Gareth David- Lloyd after­life 96

Ianto Jones in Torch­wood

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Born in New­port, Wales, Gareth David- Lloyd be­gan act­ing on stages in his home­town and around Cardiff. He ap­peared ( as a character named Ianto Jones) in Rus­sell T Davies’s 2004 se­ries, Mine All Mine. When Davies be­gan cast­ing Torch­wood, David- Lloyd slipped back into Ianto’s shoes for the show. Hugely popular with fans, his character was killed off in Torch­wood: Chil­dren Of Earth to a huge out­cry. Since then, Gareth has ap­peared as Dr John Wat­son in the di­rect- to- DVD film Sher­lock Holmes ( 2010), as well as guest star­ring on Ware­house 13 and BBC One’s Holby City. His band, Blue Gille­spie, has re­leased two al­bums.

Ab­so­lutely, yeah! I miss him.

Some­one asked me to sign a My Lit­tle Pony doll that was dressed as Ianto.

His sense of loy­alty. And his or­gan­i­sa­tional skills!

He’d be sav­ing the world! That’s his gig.

Is there any­thing un­fin­ished about Ianto’s story?

Wo uld you like to play I anto again?

What’s the strangest re­quest you’ve had from a fan? Wo uld any of I anto ’ s skills or at­tributes have been use­ful i n real life?

What would he be do­ing now i f he were alive?

No, not re­ally. I was happy with the way the story went. There were cer­tain as­pects of his life that I wanted to ex­plore – like his home life and where he was from – and we got to do that in Chil­dren Of Earth, so yeah… I left happy.

Did you get any sou­venirs from the set?

The stop­watch, and I’ve got a cou­ple of ties from his cos­tume. That was about it.

I s there any­thing from Torch­wood you wish was real?

What would it say on Ianto’s grave­stone?

That’s a tough one. I don’t even know if he’s got a grave­stone. His type of peo­ple are usu­ally put in the base­ment and for­got­ten about. If he has one: “Al­ways in our hearts, for­ever in our thoughts.” I loved the de­vice that Toshiko had in an episode that could load a whole book into your brain in a cou­ple of min­utes. That was very good. Knowl­edge is power at the end of the day.

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