Gavin and Stacey star is ‘proud of her iden­tity’

The Sunday Post (Dundee) - - NEWS -

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

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