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Born in Bettws, Newport, South Wales, UK
Height 6' (1.83 m)

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Gareth is an actor and singer. He fronts the metal progressive band called Blue Gillespie (previously known as "A Breath of Blue Fire").

Their first EP was "Cave Country" (December 2008) EP: "Cave Country Part 2" (August 2009) Album (debut): "Synesthesia" (May 2010) Album "Seven Rages of Man" (May 2012).

He married Gemma James in 2010. They live in Newport, Wales, UK

The couple has a girl and a boy Daughter, Lily Christina Lloyd, was born on 4 June 2012. Son, Eli Andrew Lloyd, was born on 10 August 2014 at 4:50 a.m. weighing 7lb 10oz

- IMDb Mini Biography By: mohebbi.g92@gmail.com

Gareth's musical experience began at the age of 8 when his aunt Doris offered him a chance to play the trumpet so he wouldn't have to go with his mother when she worked as she thought it was not suitable for a child. He gave up the trumpet (having to deal with a strict teacher) and started learning the piano. After grade 5 he put aside music to focus on acting.

His first acting role was as a robot in a junior school play. As a teenager, Gareth joined the Gwent Young People's Theatre in Abergavenny, appearing in several plays including Macbeth and Henry V, in the title roles. The former Labour Party leader Neil Kinnock saw him performing at Monmouth Castle, and then he sent him 250 pounds to use towards his acting career.

Whilst studying at Coleg Gwent, Crosskeys, he appeared in various local stage productions at the Dolman Theatre in Newport and the Sherman Theatre in Cardiff. He went on to train at the National Youth Theatre, before moving to Reading to pursue his acting career with The Rep College.

In college while still pursuing acting he met AnthonyClark and Nick Harrison. Whom he performed a couple of covers with. 6 years later after James Marsters asked him to open for his show, he asked Clark, Harrison and Rhys Brian to help and they created Blue Gillespie.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: mohebbi.g92@gmail.com

Spouse (1)

Gemma James (1 November 2010 - present) (1 child)

Trivia (28)

