Gwawr Lloyd, extreme sports lover & Welsh TV commissioner

Gwawr at Festival Number 6 in her navy Salt-Waters. Photo courtesy of blog.freepeople.com Gwawr at Festival Number 6 in her navy Salt-Waters. Photo courtesy of blog.freepeople.com

 

Born on a dairy farm in wildest, West Wales, Gwawr Martha Lloyd, 35, studied film at Aberystwyth University before becoming the Events Officer at Aberystwyth Arts Centre in the early nineties. Her first language is Welsh.

Moving into drama, she worked as a script editor on several hit BBC television series and is now Drama Commissioner at the Welsh language Channel S4C.  She pioneered a new style of bilingual drama; filming ‘back to back’ in English and Welsh and has won critical acclaim for her compelling crime drama ‘Hinterland/Y Gwyll’.  Described by the New York Times as ‘Celtic Noir’ the series was recently bought by Netflix.

Outside of work her many athletic feats include climbing Kilimanjaro, running the Belfast Marathon and she's just bought a hybrid bike and signed up for a Duathlon.

Gwawr currently lives in Cardiff with her boyfriend, Joe.

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WHAT IS YOUR EARLIEST MEMORY?

Standing in front of the Rayburn with my mum, warming up after feeding the baby calves outside on the farm .

WHAT COLOUR SALT-WATERS DO YOU OWN?

Navy

WHAT DO YOU LIKE ABOUT THEM?

Can I admit I have a crush on them?! They're funky, sophisticated and comfy in one hit. They felt like "my shoes" from the first moment I put them on. People always ask me what they are and where they're from and the next time I see their feet, a pair of Salt-Waters smile back at me. It's like we're part of a secret gang!

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WHO IS YOUR STYLE ICON?

Alexa Chung

WHERE DID YOU LAST GO ON HOLIDAY?

New York, New Orleans & Chicago (and I wore my Salt-waters every single day!)  before that Cambodia.

Gwawr on holiday in Cambodia Gwawr on holiday in Cambodia

 

Gwawr's Salt-Water selfie in New York Gwawr's Salt-Water selfie in New York

 WHAT IS THE LAST THING YOU SAW AT THE THEATRE?

"Mametz " a site specific promenade theatre performance by National Theatre Wales in a wood in Monmouthshire. Arresting and moving.

WHO DO YOU MOST ADMIRE AND WHY?

Malala Yousafzai, Nobel Peace Prize winner. She is brave enough to try to make a difference - standing up for girls and for education. She says what I'd like to hear from the people in power.

WHERE DO YOU LIKE TO SHOP?

Anywhere and everywhere! but the Arcades in Cardiff are wonderful, full of unique boutiques and little curiosity shops. I came across some pretty special vintage shops in Williamsburg, Brooklyn too - they were great fun.

WHAT IS YOUR PROUDEST ACHIEVEMENT?

Climbing Kilimanjaro with two of my best friends in 2011, reaching the summit on New Year's Day. We raised £15,000 for the Wales Air Ambulance and met some amazing people. We even learned to sing in Swahili which helped when the going got tough! It's the hardest thing I've ever done but also one of the most memorable - the buzz lasted for months!

 

 

Gwawr speaking at a content forum. Photo courtesy of Simon Wilkinson Gwawr speaking at a forum in London. Photo courtesy of Simon Wilkinson

WHAT WOULD YOU DO IF YOU HAD A SURPRISE DAY OFF WORK?

It would be a tough choice between the coast and the hills. I head to the Gower or to the Brecon Beacons for a good walk at any given opportunity. Seeing the skies and scenery change with every gust of wind or moving sun ray is breathtaking.

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