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Gillian Elisa Gillian Elisa was born in Carmarthen in August 1953. During her early childhood at the family home in Lampeter, Gillian's' innate talent soon became apparent and she quickly began to develop her performing & entertaining skills. Some of her earliest 'entrances' were made from behind the living room curtains when she entertained family & friends and Gillian was soon captivated by her obvious ability to make people laugh. At school in Lampeter, her talents were quickly noted & she made her stage debut at Victoria Hall, where she performed as a Spanish flamenco dancer and then went on to perform regularly at the local Eisteddfodau.

In her 6th year at school, Gillian co-wrote a musical called Yr Enfys (The Rainbow) with Enfys Tanner, who later wrote three songs chosen for Can I Gymru during 3 consecutive years. The director of Yr Enfys was Gareth Jones, father of Gwyn Jones, from Maffia Mr Huws who is married to Sian James & Gillian has sung a duet with Sian, on her new album Lawr Y Lein. Gillian's' first real acting experience was playing Poli Gardis (Polly Garter) in an early performance of Dan Y Wenallt, the welsh translation by T. James Jones of Dylan Thomasí classic, Under Milk Wood. During a scene which required her to scrub the floor whilst performing her monologue, Gillian recalls her effort to concentrate on scrubbing the floor properly in order to make the scene as realistic & meaningful as possible - a technique which has remained with her, in her many & varied performances, ever since.
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When Gillian was eighteen, she won a place at the Welsh College of Music & Drama in Cardiff and quickly established herself as a talented & versatile student, winning The Principal Award for Most Hard-Working Student in both year one and two. During her second-year final revue show, playing Grusha, the energetic & powerful lead character in Bertolt Brechtís The Caucasian Chalk Circle, she was spotted by two prominent figures from the Welsh entertainment industry. John Hefin, a senior producer at BBC Wales and Ian Watt Smith from the Welsh Theatre Company were in the audience and both approached her after the show, with offers of roles in their respective productions...

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