Gavin and Stacey star is ‘proud of her identity’
Ruth Jones has revealed how much she treasures her background and “very special” Welsh identity.
The actress and star of hit series Gavin And Stacey has said growing up surrounded by the unknowingly “hilarious” people of south Wales primed her for future comedy characters.
Jones has said that during her career she has loved celebrating her identity.
The actress, raised in Porthcawl, wrote and starred in the BAFTA awardwinning Gavin And Stacey, bringing the culture and mannerisms of south Wales to a huge TV audience.
She has carried her identity into the Steve Coogan series Saxondale, and her current comedy series Stella which she co-wrote with husband David Peet.
Jones said: “I was brought up in south Wales, and people are brilliant. You met such brilliant people who don’t know that they’re funny, who just don’t know that what they’re 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 she feels safe in her identity when meeting stars such as Barack Obama who she met at a dinner in Downing Street in 2013.
The then-us President was reportedly impressed by her pronunciation of the word “brilliant”.
Wlesh actress Ruth Jones