Gwen Cooper is the fictional character, played by Eve Myles, in Torchwood. When we first meet her, she is a police officer, whose curiosity got her recruited onto the Torchwood team. Her skills as a police woman as well as her innate goodness helps the team become more cohesive. She is the audiences way into the world of Torchwood, sort of an audience surrogate if you will.
She is nosy and inquisitive by nature and it gets her more deeply entrenched into the team and their world, sometimes at the exclusion of her fiancé Rhys.
In the first season she relies heavily on her police skills to investigate all of the otherworldly shenanigans going on. She does not use a gun, but Jack shows her how to use one and as the season progresses, Gwen becomes a bit harder, a bit tougher as well as more confident in her role as a Torchwood operative.
Though she is the only one on the team who tries to have a personal life, it is hard for her to separate the two until she has to tell her fiancé about her job, and he at first does not believe her until she shows him exactly what she does at Torchwood. She works hard to keep Rhys happy, because he is what keeps her grounded in the real “world” yet there are moments when it appears she is falling for Capt. Jack.
As the series progresses Gwen has taken on the role of leader, when Jack was off with Doctor Who, and it is that confidence that makes Gwen such an integral part of the team.
In the third season, when all is lost (Torchwood destroyed, the world’s children almost being abducted, Jack making his biggest sacrifice) Gwen finds out that she is pregnant and while this is good news to Rhys (who is now her husband) Gwen is on the fence because of all that has happened.
But she is stronger than that, because she has Rhys who helped the team and ends up becoming an unofficial member, and though Jack left at the end of season three, Rhys becomes her confidante as well as her rock as she is the only member left of the team.
Gwen started off as a curious, snooping person, trying to find out what the Torchwood team was about but by the end of the third season and beyond, Gwen Cooper has grown into a strong, self-assured woman who will do anything for those she loves. And we wouldn’t have it any other way.
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