Gareth David-Lloyd

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Gareth David-Lloyd
David-Lloyd in December 2015
Gareth David Lloyd

(1981-03-28) 28 March 1981 (age 42)
Gemma James
(m. 2010)

Gareth David Lloyd (born 28 March 1981), known professionally as Gareth David-Lloyd, is a Welsh actor and writer best known for his role as Ianto Jones in the British science fiction series Torchwood.

Early life[edit]

He was born in Bettws, Newport.[1] David-Lloyd's first acting role was as a robot in a junior school play. As a teenager, he joined the Gwent Young People's Theatre in Abergavenny and The Dolman Youth Theatre in Newport. While there, he appeared in several plays, including Macbeth, The Threepenny Opera and Henry V, in which he played the title role. Gareth studied Performing Arts at Crosskeys College in South Wales. When former Labour Party leader Neil Kinnock saw the young David-Lloyd performing at Monmouth Castle, he sent him £250 to use towards his acting career.[1]



Performing with Blue Gillespie, 2008

David-Lloyd fronts the progressive metal band Blue Gillespie, previously known as A Breath of Blue Fire. The band participated in Sex, Wales, and Anarchy on 20 April 2008, and Orgee on 3 May 2008, at the University of Wales Institute Cardiff.[2] Their first EP, Cave Country, was released in December 2008 which was followed by Cave Country Part 2 which was released in August 2009.[3] Their debut album, Synesthesia, was released in May 2010.[4] Their second album Seven Rages of Man was released in May 2012.[5]


While studying at Coleg Gwent, Crosskeys, David-Lloyd appeared in various local stage productions at the Dolman Theatre in Newport and the Sherman Theatre in Cardiff. David-Lloyd went on to train at the National Youth Theatre, before moving to Reading to pursue his acting career with The Rep College.[1][2] David-Lloyd's parts have included Sebastian in Twelfth Night on stage.[2]

In the 2004 comedy/drama Mine All Mine, written by Torchwood creator Russell T Davies, he played a character named Ianto Jones.[6] In 2005, David-Lloyd began a part-time degree in philosophy and psychological studies with the Open University.[2]


David-Lloyd returned to Wales for the filming of his first regular television role in 2006 for Doctor Who spin-off Torchwood, in which he played Ianto Jones, a member of the fictional Torchwood Institute. David-Lloyd appeared in three of four series of Torchwood and even made an appearance in the Doctor Who series 4 finale episodes "The Stolen Earth" and "Journey's End". David-Lloyd has also recorded a Torchwood audio book, The Sin Eaters, and appeared in the Torchwood audio dramas Lost Souls, Asylum, Golden Age, The Dead Line, The Lost Files, and The House of the Dead. David-Lloyd has recorded a number of M.R. James ghost stories titled Tales of the Supernatural.

Since 2015, he has reprised the role of Ianto Jones in several Torchwood audio plays for Big Finish Productions and has also written some of the scripts for those releases.

After Torchwood[edit]

In 2009 he appeared in the short comedy film A Very British Cover-up, while also appearing as a police detective in Internet crime thriller, Girl Number Nine, also starring Tracy Ann Oberman, premiering online on 30 October 2009.[7]

In 2010 David-Lloyd starred in an episode of the long-running ITV series The Bill first aired on 21 January 2010[8] and also appeared as Dr. John Watson in 2010 direct-to-DVD film Sherlock Holmes by The Asylum.[9] He also appeared in the pantomime Cinderella at the Charter Theatre Preston playing the character of Prince Charming.[citation needed]

David-Lloyd also appeared in Casimir Effect, an independent short feature, starring as Dr Robert Cameron. This film began shooting in early 2010 and was released on 12 December 2011.[10] The production company has said this is a proof of concept which will see Casimir Effect developed into a TV series.[11]

In June 2011, Gareth appeared as a main character in the Syfy movie Red Faction: Origins based on the video games.[12] Later in 2011, David-Lloyd appeared in a season 3 episode of the SyFy show Warehouse 13 titled "3...2...1...", as an agent of Warehouse 12 in the 1890s, partnered with H. G. Wells.

On 30 October 2012, David-Lloyd began appearing on Holby City as Rhys Hopkins, a role he played until January 2013.

In November 2018, David-Lloyd began appearing on BBC One medical drama Casualty as Joshua Bowers.

