Ruth Jones, ac­tor and writer

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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?

A jour­nal­ist.

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?

James Cor­den.

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

Rosanna Green­street

The worst thing any­one’s said to me? The Guardian called my book a ‘soggy squib’

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