The Secret of Moonacre - IOAN GRUFFUDD Profile

IOAN GRUFFUDD is the mysterious Sir Benjamin Merryweather, Maria's cantankerous uncle and lord of Moonacre Manor.

Gruffudd began his acting career at 14, winning a part in the Welsh drama People of the Valley. Four years later he gained a place at RADA, and on graduating in 1995, secured a role in the television production of Poldark. This was followed by film roles in Brian Gilbert's Wilde and the multi award winning Titanic. In 1998 he won the eponymous role in the hugely popular ITV production of Hornblower, a role he continued to play until 2003. As Pip in the BBC's production of Great Expectations Gruffudd starred alongside Charlotte Rampling. With his role in 102 Dalmatians Gruffudd became a Hollywood name, and subsequently his work in Ridley Scott's Black Hawk Down, The Gathering with Christina Ricci, and Antoine Fuqua's King Arthur, paved the way to the role of Reed Richards/Mr Fantastic in the Fantastic Four series. Gruffudd has most recently voiced the lead character in the animated feature Agent Crush, and is currently playing Tony Blair opposite Josh Brolin's George W. Bush in Oliver Stone's W.

The Secret Of Moonacre.Staring: Dakota Blue Richards, Ioan Gruffudd, Tim Curry, Natascha McElhone, Juliet Stevenson, Augustus Prew, Michael Webber and Andy Linden. Film by Warner Brothers.

In Cinemas February 6 2009

Staring: Dakota Blue Richards, Ioan Gruffudd, Tim Curry, Natascha McElhone, Juliet Stevenson, Augustus Prew, Michael Webber and Andy Linden.

The Secret of Moonacre is an enchanting tale of magic and adventure. It follows the quest of thirteen-year-old orphan, Maria Merryweather (Dakota Blue Richards), who is sent away to live with her uncle, Sir Benjamin (Ioan Gruffudd), in the mysterious Moonacre Manor. It is there Maria uncovers the dark truth of the ancient curse that has nourished the feud that has been destroying Moonacre Valley for centuries. She has only until the next full moon to undo the curse and save Moonacre from destruction. Aided by a stable of wonderful characters and fantastical beasts, Maria sets out to bring peace to this magical world.

The cast includes: Dakota Blue Richards, Ioan Gruffudd, Tim Curry, Natascha McElhone, Juliet Stevenson, Augustus Prew, Michael Webber and Andy Linden.

The film is directed by award-winning Hungarian director Gabor Csupo. The screenplay has been adapted by Lucy Shuttleworth and Graham Alborough from the children's classic novel The Little White Horse by Elizabeth Goudge. It is produced by Meredith Garlick and Monica Penders for Forgan-Smith Entertainment and Jason Piette and Michael L. Cowan for Spice Factory UK with partners Eurofilm Studio in Hungary and Davis Films in France. The film is released in the UK by Warner Bros. Pictures.

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