Mark Lewis Jones

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Mark Lewis Jones
Born (1964-08-31) 31 August 1964 (age 59)
EducationRoyal Welsh College of Music & Drama
Years active1985–present
AwardsBAFTA Cymru award for Best Actor in The Passing / Yr Ymadawiad

Mark Lewis Jones (born 31 August 1964) is a Welsh actor, whose roles include that of a First Order Captain Moden Canady in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, a police inspector in BBC drama series 55 Degrees North, a whaler in the film Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, soldier Tecton in Troy and Rob Morgan in the series Stella. He is known for being the voice of Letho of Gulet the King Slayer in The Witcher 2 and 3.

Early life[edit]

Mark Lewis Jones was born in Rhosllannerchrugog near Wrexham, Wales.[1] He began acting as a teenager with the Clwyd Youth Theatre[2] and trained at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama.[3]


Jones has acted with the Royal Shakespeare Company,[4] and at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London.

His television roles include appearances in This Life, Holby City, Spooks, Murphy's Law, Waking the Dead and Torchwood. Perhaps his most significant role for BBC television was as Detective Inspector Russell Bing in the police drama 55 Degrees North, in which he played an outspoken, opinionated and at times humorous police officer, in a complex and intricately crafted series.

He also played Detective Sergeant Ray Lloyd in police drama Murder Prevention.[5] His two most renowned appearances in Hollywood blockbusters were as Hogg the Whaler in Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, and Tecton, a soldier in Troy.

In 2001, he portrayed Uther Pendragon, father of King Arthur and second husband of Igraine, in the American TV miniseries The Mists of Avalon. He played Irfon in S4C's Con Passionate, Josi in Sian James' Calon Gaeth,[6] and Bryan Jones in Y Pris.[7]

In 2009 he was a guest in the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition, broadcast on 11 June on BBC Two Wales.[8]

Jones auditioned for Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) but did not get the part. However, he was later offered the part of Captain Canady for the sequel, Star Wars: The Last Jedi. He appears prominently in the opening sequences and says he played the part with "a posh Welsh accent".[9]

In 2016, Jones won a BAFTA Cymru award for Best Actor in The Passing / Yr Ymadawiad. He was nominated in the same category at the 2013 Awards for Stella, 2017 Awards for The Lighthouse, 2018 Awards for Keeping Faith and in 2021 for Gangs of London.

Jones was awarded a Fellowship from the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama in June 2022.





Year Title Role Notes
1985 Morons from Outer Space Godfrey (as Mark Jones)
1986 Valhalla Voice of Odin English version
1989 The Shell Seekers Danus
1990 Paper Mask Dr Lloyd
1999 Solomon & Gaenor Crad Rees
2003 Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World Mr. Hogg
2004 Troy Tecton
2006 Hydra Jones Short film
2010 Robin Hood Stone Mason Longstride
2014 Sniper: Legacy Shope
2015 Child 44 Tortoise
2015 Queen of the Desert Frank Lascelles
2015 Just Jim Donald
2016 Trespass Against Us P.C. Pollock
2016 Yr Ymadawiad Stanley[12]
2016 The Lighthouse Thomas Griffiths
2017 Star Wars: The Last Jedi Captain Moden Canady
2018 Apostle Quinn
2018 Gwen Mr Wynne
2019 The Good Liar Bryn
2020 Rebecca Inspector Welch
2022 The Phantom of the Open Cliff
2022 Bolan's Shoes[13] Geraint
2022 Portrait of Dangerous Women[14] Jon Post-Production
2023 Sweetland Moses


