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Rownd a Rownd: Jason exposes Barry

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Rownd a Rownd: Jason exposes Barry

This week in Glanrafon…

The life of a Glanrafon resident in the soap series Rownd a Rownd has been turned upside down recently. And there are turbulent times ahead in this week’s episodes on Tuesday 7 and Thursday 9 June.

Dani, one of the most popular characters in the series, has been head over heels that Barry asked her to marry him, and she is expecting his baby. So it comes as quite a shock to her that he would use Copa, the bar she owns, as a place to hide drugs.

Dani’s bubble is burst when Barry’s brother Jason, unbeknown to Barry, opens her eyes to his wrongdoing. She has to decide if she’s willing to throw away her comfortable life with the love of her life. And how will all the turmoil affect the relationship between the two brothers? Iwan Fôn has been playing Jason for six years now. So how would the actor from Dinas near Bontnewydd, Caernarfon describe his character?

“Jason is very likeable ” he says, “he’s a nice guy, and family and friends are close to his heart. He cares a lot about other people, but can also be a bit daft at times.

“It’s a challenging time for Jason at the moment, having lost his mother,” Iwan adds. “The poor soul is really confused. When you lose your mother, the first person you would expect to be there for you is your brother, and now he finds out, though he has long suspected, that he’s been selling drugs. To make matters worse, he discovers his drug dealing was linked to his mother’s death.”

But it will be possible for the two to reconcile and save their relationship?

“He looks up to Barry because he didn’t get much support from his father when he was growing up. Although Arthur has been there for years, he hasn’t been much of a father figure to really – he has always made Jason feel as if he was in the way. His brother was the one who gave him a job and a roof over his head. I think Jason’s love for his brother is very pure; if you turn it the other way, I don’t think Barry could forgive Jason. Jason tries to see the best in people.”

Over the years Jason’s character has been playing the fool at times, so lately we’ve seen another side to him – a more serious one, which has been a new challenge for Iwan:

“I’ve really enjoyed showing my range as an actor, and getting to know Jason’s other side. It’s important to play a character that’s believable, and if something as serious as losing a family member happens, you’re going to feel emotion, and it’s got to be realistic; the audience has to feel what you’re feeling.”

 Rownd a Rownd, S4C, Tuesday and Thursday, 8.25 pm. English and Welsh subtitles.

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