Ruth Jones

Ruth Jones

Last updated: 17 January 2011

Welsh actress and writer Ruth Jones is best-known for co-writing and starring in the award winning comedy Gavin & Stacey, and for her appearances in programmes including Little Britain and Nighty Night.

She was born in Bridgend in 1966, but was raised in South Wales. Upon leaving school she studied drama and theatre studies at the University of Warwick, before attending the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama in Cardiff.

Ruth Jones began writing and performing for BBC Wales in 1991, contributing to a number of radio series and TV comedy programmes.

Her theatre work included spells with the RSC and the National, and she appeared in the film East Is East. Her numerous TV roles included four series playing Kelly in ITV's Fat Friends, Myfanwy in Little Britain, Magz in Saxondale and Linda in Nighty Night, as well as her celebrated role as Nessa in Gavin & Stacey, which she co-wrote with fellow star James Corden.

Gavin & Stacey has won numerous awards, including Best Comedy at the South Bank Show Awards, Best New Comedy at the Comedy Awards, and Best Programme at the BAFTA Television awards. Jones and Corden won Best Female/Male Newcomer at the Comedy Awards for their portrayals of Nessa and Smithy.

Jones has also appeared in BBC costume dramas including Tess Of The d'Urbervilles and the adaptation of Charles Dickens' Little Dorrit (which also starred fellow Welsh actor Eve Myles).

She lives in Cardiff and runs her own production company, Tidy Productions. The company produced her BBC Radio Wales show, Ruth Jones' Sunday Brunch, billed as "high class bacon and bap entertainment" with music, comedy and guests.

In the autumn of 2009 Jones was involved in the Celtic Myths project for the BBC Wales History website; she read the story Sabrina's Mountain Adventure, written by Welsh author Gillian Clarke.

She starred in two episodes of Jimmy McGovern's gritty drama The Street as Sandra, and November 2009 saw the return of Gavin & Stacey - the third and final series of the hit comedy - in which she reprised the role of Nessa.

In December 2009 Jones starred in A Child's Christmases In Wales, a festive comedy written by Mark Watson and inspired by Dylan Thomas, with fellow Welsh actor Mark Lewis Jones.

It was announced in May 2010 that Jones is set to portray Carry On legend Hattie Jacques in a new one-off drama, set to be screened on BBC Four later in the year.

In July and August Jones starred in new BBC Four comedy The Great Outdoors, part of the channel's The Call Of The Wild season.

In January 2011 she stars as Carry On actor Hattie Jacques in BBC Four drama Hattie, which tells the story of Jacques' affair with her young driver John Schofield while she was married to Dad's Army actor John Le Mesurier.

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