Ruth Jones, actor and writer
Born in south Wales, Jones, 52, trained at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama. In 2000, she appeared in Fat Friends with James Corden; the pair went on to write and appear in the Bafta-winning series Gavin & Stacey. She published her first novel, Never Greener, earlier this year, and is currently starring in The Nightingales at the Theatre Royal Bath. She is married to producer David Peet, has three step-children and lives in Cardiff.
What is your earliest memory?
Being in my pushchair and scribbling black Biro on the seat – my inner vandal coming out at an early age.
Which living person do you most admire, and why?
My mother, Hannah: nearly 82, mother of four, homemaker, retired GP and knitter extraordinaire.
What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
Nothing really. Self-loathing is a waste of time.
What was your most embarrassing moment?
Meeting Simon Callow at a party and congratulating him on his performance in a film called Peter’s Friends. He wasn’t in it. I’d mistaken him for Stephen Fry.
Property aside, what’s the most expensive thing you’ve bought?
A bed from Savoir Beds. People spend loads of money on cars, but spend more of their lives sleeping than driving. The maths is wrong, if you ask me.
What makes you unhappy?
How much time people – myself included – spend staring at mobile phones.
What did you want to be when you were growing up?
What is the worst thing anyone’s said to you?
The Guardian described my bestselling novel as a “soggy squib”. Cheers, mate. How do you relax?
I will never, ever turn down a foot mass massage.
Who would play you in the film of your life?
If you could bring something extinct back to life, what would you choose?
My ability and desire to run.
What is your most unappealing habit?
Wrapping discarded chewing gum in old receipts and leaving them rolled up in my car.
What is your favourite smell?
Bacon, lavender and suntan lotion. Not all at the same time.
Is it better to give or to receive?
Not sure, but giving to receive is always a bad idea.
What is your guiltiest pleasure?
The Archers. I’m addicted.
What was the best kiss of your life?
Mind your own sodding business!
What has been your biggest disappointment?
The Guardian’s review of my book.
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
I ran 10k once. I’ve got a medal.
What keeps you awake at night?
Lack of magnesium.
What song would you like played at your funeral?
Ernie (The Fastest Milkman In The West).
How would you like to be remembered?
As an accomplished dancer and tennis player, because I do neither, so my loved ones would be very confused
The worst thing anyone’s said to me? The Guardian called my book a ‘soggy squib’