Aneurin Barnard

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Aneurin Barnard
Aneurin Barnard 2013 (10005026916).jpg
Barnard in September 2013
Born (1987-05-08) 8 May 1987 (age 33)
Pen-y-bont ar Ogwr - Bridgend, Wales, United Kingdom
Years active2003–present
Lucy Faulks
(m. 2017)

Aneurin Barnard (/əˈnrɪn/; born 8 May 1987) is a Welsh actor. He is known for playing Davey in Hunky Dory, Claude in The Truth About Emanuel, Bobby Willis in Cilla, Tim in Thirteen, King Richard III in The White Queen, William in Dead In A Week (or your money back) and Gibson in Dunkirk.

Early life[edit]

Barnard was born in Bridgend (Welsh: Pen-y-bont ar Ogwr) on 8 May 1987, the son of factory worker June and coal miner Terry Barnard.[1][2] He has a sister named Ceri.[2] His first language is Welsh.[3] He attended Ysgol Gyfun Llanhari in Rhondda Cynon Taf during his secondary school years. He starred in HTV Wales series Jacob's Ladder as a 16-year-old, and then trained at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, graduating in 2008.


Barnard played Melchior, one of the three leads, in the London premiere of the Tony Award-winning musical Spring Awakening, which opened in February 2009 at the Lyric Hammersmith.[4][5] The play later transferred to the Novello Theatre in March 2009, running until May 2009. Barnard won a Laurence Olivier Award for his role in Spring Awakening in 2010.[6] He has appeared in guest roles in TV series Doctors, Casualty, Shameless, Y Pris and Jacob's Ladder.[7] He has also appeared in the short TV films The Big Day, Night on the Tiles and the BAFTA Cymru winning Owl Creek Bridge.[8]

Barnard's theatre work in Wales includes Singin’ in the Rain, playing Don Lockwood, for Bridgend County Youth Theatre and Il Miracolo for Elan Wales.[9] At drama school, he appeared in productions of The Caucasian Chalk Circle, Hobson’s Choice, The Importance of Being Earnest and West Side Story, in which he played Tony. He was also involved in a radio production of Under Milk Wood.[10]

Barnard appeared in Ironclad, a film set in 1215 and featuring the signing of the Magna Carta by King John and the rebellion by his barons. The film also stars Paul Giamatti, Derek Jacobi, Kate Mara, James Purefoy, Jason Flemyng and Mackenzie Crook.

In 2011 Barnard starred in Hunky Dory alongside Minnie Driver. The film is set in 1976 during the hottest summer recorded, in a school in Swansea. Barnard played the role of Davey and in the film sang songs from the era such as David Bowie's "Life on Mars" and The Who's "Love Reign O'er Me".

In January 2012 Barnard starred as photographer David Bailey in the television film "We'll Take Manhattan" alongside Karen Gillan. He also appeared in the 2012 horror movie Elfie Hopkins alongside Jaime Winstone. Barnard was considered for the role of Jack in the 2013 film Jack the Giant Slayer, but was beaten to the part by Nicholas Hoult.[citation needed]

Barnard then appeared in the lead role in Vertigo Films's Guinea Pigs,[11] also named The Facility an atmospheric, micro-budget horror film about volunteers fighting for their lives after a drug trial goes wrong. The film also stars Alex Reid, Chris Larkin, Steve Evets, Nia Roberts, Oliver Coleman, Skye Lourie, Jack Doolan and Amit Shah. Later in 2012 he starred in the horror-thriller film Citadel.

In April–June 2012 Barnard filmed the fantasy adventure movie The Adventurer: The Curse of the Midas Box[12] throughout the South West of England, playing the title role of Mariah Mundi and the movie was released in 2014. Barnard also featured in Trap for Cinderella (2013) directed by Iain Softley which was based on the book by Sébastien Japrisot as well as portraying the character Claude in Francesca Gregorini's drama thriller, The Truth About Emanuel.

Barnard portrayed King Richard III of England in the television series The White Queen on BBC One. He also appeared as John Trenchard in a two-part adaptation of Moonfleet that was filmed in Ireland and broadcast on Sky1 in December 2013.

