Peppa Pig is a student in Cardiff – and when she graduates she wants to be a doctor – Mirror Online
Peppa Pig is arguably one of the world’s most popular cartoon characters.
As well as a hugely successful TV show, Peppa’s face is also on everything from armbands to lunch boxes and cuddly toys.
Her voice is instantly recognisable to any parent with young children and even though her face is unknown, the voice behind Peppa Pig has just started university in Cardiff.
Cecily Bloom, 18, is a fresher who’s just arrived in the city to study medicine at Cardiff University and who hopes to be a doctor one day.
Cecily voiced Peppa Pig from 2006-2009, and is seen by many fans as the definitive voice of the cuddly character.
“I moved in on Saturday afternoon,” said Cecily, who has upped sticks from her home in London.
“I’ve been loving it so far, I’ve met a lot of really friendly people already. It still feels a bit surreal that I’ve moved out and I’ll be living here for the next five years at least.
“Cardiff was my first choice. I have family living here – on my dad’s side, so my gran, aunties, uncles and cousins.
“I know it’s a friendly city from visiting them but I can’t wait to explore it properly for myself.”
Cecily looks back fondly on her time as a key part of the TV children’s favourite, which has sold to more than 150 countries around the globe.
When she got the part, Cecily said she had no idea how big the show was – in fact she hadn’t heard of it when she auditioned for the role aged seven.
“I used to go to Stagecoach (acting school) when I was younger,” she said. “I was offered an audition and I just went for a bit of fun and ended up getting the part.
“The audition was really relaxed, I remember all I had to do was read Peppa’s lines from a script into a microphone, which was pretty cool because I’d never been in a recording studio before.
“I had a really great time playing Peppa, mainly because the producers were always up for a laugh and made it fun.
“I didn’t have any idea how popular the show would become – when I started I hadn’t even heard of it.”
Cecily – who also voiced Lizzie Elf on the hit animated series Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom – told Wales Online she was still surprised to be asked for an autograph when people recognised her voice.
“The best thing was definitely messing about in the studio whilst recording, and visiting the animation studios to see how they put the show together,” she said.
“The only bizarre situations were when people ask for autographs, which I find strange because I’m really not a celebrity.”
Although she enjoyed being Peppa, she is now determined to embark on a medical career.
“I enjoyed voice acting but it was just something I did for fun and was never really something I wanted to go into seriously,” she said.
“I want to do medicine because I think it will be a really interesting and rewarding career.”
As for keeping her past role secret, Cecily said: “I was going to try and keep it quiet but I don’t think it will be too long before people find out.”
And will she lapse into Peppa mode after a few drinks on a heavy night? “Haha, I really hope not, but who knows what could happen?
“Everyone asks me to do Peppa, but unfortunately my voice has changed quite a lot since playing Peppa, so my impression isn’t all that great.”
On – 25 Sep, 2017 By David Owens