Local actor is one of the stars of Dunkirk

By Philip Irwin in Local People

The young Ogmore Vale actor Aneurin Barnard – the best-known graduate of the Bridgend Youth Theatre (BYT) ­ - has one of the main roles in the newly-released World War Two blockbuster, Dunkirk.

The film, directed by the highly-rated Briton, Christopher Nolan, has opened to a flood of five star reviews.

Perhaps inevitably, One Direction star Harry Styles has attracted the most publicity, but GEM film reviewer Gareth Jamieson picked out Aneurin as one of a number of fine performances in the film.

Gareth’s review of Dunkirk will be on The GEM’s website soon, but it is fair to say that it will be another five-star one!

Gareth said: “Dialogue in the film is limited, so the actors need to be subtle, telling and commenting on the story though their facial expressions.

“Aneurin draws you into their story and it is a performance that will only enhance his reputation.”

Aneurin has developed a solid body of work since his talents were spotted by the film world. Recent apprearances have been in War and Peace and The White Queen, while he took a West End Award in his first year out of drama school (The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama) for his role in the musical Spring Awakening.

BYT regulars back in Bridgend and Porthcawl may recall Aneurin appearing in Singing in the Rain and Damn Yankees.

For a GEM review of Dunkirk, go to


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