Ruth Connell’s sassy Supernatural witch
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