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He was working as a waiter in a Cocktail Bar Welsh actor, Nick Hywell is currently working with Theatr Iolo on their latest production ‘Missing’ and during rehearsals discovered he had another connection with the company.

Nick, who at school was always rugby mad (quite possibly because his dad, Julian O’Brien played for Cardiff) had never considered acting as a career, until his drama teacher at Whitchurch High School, spotted his talent and encouraged him to take GCSE drama and put his name forward for a ‘Week In Week Out’ programme, where they were looking for young actors. It turns out, his old drama teacher, Mr Barry Slack, is the Chairman of Theatr Iolo’s board.

As Nick had auditioned for Theatr Iolo in London, no connection had been made to his roots in Wales where his acting career began.

After leaving school, Nick did several productions with Everyman Theatre and also starred in the TV drama ‘Nuts & Bolts’.

Before moving to London in 2002 to attend Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, where he graduated in 2005, Nick successfully auditioned for the National Youth Theatre of Wales.

Nick learned to speak Welsh at the Welsh Language Centre, Cardiff University and says he has never been so nervous than the first time he acted in front of a Welsh-speaking audience.

In October 2007, he performed at the Wales Millennium Centre, in ‘The Prince of Wales’ written by John Treganna and directed by Christopher Rees.

In between acting, Nick works in a cocktail bar, but admits he’s no Tom Cruise when it comes to performing behind the bar.

You can see Nick in ‘Missing’, a new play, written by award winning playwright, Charles Way and directed by Theatr Iolo’s Kevin Lewis, a gripping story of a brother desperately searching for his missing sister in a sinister world of deceit and unknown peril. It is a modern day fairytale about two poor children surviving desperate circumstances through a rich mix of imaginative power, loyalty, love and sheer cunning. “Missing” is touring to Secondary schools in Cardiff and the Vale as well as venues throughout Wales and England and opens at Sherman Cymru, Cardiff 30th September and 1st October 7.30pm. (see or contact 02920 646900 for tickets)
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