Rhys Ifans: ‘My best kiss? It was long, slow and forbidden’

The actor on an embarrassing wetsuit incident, an evangelical Sunday school and spontaneous combustionBorn in Haverfordwest, Wales, Rhys Ifans, 52, was Bafta-nominated for the 1999 film Notting Hill.

In 2005, he won a Bafta for playing Peter Cook in Not Only But Always.

His other films include Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows and Mr Nice.

He stars in On Bear Ridge at Cardiff’s Sherman theatre until 5 October, then at London’s Royal Court from 24 October.When were you happiest?I look at my nephew, who is five years old and in a perpetual state of bliss; I imagine that’s what I was like when I was five.

That’s not to say I am unhappy now; I was on top of the world walking through a park to work this morning.

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