In 2014, Barnard planned his role of Charles Knight in the upcoming science-fiction film Grotesque alongside Nicholas Hoult, Alex Reid, Ivan Dorschner and Allen Leech. He also appears in the 2017 film Bitter Harvest. He also played the part of Liverpool Music Manager Bobby Willis alongside Sheridan Smith in ITV's 3-part drama Cilla focusing on the early life of Cilla Black and her rise to fame.

In 2016 Barnard starred as Prince Boris Drubetskoy in Andrew Davies's television adaptation of Leo Tolstoy's War and Peace, broadcast on BBC One,[13] and as Tim Hobson in the BBC 5 part drama Thirteen.

In 2018 Barnard played the lead role of William opposite Tom Wilkinson's hitman Leslie in British comedy Dead In A Week (or your money back).



Year Title Role Notes
2005 A Night On The Tiles Bev Short film
2007 Owl Creek Bridge Damien Short film
2008 In Deep Phil Matthews Short film
2011 Elsewhere Nick Short film
2011 Ironclad Guy the Squire
2011 Powder Miguel
2011 Queen of Hearts Bad Knight Short film
2011 Hunky Dory Davey
2012 Citadel Tommy
2012 Elfie Hopkins Dylan Parker
2012 The Facility Adam
2013 The Truth About Emanuel Claude
2013 Trap for Cinderella Jake
2013 Mary Queen of Scots Darnley
2014 The Adventurer: The Curse of the Midas Box Mariah Mundi
2017 The Devil's Harvest Mykola
2017 Interlude in Prague Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
2017 Dunkirk Gibson
2018 Run Jorey Short film
2018 Bigger Ben Weider
2018 Dead In A Week (or your money back) William
2019 The Personal History of David Copperfield James Steerforth
2019 The Goldfinch Boris Pavlikovsky
2019 Radioactive Paul Langevin


Year Title Role Notes
2003 Jacob's Ladder Young Jonathan
2007 Y Pris Tupac
2008 Casualty Damien 1 episode: "Hurt"
2009 Doctors Chas Murdoch 1 episode: "Filmflam Thank You Man"
2012 We'll Take Manhattan David Bailey TV Movie
2013 The White Queen Richard III TV Mini-series
10 episodes
2013 Agatha Christie's Marple Robbie Hayman 1 episode: "Endless Night"
2013 Moonfleet John Trenchard TV Mini-series
2014 Under Milk Wood Drowned TV Movie
Voice role
2014 Cilla Robert "Bobby" Willis Jr. TV Mini-series
3 episodes
2015 The Scandalous Lady W Captain George Bisset TV Movie
2015 Killing Jesus James, son of Zebedee TV Mini-series
2016 War & Peace Boris Drubetskoy BBC TV Mini-series
2016 Thirteen Tim Hobson TV Series
2017 SS-GB PC Jimmy Dunn BBC TV Mini series
2019 Sherwood (TV series) Gisbourne Voice role
2019 Midsomer Murders Freddie Lamb 1 Episode: "With Baited Breath"
2020 Barkskins Hamish Goames TV Series


  1. ^ "The Truth About Aneurin Barnard".
  2. ^ a b WalesOnline (25 October 2012). "Aneurin Barnard films new BBC period drama in Bruges".
  3. ^, Keith Watson for (19 July 2013). "Aneurin Barnard: Richard III gets a raw deal".
  4. ^ Mark Shenton (25 October 2008). "Initial Casting Announced for London Premiere of Tony-Winning Spring Awakening". Playbill. Archived from the original on 28 October 2008. Retrieved 19 March 2009.
  5. ^ Paul Levy (6 March 2009). "'Spring Awakening' Is No Garden Variety High-School Musical". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 19 March 2009.
  6. ^ Charles Spencer (9 March 2009). "Dirty Dancing and Spring Awakening in the West End". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 19 March 2009.
  7. ^ Aneurin Barnard secures film deal Archived 23 September 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ WalesOnline (20 March 2009). "Aneurin Barnard: A career awakening".
  9. ^ Archived from the original on 2 December 2003. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  10. ^ Interview with Aneurin Barnard and other member cast of SPRING AWAKENING
  11. ^ "Vertigo, NFTS start shoot for Guinea Pigs".
  12. ^ Adam Dawtrey (11 April 2012). "Aneurin Barnard tapped for 'Mariah Mundi'". Variety. Retrieved 30 July 2012.
  13. ^ "BBC — Filming begins on epic adaptation of War and Peace for BBC One — Media Centre". Retrieved 6 January 2016.

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