What does series five hold for Gwen?
I’m thrilled because Gwen is a lot more glamorous this series. Now she’s queen she’s gone up in the world and her costumes are beautiful, sexy, off-the-shoulder numbers. It means I spend a lot more time being laced into corsets but after four years of shabbiness I’m not complaining! Oh, and look out for a really exciting storyline involving Gwen and Morgana…
What skills have you acquired in five series of Merlin?
Sword-fighting, although I’m always jealous of all the swashbuckling the boys do because we girls don’t get to do quite as much. I do more horse riding this series, which I love because we get to work with such stunning horses. Mine is white with a mane done to the floor – it’s like a Barbie horse.
Are you inundated with fan mail?
We don’t just get mail! We get fans from all over the world turning up at the chateau in France where we film from as far afield as Australia. One woman dressed up as Percival and knitted a chainmail cardigan with straps, cuff and cloak. She’d really gone to town. Merlin is now so popular there are often swarms of people with cameras outside the chateau and even in the chateau because it’s open to the public.
Is that distracting?
It’s a bit weird because you can sometimes have a huge audience watching you. But it’s also nice because they’re really excited to see you and obviously love the show – it stops it feeling like just another day at the office.