Gareth David-Lloyd

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Gareth David-Lloyd
File:Gareth David-Lloyd by Gage Skidmore.jpg
David-Lloyd in December 2015
Born Gareth David Lloyd
(1981-03-28) 28 March 1981 (age 40)
Bettws, Newport, Wales
Spouse(s) Gemma James (m. 2010)
Children 2

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

Early life

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]


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.[3] 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 has 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 entitled Tales of the Supernatural.

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.[4]

In 2010 David-Lloyd starred in an episode of the long-running ITV1 series The Bill first aired on 21 January 2010[5] and also appeared as Dr. John Watson in 2010 direct-to-DVD film Sherlock Holmes by The Asylum.[6] He also appeared in the pantomime Cinderella at the Charter Theatre Preston playing the character of Prince Charming.[citation needed]

David-Lloyd will also be appearing in Casimir Effect, an independent short feature, starring as Dr Robert Cameron. This film will begin shooting in early 2010. The production company has said this is a proof of concept which will see Casimir Effect developed into a TV series.[7]

In June 2011, Gareth appeared as a main character in the Syfy movie Red Faction: Origins based on the video games.[8]

In 2011 David-Lloyd also 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 started appearing on Holby City, in a role he played until January 2013.

Personal life

David-Lloyd married Gemma James in 2010.[9] The couple have a girl and a boy.


Year(s) Title Role More information
2003 Absolute Power Terry Pine TV Programme – Pope Idol
2003 Casualty Darrell Kemner TV Programme – I Got It Bad And That Ain't Good
2004 The Bill Carl Pritchard TV Episode – "367" (21.94)
2004 Rosemary and Thyme Zack Pitt-Seymour TV Episode – "The Gongoozlers" (2.5)
2004 Mine all Mine Yanto Jones Series 1, Episode 5
2005 The Genius of Beethoven Karl van Beethoven TV Programme – Faith and Fury
2006–2009 Torchwood Ianto Jones TV Programme – Torchwood at IMDb
2006–2009 Torchwood Declassified Himself TV Programme – Torchwood Declassified at IMDb
2008 Doctor Who Ianto Jones TV Episodes – "The Stolen Earth"/"Journey's End" (4.13/4.14)
2008 Kaleidoscope Hardcore Himself Short
2009 A Very British Cover-up Brian Jones Short Film
2009 Caerdydd Dylan TV Programme – #4.4 and #4.5
2009 Torchwood: Children of Earth Ianto Jones Day One – Day Four
2009 Torchwood: Torchwood: Inside the Hub Himself
2009 Girl Number 9 Matheson Web Series
2010 The Bill Jeremy Preston TV Episode – "Duty Calls" (26.3)
2010 Sherlock Holmes Dr. John Watson Direct-to-DVD film
2011 Red Faction: Origins Commander Adam Hale Science fiction television movie
2011 Warehouse 13 Mr. Wolcott TV Episodes – "3...2...1" (3.5)
2011 Bloody Norah PC Evans
2011 Casimir Effect Dr. Robert Cameron also producer
2012 Twisted Showcase Peter/Paul Web Series – Episode 1.1
2012-2013 Holby City Rhys Hopkins TV Episodes – "Follow My Leader" (15.3),
"Through the Darkness" (15.10),
"And We Banish Shade" (15.11),
"Blood Ties" (15.12)
2015 Waterloo Road Rob Hutchinson 10x18-10x20

Video Games

Year Title Role Notes
2011 Red Faction: Armageddon Adam Hale Voice
2014 Dragon Age: Inquisition Solas Voice

Blue Gillespie

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Performing with Blue Gillespie, 2008

David-Lloyd also 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.[10] Their debut album, Synesthesia, was released in May 2010.[11] Second album Seven Rages of Man was released in May 2012.[12]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Smith, Lizzie (12 May 2006). "Gareth stars in Dr Who's dark, sexy spin-off". South Wales Argus. Retrieved 19 October 2006.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 "Why Torchwood's Gareth's home from home" (Press release). BBC Television. 18 October 2006. Retrieved 19 October 2006.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "Mine All Mine: Episode 5". Retrieved 29 October 2006.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
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  10. "Gareth David-Lloyd – Blue Gillespie". Retrieved 18 December 2008.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  11. "Blue Gillespie – Music".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  12. "Blue Gillespie – Music".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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