Gareth Thomas - - All other activities

This section lists every professional appearance by Gareth Thomas that we have been able to trace. Events of unknown date are at the end. If you know of any additional material, dates, photos, events or anything interesting please contact Judith.

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.

RIPGareth 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.

DateMediumEvent
12 Feb 1945HistoryBorn in Wales
1964 - 1966HistoryAt RADA (Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts)

Note some of the plays below while at RADA were not full plays but sections from plays.

Gareth (Horizon NL#21): I actually got into acting by accident. I decided I wanted to carry on being a student, and I thought: well, I can't paint, so I'll try acting. I went back to one of my teachers at school who'd been in charge of drama, etc., and asked if he would coach me. I then auditioned for RADA, which was then the only drama school I knew existed in those days! I got into RADA, and one day halfway through the two year course, I was coming downstairs and found myself thinking: I quite like this game, it's rather fun! I then decided that as long as I could cope with my responsibilities financially, I might as well carry on acting. I've been fairly lucky, so I've kept going. But that was how I got in. Purely by accident, because I decided I wanted to go on being a student, and then was lucky enough to get into drama school.

Gareth (FCG#7): One of the teachers who was teaching so-called "technique"... There were sixteen people in the class, and he gave each of us a different Shakespeare speech, and he said to me, "During the course of the speech, Gareth, I want you to go away, learn it, work at it, come back, do it for me, and during the course of the speech I want you to stand on your head against the wall there, I want you to pick up this chair by the leg, I want you to walk three times down there, I want you to pick your nose," and various other things. We all sat there, "What's this?" However, when you're students, you go and you do what you're told. So we worked hard at our speeches, we came back and we did them. I did my speech, found a place where I thought it would be reasonable for Hamlet too actually do a handstand against the wall, picked up the chair, walked around and did everything else and he criticised: "That worked for me, that didn't work for me," and at the end of about three days, when we had all done our speeches, he said, "I dare say all of you are wondering what the fuck I've been doing. What a damned silly exercise! Well, I'll tell you what I've been doing. If you can make me belive all those damn silly things I asked you to do, you go out to the professional theatre, and anything any director ever asked you to do, you could make it work, and there aren't many people who can do that." That was the most valuable lesson I learned at RADA. If a diector tells me "On that word, I want you to move over there," I may disagree with him, I may argue, but I can make it work.

Stephen Grief (Blake's 7 the Inside Story): On the first day (at RADA), we were given a talk by the principal, then were told "Now you're starting your first term, and just to explain to you how things go here, somebody from the fourth term is going to give you a talk." In walked this guy with a beard, wearing a leotard; a very bouncy, smiley, jokey guy who put us at our ease right away, who said "Hello, my name is Gareth Thomas." He made all of us feel extremely relaxed and laughed and joked like we were part of a big club, and went through the general points of what we were to do in our first term. Then he got up and said goodbye, and we all felt very much at ease. I'll never forget that, and Gareth and I have remained good friends ever since.

Gareth talking to the Edinburgh News:"In my first theatre production my big scene involved walking on stage and opening a door for somebody. "I walked on to the stage, opened the door . . . and it came off its hinges. So at the end of my first ever professional stage appearance I had to pick up the door and walk off stage with it."

Note he was there for 7 terms spanning 1964 to 1966 we are not yet sure which are in which year.

1960'sTV AdvertsSoap Powder and Beer

Gareth (Horizon NL#21): I've done some voice overs, and would love to do more, because you're not immediately identifiable. A lot of people disagree with me on this one, but my attitude and my agent's also, is not to do visual adverts because to do that you either have to be very careful what I say here - I don't mean it disparagingly - you either have to be unknown or very well known to get away with it. My agent once said to me: "I won't let you do adverts, because if I put you up for Hamlet - I'm too old for that now, that's just an example - if I put you up for Hamlet, it's going to be very difficult for the director to see you as Hamlet if he's seen you advertising washing powder five times a night for the last ten weeks." I could see his point, and so that has been my policy. When I was first into the business I did do a couple of adverts, but none since.

1978DirectingThe 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.
1981?Charity Walk Gareth along with many other actors and personailities led by Henry Cooper, walked around White City Stadium to raise money for the Variety Club (a charity run by actors), this raised 30,000.
Sep 1988Audio TapeUnder Milk Wood by Dylan Thomas. Gareth played Mog Edwards - this also stars seemingly every actor and singer in Wales - including Anthony Hopkins, Jonathan Pryce, Sian Philips, Tom Jones, Bonnie Tyler, Mary Hopkin, Philip Madoc, Windsor Davies, Sir Geraint Evans, Ruth Madoc, Aled Jones, Ray Smith, Freddie Jones and Sir Harry Secombe.

