ACTRESS Elin Llwyd plays Maid Marion in this year’s Riverfront pantomime Robin Hood. Elin talks to ANDY HOWELLS about Christmas, panto fun and her days on Pobol Y Cwm...

As a child, did you always want to be an actress?

I always loved singing and performing from a young age, but when it came to sixth form, I had to make a choice between an acting and maths degree! Went with the acting and I’m really glad I did. Couldn’t dream of doing anything else now.

You are well known for the role of Katie in Pobol Y Cwm, has that brought you a lot of recognition across Wales?

Yes, I suppose Pobol did bring me to people’s attention, and I’m always amazed with people that still stop me in the street and recognise me as Katie. I left almost four years ago now, but it’s very humbling and I’m very grateful for that kind of support.

You’re appearing in the Riverfront pantomime Robin Hood this Christmas – are you enjoying it?

I was very much looking forward to appearing in The Riverfront’s panto for the first time, and it’s been everything I hoped for. I look forward to the rest of the run now.

Can you tell us a little about the part you are playing?

I play the part of Maid Marion, and what girl wouldn’t enjoy getting to wear pretty dresses and sing all day? However, she’s a bit feistier than your average princess, so that’s quite fun to play.

What can audiences expect from the show?

I’m just hoping that children and adults alike will enjoy Robin Hood just as much as we enjoy on stage.

It’s colourful, funny and full of your usual traditional panto elements, so please come along to cheer, boo, sing and laugh with us.

Have you done all your Christmas Shopping yet?

I’m quite an organised person, so I have my Christmas lists in the dressing room ready to tick off. I’ve bought most presents, but have a few left. I love buying and giving present, so I don’t find it a chore.

What is top of your Christmas wish list this year?

To be honest, I’ll just be thankful to have a day off to enjoy Christmas Day. All the days off from panto, I’ve been filming other things, and as much as I love the work, I am not complaining. A day to relax is definitely the top present I could wish for.

How will you be spending your Christmas?

I’ll be driving back to West Wales to spend Christmas with my family and I can’t wait to see my little nephews’ faces when they open their presents.

  • Robin Hood runs at Newport Riverfront until Saturday January 5, 2013. Tickets can be booked on 01633 656757 or online at newport.gov.uk/panto or by visiting the box office