John Ogwen, one of Wales’ most experienced actors, will be joining Pobol y Cwm next month.

“I’ve never actually been to Cwmderi before, but I wrote quite a few episodes in the early days, tens of them, so that was my connection with Pobol before this.” – John Ogwen

John will play a colourful and likeable character called Josh on the BBC’s longest-running television soap, and will be seen on screen for the first time on S4C on Friday, April 7th.

John has been a familiar face on many Welsh language drama series in his almost half a century long career, but this will be the first time for him to appear on the drama series, even though he was one of the authors for a time during the drama’s early years.

John, who’s 72, says he has enjoyed every minute on the busy soap opera since he started rehearsing and filming a few weeks ago: “Everyone’s saying I’ve had a bit of a baptism of fire,” he says. “They didn’t let me slip in quietly, it was more like being thrown in at the deep end!” The actor has appeared in productions such as Doctor Who and The District Nurse – however is best known to UK wide audiences for his starring role in the 1978 drama series Hawkmoor.

Pobol y Cwm which in English means People of the Valley, launched on BBC Wales in 1964. It transferred to the Welsh Channel 4 service S4C in 1982. The soap was broadcast for a period on BBC Two in the 1990s however entirely Welsh-language based it failed to draw an audience with UK viewers outside of its home country where it remains hugely popular.

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