Aneurin Barnard

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Aneurin Barnard
Barnard in 2019
Born (1987-05-08) 8 May 1987 (age 36)
Years active2003–present
Lucy Faulks
(m. 2017)
Children1 [1]

Aneurin Barnard (/əˈnrɪn/; Welsh: [aˈnɛirɪn]; born 8 May 1987)[1] 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, Gibson in Dunkirk, and Boris Pavlikovsky in The Goldfinch.

Early life[edit]

Barnard was born in Bridgend in Wales on 8 May 1987, the son of factory worker June and coal miner Terry Barnard.[2][3] His first language is Welsh.[4] He attended Ysgol Gyfun Llanhari in Rhondda Cynon Taf during his secondary school years. Barnard trained at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, graduating in 2008,[3] and was credited as a RWCMD Associate Award in 2019.[5]



Barnard was just 11 years of age when he began involvement in theatre work at the Bridgend County Youth Theatre in 1999.[6] Whilst a student 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.[7]

He 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.[8] The play later transferred to the Novello Theatre in March 2009, running until May 2009. For his performance, Barnard won the Laurence Olivier Award.[9]


Barnard starred in HTV Wales series Jacob's Ladder as a 16-year-old. He has appeared in guest roles in TV series Doctors, Casualty, Shameless, and Y Pris.[10] He has also appeared in the short TV films The Big Day, Night on the Tiles and the BAFTA Cymru-winning Owl Creek Bridge.[6]

In 2011 Barnard starred in Hunky Dory,[2] co-starring with Minnie Driver.[3] 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".[1]

In January 2012 Barnard starred as photographer David Bailey in the television film We'll Take Manhattan.[2] He also appeared in the 2012 horror movie Elfie Hopkins. Barnard then appeared in the lead role in Vertigo Films's Guinea Pigs,[11] a micro-budget horror film about volunteers fighting for their lives after a drug trial goes wrong. Later in 2012 he starred in the horror-thriller film Citadel.[4]

In 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 alongside Michael Sheen.[4] The movie was released in 2014.[12] Barnard also featured in Trap for Cinderella (2013),[12] and as Claude in Francesca Gregorini's drama thriller, The Truth About Emanuel.[12] In 2013, Barnard portrayed King Richard III of England in the television series The White Queen on BBC One.[3] He also appeared as John Trenchard in a two-part Sky TV adaptation of Moonfleet.[2]

In 2017, he also appeared in the film Bitter Harvest. He played the music manager Bobby Willis in ITV's 3-part drama Cilla.[1]

In 2016, he starred as Prince Boris Drubetskoy in Andrew Davies's television adaptation of Leo Tolstoy's War and Peace, broadcast on BBC One,[13] for which he was nominated for Best Actor (Yr Actor Gorau).[14] He starred as Tim Hobson, boyfriend of Ivy Moxham, (played by Jodie Comer) in the BBC 5 part drama Thirteen.[1]

In 2017, Barnard had the lead role as Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in Interlude in Prague. The following year, he played William in British comedy, Dead in a Week or Your Money Back. In 2022, it was announced that Barnard would appear in the fourteenth series of Doctor Who as Roger ap Gwilliam.[15]

In 2021, Barnard starred in the BBC One prison drama Time alongside Sean Bean and Stephen Graham earning a second nomination for Best Actor (Yr Actor Gorau).[16]

Barnard starred as Ryan in the Channel 5 series The Catch in January 2023,[17] alongside Jason Watkins and Poppy Gilbert.[1] In 2023 he filmed the BBC television feature Men Up, about the first clinical trials for the drug Viagra that took place in Swansea in 1994.[18]



