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WHO'S THE GREATEST?

Byline: MARTIN WILLIAMS

Nerys Hughes

HERE they are, your top 30 North Walians.

Over the past month, readers have submitted dozens of nominations for their favourite North Wales character, with many TV stars, celebrities, historic figures and politicians among those chosen.

We have whittled them down to the top 30, and will profile them every Monday in the Daily Post over the coming months, starting next week.

The list features high-profile names like comedy actress Dawn French, Carol Vorderman, former 007 Timothy Dalton, and actor Jonathan Pryce.

Pryce was a last-minute selection having appeared in many Hollywood movies, notably Evita, Tomorrow Never Dies, Pirates of the Caribbean and The New World, as well as independent projects such as Glengarry Glen Ross and Carrington.

He was selected by Barry Squire, from Connah's Quay, who said: "Jonathan Pryce is one of the classiest and most prolific actors out there, and the fact he's from Holywell means he should definitely be near the top of your list."

Also in the mix are singer David Lloyd, tenor Trebor Jones and footballing stars Ian Rush and Mark Hughes.

Liver Birds actress Nerys Hughes has been a popular choice, as was rugby legend Robin McBryde, chosen by Gryff Roberts, from Corwen.

He said: "In a national game dominated by the M4 corridor, Bangor-born Robin McBryde was not only able to make a name for himself in rugby.

"A ferocious tackler, scrummager and devastating power runner in the loose with ball in hand, McBryde had everything necessary to make it in a sport which was finding itself again after shaking off the amateur shackles and moving into the professional ranks."

Dyserth singer/songwriter Mike Peters is an inspiration to many fellow North Walians and sailed into the top 30, together with historic giants Owain Glyndwr, translator William Morgan, ex-ploreHM Stanley and former Prime Ministers William Gladstone and David Lloyd-George.

Motorhead rocker Lemmy was an ace in the pack, as were Bryn Terfel, Assembly member Dafydd Elis-Thomas and Cymru Cuba's David Jones, nominated by Ioan and Pegi Talfryn, from Rhyl.

"David was a very unique individual who combined his great love for Wales with a deep internationalism," they said. "He was renowned for being able to appeal to people of many different backgrounds and political beliefs and uniting them in a common cause.

"Popeth Cymraeg has recently bought the Tannery in Llanrwst to house a new language centre in memory of David, who was brought up in the town."

Among the other nominees are politician Glenys Kinnock, cultural icon Hedd Wyn, Lawrence of Arabia and Monty Python's Terry Jones.

Golfer Becky Brewerton received dozens of votes, as did David Edwards Hughes, inventor of the telegraph and the microphone.

However, one of the most popular selection so far has been rowdy, enigmatic Ruthin actor Rhys Ifans, star of Twin Town, Notting Hill and the TV film Not Only But Always.

Danny Smith, from Betws-y-Coed, said: "Ifans is a total legend and a guy I really admire. He's from North Wales, is well-respected and continues to grow as an actor by taking on really diverse roles."

The list is completed by motor racing hero Tom Pryce, Coldplay guitarist Jonny Buckland, Titanic officer Harold Godfrey Lowe and Olympic rower Tom James, who was chosen by Delyth Robinson of Flint.

She said: "Tom James is an example to many people. He always come across as a lovely man but also has that steely determination needed to be a winner, which he showed in getting an Olympic gold medal.

"He should definitely be on the list and I shall certainly be voting for Tom."

Keep an eye out every Monday for our profiles of the top 30 North Walians.

We will feature them all before votes are cast and counted by our news team later this year.

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Holyhead comedienne Dawn French Colwyn Bay actor Timothy Dalton Prestatyn Countdown star Carol Vorderman Holywell actor Jonathan Pryce Trelogan singer David Lloyd Blaenau tenor Trebor Jones Flint striker Ian Rush Menai Bridge rugby star Robin McBryde Rhyl actress Nerys Hughes Dyserth singer Mike Peters Wrexham footballer Mark Hughes Glyndyfrdwy freedom fighter Owain Glyndwr Penmachno translator William Morgan Denbigh explorer HM Stanley Hawarden PM William Gladstone Llanystumdwy PM David Lloyd-George Anglesey rocker Lemmy Pant Glas opera star Bryn Terfel Llanrwst's David Jones (Cymru Cuba) Holyhead politician Glenys Kinnock Tremadog's Lawrence of Arabia Colwyn Bay comedian Terry Jones Abergele golfer Becky Brewerton Corwen inventor David Edwards Hughes Ruthin actor Rhys Ifans Ruthin racing driver Tom Pryce Pantymwyn Coldplay star Jonny Buckland Coedpoeth rower Tom James Llanrwst AM Dafydd Elis-Thomas Conwy's Titanic hero Harold Godfrey Lowe
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