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I’ll miss my favourite Cornish drama when series three bows out on Sunday. It’s beautifully filmed and a delight to watch. I wasn’t surprised to read that a survey showed that a fifth of tourist visits to Cornwall were inspired by the period drama.
Ross Poldark faces threats both foreign and domestic as the hit BBC series comes to an explosive end this Sunday. French ships are spotted on the horizon, so Cornwall is on high alert, while Demelza continues to be courted by romantic Hugh Armitage.
There’s also marital strife for George and Elizabeth over whether baby Valentine is really his. But probably unhappiest of all is poor Morwenna. George forced her to marry the repugnant Rev Osborne Whitworth to save Drake from the gallows, and she’s been suffering ever since. Morwenna’s been almost suicidal, just as she’s become a mother to a baby named John.
Here Ellise Chappell, 25, who plays Morwenna, tells TV Times all about the dramatic finale…
Is there any hope for Morwenna? Ever since Warleggan forced her to marry Osborne, it’s been a dark and quite traumatic time for her. She’s lost her innocence, energy and spark for life. All that had been captured so beautifully when she was falling for Drake, as well as her friendship with Elizabeth’s son, Geoffrey Charles, but it’s all gone now.
Morwenna became a mum in the last episode… could this change things for the better? She’s struggling to bond with her baby, but she’s such a gentle soul,
and so kind and caring that I definitely think having a child and being able to focus her energy into him might make a little difference.
Have Poldark fans told you how desperate they are for Morwenna to be reunited with Drake?
People really hate Osborne for what he’s doing to Morwenna and quite understandably. Women in that era were quite helpless when it came to arranged marriages with awful men.
How did you find filming all the dreadful scenes with Christian Brassington, who plays Osborne? Osborne has been brutal and creepy, so filming some of my scenes with him were very intense. But Christian was amazing, because he’s such a lovely person. He had the utmost respect for me and was always checking that I felt comfortable. It must have been just as awkward for him to have to act being that cruel, but I felt really supported.
Demelza knows how unhappy Morwenna is after she confided in her? Is she able to help? Again, it’s all down to the period these characters are living in, and I really think there’s that sense that you’re joined by God and there’s nothing much that can be done about it. Morwenna isn’t really involved with Ross, Demelza, George or Elizabeth now. She’s just hidden away at the Whitworth vicarage and is intensely unhappy.
Have you enjoyed working with Harry Richardson (Drake)? He’s great. He’s just so funny, and we had so much fun. He’s in the new Dunkirk movie – I haven’t seen it yet, but I’m very excited about it and will see it soon.
Do you now feel an affinity with Cornwall?
Oh, my gosh, definitely, I can’t wait to go back to film series four! I’d been when I was younger and my dad grew up there, in Mullion. Some of the beaches where we film are the very ones he played on when he was a boy, so it’s been quite lovely to hear his stories.
What were your favourite scenes to film?
I loved most of the beach scenes, because they are so breathtaking. I particularly loved it when Harry and I were just running along the beach, although it was quite hard for me in a corset –
I was a bit breathless! But it was fun to be so joyous and free! Also, the scene where Drake and Morwenna are in the holy well – we were actually inside the cliff, so that was quite special.
Morwenna has lost her innocence, energy and spark for life
Domestic bliss?: Is there war on the horizon for Ross and Demelza ?
Cruel: The notso-reverend Osborne Whitworth