside a public house in Aberystwyth in a long-standing dispute about agricultural land. A father and son admitted the charge and were fined. A third man is due to stand trial after pleading not guilty.
- Hughes on the Internet Movie Database
- Internet Movie Database
- BAFTA Cymru 1998
- Portraying Gwynfor Evans on the small screen proved to be an ‘exciting challenge’ for Aneirin Hughes, WalesOnline, 3/11/2012; Adalwyd 2015-12-23
- "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.
- "Off Centre Theatre Newsletter May 2013" (PDF). Off Centre Theatre. Retrieved 23 December 2015.
- Father and son admit assault on Hinterland actor Aneirin Hughes http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-mid-wales-38507378 - BBC News - 11 January 2016