Merlin ‘Beauty and the Beast’
A hideous troll (Sarah Parish) drinks a potion which transforms her into the glamorous Lady Catrina and arrives at Camelot where she bewitches Uther Pendragon with a magic pendant.
Only Gaius, who has met the real Catrina, and Merlin, who witnesses her true identity, can stop her marrying Uther and becoming the queen of Camelot.
But even when they switch her potions so that she turns back into a troll in view of everybody Uther remains enchanted …
Sarah Parish spoke about the role:
… she is a really rather nasty troll. She’s very power hungry and crazed with greed and wants to rule Camelot. She takes it upon herself to make a magic potion which turns her into the beautiful Lady Catrina. When Uther claps eyes on her – he hasn’t seen her [the real Catrina] in years – he instantly falls in love. Along with her charm and grace she sprinkles him with a bit of magic so he’s completely besotted. Even when her magic starts to falter and everyone else in Camelot can see she’s turning back into a troll, he can’t see it. There are lots of funny scenes, it was really great to play.