Originated the role of Melchior Gabor in the London West End production of the hit musical Spring Awakening.
Won "Best Actor in a Musical or Entertainment" Laurence Olivier Award in 2010 for his lead role in Spring Awakening.
Trained at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama alongside Kimberley Nixon.
Was considered one of the 55 faces of the future by Nylon Magazine Young Hollywood Issue (May 2010).
Son of June (Lewis), a factory worker, and Terry Barnard, a coal miner. Has a sister named Ceri.
He is of Welsh, English, and Scottish descent.
Good friend of former "Spring Awakening" Co-Star Iwan Rheon.
Personal Quotes (12)
I remember watching 'A Streetcar Named Desire' when I was quite young, I was about 12, or 13, and I watched it, thinking, 'Wow. That is pretty cool. I'd like to do something like that.'
I always used to pretend to be different characters - cowboys, that sort of thing. I used to think that the Indians lived over the mountains that I could see out of my bedroom. As I grew up, I started to understand that acting was actually a craft, and there was no question about it, that was exactly what I was going to do.
I came from a very, very small valley in the middle of South Wales. I grew up there with my father, who's a coal miner, and my mother worked in a normal factory.
I used to just daydream all the time about being in movies, from the age of, like, four onwards. I would sit down and watch movies with my father and my grandfather, and always pretended that I was in the stories.
Richard Burton is my number one idol. One, because we come from very similar backgrounds and two, because of his fantastic talent.
The biggest thing about me, as an actor, is I'm never a finished product, you know? I always want to try something or be in a new genre because, one, it's much more fun to do that because you're not doing the same thing over and over.
I do my own stunts; that's something I'm very passionate about. I spent a lot of time on boats as a kid, so it's just nice to be able to put that into use in the job that I do.
I like being on a set where you can make decisions and everything is involved and are happy to work together to make the best work. For me, it's all about making the best work and creative people working together and all being respected and all having their opinions of what gives it the best quality is important.
I never like to stick to one media; whether it's a TV series or feature film, I enjoy it and I like changing constantly.
When I was a kid, I used to pretend to be Bond; I used to make up scenarios and irritate my sister and annoy my mother and father pretending to be someone else, so I kind of was already acting when I was a child. I just didn't really know it.
For me, every opportunity is a golden opportunity, so I just need to work as hard as I can to maintain credibility and respect and hopefully people enjoy watching me as an actor.
If I played Bond, my dad probably wouldn't know what to do with himself. He'd probably put his shoes on the wrong way for the rest of his life!