This section is continuously under development, with more details of Gareth's activities being added as we hear about them.
Note: the dates given for TV/Radio shows are where possible the first showing of the first episode where applicable, not when they were made.
Gareth has managed to die in a surprisingly large number of roles. The RIP symbol is shown against performances he is known to have died in.
Gareth has been known to bemoan the fact that he never gets to play lovers. The statistics seem to bear him out. Heart symbols indicate a romance, they appear to be heavily outnumbered by tombstones. (Parts where he is already married don't qualify. )
Gareth has said that he does't want to be thought of as just a Welsh actor, but as an actor who can do English and Welsh characters with equal ease. He has lived for a long time in England, and now in Scotland, after his early years in Wales. He has been cast in a lot of Welsh roles over the years. Leeks indicate Welsh parts.
Material here, comes from many sources including :- Blake's 7 magazine, Chris Blenkarn, Joyce Bowen, Sue Clerc, Robert Cheadle, Sue Cowley, Pat Fenech, The Freedom City Gazette (FCG), Horizon magazine, Julia Jones, Andrew Kearley, Gareth Randell, Judith Proctor, The Prydonian Renegade (March 96), Together Again - Action, TV Zone Special #4, Stellar Quines, Dundee Rep Theatre, Theatre Clwyd, The Magenta Partnership, Royal Lyceum Theatre - Edinburgh, Alan Stevens, Pete Wallbank, Andy Hopkinson, Mark Thompson, The Scottish Theatre Archive, Blake's 7 The Inside Story, The Archives of The Royal Shakespeare Company, Sheelagh Wells, Gareth Thomas and some very nice people who have asked not to be identified.
|1969 - 1970||TV||Parkin's Patch (Yorkshire TV).
He was a regular in this series. 26 episodes made in total and broadcast
from 19 Sep 1969 until 20 Mar 1970. He played a detective.|
|1969-1973||TV||A Family at War Granada - either 8 1hr episodes or 13 episodes per year. Story of a family during WW II. No information as to Gareth's role. Gareth (Horizon NL#21): I'd been in the pub with the script editor some weeks before, and somebody came in and said: "Gareth, you're needed." I downed my pint in about four or five seconds, and the script editor said: "Hey, that's damned good" We'll get that into the script for the character." So stupidly, in my young days, I said: "Yes, yes, fine, jolly good idea!" and lo and behold a few scripts later, in came this scene of me in a pub drinking a pint quickly. The scene immediately prior to that was me at breakfast having bacon and eggs. So of course we came to the rehearsal and I have bacon and eggs and then I go to the next scene and knock back a pint. Then we come to the actual take and I go and have bacon and eggs and down another pint. Then we do a retake - by which time I need a bucket! (Laughs). That was a very salutary lesson.|
|30 Oct 1970||TV||Z Cars: Public Relations BBC police drama.|
|1970||Theatre||Black Comedy At the
Gate Theatre in Dublin and the Lyric in Belfast, Gareth played Brindsley|
This was a double bill, together with Decameron (the 77th story of the Decameron).
Gareth (Horizon NL#21): In it I was playing a sort of roving jester, who literally wandered out and ad-libbed in the audience and all sorts of things, as well as being the link-man. And the review raved about this Decameron, raved and raved about it, but never mentioned me at all. Then there was a break in the paragraph and the next paragraph was about Black Comedy, and it started off: 'What more can we say about Mr. Thomas?' and that was it! Somebody pointed this out to me and I thought 'That's ridiculous, they haven't said anything about me!' So the stage manager phoned up the newspaper, and I got a charming letter from this lady reviewer - can't remeber her name now - showing me the original review, which the newspaper editor had slashed without reading it at all. Just took a chunk out, because they didn't have space. And in fact, it had been an absolutely wonderful review! Hence, 'What more can we say about Mr. Thomas?'.
|May 1971||TV||Coronation Street (Granada TV) Gareth appeared in two episodes of this very long running soap, playing Mel Ryan, a sauna expert.|
|1971||Theatre||Duchess of Malfi At the Royal Court Theatre, London|
|1 Sep 1971||TV||Public Eye: Man Who Didn't Eat Sweets
Gareth is often incorrectly credited as being in this episode. (The Internet
Movie Database is wrong).|
|15 Sep 1971||TV||Public Eye: Transatlantic Cousins
(Thames TV) This was a long running detective series starring Alfred Burke as
Marker, a seedy private enquiry agent only just on the right side of the
law - it was all very gritty and down to earth. |
Gareth played "Tom Lewis", he later played the same character in "The Bankrupt" on 8th November 1972.
