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Framed: Eve Myles plays Angharad

Trevor Eve and Eve Myles in Framed

In Framed Eve Myles plays Angharad, the local school teacher who finally manages to win through Lester's reserved nature.

Speaking about the role Eve says: "Angharad is the local primary school teacher of the only school that they've got in the village, so children of all ages go there.

"She's fun but she's very fair, and she's very ambitious but in a kind, generous way. She is at the heart of the village because she does a lot more than her job description in a very tight-knit community. She's the pillar of the community and she wouldn't have it any other way. She's chosen to be here and not to leave and she makes the best of it.

"She's quite nosey, but she's only nosey because she's been living there for such a long time and not a lot happens – it's almost a groundhog day existence. So when Lester turns up he puts a different sort of ingredient into the everyday mix and she tries to spice it up as much as possible."

Eve was last seen on BBC One saving the planet from an alien race in Torchwood, so was Framed a conscious change of pace?

"It is, and that's why I wanted to do it. It been quite difficult actually, because I'm used to doing bold things with guns, but Angharad is different to Gwen, she's quieter, more thoughtful.

"She is not soft, she is feisty but she is a lot more complicated. You see how lonely she's been throughout the story and through her closeness with Lester you realise she has been here on her own for a long time.

"She's been looking for a challenge, she has been a very big fish in a little pond until Lester arrives and she finally meets somebody who is on her level."

Eve was blown over by Frank Cottrell Boyce's script.

"The script was beautiful, it was gentle and made me smile all the way through reading it.

"And I love stories that are told through children's eyes because everything is real and honest in that way because children tend not to lie. They tend to say the truth, whether it gets them in trouble or not, and I think that reflects life because it's in your face, no cover-ups, no apologies and it's totally beautiful.

"I think Frank is a tremendous writer. And to meet him in person was such a treat. He's just so intelligent, so talented and bright. He comes up with endless ideas and superb scripts and I don't know how he does it.

"He's amazing and I've asked him to be on my pub quiz team. I would love to see collaboration between him and Russell [T Davies] – that would just be out of this world."

Like Torchwood, a large part of Framed was filmed in and around Cardiff and Eve is delighted how strong the TV industry is in her home city.

"When I was in college, everyone had to move to London for work but now it's very different. If you want to live and work in Cardiff you can because of the fantastic projects going on in BBC Wales.

"Plus, there are an awful lot of projects coming down to Wales to be filmed because of the location and facilities. In the last five, six years it's just gone bam and some of most popular dramas on television are being made in the city.

"I'm one of the proudest Welsh women to live knowing that fact – it is a very exciting time to be a part of it all."

But for now Eve is content to take a break from acting as she prepares for the birth of her first baby, which is expected later in the year.

"I am going to have my feet up and get huge. It's almost hysterical how excited I am, I've bought everything you can think of. Everything is prepared and done and the only thing to arrive now is my little darling.

"Already the baby and I have a fabulous relationship. We have loads of conversations and we chat. It's my miracle, it's my blessing and I can't wait. I've never been so grateful for something in all my life. So, as you can tell, I am ecstatic."

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