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Social, Welsh and Sexy ... 10 years on
 

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The club's big players

KATHERINE JENKINS
Age: 25
Born: Neath
Found fame as: Fresh-faced choirgirl who found fame in number of OAP-friendly singing contests, before scooping huge record deal in 2004.
Has since become: Omnipresent at Welsh rugby internationals, complete with alluring fitted jersey. Vera Lynn's nominated successor.
Any other business: Made her first foray away from the classical scene with a show-stopping disco turn at the Royal Variety Performance, complete with flashing dress. Flashing lights, that is,  sadly.

COLIN JACKSON
Age: 38
Born: Cardiff
Found fame as: Speedy hurdler who spent equal amounts of time whizzing down running tracks, collecting medals, and going nowhere on a treatment table.
Has since become: A surprisingly good ballroom dancer. Also a part-time athletics pundit.
Any other business: Reggae band Aswad once name-dropped him in a song: "Him a floating like a butterfly, the hurdling man/Yes, me-a-chat about Colin Jackson". Yes, really.

CATHERINE ZETA JONES
Age: 36
Born: Mumbles
Found fame as: Sparkly-eyed Darling Bud of May, and glamorous cohort of that delightful John Leslie.
Has since become: Wrinkly-loving Hollywood megastar, and mother to the heirs to the Douglas dynasty.
Any other business: An early film outing in French flick Les 1001 Nuits saw her spend most of the time in the nude with just seashells to hide her modesty.

SIAN PHILLIPS,
Age: 71
Born: Bettws, Carmartenshire
Found fame as: The empress Livia in the much-mimicked '70s TV series I, Claudius.
Has since become: A Broadway regular, notably with her one-woman Marlene Dietrich tribute Marlene.
Any other business: In 1995 became the first person ever to pay her SWS membership.Was the society's first-ever patron.

IOAN GRUFFUDD
Age: 32
Born: Cardiff
Found fame as: Dashing sea captain Hornblower - unless you count his star turn in Pobol Y Cwm as a wide-eyed 13-year-old.
Has since become: One of Hollywood's most desirable leading men, as his appearance in this summer's Fantastic Four testifies.
Any other business: A stalwart member of the South Glamorgan Youth Orchestra's oboe section for several years.

BONNIE TYLER
Age: 52
Born: Skewen, near Swansea
Found fame as: the gravel-voiced diva whose heart had become totally eclipsed.
Has since become: the former gravel-voiced diva whose heart had become totally eclipsed.
Any other business: Reworked her biggest hit to celebrate the 1999 solar eclipse - called, you guessed it, Total Eclipse of the Sun.

BRYN TERFEL
Age: 40
Born: Caernarfon
Found fame as: The winner of the Lieder prize at the Cardiff Singer of the World in 1989.
Has since become: the primary figure of the Welsh cultural aristocracy, and, by the looks of it, a big, friendly man.
Any other business: "I started singing because I come from Wales," says Bryn.

 
 

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