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10 Facts & FAQs About Morfydd Clark, Galadriel in The Lord of the Rings Series

10 Facts & FAQs About Morfydd Clark, Galadriel in The Lord of the Rings Series

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Morfydd Clark is a Welsh actress who plays the role of Galadriel in the Lord of the Rings TV series on Amazon Prime. She was born in 1989 in Sweden and moved to Penarth, Wales, as a toddler.

Morfydd is a rising star, with an impressive career in film, television, and theatre.

Born:17 March 1989
Height:5ft 3¾ (162 cm)

Here are some interesting facts and FAQs answered about Morfydd Clark.

1. She Dropped Out of School at 16

Morfydd originally wanted to become a midwife, but her ADHD left her struggling in the traditional classroom environment. At 16 she dropped out of her Welsh language school.

The decision was suggested to Morfydd by her mother – a pediatrician – who could see her daughter’s mental health was suffering.

For the next year, Morfydd did volunteer work on her Uncle’s farm (later describing lambing as the real job that “changed her life” in regards to making her ready for anything). Her mother encouraged her to audition for the British and Welsh national youth theatres, which was the beginning of Morfydd’s career as an actress.

Actor Morfydd Clark profile photo

She later re-enrolled at a different school in Wales, with small class sizes and many atypical students with ADHD or autism. She graduated with A-levels in maths and English.

2. Morfydd Clark Has ADHD

Diagnosed at seven with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), Morfydd struggled to concentrate at school. She later suffered anxiety and depression as a teenager.

Acting became an outlet for Morfydd, with theatre a place where she didn’t have to suppress her ADHD tendencies.

As a successful actor in her early thirties, Morfydd still struggles from imposter syndrome (especially in taking over from Cate Blanchet as Galadriel). She believes it partly stems from her ADHD “because you’re always fluking doing well and then crashing and burning”.

Morfydd described it as “a feeling that you’re tricking everyone, like you occasionally tricked your teachers”.

Morfydd has joked that her choice of superpower would be to stop time and “get everything done, sort my life out…but then I realize that’s just living normally, so a bit sad…so I’ll [choose] flying”.

3. She Has an Incredibly Versatile Acting Range

From period dramas to horror – and now Middle Earth – Morfydd has acted in an impressively diverse range of films, plays, and television shows. She has appeared in period films such as Love & Friendship (2016), The Man Who Invented Christmas (2017), and The Personal History of David Copperfield (2019).

Morfydd has also acted in horror films, most notably her break-out role in Saint Maud (2019), and also Crawl (2019) and the television series of Dracula (2020). She appeared in Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2016), combining both the horror and period costume genres!

In The Personal History of David Copperfield, Morfydd played both the protagonist’s fragile mother and his dotty fiancé Clara. She was so convincing many audience members didn’t realize the two characters were played by the same actress.

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4. She’s a Terrible Dancer

Due to her habit of “dancing the lyrics”, Morfydd is a self-confessed “woeful dancer”. She told Harpers Bazarr about a Chanel casting where she was surrounded by tall, glamorous model. The director at the audition asked her to demonstrate “how she moved to the music”. To this day, Morfydd is still haunted by how “that footage is out there somewhere”.

Thankfully her party trick – reciting the Welsh alphabet – is a hit (as long as she’s outside of Wales).

5. She has already played her dream role

Morfydd has had an impressive stage career, including playing Cordelia in King Lear, and Juliet in Romeo & Juliet. Her dream role, however, was one spoken entirely in Welsh.

In her third year at Drama school, Morfydd was cast as Blodeuwedd with the Welsh-language national theatre of Wales. The titular character is a woman created by flowers, based on a famous Welsh legend. Morfydd has said she would love to play the character again.

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Morfydd Clark’s face photoshopped onto Galadriel. Image by u/ellevanne

What Nationality Is Morfydd Clark?

Morfydd is Welsh, but was born in Sweden to a Welsh mother and Scottish father. The family returned to Wales when Morfydd was two, and she considers herself Welsh. She has a sister whom she has described as being “a much better dancer”.

Despite being bilingual in both Welsh and English, the only Swedish Morfydd knows is ‘there is no toilet paper’. She did, however, grow up reading Swedish children’s books such as Pippi Longstocking.

Morfydd has described her family as supportive but “quick to take the piss” out of her growing fame. She missed them at the premiere of Saint Maud in New Zealand, but said her sister made sure to forward her all the negative tweets about the movie.

What Movies Has Morfydd Clark Been In?

Morfydd began her film career with small roles in films including Madame Bovary (2014) and The Falling (2014).

In addition to the films and TV shows listed previously, Morfydd played Cecile in a live recording of Les Liaisons Dangereuses (2016), and Charles Dickens’ wife in The Man Who Invented Christmas (2017). Morfydd also portrayed Sister Clara in the television series of His Dark Materials (2019).

For her role in Saint Maud (2019) Morfydd won the Dublin Film Critics’ Circle Breakthrough Award, and the London Critics’ Circle award for British/Irish actress of the year. She was also nominated for best actress in the British Independent Film Awards.).

Is Morfydd a Lord of the Rings Fan?

Morfydd has described herself as “a really nerdy fan of the films” which are “so iconic for me”. She first saw the Peter Jackson films at 11, an age where she had just grown out of “magic and whimsy”. The movies made her realize “grown-ups can think like this”.

As a student, Morfydd would catch up with old friends by having Lord of the Rings film marathons. She has a “huge amount of respect for the films”.

Morfydd Clark's as Galadriel fan art
Morfydd Clark as Galadriel fan art. Image by u/ChillingGarden

What Has Morfydd Clark Said About Filming the Lord of the Rings?

Like all of the cast and crew, Morfydd is bound by a confidentiality clause. She can’t share details about the upcoming series, not even with her family (much to her sister’s disappointment). She told the Guardian in an interview “I keep thinking I’m working for some very important government agency – but I am in fact doing Lord of the Rings”.

Morfydd has described filming in New Zealand as “sublime” and “mind-blowing”, with the enormous scale of the production “quite a life-shift”. She said it also sometimes felt like “a school trip”. She did miss her family, particularly when production was halted for several months due to COVID-19. Many of the international cast and crew felt the same, with Morfydd describing them as a “cast who are very homesick in paradise”.

Also, read our ranked list of the most powerful elves in middle-earth’s history.

What Do We Know About Morfydd as Galadriel?

The Lord of the Rings television series is set in the Second Age of Middle Earth, meaning we can expect to see some of Galadriel’s book storylines play out. These include her interactions with Sauron, Celebrimbor, and the rings of power.

The following is speculation based on Morfydd’s comments about filming The Lord of the Rings.

  • We can expect to possibly see Galadriel in a high action role. Morfydd has described filming involving “lots of physical energy” with the cast regularly “doing activities to make us super-fit and ready for everything”.
  • Galadriel in the TV series may be shown longing for Valinor, or even the lost realm of Beleriand. Morfydd has said all the characters she plays have a feeling of hiraeth, meaning a “longing for somewhere you can’t return to because it doesn’t exist anymore or never was”.