This recording was released in 1988. A few years later, virtually the identical cast was brought together again and the performance was filmed. We believe that about an hour of this was shown on Television. The audio cassette was re-released at this time and the copyright date was changed to 1992. However the audio tape is not actually a recording of the filmed performance, but simply the 1988 recording re-packaged. Sadly, this tape is no longer avilable.

This wa definately shown in the US, and was probably shown by LWT (London Weekend Television) in 1988. Review

Late 1989VideoMasquerade Introduced a video tape about makeup for Sheelagh Wells.
1990WrittenBlythe Spirits Gareth wrote several short stories about a small community of monks. Written sometime previously (pre 1988?) these were fan published in 1990.
1 July 1991SigningHMV Store in London to autograph the 1991 video releases.
1992Audio TapeUnder Milk Wood by Dylan Thomas. Gareth played Mog Edwards - this also stars seemingly every actor and singer in Wales - including Anthony Hopkins, Jonathan Pryce, Sian Philips, Tom Jones, Bonnie Tyler, Mary Hopkin, Philip Madoc, Windsor Davies, Sir Geraint Evans, Ruth Madoc, Aled Jones, Ray Smith, Freddie Jones and Sir Harry Secombe.

This recording was released in 1988, a few years later, virtually the identical cast was brought together again and the performance was filmed. We believe that about an hour of this was shown on Television. The audio cassette was re-released at this time and the copyright date was changed to 1992. However the audio tape is not actually a recording of the filmed performance, but simply the 1988 recording re-packaged.

Review

This 1992 performance, may or may not have been the performance of Under Milk Wood that was in aid of the Princes trust. Gareth took part in a production of Under Milk Wood to help raise money for the Prince of Wales Trust, apparently some time in 1994 or 1995. The Prince of Wales Trust helps young people get started in life.

18 Feb 1992AppearanceHarrow Ideal Home Exhibition Opened up the exhibition and then made personal apperancess each day (18-20th) to help publicise the event because a friend was running it.
Early 95Radio
Kevin Greening Show With Paul Darrow, he did a number of voice overs for the Kevin Greening show on BBC Radio 1.

This was the first occasion that Gareth and Paul had worked together since filming "Blake".

(The guy in the middle is Gareth Randall, who organised the session).

1995Audio TapeThe Mark of Kane The tape consists of two stories, one on each side of the tape. The first story involves Travis before he reaches Freedom City and looks at some events relating to the Andromedans. It also involves a mutoid and a bounty hunter called Kane. With Brian Croucher (Travis II)

The second story involves Blake and takes place shortly after Jenna's death. There are some links to the first story - Kane and the mutoid reappear. We also get to meet Tando (one of Blake's fellow bounty hunters). See Merchandise for more details.

1995Audio Tape
Together Again: Blake's Back Audio tape about Blake's 7. Absolutely wonderful interview with Joe Nazzaro talking to Gareth Thomas, Paul Darrow and occasionally Sheelagh Wells.

See Merchandise for more details.

1995WorkshopActors Workshop with Mickey Rooney, Gareth played Oberon in A Midsummers Night Dream.
3 June 1995Audio TapeTravis: the Final Act Audio tape about Travis (Brian Croucher Travis II), using some of Blake's dialogue from the show - no new material from Gareth. This was released before December 1992.

See Merchandise for more details.

1 Aug 1995GatheringB7 Cast reunion Stringfellows nightclub, London, a general publicity event for the video re-release.

This included Gareth Thomas, Paul Darrow, David Jackson, Jan Chappell, Michael Keating, Sally Knyvette, Stephen Grief and Peter Tuddenham.

At the event, Diane Gies asked: Anything else in the pipeline?

Gareth: I'm doing an episode of Casualty soon. Actually, I missed out on an advert recently. I don't normally do adverts, but I would have done this one as it was abroad - I was up for the part of a Bank Manager in a French Bank. My agent told me that they had picked me out of the final twelve, but then decided that they wanted someone younger so they started seeing a group of 20 year olds. So I'm now officially too old to be a Bank Manager - even in France.

