Saturday 20 January 2018

Poldark role saved new cast member Ellise Chappell from working in a cafe

She joins the show alongside Demelza’s brothers Drake and Sam, played by Harry Richardson and Tom York.

By Joe Nerssessian

Landing a role on the new series of Poldark saved actress Ellise Chappell from having to return to work as a barista, she has revealed.

The 24-year-old was on the way to re-apply for her old coffee-making job after starring in TV movie The Last Dragonslayer when she was alerted that she had secured the part of Elizabeth’s cousin, Morwenna.

Ellise told the Mail On Sunday’s You magazine: “I got the Poldark call as I was walking to the cafe in North London where I used to be a barista to ask for my old job back.

“I stopped in my tracks, turned around and skipped home.”

But she has not ruled out returning to her old haunt one day, adding: “This career is unpredictable but I know there’s always a way to make money in the end.

“You can come up with ideas. If there’s a dry patch, I can go back to the cafe, or I’d love to write a children’s book one day.”

She added her parents “pretty much wet themselves” when she passed on the news about landing the role in Poldark.

“When I rang my mum to tell her she couldn’t stop laughing and I was crying. Then I started laughing and she started crying,” she said.

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