‘I love cel­e­brat­ing my Welsh roots,’ says ac­tress Ruth

Sunday Express - - CRIME - By Ruth Hughes

GAVIN & Stacey star Ruth Jones says she trea­sures her back­ground and “very spe­cial” Welsh iden­tity.

The ac­tress, who was brought up in Porth­cawl, co-wrote the Bafta Award­win­ning com­edy se­ries, which brought the cul­ture and ex­pres­sions of South Wales to a huge TV au­di­ence.

She told BBC Ra­dio 4’s Desert Is­land Discs: “I was brought up in South Wales, and you meet such bril­liant peo­ple who don’t know that they are funny and what they are say­ing is hi­lar­i­ous.

“I just love cel­e­brat­ing that, re­ally. I’m a hugely proud Welsh per­son.

“I just love it, it’s some­thing very spe­cial, be­ing Welsh.”

Jones said that through­out her ca­reer she had cel­e­brated her iden­tity, and shared it on screen. This has in­cluded in the Steve Coogan TV se­ries Sax­on­dale, and com­edy se­ries Stella, which she co-wrote with her TV pro­ducer hus­band David Peet.

Jones, who lives in Cardiff with Peet, said her Welsh iden­tity was also a “com­fort” to her when she met celebri­ties. She told Desert Is­land Discs host Lau­ren Lav­erne: “I think it’s a sort of com­fort blan­ket to go into my orig­i­nal strong Welsh ac­cent.”

Her ac­cent was ad­mired by Barack Obama when they met at a din­ner in Down­ing Street in 2013.

The 52-year-old said the then-US pres­i­dent was im­pressed by her pro­nun­ci­a­tion of the word “bril­liant”. Desert Is­land Discs, BBC Ra­dio 4, today, 11.15am

TV STAR: Lau­ren Sanchez, above, who was al­legedly seen on a date with Be­zos, in­set

STAR: Ruth Jones co-wrote hit show Gavin & Stacey

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