With her cheeky grin and her pigtails eight-year-old Ruby Llewelyn could be mistaken for popular pre-school children’s TV character Igam Ogam.
And now she’s been chosen as the voice of the curious cavegirl in the new series which premieres on Channel 5’s Milkshake on September 16. Ruby will feature alongside Stella actress Ruth who narrates each of the 10-minute episodes
Ruby, who is a pupil at Pendoylan School, successfully auditioned for the part when she, and scores of other youngsters, attended an audition with programme makers Calon TV in Cardiff earlier this year.
For the last six months Ruby and her mum Sian have been travelling to the Butetown studios to record her voice for the 26 episodes.
Sian, said: ‘Ruby was really lucky to get the part. When we arrived for the audition the director had gone home, but Ruby was still able to go into the studio and record her voice. We went home and didn’t hold out any hope. But the next day we got the call to say she had the part.’
‘She was a little nervous at the start as she has never done a voice over before, but everyone has been fantastic and put her at ease.’
Ruby, said : ‘I like being Igam Ogam, she is really funny and she’s a tomboy like me. My favourite episode is Kiss it Better Roly where I had to make kissing noises. It was fun.’
It’s not the first time Ruby will be seen and heard on TV. Already she’s appeared in the Sky comedy Trollied and has featured in a supermarket poster advertising campaign for Dairylea.
Robin Lyons, executive producer of Igam Ogam, said: ‘Ruby is an unstoppable force who just can’t fail to make an impression. Just like Igam Ogam.’
Aimed at young pre-school children, Igam Ogam is based around the Jurassic adventures of a curious little cave-girl and her prehistoric friends. It is the latest production by Cardiff’s award-winning animation company Calon TV who also made the BAFTA-winning Hana’s Helpline and features the voices of Ruth Jones, star of Stella and Gavin and Stacey as narrator and Welsh actors Bernard Latham, who plays Mr C in Hollyoaks, and Tony Leader. The Welsh language version will be screened on S4C later in the autumn.