Poldark, BBC1, Sun­day, 9pm

El­lise is still in awe of her lat­est role

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tain qual­i­ties that they’re just like a jig­saw puz­zle, they just kind of fit,” she notes.

As fans of the show, her par­ents couldn’t have been hap­pier to hear her news.

“My mum just hys­ter­i­cally laughed for about five min­utes. She couldn’t be­lieve it. She was just like, ‘Oh my god’. That’s all she re­ally said and was so over the moon, as was my dad.”

Chap­pell doesn’t deny she felt “ner­vous” at the thought of join­ing an es­tab­lished cast such as Poldark’s “but every­one was so won­der­ful”.

“It’s a cliched thing to say but I re­ally did feel so wel­come straight away and every­one was just bril­liant and re­laxed.”

Chap­pell only has two other pro­fes­sional act­ing cred­its to her name so far - New Blood, along­side Anna Chan­cel­lor, and The Last Dragon­slayer, op­po­site Matt Berry, which both aired last year.

“Poldark’s a mas­sive con­trast, which is so amaz­ing. I’m so lucky to have got these very dif­fer­ent roles in one year – and very grate­ful,” says the ac­tress.

“It’s re­ally scary but also part of the ex­cite­ment. I’m just think­ing what amaz­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties these are.”

WHAT a dif­fer­ence a few months in the world of Poldark can make, as the sweet and in­no­cent Mor­wenna’s dis­cov­er­ing to her detri­ment.

One of a num­ber of new faces in­tro­duced at the be­gin­ning of the cur­rent run, we’ve wit­nessed El­iz­a­beth’s cousin and for­mer gov­erness fall in love with Ross Poldark’s brother-in-law Drake Carne.

The pretty pair even promised to marry be­fore El­iz­a­beth’s das­tardly hus­band Ge­orge en­sured that plan was put to rest. As Deb­bie Hors­field, who’s adapted the story from Win­ston Gra­ham nov­els, has said: “They in­ad­ver­tently got mixed up in the War­leg­gan and Poldark feud and they’re in­no­cent ca­su­al­ties of that. It’s very much Romeo and Juliet in that they’re from war­ring fam­i­lies.”

When it looked like Drake would hang by the noose, Mor­wenna al­lowed her­self to be black­mailed, as she tells her sis­ter, “to save the life of the man I loved” and now finds her­self preg­nant and wed to the grue­some Os­borne Whit­worth.

“Her strug­gle comes from what her heart is telling her and her du­ties,” ex­plains ac­tress El­lise Chap­pell.

“She’s be­come a pawn in Ge­orge’s con­stant games and he uses her to fur­ther his own as­pi­ra­tions, which is sad be­cause as much as she has the courage to try and take con­trol of her own life, ul­ti­mately that is taken away from her.”

There are two more episodes be­fore the fi­nal cred­its roll on se­ries three on Sun­day Au­gust 6 and it’s un­clear whether Mor­wenna and Drake (Harry Richard­son) will en­joy a happy ever af­ter.

“Mor­wenna has cer­tain qual­i­ties and Drake has cer-

El­lise is lov­ing her time in Poldark

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