BAFTA in Wales was delighted to to honour Hollywood based, Welsh actor; Matthew Rhys, with its 2011 Siân Phillips Award.
The award was presented at the 20th annual British Academy Cymru Awards Ceremony held at Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff Bay on Sunday 29 May 2011.
Cardiff born Matthew Rhys has won critical acclaim as well as becoming a household name on both sides of the Atlantic for his role in the highly popular American series Brothers and Sisters.
Being recognised by those from home really does make it that much more special.
Matthew says; "Receiving the Siân Phillips Award from BAFTA in Wales means an enormous amount to me. Ironically enough, Siân played my mother in my very first job, which was rather magical, and this honour means an infinite amount more because it is her award....Being recognised by those from home really does make it that much more special. "
Director of BAFTA in Wales, Lisa Nesbitt says; "The Siân Phillips Award is awarded to a Welshman or woman who has made a significant contribution in either a major international feature film or network television programmes - Matthew has achieved both recently with his high-profile role in the much loved "Brothers and Sisters" - and as Dylan Thomas in "The Edge of Love". We are very excited to be able to honour him in this way."
The Creative Industry sector of the Welsh Government is supporting the Siân Phillips Award.
"We are once again proud to be associated with this prestigious award. Matthew Rhys is certainly a worthy recipient and it's wonderful to see Welsh talent gaining international recognition - it is only right that we have the chance to honour him at home here in Wales."
The Award was presented at the ceremony in which the winners of 26 programme, craft and performance categories were also awarded. The evening was hosted by Sian Williams and Jason Mohammad and included a performance by the popular Welsh tenor, Wynne Evans.