Personal life[edit]

David-Lloyd married Gemma James in 2010.[13] The couple have a daughter, Lily, and a son, Eli. Gareth goes by "he/him and they/them" pronouns according to his Twitter.[14]


Year(s) Title Role More information
2003 Absolute Power Terry Pine 1 episode; "Pope Idol"
2003 Casualty Darrell Kemner 1 episode; "I Got It Bad And That Ain't Good"
2004 The Bill Carl Pritchard 1 episode; "367"
2004 Rosemary and Thyme Zack Pitt-Seymour 1 episode; "The Gongoozlers"
2004 Mine all Mine Yanto Jones Series 1, Episode 5
2005 The Genius of Beethoven Karl van Beethoven 1 episode; "Faith and Fury"
2006–2009 Torchwood Ianto Jones Series regular
Torchwood Declassified Himself
2008 Doctor Who Ianto Jones 2 episodes; "The Stolen Earth", "Journey's End"
2008 Kaleidoscope Hardcore Himself Short
2009 A Very British Cover-up Brian Jones Short Film
2009 Caerdydd Dylan 2 episodes; #4.4 and #4.5
2009 Torchwood: Inside the Hub Himself
2009 Girl Number 9 Matheson Web series
2010 The Bill Jeremy Preston 1 episode; "Duty Calls"
2010 Sherlock Holmes Dr. John Watson Film
2011 Red Faction: Origins Commander Adam Hale Television film
2011 Warehouse 13 Mr. Wolcott 1 episode; "3...2...1"
2011 Bloody Norah PC Evans 1 episode
2011 Casimir Effect Dr. Robert Cameron Actor and producer
2012, 2017 Twisted Showcase Peter/Paul Web Series
Actor - Episode "Peter and Paul"
Director and Co-Writer - Episode "Be My Head"[15]
2012—2013 Holby City Rhys Hopkins 3 episodes
2015 Waterloo Road Rob Hutchinson 3 episodes
2015 I Am Alone Jacob Fitts
2016 Tale of a Timelord Ianto Jones Short
2016 Dark Signal Ben Evans Film
2018 Albert: The Power Behind Victoria Prince Albert Television film
2018 Robin Hood: The Rebellion Green Film
2018–2019 Casualty Joshua Bowers Recurring role
2018 Black River Meadow David
2019 Warren Matt Dad Post-production

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2011 Red Faction: Armageddon Adam Hale Voice
2014 Dragon Age: Inquisition Solas
2015 Dragon Age: Inquisition - Trespasser
2019 Du Lac & Fey: Dance of Death Lancelot Du Lac


  1. ^ a b c Smith, Lizzie (12 May 2006). "Gareth stars in Dr Who's dark, sexy spin-off". South Wales Argus. Retrieved 19 October 2006.
  2. ^ a b c d "Why Torchwood's Gareth's home from home" (Press release). BBC Television. 18 October 2006. Retrieved 19 October 2006.
  3. ^ "Gareth David-Lloyd – Blue Gillespie". Archived from the original on 23 December 2008. Retrieved 2008-12-18.
  4. ^ "Blue Gillespie – Music". Archived from the original on 3 July 2010.
  5. ^ "Blue Gillespie – Music".
  6. ^ "Mine All Mine: Episode 5". Archived from the original on 20 October 2012. Retrieved 29 October 2006.
  7. ^ "Girl Number 9 - Web Thriller by James Moran and Dan Turner". Archived from the original on 2 January 2013. Retrieved 20 September 2009.
  8. ^ "::Gareth David-Lloyd::". Archived from the original on 3 June 2013. Retrieved 6 November 2009.
  9. ^ "The Asylum | SHERLOCK HOLMES". Archived from the original on 9 March 2012. Retrieved 8 December 2009.
  10. ^ "Casimir Effect". Retrieved 21 October 2019.
  11. ^ "זמן ה casimireffectfilm". Retrieved 11 February 2022.
  12. ^ "Red Faction: Origins".
  13. ^ "The unofficial website for Welsh actor and singer Gareth David-Lloyd". Archived from the original on 23 July 2009. Retrieved 11 February 2022.
  14. ^ "Husband. Daddy. Storyteller. Adventurer. (he/him/they/them/that)". Retrieved 11 February 2022.
  15. ^ "Be My Head". 3 October 2017. Retrieved 28 February 2018.

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