Ac­tor is in hit TV show

Caernarfon Herald - - NEWS -

A CHILD ac­tor from the Caernar­fon area who plays a mis­chievous twin with se­cret su­per pow­ers in a hit TV show is get­ting used to “pop star sta­tus” with a le­gion of fans across Wales.

Gw­ern Jones,11, from Llan­rug, has teamed up with Lowri Jar­man, 10, from Llanuwch­llyn near Bala, to take on the ti­tle roles in the new se­ries of Deian a Loli.

Ex­tra screen­ings had to be put on to ac­com­mo­date the huge de­mand for tick­ets for pre­mieres of the pro­gramme made by Caernar­fon-based tele­vi­sion pro­duc­tion com­pany Cwmni Da for S4C’s chil­dren’s plat­form, Cyw.

They were forced to put on a fourth show­ing at the Pon­tio Cen­tre in Ban­gor af­ter the first three sold out in just 10 min­utes.

Packed-out preview shows were also held in Bethesda, Aberys­t­wyth, Car­marthen and Cardiff.

Pro­ducer Ang­harad Elen was thrilled with the “over­whelm­ingly pos­i­tive re­sponse” at all the venues.

She re­vealed the show is also prov­ing pop­u­lar with TV crit­ics across the UK and is a short­listed fi­nal­ist in the cat­e­gory for the Best PreSchool Chil­dren’s Pro­gramme at the pres­ti­gious Broad­cast Awards.

It is go­ing for glory against three of the big­gest names in chil­dren’s tele­vi­sion, Dis­ney Ju­nior, CBee­bies and Nick Jr.

The pro­gramme was also hon­oured with an award at the Welsh BAFTAs last year.

By say­ing the magic word, Ribidi­rew!, Deian and Loli are able to freeze their par­ents while they go off on fan­tas­tic ad­ven­tures.

The first two se­ries had al­ready es­tab­lished Deian and Loli as a firm favourite with Welsh young­sters and their par­ents.

As the orig­i­nal Deian a Loli, Erin Gwilym and Moi Hal­lam, were grow­ing up, it was de­cided to re­cast the roles. Gw­ern and Lowri were cho­sen from 600 chil­dren who tried for the new Deian a Loli.

Gw­ern, a pupil of Ys­gol Llan­rug, said: “I was very ner­vous to start with be­cause I hadn’t done any­thing like that be­fore but once I did it I en­joyed ev­ery minute. It’s a lot of fun be­cause I go to places in the world that I thought I would never visit.” ● Deian a Loli can be seen on S4C’s Cyw plat­form at 7.45am ev­ery Wed­nes­day.

● The Deian A Loli screen­ing at Pon­tio Arts Cen­tre, Ban­gor; Pic­tured is ac­tor Gw­ern Jones who plays Deian and ac­tress Lowri Jar­man who plays Loli Pic­tures: Mandy Jones

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