Gwion Tegid is a familiar face to viewers of Rownd a Rownd. He plays the role of Barry Hardy, a character known for causing trouble in Glanrafon, the imaginary village of the popular soap opera. And it’s true to say that Barry is facing a turbulent time since Christmas.
Here, actor Gwion Tegid talks about his character and the experience of filming Rownd a Rownd.
What’s been happening to Barry lately?
Barry has just lost everything! He was in a long-term relationship with Carys and enjoyed spending time with his son, Tom. He wanted to buy Copa, but with his main enemy, Wyn, owning the pub – that didn’t look likely to happen! Barry rescued Aled from the clutches of a dangerous Liverpool crew, which meant that Aled was in debt to him. He used Aled to deceive Wyn and bought the pub on his behalf.
Unfortunately, Barry and Carys’s relationship broke down as Aled revealed to her that she was living with a dangerous man – Carys ran away while pregnant with Aled’s baby and took Tom with them. In short – Barry has lost his girlfriend, child, money and Copa!
What is he like at the moment?
I’d say he’s dangerous at the moment. He’s hurt, but because he has been raised hard, the pain manifests in bad temper and aggression. He doesn’t care about anyone.
Do you enjoy acting this?
Yes! It doesn’t matter how a scene is written for an angry person – there are so many options how to perform it. Of course, shouting and smashing things is fun to do and looks scary on screen, but for me, knowing that a character is out of control but manages to stay cool, talk quietly and is able to choose the right words to be threatening is so much more effective.
The last two months of filming have been rewarding, I’ve loved discussing from scene to scene ensuring that the crescendo lands on the heights of the story.
What is it like to film with Covid limitations?
After six months of not filming and living with the new guidelines and restrictions, keeping a distance of two meters, wearing masks and washing hands more often was quite normal – but doing that and new things was like doing your own make-up, one-way systems, having your temperature checked was quite alien in a workplace I’ve been in for over 15 years. It’s amazing how quickly you get used to the new system.
That said, I am in a very fortunate position, and grateful and lucky to be able to carry on working during the pandemic. It is a scary time for everyone working in the arts and it is very important that we all support now more than ever.
Rownd a Rownd airs Tuesday and Thursday at 8:25pm on S4C.