Morfydd Clark

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Morfydd Clark
Clark in 2022
Born17 March 1989 (age 34)
Years active2014–present

Morfydd Clark (Welsh pronunciation: [ˈmɔrvɪð];[2] born 17 March 1989) is a Swedish-born Welsh[3][4] actress. She is best known for playing Galadriel in the Amazon Prime series The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power (2022–).[5][6][7][8] She received a number of accolades for her performance in the film Saint Maud (2019), including a BAFTA Cymru as well as BIFA and BAFTA Rising Star Award nominations.

Clark's other films include Love & Friendship (2016), Interlude in Prague (2017), and The Personal History of David Copperfield (2019). Also on television, she played Mina Harker in Dracula (2020) and Sister Clara in His Dark Materials (2019).

Early life[edit]

Clark was born in Sweden and moved with her family to Penarth, Wales, when she was two years old.[9] She described her father as a "Northern Irish Glaswegian", and her maternal side is from North Wales.[10] Her parents spoke English together, but her maternal grandparents were Welsh speakers, which led to her attending a Welsh language school. She is bilingual in English and Welsh.[11] Her first taste of acting was playing Mrs Dai Bread in a school production of Under Milk Wood.[12] After struggling with dyslexia and ADHD, she left school at sixteen.[13] She later completed her A Levels in English and mathematics at Kings Monkton School in Cardiff. In 2009, she was accepted to British Youth Music Theatre's production of According to Brian Haw[14] and to the National Youth Theatre of Wales, before training at the Drama Centre London.[13]


Clark left Drama Centre in her final term to star in Saunders Lewis's play Blodeuwedd with Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru. She has appeared in Violence and Son at the Royal Court, as Juliet in Romeo and Juliet at the Crucible Theatre, Sheffield, and in Les Liaisons Dangereuses at the Donmar Warehouse.[15] She played Frederica Vernon in Whit Stillman's film Love & Friendship.[16] In 2016, Clark was named as one of the Screen International Stars of Tomorrow for her early work in television and theatre.[12] She appeared in the film The Call Up[17] and as Cordelia in King Lear at The Old Vic.[18] In 2017, she starred in Interlude In Prague,[19][20] and portrayed Catherine Dickens in The Man Who Invented Christmas.[21]

In 2019, she appeared in the films Crawl, The Personal History of David Copperfield, and Eternal Beauty. Also that year, Clark starred as Maud in the psychological horror film Saint Maud, for which, she was nominated for Best Actress of the 2020 British Independent Film Awards.[22][23] For her performance as Maud, she won the BAFTA Cymru best actress award,[24] and was nominated for the 2021 BAFTA Rising Star Award.[25]

The Rings of Power[edit]

Clark portrayed a younger version of the character Galadriel in Season 1 of The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power on Amazon Prime.[5][6][7][8]

Morfydd has cited that she is "proud" that being a Welsh speaker influenced her portrayal of her bilingual character, Galadriel. The actor stated, “I feel I can be much more romantic and deep in Welsh. So that was really useful for me, because I was thinking, ‘[What's the] language of her heart? What language does she think in?'" In another interview, the actor discussed her education in Welsh: “Well, I went to a Welsh language school and everything is taught in Welsh. Welsh is phonetic, so it's great for people with dyslexia. I started learning English in the third year. What my Tolkien-obsessed mother was really proud of and passed on to us was that Tolkien was inspired by the Welsh. Oddly enough, his work was a badge of honour for me, because the Welsh are Welsh and obsessed with anything Welsh."[26] She also mentioned enjoying speaking in Welsh on-set with co-stars Owain Arthur and Trystan Gravelle.[27]


Clark in 2020


Year Title Role Notes
2014 Madame Bovary Camille
The Falling Pamela Charron
2016 Pride and Prejudice and Zombies Georgiana Darcy
Love & Friendship Frederica Vernon [28][29]
The Call Up Shelly
2017 Interlude in Prague Zuzanna Luptak
The Man Who Invented Christmas Kate Dickens
2019 Crawl Beth Keller
The Personal History of David Copperfield Dora Spenlow [30]
Eternal Beauty Young Jane
Saint Maud Maud [31][32]
2023 Starve Acre Juliette
TBA Hamlet Ophelia Filming[33]


Year Title Role Notes
2014 New Worlds Amelia Television miniseries
A Poet in New York Nancy Wickwire Television film
2015 Arthur & George Mary Episode: "1.1"
2016 National Theatre Live: Les Liaisons Dangereuses Cécile Volanges
2018 The Alienist Caroline Bell Episode: "Silver Smile"
The City and the City Yolanda Stark Episodes: "Breach," "Ordinary"
Patrick Melrose Debbie Hickman Episodes: "Bad News," "Some Hope"
Outsiders Mari Television film
2019 His Dark Materials Sister Clara 4 episodes
2020 Dracula Mina Harker Television miniseries
2022 The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power Galadriel [5][6][7][8][34][35]
2023 Murder is Easy Bridget Two-part drama[36]


Year Play Role Theatre company Director


2013 Blodeuwedd [37] Blodeuwedd Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru Arwel Griffiths

(Saunders Lewis)

2015 Violence and Son Jen The Royal Court Hamish Pirie

(Gary Owen)

2015 Romeo and Juliet Juliet The Crucible Theatre Jonathan Humphreys

(William Shakespeare)

2015 Les Liaisons Dangereuses Cecile The Donmar Warehouse Josie Rourke

(Christopher Hampton)

2016 King Lear Cordelia The Old Vic Deborah Warner

(William Shakespeare)

2017 The Cherry Orchard Anya The Sherman Rachel O’Riorden

(Anton Chekhov/Gary Owen)

2019 The Colours Joe Soho Theatre Max Barton

(Harriet Madeley)


Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result Ref.
2020 Dublin Film Critics' Circle Breakthrough Award Saint Maud and The Personal History of David Copperfield Won [45]
Sunset Film Circle Awards Best Actress style="background: #FFE3E3; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; " class="no table-no2 notheme"|Nominated [46]
2021 London Critics' Circle Film Awards British/Irish Actress of the Year Saint Maud and Eternal Beauty Won [47]
Actress of the Year Saint Maud Nominated
British Independent Film Awards Best Actress Saint Maud Nominated [48][49]
BAFTA Cymru Best Actress Won [24]
British Academy Film Awards Rising Star Award Nominated [50][25]
2022 Fangoria Chainsaw Awards Best Lead Performance Nominated [51]
2023 Critics' Choice Super Awards Best Actress in a Science Fiction/Fantasy Series The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power Nominated [52]
Canneseries Madame Figaro Rising Star Award The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power Won [53]


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