His birth name is Gareth Lloyd, David is his middle name but there is already an actor registered at Equity with the name Gareth Lloyd.
Along with Freema Agyeman, John Barrowman, Eve Myles and Naoko Mori, he is one of only five actors to play the same major character (Ianto Jones) in both Doctor Who (2005) and Torchwood (2006).
14 April 2010 Nomination Constelation (Canada Sci-Fi Awards) best actor in fiction TV for Torchwood.
8 February 2010 SFX Weekender (TV Website Digital Spy): Cult Hero SFX Award for Torchwood.
10 October 2010 Individual Award (Arts & Business Cymru Awards).
Daughter, Lily Christina Lloyd, was born June 4, 2012.
His character in Torchwood, Ianto Jones, appears in the Mobile game "Doctor Who Legacy", from Tiny Rebel Games and Seed Studio. Released across various mobile platforms back in November 2013. Jack Harkness and Ianto Jones, from Doctor Who and Torchwood, appears in it.
1 July 2014: The cast (including Gareth David-Lloyd) and crew of "The good drug dealer" directed by Peter Watkins-Hughes received the Working in Partnership accolade (Award) from the Gwent Police Awards, at the Christchurch Centre in Newport, Wales.
Gareth David-Lloyd wrote a special foreword in the first short story collection "Twisted Showcase Story Collection". [November 2014]
Nomination GST 2014 Game Awards Best Male Performance for playing Solas in VG "Dragon Age: Inquisition" directed by Mike Laidlaw. [December 2014]
(February 6 2015) "Dragon Age: Inquisition", where Gareth David-Lloyd is the voice of the character Solas, wins D.I.C.E. Award Game of the Year. The game also won outstanding achievement in game direction and role-playing, as well as massively multiplayer game of the year. D.I.C.E. Awards are considerated the Oscar of the videogame industry. The 18th D.I.C.E. Awards took place Feb. 5 at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. (Variety USA - February 6, 2015 - Marc Graser, senior editor).
(Jan 22 2015) Polygon: Dragon Age: Inquisition, where Gareth David-Lloyd is the voice of the character Solas is recognized w/ GLAAD Media Award for its LGBT characters. GLAAD is giving a Special Recognition award to Dragon Age: Inquisition for "the many complex and unique LGBT characters prominently integrated throughout the game,". The 26th Annual GLAAD Media Awards will be held in two ceremonies, one on March 21 in Los Angeles and the other on May 9 in New York. For more on Dragon Age: Inquisition, which was Polygon's pick for game of the year 2014. A BioWare representative told Polygon that the team is "proud and happy" to receive the Special Recognition from the GLAAD Media Awards.
20 May 2008 NewNowNext Awards - Best Gay Kiss: Jack (John Barrowman) and Ianto (Gareth David-Lloyd) on Torchwood.
Wednesday, 6 May 2015 - Articles Whovian Election Results: From 35 candidates of 9 Party's, including Captain Jack Harkness (The Immortals Party)with 19 votes. We are proud to announce that the winner of the 2015 Whovian Elections with 28 votes is Torchwood Officer Ianto Jones. Even though it was a surprise that Ianto surpassed Jack in the race to the finish and even Gareth David-Lloyd seemed to think that Jack should win 'as he is the pop to Ianto's ROCK!' Ianto Jones is the new Protector General of Planet Earth. http://projecttorchwood.blogspot.co.uk/2015/05/articles-whovian-election-results.html.
2015 Award: Behind The Voice Actors Awards: Won Best Vocal Ensemble in a Video Game for "Dragon Age: Inquisition (2014)" by Mike Laidlaw.
16 July 2015 Gareth David-Lloyd is making a return to his Torchwood character Ianto Jones. Similar to John Barrowman's audio plans, Gareth David-Lloyd will reprise the role of Ianto for a Big Finish audio adventure in October 2015. Producer James Goss: "Well, how could we not [bring him back]?" he added. "Ianto's such a brilliant character, and if we kept people on tenterhooks any longer, we'd be fools. Of course he's in it and as soon as possible. We recorded with [Gareth David-Lloyd] literally the first day after he finished a theatre tour. Did he want to put his feet up? Nope. He wanted to be Ianto." "Seeing Gareth in studio was an absolute delight" added the director Scott Handcock. "He clearly loves the part and had a great time. And can't wait to be back." The new story will be released in October 2015.
13 September 2015 Scare-A-Con Film Festival (Horror & Sci-Fi Fan Convention), Verona, New York, USA. Best Actor Award for I Am Alone, directed by Robert A. Palmer.
October 2015 RIP Horror Film Festival - Audience Choice Award goes to Rob Palmer and the entire team from "I Am Alone", directed by Robert A.Palmer.
28 October 2015 Fright Night Film Fest (USA): Winner Best Actor for "I Am Alone", directed by Robert A. Palmer.
31 October 2015 RIP Horror Film Festival (Hollywood, USA): Nomination Best Actor Ensemble for "I Am Alone", directed by Robert A. Palmer.
2015 MAC Horror Film Festival, Brazil: Gareth wins the Best Actor Award for "I Am Alone", directed by Robert A, Palmer.
18 December 2015 Film Forever - Poll The greatest screen couples of all time unveiled. Top 10 TV couples. Number 5. Captain Jack Harkness and Ianto Jones, Torchwood (2006-2011) The pairing of Jack and Ianto gave Torchwood the perfect chance to explore both the wider universe and the small, individual complexities of human affection.
4 March 2016: Manchester Theater Awards - Nomination Visiting Production: "Twelve Angry Men" from Bill Kenwright at The Lowry (with Gareth David-Lloyd in the cast).
18 June 2016: Gareth David-Lloyd is the Host in the BAFTA Cymru Games Awards (Wales, UK).
October 2016 The Cast of "I Am Alone" (including Gareth David-Lloyd) by Robert A. Palmer, wins the the Best Performance Drama/Action/Sci-Fi Award in the Kapow Intergalactic Film Festival in Dos Lagos, Corona, California, USA.
June 2016 - 2016 Dead Walk Fest: Winner Best Actor for I Am Alone, by Robert A. Palmer.
International Filmmaker Festival of World Cinema, Berlin 2016 : Nomination Best Actor in a Featured Film for "I Am Alone" directed by Robert A. Palmer. [2016]
15 November 2017 Actor/writer Gareth David-Lloyd, Ianto Jones in Sci-Fi hits Torchwood and Dr.Who, has joined forces with Twisted Showcase web anthology creator and writer Robin Bell to create Dark Valley Productions and bring the world of Black River Meadow to your screens. In a small but ambitious trilogy they hope to share a glimpse of a world that will one day be explored as a full length television drama.

