'Torchwood's success is down to Cardiff'
TORCHWOOD star Eve Myles has revealed her pride for Cardiff ahead of the broadcast of the second series tonight.
Eve, 29, from Ystradgynlais, who plays Gwen Cooper in the hit sci-fi show, spoke of her love of the Welsh capital, in which Dr Who spin-off Torchwood is filmed.
“It’s very bizarre because I trained in Cardiff and I did my degree in Cardiff and then I stayed here because I had a movie and drama to do here for BBC2,” she said.
“Then I left for London and moved with the Royal Shakespeare company to Stratford and then back to London with the national and then I came back here to do Torchwood.
“It’s very bizarre that where I started as an actress is where I landed my most notable role.”
She said the city’s residents had also been welcoming to the stars of the show.
“They’ve been totally, totally amazing and they’ve allowed it to happen in Cardiff because if it did get to a point where we were annoying people or people didn’t want it, I don’t think we’d be able to use the beautiful facilities that Cardiff offers,” she said.
“It’s with the help and the support of the people who live in Cardiff.
They’ve made it possible. They’ve allowed us to film outside of their houses at half past three or four o’clock in the morning.”
She said she was surprised to discover her big break would come in the same spot as her humble beginnings.
“You know what, it’s so typical, isn’t it? You go to the other end of the world or whatever and then all of a sudden you’re brought back to where you were in the first place for a job,” she said.
“It’s just fate, I suppose and it is very, very odd but, as a Welsh woman, I’m very, very proud that two massive productions – Dr Who and Torchwood – are made in Wales with Welsh crews and I’m just proud that I can be part of it and be able to keep my own accent, my own Welshness about me, it’s fantastic.”
n Eve was speaking to celebrity magazine Ikonz.
The new series of Torchwood begins tonight on BBC2 at 9pm.