Owen’s star on the rise

Torchwood actor Kai Owen is heading to Australia for Supanova.
Torchwood actor Kai Owen is heading to Australia for Supanova.

Owen starred in Torchwood as Rhys Williams, the boyfriend of leading lady Gwen Cooper, played by Eve Myles, for all of its four seasons from 2006 to 2011, starting out as a supporting actor before joining the main cast.

Later this month, Owen will visit Australia for the first time when he appears at the Supanova Pop Culture Expo in Perth and Sydney.

‘I love meeting the fans; they’re wonderfully crazy and passionate and I throw myself into the conventions wholeheartedly,’ Kai said.

For the down-to-earth actor, the sci-fi fandom is all part of the Doctor Who franchise, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.

Having grown up watching the fourth and fifth incarnations of the Doctor, Tom Baker and Peter Davison, Kai said it was an exciting time to be an actor in Wales when Doctor Who was revived in 2005 and rumours of a Welsh-based spin-off began to circulate.

‘At the time, Doctor Who was making such an explosive comeback with David Tennant and Billie Piper and Christopher Eccleston,’ he said.

Owen said although his time in Australia would be short, he was looking forward to watching a rugby match and catching up with the Torchwood cast as well as meeting the other guests at the convention.

‘I’ve got to be honest, the legendary Carrie Fisher would be great to meet and Margot Kidder, who was a massive part of my life as Lois Lane,’ he said.