Mellisandre, the Dungeon Maid. Played by Zoe Loftin.

Mellisandre, the Maid

By Keith McDonald

A new maid for Series 3, Mellisandre was a cheery and helpful presence who got herself in and out of danger in the dungeon.


Mellisandre (full name, Mellisandre Makepeace Perhappenstance) was a new dungeon maid for the third series.

She roamed freely in the upper levels during Series 3 before landing a job at the tavern in Series 4.

She was a like-for-like replacement for Gretel, though she was more at ease with dungeoneers and had fewer quirks and complexes.

It's not a small name, but then I'm scarcely an inconsequential person.

Mellisandre

Like her predecessor, Mellisandre was always helpful. She gave out clues, food and information for little in return.

Unlike her predecessor, she got on well with other dungeon characters.

She struck up a close bond with Motley, the new jester. The two of them are often shown playing and teasing each other. She was also adored by Grimwold the Ogre.

Mellisandre the Maid, played by Zoe Loftin in Series 3 of Knightmare (1989) - with Motley (Paul Valentine).
Mellisandre with Motley in Series 3 (1989)

Trapdoor mad

Unlike Gretel's obsessions with beauty, the hardy Mellisandre liked games and the rough-and-tumble of the dungeon.

She had an uncanny knack for standing on trapdoors, which got her into a couple of accidents.

The first incident is not so damaging. The second time, she is caught and calls out for help. Freeing her becomes the team's quest objective.

Mellisandre the Maid, played by Zoe Loftin in Series 4 of Knightmare (1990)
Mellisandre is trapped in Series 4 (1990)

In Series 4, she and the dungeoneer are attacked by goblins and need rescuing from Gundrada. On another occasion, Mellisandre ends up in the pillory.

She treats it all with an air of reassurance. As Treguard says, 'she's not nearly as fragile as she looks'.

It's all the more impressive as actress Zoe Loftin was only in her late teens when she joined the cast.

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