One star of 'The Mentalist' has a snub with royalty

One star of 'The Mentalist' has a snub with royalty
US actor Owain Yeoman poses during 'the Mentalist" photocall at the 51st Monaco Television Festival in Monte Carlo, Monaco, Wednesday, June 8, 2011. (AP Photo/Christian Alminana)
by: Tyrone Warner

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Welsh actor Owain Yeoman met up with Will and Kate during their recent visit to Los Angeles.

Yeoman, who plays Wayne Rigsby on “The Mentalist” was honoured at an event called “BAFTA Brits to Watch,” which was attended by the newly wed Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

Speaking to TV Guide, Yeoman described the event as being abuzz with “palpable excitement all night.

“This wasn't just Hollywood royalty -- this was real royalty. Just seeing people like Barbra Streisand, Tom Hanks and Jennifer Lopez bunched together and rushed down the red carpet so that the photographers would have time to photograph Kate was really funny.”

33-year-old Yeoman is one of the original cast members of “The Mentalist.” His character, Rigsby, is a member of the CBI, and previously worked as an arson specialist in San Diego. Over the past few seasons Rigsby has been in love with his co-worker Grace Van Pelt (Amanda Righetti), but because neither of them is willing to leave the team, their relationship remains in limbo.

Besides appearing in “The Mentalist,” Yeoman is also known for his role as Team 3-2, Team Leader Sergeant Eric Kocher in the groundbreaking miniseries “Generation Kill.” During his appearance at the BAFTA event, Yeoman had a private meeting with the young royals, and talked to William about motorcycles.

Yeoman is a classically trained actor who has studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London, and speaks Welsh, French and German. In 2006 Yeoman married actress Lucy Davis, who starred in the UK version of “The Office” as Dawn Tinsley, and even guest starred on “The Mentalist” last year.

“The Mentalist” also stars Simon Baker as Patrick Jane, Robin Tunney as Teresa Lisbon and Tim Kang as Kimball Cho.

Season four of “The Mentalist” airs this fall, and will pick up after Jane’s murder of his nemesis Red John.  “Homicide: Life on the Street” star Reed Diamond has signed on to play a CBI supervisory agent, Ray Haffner.


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