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is a Welsh
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Best known to British audiences for his starring role in the 1978 drama series Hawkmoor
, and appearances in the television
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series The District Nurse
The District Nurse is a British television series, produced by BBC Wales and shown on BBC One between 1984 and 1987.The series was a period drama created by Julia Smith and Tony Holland and starred Nerys Hughes as Megan Roberts, the titular district nurse fighting to improve living conditions for...
and the Doctor Who
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serial Revelation of the Daleks
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, Ogwen has been a stalwart of Welsh language
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television and film since the early 1970s. He has also written plays, presented documentary series and recorded readings of Welsh-language works.
In 2004 he was awarded a BAFTA Cymru Special Award for his contribution.
He was born and raised in Sling, Bethesda, North Wales
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, and studied English and Welsh at Bangor University
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. When told, "You'll have to make up your mind whether you want to be a nationalist or an actor", he replied, "I'll be a bit of both."
He has a keen interest in football, and played as a striker for Bangor City F.C.
Bangor City Football Club are a semi-professional Welsh football club from the City of Bangor. The club compete in the Welsh Premier League, being ever present since the league was founded in 1992....
when still in the 6th Form at school. Today he is a keen Everton F.C.
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He is married to Maureen Rhys, one of Wales' most recognisable actresses, and in the past they have frequently worked together in productions. They have three children, and live in Bangor
Bangor is a city in Gwynedd, north west Wales, and one of the smallest cities in Britain. It is a university city with a population of 13,725 at the 2001 census, not including around 10,000 students at Bangor University. Including nearby Menai Bridge on Anglesey, which does not however form part of...
- Hawkmoor (1978)
- The District Nurse (1984)
- Doctor Who (1985)
- Tomos y Tanc a'i Ffrindiau (1986) - narrator
- Tylluan Wen (1997)
- Belonging (2005)