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Gwynne Price

- Boyd Clack

Boyd Clack - Gwynne Price

Boyd Clack - Gwynne Price

Boyd Clack co-wrote and also starred in Satellite City as sharp-tongued Gwynne Price. He grew up in Tonyrefail in the Rhondda and was a pupil at Tonyrefail Grammar School. In his 20s he played in rock and punk bands, lived and worked in three continents and travelled widely before training as an actor.

Graduating in 1986 from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama with Best Actor Award, he has worked extensively in theatre, film, radio and TV.

Boyd has performed in a diverse range of stage productions, from Berkoff’s Coriolanus at West Yorkshire Playhouse, to working with Ian Brown at The Traverse Edinburgh and Hamlet at the Old Vic. He also appeared in Techtonic Plates at the National Theatre London and at the National Theatre of Canada with Robert Lepage in Toronto.

After the success of Satellite City on radio and television, Boyd concentrated mainly on writing, although acting is his first love. He co-wrote and starred in Dez Rez and The Celluloid World of Dezmond Rezillo in the 1990s; this decade has seen him star as Sgt Arthur Ball in several series and specials of the popular sitcom High Hopes and Thick Cut comedy monologues.

He presented his work as the subject of a special evening on TV programme Boyd Clack’s Comedy Collections and was the subject of a TV documentary On Show and also Look Up Your Genes on radio.

Boyd plays Keith Barret’s best friend Ken in A Small Summer Party, a one hour special spin off of Rob Brydon’s Marion And Geoff.

He has also presented an edition of BBC Wales current affairs programme Week In Week Out on manic depression; co-presented BBC Radio Wales sports programmes with Jason Mohammed; was a panellist on John Sparkes’ TV quiz and earlier this year appeared on TV sports quiz show High Tackle with Rhod Gilbert and Gabby Logan.

Film roles include The Angry Earth, Tectonic Plates, Twin Town, The Testimony of Taliesin Jones (titled as Small Miracles in the USA) and horror film Flick.

The feature film Masterpiece will see Boyd in a leading role, starring as Rod, alongside partner Kirsten who plays his artist wife Rosalyn. It will be premiered at The Swansea Film Festival in 2010.

December 1 2009 sees the release of Boyd’s debut album, Welsh Bitter, a collection of self-penned songs with an eclectic feel which can be bought at Tesco, Amazon and iTunes.

He has also just recorded the official single for Children in Need 2009 for BBC Wales, singing Daydream Believer, which is also available at Tesco. His autobiography, Kisses Sweeter Than Wine will be published next year.

Boyd lives in Cardiff with his partner Kirsten Jones with whom he collaborates and produces projects such as co-writing High Hopes and producing Thick Cut. Boyd loves his cats, watching films, reading and writing. He dedicates his time to supporting charities and mentoring young writers, lending support to Valleys Kids and Hope Animal Rescue amongst other organisations. He is patron of New Horizons, a mental health support charity in the Rhondda Cynon Taff and across the south Wales area.

Moira Price

- Ri Richards

Ri Richards - Moira Price

Ri Richards - Moira Price

Ri Richards grew up on a sheep farm near Builth Wells, Powys. Although she wanted to be a vet when she was a little girl, Ri discovered acting in her late teens.

While she can’t say how it caught her interest, she believes her mother, membership of the Urdd and her secondary school teachers Bernard Jones and Rhiannon Walters inspired her passion for drama and literature.

Ri was a pupil at Builth Wells High School before studying at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama alongside Satellite City co-creator Boyd Clack.

After graduating RWCMD in 1987, Ri joined Cardiff theatre company Moving Being where she met long time collaborator Geoff Moore and Satellite City co-producer Ed Thomas.

Ri is often recognised as Moira, her character from Satellite City. “It has really stayed in people’s minds,” she says.

“People often approach me and they are always really positive about Satellite City. I’ve never played a character that has lived on for longer than the series itself.”

She believes the series had a particular charm. “It really appealed to the Welsh sense of humour, and particularly that in south Wales.

“It could be that people loved Dad’s idiosyncrasies or Moira and Gwynne’s love-hate relationship. And it also had great scripts, great acting and was well made.”

Now 44, Ri works on stage and film. Next year she will appear in the Wyndham Price-directed feature film No One and will begin shooting Lovely Day with Spinning Head films in spring 2010. Next year will also see Ri in a cycle of Mark Ravenhill plays at Chapter Arts in Cardiff.