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
Ironclad Guy the Squire
Powder Miguel
Queen of Hearts Bad Knight Short film
Hunky Dory Davey [2]
2012 Citadel Tommy
Elfie Hopkins Dylan Parker
The Facility Adam [2]
2013 The Truth About Emanuel Claude
Trap for Cinderella Jake
Mary Queen of Scots Darnley
2014 The Adventurer: The Curse of the Midas Box Mariah Mundi
2017 Bitter Harvest Mykola
Interlude in Prague Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Dunkirk Gibson
2018 Run Jorey Short film
Bigger Ben Weider
Dead in a Week or Your Money Back William
2019 The Personal History of David Copperfield James Steerforth
The Goldfinch Boris Pavlikovsky
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 miniseries
10 episodes
Agatha Christie's Marple Robbie Hayman 1 episode: "Endless Night"
Moonfleet John Trenchard TV miniseries
2014 Under Milk Wood Drowned TV movie
Voice role
Cilla Robert "Bobby" Willis Jr. TV miniseries
3 episodes
2015 The Scandalous Lady W Captain George Bisset TV movie
Killing Jesus James, son of Zebedee TV miniseries
2016 War & Peace Boris Drubetskoy BBC TV miniseries
Thirteen Tim Hobson TV series
2017 SS-GB PC Jimmy Dunn BBC TV mini-series
2019 Sherwood Gisbourne Voice role
Midsomer Murders Freddie Lamb 1 episode: "With Baited Breath"
2020 Barkskins Hamish Goames TV series
2021 The Pact Jack Evans TV series
Time Bernard TV series
2022 Peaky Blinders Doctor Holford 2 episodes: "Sapphire", "Lock and Key"
1899 Daniel Solace TV series; 8 episodes [15]
2023 The Catch Ryan Main role - All 4 episodes
2024 Doctor Who Roger ap Gwilliam [15] Series 14

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Awards Category Work Result ref
2010 2010 Laurence Olivier Awards Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Musical Spring Awakening Won [9]
2012 Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival Best Actor Citadel Won [19]
2016 BAFTA Cymru Best Actor (Yr Actor Gorau) War & Peace Nominated [14][19]
2022 Time Nominated [16][19]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Hyland, Karen (25 January 2023). "Aneurin Barnard in The Catch: What else has actor been in and how do you pronounce his name?".
  2. ^ a b c d e f "The Truth About Aneurin Barnard". 14 December 2012.
  3. ^ a b c d "Aneurin Barnard films new BBC period drama in Bruges". WalesOnline. 25 October 2012.
  4. ^ a b c Watson, Keith (19 July 2013). "Aneurin Barnard: Richard III gets a raw deal". Metro.
  5. ^ "RWCMD Associates awards". 27 November 2022.
  6. ^ a b "Aneurin Barnard: A career awakening". WalesOnline. 20 March 2009.
  7. ^ "Interview with Aneurin Barnard and other member cast of Spring Awakening". 3 April 2009.
  8. ^ 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.
  9. ^ a b "Laurence Olivier Theatre Awards 2010 Winners Announced". 8 June 2016.
  10. ^ Aneurin Barnard secures film deal Archived 23 September 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  11. ^ "Vertigo, NFTS start shoot for Guinea Pigs". Screen Daily.
  12. ^ a b c d 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". BBC. Retrieved 6 January 2016.
  14. ^ a b "BAFTA Cymru Awards 2016". 9 October 2022.
  15. ^ a b c McLaughlin, Charlotte (9 January 2023). "Aneurin Barnard joins cast of Doctor Who to play mysterious character".
  16. ^ a b "Winners announced for the 2022 BAFTA Cymru Awards". 9 October 2022.
  17. ^ "The Catch: Release date, cast and news for Channel 5 drama". 11 January 2023.
  18. ^ Ritman, Alex (1 March 2023). "Viagra Trial Drama 'Men Up' Coming to BBC From Russell T. Davies, 'Industry' Writer, 'It's a Sin' Producer". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 24 May 2023.
  19. ^ a b c "Aneurin Barnard Awards". IMDB (Index source only). Retrieved 2 February 2023.

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