|1972||Film||The Ragman's Daughter|
Directed by Harold Becker, written by Alan Sillitoe. Starring Simon Rouse, Victoria Tennant, Patrick O'Connell and Leslie Sands. A story about a Nottingham layabout who falls in love with an exciting middle class girl. We don't know who Gareth played or how big a role it was - he has said that his part was filmed at United Daries in Streatham in South London.
|20 Jan 1972||TV|
This was Gareth's first major TV role and his first BAFTA (British Academy Film and Television Awards) best actor nomination.
Gareth talking to Ken Armstrong in the Blake's 7 Magazine: I was telephoned by my agent who asked me how long it would take me to get to the BBC TV Centre. I replied I could get there in half an hour. Fine, he said. "Get there as fast as you can and meet a chap called Jack Gold. There could be something there for you."
When I arrived at the BBC, Jack Gold met me, gave me a pint of beer, took me to a locked office. He handed me a massive tome of a script and told me to lock myself in the office, read the script, then call in at his office when I was finished. I followed his instructions, then took the script back to him. He told me to wait a few minutes as the producer of the play was coming over. I was asked to read some parts from the script then told that it was all settled. "You'd better take the script with you," he said. "We start rehearsing at the end of September and shooting starts a week later." As you can guess, I walked out in a daze. When I arrived home, my agent rang me and said, "Well done. You've got it." "Got what?" I asked. "The leading part of course!" The play was entitled Stocker's Copper and was the story of the Cornish Clay miners strike of 1913. I believe I'm right in saying it won an award... And took me into ten solid years of TV work!
|1972||TV||The Man at the Top Thames TV. Series based on John Braine's novels "Room at the Top" and "Life at the Top." The series starred Kenneth Haigh. There were several related programmes staring Kenneth Haigh all of which had the word Top in the title. This was filmed shortly after Stocker's Copper was broadcast.|
|17 Sep 1972||TV|
|23 Aug 1972||TV||Sutherland's Law (BBC Drama Playhouse), this was a pilot for the full Sutherland's Law series that was shown the following year.|
|8 Nov 1972||TV||Public Eye: The Bankrupt. (Thames TV) This was a long running detective series starring Alfred Burke as Marker, a seedy private enquiry agent only just on the right side of the law - it was all very gritty and down to earth. Gareth played Tom Lewis, a chauffer who gets tricked out of a lot of money, in this episode, which opened the sixth season.|
|13 June 1973||TV|
The BBC have released 10 episodes from season 1 as a DVD.
|25 Apr 1974||TV||Special Branch: Alien Thames TV. Action series about two stylish policemen, played by Patrick Mower and George Sewell. Gareth appeared in this fourth season episode, which also featured Patrick Troughton.|
|8 Dec 1974||TV|
|23 Jan 1975||TV||Breath (BBC - Play for Today)
Play about asthma. Also starring Liz Smith.|
Written Elaine Feinstein. Angela Pleasance is a young mother isolated by her chronic asthma and descending into paranoia. Gareth Thomas is her husband, Liz Smith her suspicious housekeeper.
|28 Mar 1975||TV||The Revivalist BBC Wales. Gareth plays an evangelist who thinks he has seen God.|
|31 Mar 1975||TV||Churchill's People (BBC), Gareth was in Episode 14.|
|9 Apr 1975||TV||Fight Against Slavery (BBC, six 1 hr episodes). Gareth plays Thomas Clarkson, a reformer in the 3rd-5th episodes. He is also seen in the opening titles, singing in church, but is otherwise not in the first episode. His character has blond hair and a pony tail.|
|10 Sep 1975||TV|
|1975||Film||Mafia Junction Drama directed by
Massimo Delmano. Produced by Monymusk Productions Ltd, London An Italian-British co-production filmed in London, Lebanon (Beirut), and Rome. Starring Stephanie
Beacham and Patricia Hayes. The plot concerns a woman who uses her body to
deceive men and get what she wants in life. Gareth plays a trench-coated
detective who follows the male lead, and gets caught doing it... Little
more is known about this at present - we can't find it in any reputable film
guide! It appears to have been an Italian language film, so the British
actors may well have been dubbed. We do know it was released as an NTSC
video in 1989, retitled as Superbitch (or sometimes given as Super
Bitch). The video jacket states prominently "Featuring Gareth Thomas",
even though he's only in it for a few minutes.|
|Apr 1 1975||TV||Edward VII (ATV) Gareth plays
Lord Charles Beresford in 2 episodes. - "Dearest Prince"; and "Scandal".
