FANS of Gavin and Stacey can’t contain their excitement after James Corden and Ruth Jones announced the show will come back for a one-off special episode.
After nine years away from our screens, we can’t wait to see where the characters are now. But where has Ruth Jones, who plays Nessa, been and what is she up to? Here’s the lowdown…
When is Gavin and Stacey returning?
The one-off Christmas special will air on Christmas Day 2019, nearly ten years after it left our screens.
The show will be an hour-long episode.
James Corden, who co-wrote the show with Ruth Jones, was the one to reveal the secret after tweeting a sneak picture of the film script for the 2019 episode.
The pair said in a statement:“Over the last ten years we’ve talked a lot about Gavin and Stacey – where they might be today and what their lives might look like.
“And so in secret we took the plunge and wrote this one hour special. We’ve loved revisiting Barry and Essex again and bringing the characters back together has been a joy.
“We’re so excited to get the chance to work with our fabulous cast and crew once more and to give fans of the show a festive treat this Christmas. Thank you BBC for helping to make this happen.”
Gavin and Stacey ran for three series on the BBC from 2007-2010.
Where is Ruth Jones now?
Welsh writer and actress Ruth Jones has continued to write TV shows including Stella.
Like Gavin and Stacey, the show was a comedy based in the Welsh valleys, where Ruth starred as a 40-something mum juggling the trials and tribulations of family life amid the chaos of her eccentric friends, relatives and children’s fathers.
In 2018 she returned to the stage after a twelve-year absence in a new play The Nightingales by William Gaminara. The play is produced by Jenny Topper and Bath Theatre Royal.
What has Ruth been doing since Gavin and Stacey?
Since Gavin and Stacey aired its last episode in 2010, the cast have not been slacking.
In 2008, Ruth co-founded Tidy Productions company with producer David Peet. Ruth presented a series on BBC Radio Wales called Ruth Jones’ Sunday Brunch. Tidy Productions also produced light comedy entertainment with BBC Two and BBC Three.
More recently, she worked with director Debbie Issit appearing in the forthcoming film Nativity 4.
Alongside her on-screen endeavours, Ruth has also authored the Sunday Times bestselling book ‘Never Greener’, which was published in Hardback by Penguin in April 2018.
She won the Best Female Comedy Newcomer at the 2007 British Comedy Awards. In July 2013, Ruth received an honorary degree from the University of Warwick.
Has Ruth written a book?
Ruth released her first novel Never Greener on April 5, 2018.
The plot of book is described as: “The past has a habit of tracking us down. And tripping us up. When Kate was twenty-two, she had an intense and passionate affair with a married man, Callum, which ended in heartbreak. Kate thought she’d never get over it.
“Seventeen years later, life has moved on – Kate, now a successful actress, is living in London, married to Matt and mother to little Tallulah. Meanwhile Callum and his wife Belinda are happy together, living in Edinburgh and watching their kids grow up.
“The past, it would seem, is well and truly behind them all. But then Kate meets Callum again. And they are faced with a choice: to walk away from each other or to risk finding out what might have been. Second chances are a rare gift in life. But that doesn’t mean they should always be taken…”
Who is Ruth Jones?
Ruth Alexandra Elizabeth Jones MBE, 51, was born September 22, 1966, and is a Welsh television actress and writer.
She shot to fame playing Myfanwy in Little Britain, alongside Matt Lucas.
But it was when Ruth co-wrote and starred in Gavin & Stacey alongside James Corden, that she reached international stardom.
The award-winning comedy ran for three series, and made big stars out of Ruth and James.
The pair had previously met when they starred in ITV’s Fat Friends.
Since then she has starred in numerous shows such as the BBC’s Little Dorrit and played Hattie Jacques in Hattie for BBC Four.
Ruth was most recently known for playing the title role in Sky 1’s Stella – which she also wrote.
Is Ruth married?
Ruth has been married to David Peet since 1999.
He is the managing director of her production company, Tidy, which they co-founded in 2008.
She has three grown-up step-children, Fiona, Louise and Alex.