Eve Myles as Gwen Cooper in Torchwood
Eve Myles as Gwen Cooper in Torchwood

In a move that will shock and disappoint many fans of Doctor Who and Torchwood alike, Welsh actress Eve Myles has seemingly announced that she is handing in her Torchwood I.D. card after ten years in the role.

Interacting with fans on Twitter who had been discussing the work of Guy Adams (who wrote the 2002 Torchwood novel The House That Jack Built as well as Big Finish audio drama Torchwood: More Than This), Myles said that she had been “honoured” to work with the author but that she was unsure about reprising the character of Gwen Cooper anymore – a decision she described as “bittersweet”.

Extracts from her Twitter interactions that seemingly confirm her departure from the role include:

Eve Myles first appeared as Gwen Cooper in the debut episode of Torchwood in 2006. She has since appeared in all four series of the show to date and has been one of the most popular recurring characters, alongside John Barrowman’s Captain Jack Harkness. Myles has even been known to cross over into the world of Doctor Who on occasion: the Torchwood team played a vital role in helping to defeat the Daleks in the 2008 Series 4 finale, The Stolen Earth/Journey’s End – and long before that, she appeared as funeral home employee Gwyneth in The Unquiet Dead back in 2005. Myles has since also starred in the second series of ITV drama Broadchurch, written by incoming Doctor Who showrunner Chris Chibnall.

If Eve sticks to her word and really is now leaving the character of Gwen Cooper behind her, then her starring role in Torchwood: More Than This – the finale to the new Torchwood series from Big Finish, available now – may well be her last ever appearance in the role.

If the announcement does hold out to be true, we wish Eve all the best for her career going forward and any future projects she has lined up. The Whoniverse will miss you, Gwen!



  1. It’s surprising that an actor would retire a role *after* starting on Big Finish. The company has excelled in giving the hardcore Whovians what they want in a way that’s easy on the talent. They spend a day or two in a cosy recording booth, go home clutching a modest paycheck and don’t have to do any of the publicity or filming commitments that a television show or film would require. So the actors can continue doing other projects while the fans get more of the characters they love. That being the case, it feels as though BF would be an easy way to keep the character alive even if Eve is bored of playing her, but then I’m not the one who does it so maybe I’m presuming too much. Absolutely fair enough if Eve doesn’t want to carry on, I hope she’ll change her mind but it’s an actor’s prerogative to choose the projects they want to do.

  2. Really, who can blame her? Sitting around for 4 years waiting for word if they’ll ever make another series, she’s probably sick of the character at this point. Barrowman’s probably nearly there as well. Time to move on.

  3. Well, Torchwood wasn´t the same without many of the original cast there (so loved them…) And only two people, i wouldn´t call it “team”. Sorry, TW will be always TW (the good one) with the original team, including Ianto Jones, Toshiko Sato and Owen Harper. And the Hub! Anyway, all the actors have interesting projects, and i see logical they do diferente things.

  4. Although I have to say Gwen never was my favorite character. I ´d like the show much more without her. Sorry. She never liked me (annoying character).

  5. YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I’d like to say that I hated Gwen from the very beginning so I’m quite happy about this news:) I’d just like to say goodbye Gwen Cooper, you won’t be missed 🙂 But I do like Eve Myles though.

  6. I have to say that I loved Gwen’s character from episode 1. While this “Season 5” was a bit of a departure for Gwen it was certainly different (being stuck in an alien body) but I could see the freedom it gave her to play Gwen slightly darken than normally.

    I was heartbroken at the end to hear her say that she was leaving Torchwood because I think Eve really might be leaving the character for good this time.

    If so all the I wish all the best to Eve & thank her for memories. She is a wonderful actress. Took me totally by surprise in ‘Victoria’-what fun that must have been.

    Good luck Eve-whatever you do.


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