This talented Welsh actress made her debut on the silver screen in 2014 with her role of Eva in Two Missing. Since then, she’s had a successful run of appearing in both film and TV, and will play the role of young Galadriel in Amazon’s upcoming Lord of the Rings prequel series. Read on to learn more about this fascinating star!
1. Where was Morfydd Clark born?
Morfydd was born in Sweden, but relocated to Wales when she was two years old. Her father works in software security and her mother is a pediatrician. She’s a bit cagey about her actual age, and won’t even reveal her birthday. Some journalists estimate she’s about 30 years old.
2. How do you say her name?
Good question! Her name is Welsh, and means ‘maiden’ or ‘beloved’. It’s pronounced MOHR-fith.
3. Where did Morfydd Clark go to school?
School was difficult for young Morfydd, who was diagnosed with both dyslexia and ADHD as a child. She left the Kings Monkton grade school at age 16 to pursue a career in stage acting, and trained briefly at the Drama Center London.
4. How did Morfydd start acting?
After leaving school, Morfydd appeared onstage in «According to Brian Haw,» produced by British Youth Music Theatre. After completing her training at Drama Center London, she played the lead role in Saunders Lewis’ Blodeuwedd, produced by Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru, a Welsh theatrical company.
After a few more stage roles, Morfydd moved to film and television in 2014. Along with her role in the short film Two Missing, she was quite busy that year! She played Camille in Madame Bovary, Amelia in the TV miniseries New Worlds, and Nancy Wickwire in the TV movie A Poet in New York.
5. What else has Morfydd been in?
You’ll probably recognize her as Georgiana Darcy in 2016’s Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Sister Clara in HBO’s His Dark Materials, or Mina Harker in Steven Moffat’s Dracula. She also played the titular character Maud in 2020’s Saint Maud. Judging by these roles, Morfydd enjoys roles with creepy, psychological horror overtones. It’ll be interesting to see what she brings to the role of young Galadriel given her acting history!
6. What’s Morfydd’s secret to good acting?
In an interview with The Guardian, Morfydd talks about the Welsh concept hiraeth. It’s a longing for a place that never existed, a homesickness for a place you’ve never lived. She puts that hunger and yearning into all of her work. And we can see just how well it’s worked out for her!
She also credits her ADHD with helping her acting career. The thing that held her back in grade school turned out be an asset when on set!
7. Is Morfydd dating anyone?
The actress is a notoriously private person, so even if she was, we probably wouldn’t know about it. We do wish her the best, though!