Tara Bethan

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Tara Bethan (born 8 December 1984) is a Welsh actress, singer and presenter.


Daughter of professional footballer and wrestler Orig Williams,[1] Tara was brought up in Llansannan and Rhyl.

From a young age she sang and danced and performed in the Eisteddfod. She was educated at Aled Primary School in Llansannan and Ysgol Glan Clwyd College. She later graduated with honours from Ivor Novello - Redroofs Theatre School, where she won "Most Promising Performer of the Year".[2] She won the National Eisteddfod's Gwobr Goffa Wilbert Lloyd Roberts when it was held in Llanbedrgoch in 1999.[3] She became the youngest member ever of the Gorsedd of Bards at Newport Eisteddfod at the age of 20.[2] Her worst job was working for her father's wrestling company, which involved putting up and taking down the wrestling ring.[4]

She began appearing on stage in north Wales from a young age, appearing in plays such as Cinderella, Jack And The Beanstalk and Peter Karrie Unmasked at the Pavilion Theatre in Rhyl, Goldilocks and the Three Bears at the Empire Theatre in Sunderland, My Fair Lady at the Royal Ascot Pavilion and Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs at the City of Varieties Theatre in Leeds.[5] In 2004 she appeared as Laura in the series Emyn Roc a Rol and had a role as temptress Kelly in Footballer's Wives in a 90-minute special.[5] Her debut album Does Neb yn fy Nabod features her own, and eight compositions by Gwenno Dafydd and Heulwen Thomas, released on the Sain Records label.[6] In 2006 she was presenter of the S4C children's fun show, Mama Mia.[7] She appeared in I'd Do Anything (BBC TV series) in 2008 and was voted out by Andrew Lloyd Webber after she performed "Somewhere Over the Rainbow".[8] She also had a role as a cowgirl in Cymru Fach and appeared in Rownd a Rownd.[2]

Bethan appeared in Bugsy Malone at the Queen's Theatre in London with the National Youth Music Theatre.[2] She then appeared in the Welsh language soap opera Pobol Y Cwm in 2012. Bethan is currently on the UK tour of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.[9]


  1. ^ "Pobol Y Cwm star Tara Bethan pays tribute to wrestler dad Orig Williams in TV film". Wales Online. Retrieved 4 January 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Tara Bethan" (in Welsh). BBC Cymru. Retrieved 4 January 2012. 
  3. ^ "Grant for engine Why teen star Tara keeps on coming back for more". Daily Post via HighBeam Research (subscription required). 9 November 2001. Retrieved 4 January 2013. 
  4. ^ "WALES: TWIST OR BUST; TARA AND JORDAN GO FOR BROKE TO LAND ROLES IN OLIVER!". Daily Post via HighBeam Research (subscription required). 24 March 2008. Retrieved 4 January 2013. 
  5. ^ a b "From bardic to bedroom, Tara takes on role of TV temptress". Daily Post via HighBeam Research (subscription required). 20 June 2004. Retrieved 4 January 2013. 
  6. ^ "Tara Bethan". Sainwales.com. Retrieved 4 January 2013. 
  7. ^ "tvwales: Sitting pretty; Tara Bethan reveals why her wardrobe secrets are dictated by her dancing.". Daily Post via HighBeam Research (subscription required). 20 May 2006. Retrieved 4 January 2013. 
  8. ^ "Nancy hopeful Tara Bethan gets the boot from I'd do Anything". Daily Mail. 14 April 2008. Retrieved 4 January 2013. 
  9. ^ "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat". British Theatre Guide. Retrieved 4 January 2013. 

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