John Rhys-Davies, who starred as Gimli in Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy, has been honoured with the Special Award for Outstanding Contribution to Film and Television by BAFTA in Wales this past weekend.
John is married to New Zealander Lisa Manning and lives with his wife and their New Zealand-born daughter just out of Hamilton.
Rhys-Davies was born in Wales and has began his career in the UK. He’s appeared in more than 150 films and television shows in an acting career spanning more than 40 years. His credits are hugely diverse from voicing ManRay in the Spongebob Squarepants TV series to playing ‘Sallah’, Indie’s trust friended in two films out of the the cult classic Indiana Jones trilogy.
Over the last 15 years, he’s revisited the Shire several times to voice Gimli for various videos games.
Rhys-Davies recent credits include Valley of the Gods in which he stars alongside Josh Hartnett, John Malkovich and Charlotte Rampling, The Blue Mauritius with Gerard Depardieu and Thomas Kretschmann and he is the voice of ‘God’ in the animated feature Starlight.
Locally, he’s appeared in The Shannara Chronicles and voiced Captain Cragglechin McScuttlebutt in Mukpuddy’s The Barefoot Bandits.