Then, ambition whetted, she embarked on the next stage – convincing others that she was a bona fide actress. What happened was that I obviously knew all the crew well, and one of the drivers gave me a confidential cast list with all the actors' agents' details on it, and I wrote to them.I got picked up from that, and Merlin came along just a few months later. 'I do feel quite bad when everyone talks about how difficult it is to get a foothold in this business. For instance, everyone on Merlin did four years at drama school, but I just lucked out.' So what's next for her?Even veteran star Anthony Head, of Buffy The Vampire Slayer fame, admits that he had concerns. It could have gone either way – been just a kiddies' show or something really cool.'Anthony, 58, admits that one of the reasons he agreed to star in the show was because filming in Wales meant he could make it home to Bath, to be with his partner, Sarah, and daughters, Emily and Daisy, most nights.
This autumn, the tale of King Arthur will air on NBC, which is almost unprecedented on American TV – British series are usually remade for the US market.
The cast of Merlin are now set to become global stars, and even Merlin dolls will be hitting the shops in time for Christmas.
That in itself was no mean feat, given that she had no experience.
'The joke was that I couldn't even sew on a button before I got the job,' she explains.
'They were sitting around under umbrellas and people would bring them cups of tea, whereas I was up at 5.30am, working my guts out.