Now living in Cardiff, Ri married her long time partner Pete last year. She likes Howard Barker plays and enjoys hiking in the south Wales countryside and gardening.

Idris Price

- Islwyn Morris

Islwyn Morris - Idris Price

Islwyn Morris - Idris Price

Islwyn was born in Swansea and has spent all his life in the city. During the second world war, he served with the South Wales Borderers in Burma. Islwyn got the acting bug while recovering from malaria in a convalescent home in India.

Persuaded by a fellow serviceman, Islwyn joined a stage production in the spirit of It Ain’t Half Hot Mum.

“I had never acted before, couldn’t dance or sing,” Islwyn remembers. “This chap told me that I would save the show if I took the part – that I would be fantastic. Well, life was pretty boring in there, so I thought, ‘why not?’ I never looked back.”

On returning to Wales Islwyn trained externally with LAMDA before touring in productions all over the UK.

He has appeared in television shows such as Z Cars, Barlow at Large, High Hopes plus Welsh language shows including 1970s sitcom Glas Y Dorlan. He also starred as David Tushingham in Pobol y Cwm for more than 25 years, finishing in 2002.

Now in his late 80s, Islwyn celebrated his 60th wedding anniversary several years ago. He has a daughter and one granddaughter.

Dai the Barman

- Rhodri Hugh

Rhodri Hugh - Dai the Barman

Rhodri Hugh - Dai the Barman

Rhodri Hugh grew up in the south Wales town of Abercynon, going to the town’s Abertaff Primary School. He later studied environmental biology at the University of Essex, and went on to the Welsh College of Music and Drama.

After appearing in productions at the Sherman Cymru and Theatre Clwyd, Rhodri found his first big television role with Satellite City. “It was very exciting,” he says of the series. “The cast had a great camaraderie. It was like a family where we trusted each other and it was very enjoyable to make something which people loved.”

Following Satellite City, Rhodri worked on stage, television, radio and films. Among others, he appeared in BBC Radio Wales soap Station Road and on films such as Very Annie Mary and House, plus television drama Without Motive with Ross Kemp. He later studied for an MSc in Environmental Management at the University of Glamorgan.

He now works in development for Cynnal Cymru-Sustain Wales, an environmental organisation based in Cardiff. Although he left acting to return to science, Rhodri finds that the Satellite City is never far behind him.

As well as being recognised during important meetings, Rhodri has resurrected characters Dai the Barman and Gwynne Price with co-star Boyd Clack in campaigns for the Environment Agency and Cynnal Cymru-Sustain Wales.

Rhodri is now 43 and lives in Peterston in the Vale of Glamorgan. He enjoys spending time with his two daughters, kung fu, playing guitar and singing in Cardiff Citizen’s Choir.

Mandy

- Shelley Miranda Barrett

Shelley Miranda Barrett - Mandy

Shelley Miranda Barrett - Mandy

Shelley was born in Penarth and was a pupil at Stanwell Comprehensive, later attending Coleg Glan Hafren in Cardiff where she gained a BTEC in performing arts.

She went on to study at Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance in London and finished early in her final term to start filming the part of Mandy on Satellite City.

“I had the best time on Satellite City,” she says.

“I remember being at the Welsh BAFTAs the year it won Best Light Entertainment and thinking how lucky I am to be part of this. I used to travel back to work on the series from London; when I left Paddington on the train no one recognised me, but as it got past Newport, people would start saying, “It’s Mandy! I’d get grannies shouting, “We saw you lose your virginity last night!

“Boyd’s writing was so silly and funny. He really was out there.”

After Satellite City Shelley worked with Presentable Productions on a number of programmes such as the comedy Teach Yourself to be Welsh. She also presented the HTV arts programme F2F and Max Boyce’s Rugby World Cup series Planet Max.

As well as working on Casualty and playing Laura in the BBC Radio Wales series Station Road she has appeared in a constant stream of strange low budget films balanced with mainstream television and cinema commercials.

Shelley met her husband, Richard Norton, while working with Made in Wales on Killing Kangaroos, at the then Sherman Theatre in 1999. They married in 2002 while living in Los Angeles, and then moved to Australia to start a family.

Now 35, Shelley lives in Penarth and works at Wales Millennium Centre as Visitor Services Coordinator. She has two little girls, five-year-old Esme and two-year-old Clementine. When she’s not working or looking after the children you can find her Lindy hopping, knitting and baking the odd cupcake.