Year Title Role Notes
1989; 1991 The Play on One Constable Davies / Ieuan Two roles
1989 The Angry Earth Guto
1991 The Bill Doctor 1 episode
1991 Heroes II: The Return Royal Marine Maj.
1992 Between the Lines P.C. Terry Gilzean
1995 Casualty Allsop
1995 A Mind to Kill Geraint Humphries
1996 Soldier Soldier Capt Jonathan Bell
1996 Dangerfield DI Dicky Sutton
1996–1997 This Life Dale Jones Recurring role
1997 Bride of War Platoon Commander 1 episode
1999 The Knock David Ancrom 4th series; main role
2000 Where the Heart Is Brian Price
2000 Jason and the Argonauts Mopsus Mini-series
2001–2002 The Bench Des Davies Series regular
2001 The Infinite Worlds of H. G. Wells Arthur Brownlow Main role
2001 Tales from Pleasure Beach Dunk Mini-series
2001 The Mists of Avalon King Uther Pendragon
2001 Score Tony Television film
2002 A Mind to Kill Gethin Purse
2002 Y Tŷ Jim Series regular
2002 Holby City Reece King
2002 Lenny Blue DC Huw Morgan
2003 The Measure of My Days Escapee Short Film
2003 Spooks Mark Whooley
2003 Red Cap Sgt. Gary Jennings
2003 Triongl Dewi S4C drama
2004 Murder Prevention DS Ray Lloyd
2004 Lie with Me Paul Stebbing
2004 Murphy's Law Simpson
2005 Waking the Dead Tom McQueen
2005 55 Degrees North DI Russell Bing Main role
2005–2008 Con Passionate Irfon Series regular
2006 Torchwood John Ellis Episode "Out of Time"
2006 Cravings Eisner
2006 Calon Gaeth Josi Evans
2006 Stick or Twist Russ Series regular
2006 Little White Lies Dr. James Series regular
2007–2009 Y Pris Chief Constable Bryan Jones Main role
2007–2008 The Commander DCI Doug James
2008 The Passion Apostle Marcus
2008 The Other Boleyn Girl Brandon
2008 Caught in the Act Alan Williams
2009 A Child's Christmases in Wales Geraint Rhys
2009 Merlin King Olaf 1 episode
2009–2010 Crash Mike Hill
2009 Framed Dafydd Hughes
2009 Law and Order UK Mark Powell Episode: "Love and Loss"
2009 Top of the Cops DCI Doug James
2009 Zig Zag Love[15] Paul Carmichael
2009 Welsh Greats[16] Presenter
2010 Pen Talar Max "Episode No. 1.6"
2010 The Cursed Mirror[17] Sir Oswallt Short film
2010 Bouquet of Barbed Wire Simon Clark
2011 Baker Boys Pete Series regular; 2 series
2011 Game of Thrones Shagga
2011 Being Human Richard Hargreaves
2011 Silent Witness D.I. Frank Skipper
2012 Silk Sergeant Major Chris Pierce 1 episode
2012 Casualty Caleb Flack
2012 Titanic David Evans
2012–2013, 2015–2017 Stella Rob Morgan Main role; series 1–2, 4–6
2012 Sinbad Azdi Episode: "Eye of the Tiger"
2013 Talking to the Dead DCI Owen Jackson
2013 Atlantis Mac 1 episode
2014 37 Days David Lloyd George
2014 Under Milk Wood Neighbour
2014 Puppy Love Dave Wilson
2015 Hinterland John Bell 1 episode
2015 Father Brown Arnold Francis
2016 National Treasure Gerry Series regular
2016–2018 Byw Celwydd Dylan Williams Series regular; 3 series
2017 The Machine Thompson
2017–2020 Keeping Faith Steve Baldini 3 series[18]
2018 Hidden Endaf Elwy
2018 Partridge in a Bree Tree Bear
2019 Chernobyl General Vladimir Pikalov
2019 Carnival Row Magistrate Flute Recurring role; series 1
2019 The Accident Iwan Bevan
2019 The Crown Dr. Edward Millward "Tywysog Cymru" episode 6
2020 Gangs of London Kinney Edwards Main role
2020 Cyswllt (Mewn COVID) Daf S4C drama
2020 The Third Day Jason
2021 It's My Shout (I Am One)[19] Ron Short Films from Wales
2021 The Pact Father Martin
2022 Outlander Tom Christie Season 6&7
2022 The Tuckers[20] Mad Malcom Series 3, Ep 1: Hard Man
2022 Murmur[21] Roy Short
2022 Dal Y Mellt[22] Mici S4C drama
2023 Y Sŵn[23] William Whitelaw TV movie
2023 Men Up[24] Eddie O'Connor TV movie
2023 The Cleaner Richard Series 2, Ep 6: The Dead End
2023 The Red King[25] Gruffudd Prosser 5 episodes – In Production
2023 The Reckoning Charles Hullighan[26] 3 episodes
2023 Bodies[27] Andrew Morley Post-Production
2023 Men Up Eddie O’Connor Upcoming television film
2024 Baby Reindeer Gerald Dunn Netflix limited series
2024 The Red King Gruffud [28]

