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Cult Spy Icon: Ianto Jones ('Torchwood')

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Cult Spy Icon: Ianto Jones ('Torchwood')
Beware the seemingly dull, quiet types. They can often turn out to be the real dark horse amongst their more outgoing counterparts. This is certainly the case with Torchwood’s dependable odd job man Ianto Jones, who turned from a piece of office furniture into a very complex figure indeed. He "cleans up s**t - no questions asked", but this compelling character is also capable of creating plenty of mess himself.

Ianto Jones deserves to be given Cult Spy Icon status for his love life alone. Whether you deem it brave or bizarre, the revelation that he was hiding his girlfriend Lisa in the inner sanctum of Torchwood alerted viewers to both his sense of loyalty and downright weirdness. It takes one hell of a boyfriend to stick by his lady when she’s been turned - through no fault of her own - into a Cyberwoman killing machine.

Despite Lisa’s increasing desperation to go on a mass deleting spree on mankind - and Torchwood’s resident pterodactyl - Ianto was unwilling to concede that the flame of romance had been doused. Perhaps all the metal was a bit of a turn on for the young chap?

Still, he paid the price with his life, although a kiss from Captain Jack brought him back to life. Nor was it to be the last time he locked lips with his boss, as the pair shared a smooch when Jack returned from the dead at the end of the last season. That’s one way to enhance your chances of promotion.

Furthermore, in the season finale he asserted his previously hidden leadership qualities in captain Jack’s absence, as he fought with Owen Harper for the right to be Torchwood’s top dog. What a turn around for the guy who seemed to do not much more than man the reception and drive the team’s car.

The second season of Torchwood looks set to further enhance Ianto’s credentials as a cult legend. Previously equipped with a dour demeanour, he’s now been armed with a fair few one liners and a blossoming relationship with Jack. Moreover, he’s labelled “eye candy” by a jealous former lover of Captain Jack. Ianto’s star is very much in the ascendance. Let’s just hope he doesn’t have any more exes locked away in the vaults.

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