The Torchwood Star Who Says Coventry Is out of This World; Saving the Planet Is a Full-Time Job for Actor Kai Owen. Television Writer MARION McMULLEN Finds out Why the Welshman Is Planning to Trade the Hub Headquarters for a Home in the City.: Television: I'd Love to Do Another Series -We
BEING sent to Coventry seems a good idea to Torchwood regular Kai Owen after battling alien hordes and facing intergalactic danger.
He's had to deal with Weevils, Blowfish and Daleks as Torchwood's all-round good guy Rhys Williams.
And he's back next week to face new dangers in Torchwood special Children Of Earth.
Rhys finds himself well and truly thrown in at the deep end, on the run with wife, and Torchwood agent, Gwen, as government hit squads hunt them doS wn.
"It's fast moving - it's non-stop, no holds barred fromthe get-go and it gets faster and faster, building to a S massive climax. It's got a lot of heart, it's sexy, it's classy. And even though it's a bit extraordinary at times it's very real. I think it has something for everybody," says Kai. Torchwood is filmed in Cardiff but the Welsh-born actor has called London home for 15 years.
Now he's aiming to start house-hunting in Coventry following his UFO adventures.
His partner, actress Sarah Annis, is a Coventry kid and they are looking at setting down roots in the area ...away from the threat of any alien invasion.
"We spend a lot of time in Coventry and it's great.
"We've started to look around and could be moving here within 12 months," announces Kai.
"It's ideal to get to London and Wales from Coventry as well.
Sarah's family still live in Coventry and we're here a lot. In fact, I'll be here to watch the Torchwood special next week."
The Doctor Who spin-off starring John Barrowman, Eve Myles and Gareth DavidLloyd goes out on BBC 1 over five nights from Monday.
"It's very different to the previous series," says Kai.
"I loved the story arc. We were very used to there being different stories spread across 13 episodes - with the only constant thing being the characters.
"I was very excited about the scripts for this new series - even more so as Russell Davies had written some of them.
"Every episode gets better and better. The story is so strong that people who watch the first episode will have to watch the other four."
Over the years, Rhys has become fully aware of the dangerous underworld that Torchwood inhabits. …