||In addition to its esteemed celebrity elders, Wales is also a breeding ground for red carpet rebels. Gossip columnists across the UK have been kept busy for years now by classical music singing sensation Charlotte Church. Her much-talked about romances with bad-boy DJ Stephen Johnson and trainee chef Kyle Johnson have supplied the tabloids with no end of "Voice Of An Angel" stories, while details of her latest liaison with rugby hunk Gavin Henson continue to make headlines.
Ruffling creative feathers elsewhere is hugely talented Welsh designer Julien Macdonald, whose risqué frocks are guaranteed to set the flashbulbs blazing. Making a decidedly less stylish but equally memorable impression was Denbighshire's Rhys Ifans, who earned a certain notoriety among movie fans for his less-than-buff physique in Notting Hill.
Meanwhile, the sporting world is unlikely to forget the days when infamous hardman Vinnie Jones captained the Welsh soccer team. The footie ace holds the unusual distinction of provoking the fastest booking in the game's history, with his foul on Dane Whitehouse three seconds into a match between Chelsea and Sheffield United.