2001 in Wales

2001 in Wales

This article is about the particular significance of the year 2001 to Wales and its people.


*Prince of Wales - Charles, Prince of Wales
*Princess of Wales - "vacant"
*First Minister - Rhodri Morgan
*Presiding Officer of the National Assembly for Wales - Dafydd Elis-Thomas
*Secretary of State for Wales - Paul Murphy
*Archbishop of Wales - Rowan Williams


*1 March - Peter Clarke is appointed Children's Commissioner for Wales.
*7 June - In the UK general election:
**Plaid Cymru retain a total of 4 seats. They lose Ynys Môn to Labour but Adam Price gains Carmarthen East and Dinefwr from Labour's Alan Wynne Williams.
**Newly-elected Labour MPs include Hywel Francis (Aberavon), Mark Tami (Alyn and Deeside), Wayne David (Caerphilly), Ian Lucas (Wrexham) and Chris Bryant (Rhondda)
**Kevin Brennan replaces Rhodri Morgan as MP for Cardiff West.
*16 June - Entrepreneur Terry Matthews is knighted in the Queen's Birthday Honours list.
*16 September - To commemorate "Glyndwr Day", actress Sian Phillips unveils a memorial statue to Catrin Glyndŵr in London.
*11 July - Welsh language pressure group Cymuned is launched at a meeting in Mynytho.

Arts and literature

*15 March - Julien MacDonald is chosen as fashion house Givenchy's new designer.
*24 March - Opening of the exhibition "Let Paul Robeson Sing!" in Cardiff.
*15 December - Rob Brydon wins Best TV Comedy Actor award in the British Comedy Awards.
*25 December - Matthew Rhys and Tom Ward star in a TV adaptation of "The Lost World".
*Jessica Garlick makes the last ten in the first series of "Pop Idol".
*Andrew Vicari sells a collection of 125 paintings of the First Gulf War to Prince Khaled of Saudi Arabia for £17 million.
*Irish photographer Paul Seawright is awarded a personal chair by the University of Wales, Newport.


*Prix Hélène Rochas - Rebecca Evans
*Cardiff Singer of the World - Marius Brenciu

National Eisteddfod (held in Denbigh)

*National Eisteddfod of Wales: Chair - Mererid Hopwood (first woman ever to win the Chair)
*National Eisteddfod of Wales: Crown - Penri Roberts
*National Eisteddfod of Wales: Prose Medal - Elfyn Pritchard
*Wales Book of the Year:
**English language: Stephen Knight - "Mr Schnitzel"
**Welsh language:

*Gwobr Goffa Daniel Owen -

New books

*Gwynfor Evans - "Cymru o Hud"
*Malcolm Pryce - "Aberystwyth Mon Amour"
*Alastair Reynolds - "Chasm City"
*Angharad Tomos - "Cnonyn Aflonydd"


*Feeder - "Echo Park" (album)
*Hilary Tann - "The Grey Tide and the Green", commissioned for the Last Night of the Welsh Proms and performed by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Owain Arwel Hughes.
*Catatonia - "Paper Scissors Stone" (album)
*Goldie Lookin' Chain - "Don't Blame the Chain" (album)
*Melys - "Chinese Whispers" (album)


*John Rhys-Davies makes his first appearance as Gimli in "".
*Sara Sugarman writes and directs "Very Annie Mary", featuring Welsh stars such as Jonathan Pryce, Kenneth Griffith, Matthew Rhys, Ioan Gruffudd, Mary Hopkin and Ruth Madoc.
*Rhys Ifans co-stars in "The Shipping News".
*A Bollywood film, "Mein Dil Tujhko Diya (I Gave You my Heart)", is shot in Aberystwyth and the Elan Valley.

Welsh-language films

*"Y Delyn"


Welsh-language television

*"Y Stafell Ddirgel" (drama serial)

English-language television

*"The Bench"


*Football - Liverpool F.C. win the FA Cup the first time it is played in Cardiff's Millennium Stadium.
*Snooker - Mark Williams wins the China Open.




*11 January - Lorna Sage, critic
*22 February - Cledwyn Hughes, Lord Cledwyn of Penrhos, former Secretary of State for Wales
*11 April - Sir Harry Secombe, singer and comedian
*30 April - Brian Morris, Baron Morris of Castle Morris, poet, critic and politician
*25 May - Delme Bryn-Jones, operatic baritone
*17 July - Val Feld, the first member of the Welsh Assembly to die
*19 July - Roderic Bowen, MP
*19 September - Rhys Jones, archaeologist
*6 December - Eryl Stephen Thomas, former Bishop of Monmouth and of Llandaff
*7 December - Ray Powell, MP

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