SFX AWARDS For Your Consideration: Iwan Rheon

Invisible Misfit Iwan Rheon is Jordan Farley’s choice for Best Actor in The SFX Awards

Earlier this year Lauren Socha won Best Supporting Actress award and Robert Sheehan was nominated for Best Supporting Actor at the Baftas. The name missing from that list was Iwan Rheon, Misfits ’ resident introvert-turned-back-alley-ninja Simon. If I have anything to do with it the same won’t be said of the SFX Sci-fi Awards 2012.

In a line up of, let’s face it, difficult-to-love lawbreaking yoofs (at least at first), Simon is the only entirely sympathetic character – and not all that’s down to Howard Overman’s superb writing. From his awkward washboard posture, top-button fashion sense and after-school-mum-special haircut Rheon makes Simon look uncomfortable in his own skin before even opening his mouth. Once he does it’s hard not to fall for Rheon’s geeky charms, but his most impressive work can be found in the occasional, shocking bursts of violence or impotent anger at Nathan’s constant teasing.

Rheon gave a standout performance in the show’s first series, and as Simon has taken on increasing importance in the story – revealed to be the mysterious man-in-black Superhoodie during the second series – Rheon has been more than a match for the challenge, transforming himself physically and mentally for the dual role. Simon and Superhoodie may as well be played by two people, the differences are so extreme. He’s totally convincing as both and without an actor as accomplished as Rheon in that role the whole multi-series arc would fall apart.

Misfits can survive the loss of Robert Sheehan, but I’m not so sure the same could be said about Iwan Rheon. That deserves to be recognised.

Jordan Farley

I'm the News Editor at Total Film magazine, running the opening pages of every issue where you can read exclusive interviews and see first-look images from the biggest films. I was previously the Community Editor at sci-fi, fantasy and horror movie bible SFX. You'll find my name on news, reviews, and interviews covering every type of movie, from the latest French arthouse release to the biggest Hollywood blockbuster. My work has also featured in Official PlayStation Magazine and Edge. Outside of my day job, I'm a FromSoft fanatic (proudest achievement: beating Malenia solo) and a TV connoisseur (translation: I'll watch anything).