(Was called Edward the King when broadcast in the US).
Anna Massey played Queen Victoria. The series ran from 1st April 1975 to 24th June
Gareth tells of sitting in a restaurant booth one evening and grumbling to his agent about the similarity of the roles he was playing. Given his background, King's School, Oxford, etc., why did he never get offered upper-class roles? Three days later, he was unexpectedly offered the part of Lord Charles Beresford in "Edward VII". Gareth asked the director what had made him think of him. He replied, "I was sitting in the next booth."
|29 Dec 1975||TV|
|16 Feb 1976||TV||Jackanory. (BBC Childrens TV -
five shows of 15 mins). Gareth reads children's stories.|
He read the story "Tales From Lapland" in 1976, and was broadcast on BBC-1 with the following titles: "Draugen And His Red Cap" (Part One, 16/02/76), "The Poor Boy Who Looked For Wook And Found Riches" (Part Two, 17/02/76), "Stallo And His Servant" (Part Three, 18/02/76), "Aslak And The Mermaid" (Part Four, 19/02/76) and "The Family Strong" (Part Five, 20/02/76). Sadly none of these episodes exist in the archive, although I'm sure that there are sound recordings of these programmes somewhere.
Gareth to Joe Nazzaro (FCG #7): I did it once many years ago, the best paid job in the BBC. It was a children's series called Jackanory, and it was basically people sitting there reading storeies for kids. You go in, you rehearse for half a day, and because you've got the autocue, you don't have to learn it, and you go in and do it and it's a flat-rate fee. When I did it, I think it was a hundred pounds a day, per show, and it was a fifteen minute show. As I said, you go in on Thursday afternoon, you rehearse it on Thursday afternoon, you record all five on Friday, so you get five hundred pounds from the BBC for a day and a half's work!
|1 Sep 1976||TV|
In more recent years, this has been shown as a feature length film compiled from several of the episodes - unfortunately, Gareth's bits have mostly been cut out. He appears at the start and then largely disappears. (The action of the film concentrates on the Earth people on Medusa.)
Gareth (Horizon NL#21 in 1988): "At that time, I was offered the part of Fogarty in The Onedin Line. I didn't realize it was going to go on to be what it was. It went on for a very long time, but it was only a pilot at that stage. I was offered the chance of that, or three months doing Star Maidens. And I needed the money! So I chose three months doing an independant television show, obviously, because the money was far, far greater. That was one of the many mistakes I made in my career. Having said that, I don't mean I didn't enjoy Star Maidens. And there were some very fine actors in it.
"It was a long time ago. It was a multi-national thing. We had Hardy Kruger's daughter, my co-lead was a frenchman called Pierre Brice, one of the directors couldn't speak any English. One of the directors was actually a very well known cameraman and horror film director, Freddy Francis. What was it about? I really can't remember. I do remember I was supposed to have some form of extraordinary powers, I can't remember exactly what. And I think I had a blonde streak or something. One blonde streak down the side of my hair."
|24 Sept 1976||TV|
|10 Jan 1977||TV|
|7 Jan 1977||TV||Caesar and Cleopatra By George Bernard Shaw (Southern TV) TV film directly from a stage play. Alec Guiness is Casear. Gareth only has one line.|
|8 Mar 1977||TV||Fathers and Families. (BBC) Gareth was in Episode 6, as a writer.|
|12 Apr 1977||TV|
|28 Nov 1977||TV|
|2 Jan 1978||TV|
Horizon 33 - talking to Joe Nazzaro Joe: There's an interesting story I heard concerning your final appearance in Blake. According to Chris Boucher, during the fatal confrontation scene between Blake and Avon, Paul's original line was supposed to be 'You betrayed me?' but he changed it to 'You betrayed me?' It's interesting how one word can change the context of a scene.
