Actor Dorien Has Other Talents Too

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Actor Dorien Has Other Talents Too


Byline: Tony Trainor t on y. r a no r @wme co uk

THE problem with being cast as a screen rogue, says actor Dorien Thomas, who played bent detective Greyo in the cult movie Twin Town, is always having to pay.

``Because I'm always playing villains, I've got to get my comeuppance and I'm always dying - it's called catharsis,'' he explains. ``It's an expensive business for an actor, all that dying. On television, I never seem to survive for a second series.''

The Pontypridd-born star is instantly recognisable fromTwin Town, playing the sidekick of Terry Walsh played by Dougray Scott who described Swansea as a ``pretty shitty city'', after the timeless ``ugly lovely'' description from the pen of Dylan Thomas.

Dorien will be back in his hometown tomorrow for an evening of live entertainment at the fabled Clwb y Bont, a bastion of the Welsh language and radical thought.

He will reveal another string to his bow when he teams up with friends to present an evening of humour and song, unveiling for the first time a collection of his poetry and observations on life in the Valleys.

Over a pint of beer, Dorien began to recall how he caught the acting bug when he found himself back in Ponty after dropping out of a course at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth.

``I was an indolent sod at university and left after a year, much to my family's chagrin,'' said the 46-year-old, who grew up in Trallwn and attended Pontypridd Boys' Grammar School.

``My dad helped me to get a job as a driver/navvy with an Irish contracting firm. I was mainly driving the foreman around the place, teaching him to drive when there was nothing else to do - he passed his test and I got sacked.

``I found myself unemployed, a university reject, when one evening during a game of pool in the pub a guy called Eddie came in and tried to sell tickets for an amateur drama production in Ynysybwl. …

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