Heledd Bianchi

Biog


I'm a Welsh Actor, Voice Artist, Singer, Writer and Composer who has been working in the Theatre, Arts and Television industry for over twenty five years. My first television appearance was at the tender age of five on Ffalabalam (Welsh language version of Playschool) followed by an appearance in another popular children's television series, Let's Pretend.

I was always passionate about performing as a child. I regularly attended Peter Wooldridge's HTV Drama Workshop and the Sherman Youth Theatre. I used to fantasize about running away with the circus but I didn't belong to a circus family so that seemed an impossible dream!

My live singing experience began with Côr Cochion Caerdydd (Cardiff Red Choir) when I was about seven. My mother and father, Tony and Diana were the founder members of this political choir. My eldest sister, Rhiannon and I would join in with singing every Saturday on the Hayes Square, in the centre of Cardiff.

An especially memorable time for my sister and I was singing with with a small group of children (belonging to members of Côr Cochion) to Desmond Tutu, the Archbishop of Canterbury at the Royal Albert Hall. We were only about seven and eight at the time. Several years passed with my sister and I marching in unison alongside Mam and Dad on many a political protest. Another fond memory which took place later in our adult life was that of welcoming the late Nelson Mandela and Winnie Mandela on their visit to Cardiff. Along with the rest of the choir members, we too had the fine pleasure of shaking both Winnie and Mandela's hands.

I graduated from Trinity, St David's University, Carmarthen in 2000 with a BA Honours in Theatre Studies and went on to play the lead in the Welsh and English language TIE tour of Garden Girls, Merched Y Gerddi with Arad Goch Theatre Company.

In 2001 I flew to Ibiza to work as a Children's Entertainer at Fiesta Resorts, Cala Nova by day and as a featured stage dancer in Lucifer and Amnesia Nightclubs by night.

Between 2002 and 2013 I proudly worked as Artistic Director, Actor, Workshop Facilitator and Co-Writer for Theatr Bwcibo, a bi-lingual theatre company, co-formed with my Writer, Director mother, Diana Bianchi; producing predominently One Woman shows, including The One Road, Yr Un Cam, Catrin Glyndŵr (Welsh and English adaptation), Night Chronicles, Bei-Ling Burlesque, Do You Remember?, Ifor Ap Meurig Y Dyn Dewr and Dwynwen Dylwythen Y Don A'r Corachod Bach Ffyddlon Y Tîr, Ffararararaldiri. The nature of our shows ranged in genres from Medieval to Musical Theatre with poetry, music and dance at the heart of our creations. I thoroughly enjoyed touring the shows around Wales and was very excited to take the English adaptation of Catrin Glyndŵr on tour to the Edinburgh and Arundel Fringe Festival in 2005.

Alongside my work for Theatr Bwcibo, I also co-wrote, directed, facilitated and performed in many theatre interpretations and stage productions for Chance Encounters Heritage Theatre Company between 2003 and 2013. I especially enjoyed playing the lead role of Mary Christmas in both Welsh and English Language theatre productions - Father Christmas And His Friends, Siôn Corn A'u Ffrindie, staged at Oakdale Workmen's Institute, National Museum of Wales, St Fagan. Later in 2018 I played the role of Mary Underwood in an audio visual production for Blaenavon Ironworks World Heritage Project: a co-production between Chance Encounters and Figment VR Productions.

My televison credits include several roles in the popular Welsh Language Soap, Pobol Y Cwm and various roles in the Welsh Language Drama Series, Teulu and Parch.

I've enjoyed collaborating with a variety of Music, Theatre Artists, Directors and Creatives over the years and I continue to enjoy writing, composing and performing original songs, poetry, short stories and plays in both Welsh and English for an online audience.