Gareth: Well, it changes the whole concept, because if you turn around and say 'You betrayed me' as a statement, that's fine, or you can say 'You betrayed me?' ie 'Was it actually you?' but it blows the whole thing when you say 'You betrayed me?' In some ways, I think Paul was right with that inflection, but if he was right, then he had to be killed as well. I loved Paul's idea of actually standing astraddle and actually protecting the man he had just killed. I thought that was beautiful, but if he uses the inflection 'You betrayed me?' then he had to be killed as well. Otherwise, we never know whether Avon died or not, and with the series it was necessary that we should never see Avon as the supremo. He was supremo by default, but when Blake came back, Avon immediatly had to settle down and be second in command. He can say 'You betrayed me?' and still possibly survive, but I think too many of the audience believed Paul, and it's dangerous to have a series like this and end up saying the man was in fact corrupt. I know I've said I wanted to see Blake's darker side, but I didn't want him to be corrupt. He was always completely dedicated to the cause, and I think he would have carried on if Avon hadn't killed him.
|21 Jan 1978||TV Interview||Multi Coloured Swap
Shop (BBC TV) Live Saturday morning children's magazine show, hosted by Noel
Edmonds. Gareth appeared with Paul Darrow.|
|9 May 1978||Theatre||Canterbury Tales At the
Haymarket in Basingstoke by the Horseshoe company, Gareth played The Miller
and The Chantecleer (The cockerel). This was during the period he was making
Blake's 7. This ran from May 9th to May 20th. This adaptation from Chaucer
was by Phil Woods.|
The programme notes from Absent friends two weeeks later, quoted the following extracts from reviews: A comedian of some brilliance... an ideal Miller... excellent recounter... wonderful actor and 'The Most vulgar of them all' - fully justified Horseshoe's move in luring him away briefly from Blake's 7 onto the Haymarket stage. There are many people in Basingstoke who will never forget his entrance as Chanticleer, whatever remains in their memories of his excellent performances in Stocker's Copper, How Green Was My Valley and Sutherland's Law. We wish him well on the second series of Blake's 7.
|23 May 1978||Theatre||Absent Friends At the Haymarket Threatre in Basingstoke, by the Horseshoe Threatre Companny. By Alan Ayckbourn. This ran to June 3rd. Gareth was playing Paul.|
|1978||Directing||The Importance of being Oscar At the Questor's theatre in London. This is an amateur theatre that allows small proffessional groups to hire it. The show ran for a week and was produced on a very tight budget. This starred Simon MacCorkindale. Sheelagh Wells was also involved with some aspects of the production, such as getting hold of furniture for use as scenery. This was produced by Pendant Entertainment Productions Ltd. This was produced elsewhere (the Cambridge Festival and Ealing) but we are not sure that Gareth was involoved with the earlier productions.|
|10 Mar 1979||TV Interview||Multi Coloured Swap Shop (BBC TV) Live Saturday morning children's magazine show, hosted by Noel Edmonds. Gareth appeared with Jacqueline Pearce to promote the current series of Blake's 7. They gave away various goodies as a competition prize, including a teleport bracelet. Asked if it was a working model, Gareth replied that it only worked if you were in range of the Liberator! To win the prize, you needed to answer the question: Who composed the Planets Suite? (Answer: Gustav Holst, of course.)|
|12 June 1979||Theatre|
Gareth in The Prydonian Renegrade: I was doing Orsino at Stratford in the Royal Shakespeare Company in Twelfth Night and I can't remember what the speech was now but I completely lost it. I couldn't remember the lines, anything - 'dried' as we call it in the profession - and I carried on waffling away until I actually got my brain back into gear and went back into the script agian. When I came offstage at the end of the scene, there was the director standing there. I said "Geez, I'm sorry, Terry. I don't know what the heck happened. I just couldn't remember a bloody thing. I just waffled and bumbled.." He said, "It doesn't matter, Gareth, Don't worry about it. What was fascinating was, the whole thing, all your waffle, was in pure iambic pentameter!" - so I'd kept to Shakespeare's rhythm.
|6 Aug 1979||Theatre|
|15 Aug 1979||TV|
|10 Oct 1979||Theatre|
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