Rowena

Ruth Connell’s sassy Su­per­nat­u­ral witch

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UK Broad­cast E4, Wed­nes­days (sea­son 10)

US Broad­cast The CW, Wed­nes­days (sea­son 11)

Last month, ac­tress Ruth Connell posted a pic­ture on Twit­ter which showed her be­ing stran­gled by fel­low ac­tress Genevieve Padalecki. The rea­son for this sud­den, vi­o­lent as­sault? Jeal­ousy. Connell, in the role of Rowena the witch, had just sur­passed Padalecki’s ti­tle of long­est-run­ning fe­male char­ac­ter on Su­per­nat­u­ral.

On that day, Connell’s sharp-tongued al­ter ego, Rowena, had ap­peared in 13 episodes of the show com­pared to Ruby’s mere 12. We have to say that this long run couldn’t have hap­pened to a finer char­ac­ter.

Since her de­but in the third episode of sea­son ten, Rowena has been an ab­so­lute blast: a cheeky, wise­crack­ing, flirty witch-bitch so ut­terly wicked that the fact she’s Crowley’s mother seems only fit­ting (and the fact she calls her son, the King of Hell him­self, “my wee sausage” only makes her even more won­der­ful). From

our very first glimpse of her – she’d just killed some­one, nat­u­rally – Rowena has brought scene af­ter scene to life with a vi­va­cious charm topped off by the red­dest hair on US telly and the best eye­lashes to boot. And did we men­tion she’s wicked? As the wickedest of wicked witches, Rowena’s just as happy to slaugh­ter some­one as she is to turn an­other witch into a ham­ster. Never let it be said she doesn’t have a sense of hu­mour.

But best of all is the sight of her wheedling and taunt­ing Crowley, who can’t quite fig­ure out if he loves his mummy, wants her dead, or both. And while we’re used to hear­ing Crowley’s Bri­tish ac­cent, Rowena has in­jected wel­come, pure Scot­tish sass into the se­ries.

We can only hope now that Rowena gets to stay on the show for­ever... al­though, know­ing Su­per­nat­u­ral, she’s prob­a­bly al­ready dead as you read this. Jayne Nel­son

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