12 Aug 1995SigningAutograph Signing The Movie Palace (an SF shop not a cinema), London, more publicity for the videos.
16 Sep 1995SigningAutograph Signing at Playhouse Video in Stevenage, with Paul Darrow. More publicity for the videos.
Oct 1995Audio Tape
Unknown Corporate sales tape for the Unique Broadcasting Company (Europe's largest independent radio production company). (If you really want to know, Gareth is holding a printed copy of the WWW homepage of an Australian fan - who is a friend of the photographer). This was an audio tape to run in sync with a powerpoint presentation.
1st Feb 1996Radio QuizWas a contestant in Radio 4's SF quiz show "To Boldly Go" along with Hattie Hayridge (Holly of Red Dwarf).
1996Audio Tape
Together Again: Liberatored Audio Tape about Blake's 7. Joe Nazzaro interviews Gareth Thomas, Paul Darrow and Michael Keating.

See Merchandise for more details.

1996HistoryAssociate of RADA Gareth was unanimously voted an associate of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, after his nomination by Stephen Grief.
1997Audio Tape
Together Again: Action Audio Tape about Blake's 7 with Paul Darrow, Michael Keating and Stephen Grief (Travis I)

See Merchandise for more details

19 Aug 1997TV Quiz
Space Cadets Recorded on 23rd June, in Glasgow, a quiz show for Channel 4's Space Cadet SF Quiz show. This was repeated on 20 Aug 1997. Detailed Review of the Event

30 June 1997Audio TapeLogic of Empire This tape which was produced by Alan Stevens, who also produced The Mark of Kane.

28 Sep 1997Audio Tape
Together Again: Kingmaker Audio Tape about Blake's 7 with Paul Darrow, Gareth Thomas, David Maloney and Peter Tuddenham (Zen/Orac/Slave).

Tke tape is called "Kingmaker" and is intended as a tribute to Terry Nation.

See Merchandise for more details

21 Feb 1998SigningAutograph Signing Gareth Thomas and Jacqueline Pearce were signing items at Hollywood Superstore, 16-18 St Giles High St, London.
Early 1998Audio Tape
Together Again: Elements Audio Tape about Blake's 7. This tape has Jacqueline Pearce talking to Paul Darrow. The other side has David Maloney, Gareth Thomas, Paul Darrow and Judith Smith.

See Merchandise for more details

29 Jun 1998OpeningFab Cafe Gareth acted as the guest celebrity/host at the opening nights of this Sci-Fi Cafe/Bar in Manchester, until 2nd of July.

Report by Chris Blenkarn

Early 1999TV Adverts
Warburton's Bread Gareth plays the father of an ice skater from Yorkshire.




Early 1999Audio Tape
Together Again: Solstice Audio Tape about Blake's 7.

'Solstice' features two of the directors who worked on Blake's 7. Pennant Roberts directed early episodes including Spacefall, Time Squad (which was the very first episode to be filmed), Mission to Destiny and Bounty. Mary Ridge directed for the first time in 'Terminal' but was to return for Rescue and Power. She was landed with Animals and Headhunter, and directed the very last episode, Blake.

Paul Darrow and Gareth Thomas are there as usual to give their own perspective on events.

See Merchandise for more details

21 June 1999Audio CD
Soldiers of Love - Deathtraps Soldiers Of Love is a series of CDs containing a new sci-fi comedy drama series. Story one is called Genesis and among the actors is Michael Keating (Vila) playing ex-game show host Mydas Mydason.

Gareth Thomas and Jacqueline Pearce are in the second story, Deathtraps.

Gareth plays The Editor, `Nermal Hammond'.

Also Information about Soldiers of Love. Judith sells these CDs.

20 Aug 1999Audio CD
Soldiers of Love - Metamorphs Gareth, Jan Chappell and Michael Keating are in this episode. This should be released on November the 8th.

Gareth plays The Editor, `Nermal Hammond', a wonderfully over the top villian.

Also Information about Soldiers of Love. Judith sells these CDs.

3 Sep 1999Audio CD
Soldiers of Love - Ominous Passage Gareth, Jan Chappell and Michael Keating are in this episode, this should be released on December the 1st.

Gareth plays The Editor, `Nermal Hammond'.

Also Information about Soldiers of Love. Judith sells these CDs.

Mar 2000Audio CD
Soldiers of Love - Planet of Death Soldiers Of Love Gareth, Jan Chappell and Michael Keating are in this episode, Gareth plays The Editor, `Nermal Hammond'.

Also Information about Soldiers of Love. Judith sells these CDs.

