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Secret service aim for actor Barnard "If I keep working hard then.

Byline: Kirstie McCrum

RISING star Aneurin Barnard is a busy man.

The Ogmore Vale actor, whose film Citadel is released next week, is also appearing on our TV screens in historical drama The White Queen. And the 26-year-old has his sights set on two very high-profile roles - James Bond and Doctor Who.

Barnard, who graduated from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff in 2008, said: "The one role that I've always said I would love to play is Bond.

"I'm not saying that I'll ever have the chance to, but just to be in a Bond film would be great, even as a Bond villain.

"Doctor Who is a very exciting role as well, that would be fun to play."

Whatever the future holds, Barnard is going to be a familiar presence on our screens over the next few months.

The Olivier Award-winning actor is currently in Dublin, filming Moonfleet for Sky1 with Ray Winstone, a two-part adaptation of John Meade Falkner's swashbuckling children's story.

Barnard plays a young John Trenchard who is desperate to join a local band of smugglers.

The actor's experiences have taken him around the world in many roles, starting with 2003 children's biblical yarn, Jacob's Ladder.

His acting CV includes everything from TV dramas through action movies to horror films.

He starred alongside Oscar-nominated Minnie Driver in Wales-made musical movie Hunky Dory and in 2011's big budget adventure Ironclad.

This week sees the release of Citadel, a psychological thriller that hits the cinemas on Friday.

Aneurin plays Tommy, an agoraphobic father who teams up with a renegade priest to save his daughter from the clutches of a gang of twisted feral children.

The film netted him the Best Actor gong at the 2012 Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival in Korea.

Barnard says the secret to his acting success is in inhabiting his character, delving deeply into their personality.

But part of his success is surely his good looks - he's number one in the current Wales' Sexiest Man list, as compiled by the Western Mail.

And while he describes the accolade as "lovely", Barnard is focused on his craft.

"I just concentrate on the work and forget that other stuff," he said.

"If I keep working hard then maybe one day I'll wake up and realise what's happened around me, that my career is what I wanted it to be."

Barnard also admits to a deep admiration for one of Wales' most famous sons.

"Richard Burton is my number one idol. One, because we come from very similar backgrounds and, two, because of his fantastic talent.

"I grew up watching him. "One of the first pieces of acting I ever heard was War of the Worlds played on the LP that my father used to play over and over."

Currently living in London means Barnard is not as close to his family in Wales as he would like, but he says he comes home as often as he can.

"You can take the boy out of Wales, but you can't take Wales out of the boy, as they say.

"I'm a Valleys boy through and through and always will be."

With his dreams of playing Bond, he is aiming high. And while Hollywood work would require a move to Los Angeles, he's prepared to leave his homeland to fulfil his dreams.

"I couldn't see myself living out there permanently but I really enjoy travelling and seeing different parts of the world," he said.

"You don't know what's around the corner, you don't know what's going to work and what isn't.

"That's part of the excitement about it all."

Pick up the Western Mail today for the full interview with Aneurin Barnard


Barnard starring in Citadel...

...and in The White Queen

Aneurin Barnard could one day add Bond and Doctor Who to his ever-expanding list of roles
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Jul 6, 2013
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