Personal Quotes (15)

It's one of those things I was never going to say I'd never do, but it was after talking to John Barrowman about his role in Jack and the Beanstalk in Cardiff a few years ago that got me thinking. He said how much fun he'd so I thought I'd give it a go when they approached me.
Ooh, that's difficult. They're different. Stage I like for the immediacy and the audience response, but working for the cameras needs subtlety and naturalism. For the theatre, you have to use a lot of stagecraft and technique to convince the audience but the camera picks everything up and you can't do that, you have to convince the person you're speaking to.
[on his friendship with John Barrowman] Whenever I see John we pick up right back where we left off... we forged a good friendship in Torchwood and that always be there.
I love Burn (Gorman); he's so fucking good; he's such a good actor that whenever Burn is doing a scene, I watch him so closely, because I'm such an admirer of his skill. The character's unapologetic and so is he, he's completely unapologetic about who he is. He's a very pure person.
I'd like to do a Romulan or a Vulcan... I was a big Trekkie in my youth. Any of the Star Trek aliens sort of fascinate me, close to my heart I suppose.
I love horror and I always count on Twisted Showcase to send me a script that's impossible to turn down.
[on his character Ianto in "Torchwood"] I'm not really like Ianto at all. I'm a lot more impulsive than he is and I'm more inclined to do crazy things! Ianto hides things away a lot more, which is what makes him such an interesting character to play.
Being an actor, I discovered I could do all sorts of jobs, and not just the one. And astronaut was top of my list. And then I realized as I got a little older I could be an astronaut, a fireman, a policeman, a doctor. Um, a teaboy. An alien hunter, a superhero. It opened a door to a lot more possiblities.
[on being in touch with his former cast mates in Torchwood] Very much so, we send each other the occasional message, we see each other at conventions. I travel around doing a lot of science fiction conventions, which is amazing. I've seen so much of the world because of the show, I regard myself as very lucky. I always run into one or two of them at those. Just like Twelve Angry Men, we were a cast that got on really well which is very important.
[on any specific things he travels with, any lucky charms] Not really. I've got my phone and my Kindle which have all my pictures on. I have all my 'good luck' cards that I get on the first night, I'm quite superstitious about that. A lot of actors will dump them at the first theatre but I keep them and take them on tour with me. No lucky charms, but my mum gave me a little 'good luck' teddy 20 years ago, which I keep in my digs, I don't take it to the theatre in case it gets lost.
[on his character: Juror 12, in Twelve Angry Men - Theatre - 15 May 2015] He's quite obnoxious but unaware of himself, he speaks before he thinks, which is probably the way a lot of ideas are brainstormed in advertising, but there's no place for it in a jury room. I think he grows up quite a lot within the play.
[About Ianto Jones, San Diego ComicCon2008] Yeah. He is a sort of battler, a sort of Alfred to batman's cave I suppose...to the hub, to their base. He gets them everywhere on time. He is the one in the suit. He is very regulated. He's got a stopwatch to keep time. He's that precise. There's a bit of a romantic tryst between him and Captain Jack, who's the leader of the organization. And... ehm (John Barrowman steps over & kisses him on the cheek). There's quite an obvious romantic relationship between Ianto and Captain Jack. He is sort of the logical one, the sensible one that keeps everybody in order, with occasionally a stabbing, dry wit.
Doing Torchwood, as the storyline developed I knew Ianto would end up having a proper snog with Captain Jack at some point. When it finally happened John Barrowman knew I was nervous. I wasn't nervous so much about kissing a bloke, it was much more about kissing the star of the show. On the first take, he told the director not to cut - he wanted to see how long it would take for me to crumble. So it happened, and he didn't let go, and the director didn't yell "cut"... after the longest 30 seconds of my career we both fell about laughing and the ice was broken. Intimate scenes with John (and there were more than a few) were a doddle after that.
"I suppose my favourite medium is theatre because you get that connection with the audience and you get an adrenaline rush and a buzz from performing on stage. Doing events like this is quite similar because you get that same connection with the fans and you get to see how passionate they are about the show." (Sci-fi Weekender - April 2017)
"Twisted Showcase is an important platform for young writers and directors. It's a pleasure and a duty for me to support independent web drama like Twisted Showcase. It has done for me what it has done to other writers and directors at the beginning of their careers by helping me take that first vital step." (26 September 2017, about his directorial debut with the episode "Be My Head" 4 season of "Twisted Showcase")

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