Monday, 29 July 2013

Articles Jonathan Owen


Jonathan Owen 
“Is it ‘coz I’m Welsh?” 
(Svengali) 



Jonathan Owen first came to our attention, (those that move in Torchwood circles) as Banana Boat in ‘Something Borrowed’ (2007) Series Two.  He played Rhys’ best man.  He came as one part of a double act, the other being Mervyn. Sadly Mervyn was dinner for the nostrovite, while Banana Boat was spun in a sticky black web with Toshiko Sato as a snack for later – thankfully he was saved from that by the Torchwood team. 

Jonathan Owen has appeared in a number of programmes and films which feature some of Wales’ finest actors and actresses especially Eve Myles. 

In ‘A Bit of Tom Jones?’ (2009) written, produced and directed by Peter Watkins-Hughes and shot entirely on location in Tredegar and filmed in the summer of 2007, Henry Fielding – Jonny, is approached by a mysterious woman in a late night bar who offers to sell him the severed ‘manhood’ of Wales’ greatest vocal entertainer.  Believing he can make a killing selling the infamous appendage onto obsessive fans, Henry stumps up the cash. Eve Myles stars as Sally Fielding. It’s a comedy and worth a view, and came out on DVD in April 2010.  It won the Best Film award at the BAFTA Cymru event in Cardiff in May 2010.

In ‘Good Arrows’ (2009) Jonny plays Andy ‘The Arrows’ Samson, a dart player who slides into depression after a heart attack and loses his skill with the darts. It’s a comedy written by Dean Cavanagh and Irvine Welsh, and filmed in Merthyr Tydfil.

Along with acting, Jonny is a writer and producer for ITV Wales, including winning the ‘Gwyn Alf Williams Award, at the Welsh BAFTA’s for the 40th anniversary documentary of the Aberfan disaster. 

Born 4 July 1971 in Merthyr Tydfil, Jonny’s interests lay in music.  In his late teens he was in the indie band The Pocket Devils as bass player and lead singer/songwriter.  They were signed to Sanctuary Records in the UK and Pop Music Records in the US, but finally split when Jonny landed the part of Richey in Nuts and Bolts (1999), a Welsh drama series.

http://www.pocketdevils.blogspot.co.uk/ You can also find the band on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/thepocketdevils and follow them on Twitter @pocketdevils 

Jonny’s career as an actor spans from 1999 through to present, and with an internet drama Svengali now set as a feature film, it seems there’s no end to this man’s talent as an actor, writer and producer. 

In Svengali Jonny plays Dixie, a postman from South Wales who is a music fanatic. After trawling through YouTube he discovers a great band and after hunting them down offers them his management services...  The idea of the story is based upon Jonny’s own experiences in the music industry and features well known bands playing themselves, along with Martin Freeman (Sherlock, The Hobbit, The World’s End), Vicky McClure (Hummingbird, This is England, Broadchurch), and Michael Smiley (Luther, Utopia, Ripper Street) heading up the cast.

To find out more about Svengali, visit the website: http://svengalimovie.com/

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