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Thursday, 25 November, 1999, 15:03 GMT
Veteran soap opera actress dies
Harriet Lewis in 1996 opening the Pobol y Cwm street

The actress Harriet Lewis, who played a popular character in BBC Wales's Pobol y Cwm soap opera, has died.

Harriet Lewis played the talkative postmistress Magi Post in the long-running Welsh-language series.

She was born to what she described as "an ordinary, typically Welsh, family" in Trebanos near Swansea.


I will always thank her for taking care of me, I'll treasure her kindness and advice, and I will miss her greatly.
Former colleague Glenda Jones
She started her career as a schoolteacher, and taught at Neath Valley and Pontardawe schools.

She then became a professional actress, and was one of the most familiar faces in Pobol y Cwm.

After retiring from the series, she returned to the set of Pobol y Cwm in 1996 to open the purpose-built street scene used for filming the series, set in the fictional village of Cwmderi.

Tributes from colleagues

Glenda Jones, who worked on Pobol y Cwm with Harriet Lewis, said she would remember her for the strength and assiduity in her character and for her warmth

"I will always thank her for taking care of me, I'll treasure her kindness and advice, and I will miss her greatly.

"Harriet always behaved like a matriarch of the series and her character was an important centerpoint of the heart of Cwmderi," she said

"We have warm memories of this special character and her contribution to drama at the BBC was notable and the gap she leaves behind is enormous," Geraint Talfan Davies, Controller BBC Wales, said.

Gwynn Pritchard, Head of Broadcast (Welsh) BBC Wales, said: "She was a consummate actress and a dear friend."
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