Former EastEnder Michelle Ryan says she thoroughly enjoyed playing a bitch in the hit BBC One series Merlin.

The 24-year-old appears in five episodes of the Saturday night series, starting this weekend, playing a sorceress Nimueh, who’s hell-bent on destroying the kingdom of Camelot.

She told whatsontv.co.uk: “It was really great fun. I normally play good girls who have a bad side, who have a dark side. But Nimueh is REALLY evil. I mean, she has been treated badly in the past… But she’s still a bitch!”

She expected viewers to like Nimueh, despite her villainy: “Everyone loves a good baddie. I mean when I’m watching a movie I’m drawn to the darker characters. She’s very spicy, Nimueh… She’s a really powerful character.”

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