|(Actor - Torchwood; Sherlock Holmes; Girl Number 9; Doctor Who)|
|Gareth David-Lloyd is a Welsh actor best known for his role as Ianto Jones in the British science fiction television programme Torchwood.|
Born Gareth David Lloyd in Bettws, Newport, Wales, United Kingdom. His first acting role was as a robot in a junior school play. As a teenager, David-Lloyd joined the Gwent Young People’s Theatre in Abergavenny and The Dolman Youth Theatre in Newport, where he was a contemporary of the actor Matthew Woodyatt and the singer Nia Lynn. While there, he appeared in several plays, including Macbeth, The Threepenny Opera and Henry V, in which he played the title role. 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.
While studying at Coleg Gwent, Crosskeys, Gareth 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. David-Lloyd’s parts have included Sebastian in Twelfth Night on stage, plus appearances in television programmes such as Absolute Power, Casualty, Rosemary & Thyme and The Bill. In Casualty he played the character ‘Darell.’
Gareth 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. His character has been awarded cult icon status by the TV website Digital Spy. Lloyd has appeared in all three series of Torchwood. His character Ianto also made an appearance in the Doctor Who series 4 finale episodes “The Stolen Earth” and “Journey’s End.” He has also recorded a Torchwood audio book, The Sin Eaters, and appeared in the Torchwood audio dramas Lost Souls, Asylum, Golden Age and The Dead Line.
Many of his loyal fans have made a memorial wall to Ianto Jones in Cardiff Bay (where Torchwood is filmed) filled with commemorative poems, flowers and pictures.