‘In a theatre brimming with lightweights, he was a natural heavy,’ Michael Billington said of Hugh Griffith in the obituary he wrote for The Guardian. To this day, the Anglesey-born actor’s face, and his rolling, expressive eyes, are instantly recognisable when they appear on screen in the many British and Hollywood films he made.
Yesterday lunchtime author and broadcaster, Hywel Gwynfryn,was at the Drwm to read from his biography of Hugh Griffith, written in the first person, as if by the great man himself. Interspersed with sound and film clips from the Archive, this was a performance as much as a talk – and a hugely enjoyable one at that – to an appreciative audience, many of whom had brought along their copies of the book for Hywel to sign.
Pictured are Hywel talking after the event to Dafydd, Archive Manager, and Bethan Miles, Hugh Griffiths’s niece.