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2011 Dragon Age 2 Emeric Voice
2011 The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings Letho of Gulet Voice
2015 The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Letho of Gulet Voice


Year Title Role Notes
2004 The Welsh in Shakespeare[29] Various TV movie
2006 Torchwood Declassified[30] Self / John Ellis TV series
2009 Top of the Cops[31] Self / DCI Doug James TV movie
2009 Merlin: Secrets & Magic[32] Self TV series
2011 Making of Game of Thrones[33] Shagga Video
2018 Flex Lewis: Superstar Bodybuilder[34] Narrator TV movie

Personal life[edit]

In 2014, Jones took part in the Marathon des Sables, in the Sahara Desert, with fellow Welsh actor Richard Harrington.[35] In April 2018, he ran the inaugural Wales Marathon held in Newport.[36]

Jones was one of the athletes taking part in IronMan Wales[37] on 3rd September 2023 to raise money for Head for Change,[38] which will go directly towards the education, care and support and potential treatments in rugby.

Jones is an Ambassador for Believe Organ Donor Support,[39] Marie Curie UK, [40] and Cerebral Palsy Cymru.[41]


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  2. ^ "Clwyd Theatr Cymru". Archived from the original on 27 June 2007.
  3. ^ "Home | Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama". Archived from the original on 23 April 2009.
  4. ^ "Royal Shakespeare Company". Archived from the original on 28 June 2009.
  5. ^ "Murder Prevention". Archived from the original on 7 January 2009.
  6. ^ "Email Marketing Solutions and More". AWeber. Archived from the original on 1 March 2009.
  7. ^ S4/C-Y Pris Archived 13 May 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ "BBC – BBC Cardiff Singer of the World, 2009, Highlights, Round 5". BBC. Retrieved 10 October 2019.
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  14. ^ Portrait of Dangerous Women at IMDb Edit this at Wikidata
  15. ^ Zig Zag Love at IMDb Edit this at Wikidata
  16. ^ Welsh Greats Emlyn Williams (2009), BBC.
  17. ^ The Cursed Mirror at IMDb Edit this at Wikidata
  18. ^ "Keeping Faith to return for final series". BBC News. 24 January 2020.
  19. ^ I Am One at IMDb Edit this at Wikidata
  20. ^ The Tuckers at IMDb Edit this at Wikidata
  21. ^ Murmur at IMDb Edit this at Wikidata
  22. ^ Dal Y Mellt at IMDb Edit this at Wikidata
  23. ^ Y Sŵn at IMDb Edit this at Wikidata
  24. ^ Men Up at IMDb Edit this at Wikidata
  25. ^ The Red King at IMDb Edit this at Wikidata
  26. ^ "The Reckoning – Episode 1 of 4".
  27. ^ Bodies at IMDb Edit this at Wikidata
  28. ^ Cormack, Morgan (15 April 2024). "The Red King: Release date, trailer and latest news for Alibi drama". Radio Times. Retrieved 17 April 2024.
  29. ^ The Welsh in Shakespeare at IMDb Edit this at Wikidata
  30. ^ Torchwood Declassified at IMDb Edit this at Wikidata
  31. ^ Top of the Cops at IMDb Edit this at Wikidata
  32. ^ Merlin: Secrets & Magic at IMDb Edit this at Wikidata
  33. ^ Making of Game of Thrones at IMDb Edit this at Wikidata
  34. ^ Flex Lewis: Superstar Bodybuilder at IMDb Edit this at Wikidata
  35. ^ Williams, Kathryn (7 April 2015). "Get your daps on! Welsh celebrities are doing the London Marathon for charity". WalesOnline.
  36. ^ "Runner tackles marathon in bid as part of fitness challenges". Penarth Times.
  37. ^ "Head for IronMan Wales". JustGiving.
  38. ^ "Head For Change". Head For Change.
  39. ^ "Charity aiming to ' promote and support Organ Donation". Believe.
  40. ^ "Care and support at the end of life". Marie Curie UK.
  41. ^ "Therapy and support for children and their families". Cerebral Palsy Cymru.

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