2 May 2000Video
Legal Man Gareth Thomas did recording work on a video single 'Legal Man' for the band Belle and Sebastian, appearing with "two belly dancers, a couple of transvestites, two 'dandies', and a girl with a python" in a set based on Soho gentlemen's club circa 1967.

9 May 2000Apperance
Fab Cafe Gareth appeared at Manchester's Fab Cafe on Tues 9th May for 'An Audience With Gareth Thomas' starting at 8.00. He's been there before and is a popular guest.  
28 Jun 2000CD
The Actor Speaks Gareth Thomas is the focus in the pilot of MJTV's new range of CDs called 'The Actor Speaks' Each CD will focus on a particular actor and aims to highlight their diverse talents and abilities. It also aims to explore areas of the character that actor is well-known for playing. It will not retread areas that other CDs, tapes or videos have previously done.

The Actor Speaks - Volume 1 - Gareth Thomas

More Details.

1 Jul 2000Signing
Tenth Planet Gareth was at a signing of The Actor Speaks at Tenth Planet, 36 Vicarage Shopping Centre, Barking, Essex. From 1:00 to 4:00  
Sep 2000Video
Hamlet Gareth in October 99 played Claudius in a schools educational video of "Hamlet". It is being made by Cromwell Films, who were also involved with Merlin the Magic begins. Part of this was shot at Peebles (there is a castle there). Most of the filming took place at the same time as Gareth was appearing in The Clearing in Glasgow. This was released in September 2000.

  • Review By Judith Proctor.

  • Jan 2001CD
    Storm Warning Written by Alan Barnes (editor of Doctor Who Magazine), directed by Gary Russell. Paul McGann returns to Doctor Who in the first of four stories as the Eighth Doctor; also introducing India Fisher as Charlotte "Charley" Pollard and guest starring Gareth Thomas ("Blake's 7") as Lord Tamworth.

    25 Jun 2001CDDalek Empire 1 Recorded 6 May 2001.
    6 Aug 2001CDDalek Empire 2 Recorded 3 June 2001.
    25 Oct 2001CDSoldiers of Love 8 This was recorded on 2 Sept 2001.
    19 Nov 2001ReadingThe Last Moons Gareth did a play reading, on Monday 19th November - lunchtime. Doing a play reading Upstairs at The Gatehouse (Pub/Theatre), Highgate. The performance began at 12.30pm - the play is 'The Last Moons' by Furial Bordon, adapted by William Weaver. Director is David Newman. Gareth says Act 2 is him doing a monologue. The play takes a wry, intimate and funny look at the subject of Old Age!
    25 Nov 2001SigningThe Who Shop Gareth's was signing the newly released Big Finish CD 'Dalek Empire - Pt 3' at the Who Shop, 4 Station Parade, High Street North, East Ham, London E6 1JD. From 12 noon to 3pm Sunday 25th November. Joining him was be Stephen Greif who was signing copies of the Big Finish CD 'Primeval'.

    29 Oct 2001CDDalek Empire 3 Recorded 2 Sep 2001.
    19 Jan 2002CDDalek Empire 4
    19 Jan 2002Signing10th Planet Gareth was signing copies of the newly released Big Finish CD 'Dalek Empire IV - 'Project Infinity' in which he stars as Kalendorf. At the 10th Planet Bookshop, Unit 36 Vicarage Field, Shopping Centre, Ripple Road, Barking, Essex, IG11 8DQ. On Saturday 19th January, from 1/4pm.
    25 Mar 2002CDSoldiers of Love 9 This was recorded on 2 Sept 2001.
    18 May 2002SigningThe Videodrome Gareth was in a signing session at the The Videodrome, The Shambles, Worcester on Saturday 18th May from 10am-1pm

    25 June 2002CDSoldiers of Love 10 and 11 These were recorded on 2 June 2002.
    25 Aug 2002SigningMemorabili On August 25th at Memorabilia, SECC, Glasgow from 11am to 4pm. Both Gareth and Paul Darrow were there.

    8 May 2006RadioA Patriot for Us Gareth appeared for 5 consecutive days reading Radio 4's Book of the Week - 'A Patriot for Us' starting Monday 8 May on Radio 4 at 9.45/10am. Each day's episode was repeated at half past midnight. 'A Patriot for Us' is the biography of playwright John Osborne, written by John Heilpern. Source Radio Times and Horizon
    UnknownDirectingUnknown Something by Alan Ayckbourn. This was also produced by Pendant Entertainment Productions Ltd.

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