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Torn between two offers and with the heedful advice of the college principal, Mr Raymond Edwards and her Father ringing in her head, Gillian was subsequently offered the lead role in the 1974 National Eisteddfod Commissioned Drama, in Carmarthen. It was a year which would be landmark in the life and career of the hitherto little-known, Gillian Elisa. Playing Nimue, the lead role in Dewin y Daran launched Gillian in to the public arena. With her powerful performance as the Lady of the Lake in an exciting & magical new production, Wales’ audiences were captivated. Gillian herself was fuelled & invigorated by the experience and her passion & love of acting, performing & communicating was indelibly fixed. The rest, as we know, is history…
Pobol y Cwm 1974 © BBC Cymru

In the Autumn of 1974, Gillian Elisa joined the cast of a new, then one-off, BBC Cymru Wales series, Pobol y Cwm. Playing Sabrina Harries, she was the newest & youngest member of an impressive cast, made up of seasoned & established Welsh actors. Among the likes of Gaynor Morgan Rees, Lisabeth Miles, Charles Williams, Islwyn Morris, Rachel Thomas and the irreplaceable Harriet Lewis, Gillian was both excited and in awe, having previously watched & admired many of these famous names on television, in the theatre & on radio. To this day, Gillian looks back on at that time on Pobol y Cwm with feelings of fondness and great fortune.

Gillian Elisa as 'Sabrina' in Pobol y Cwm © BBC CymruWith rehearsals held in the cold Capel Ebenezer on Charles Street in Cardiff & episodes being recorded at the glamorously named Broadway Chapel some miles away, the timetable for creating Pobol y Cwm differed vastly from today's' frantic schedule. Running alongside such Welsh classics as Fo a Fe, Pobol y Cwm set a precedent & standard in Welsh Language broadcasting, and it remains a landmark series, having celebrated it’s 30th anniversary on October 16th 2004. Gillian's’ endlessly popular & well-crafted character, Sabrina kept the nation entertained for 10 years before she married Jac Daniels (Dafydd Hywel) and moved with him to Bristol, leaving Cwmderi & enabling Gillian to spread her performing wings & move onto new roles, projects & horizons..

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