Ioan Gruffudd finally outed as Welsh on Ringer

So fine Welsh actor Ioan Gruffudd has been pretending to be English on the CW’s Ringer for 19 episodes now. His character speaks with an English accent, has an English name and keeps going back and forth to London on business.

Of course, Ioan is Welsh. Here he is speaking Welsh with former Cardiff flatmate Matthew Rhys from Brothers and Sisters and Gethin Jones from Blue Peter:

See – proper Welsh.

So how delightful was it that despite the fact his character is obviously English, they decided to make him Welsh in this episode of Ringer, albeit somewhat unusually:

Huh. Apparently, to Juliet, his own daughter, being Welsh means having a stiff upper lip and underplaying everything. Why should this be?

  1. Do Americans have literally no idea about the Welsh at all, presumably never having bothered to watch Torchwood (oh, lucky people), and assume they’re the same as the English?
  2. Do Americans have completely differently stereotypes about the Welsh than the English do?
  3. Does Juliet simply have no idea about her heritage?
  4. Is there in fact an American expression, “Don’t be so Welsh about this” (or similar), that I was previously unaware of?
  5. The scriptwriters originally had it as ‘English’ and Ioan got them to change it?

Anyone want to venture a suggestion?


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    I’m Rob Buckley, a journalist who writes for UK media magazines that most people have never heard of although you might have heard me on the podcast Lockdown Land or Radio 5 Live’s Saturday Edition or Afternoon Edition. I’ve edited Dreamwatch, Sprocket and Cambridge Film Festival Daily; been technical editor for TV producers magazine Televisual; reviewed films for the short-lived newspaper Cambridge Insider; written features for the even shorter-lived newspaper Soho Independent; and was regularly sarcastic about television on the blink-and-you-missed-it “web site for urban hedonists” The Tribe. Since going freelance, I've contributed to the likes of Broadcast, Total Content + Media, Action TV, Off The Telly, Action Network, TV Scoop and The Custard TV.

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