Gavin and Stacey: How Ruth Jones kept Christmas show under wraps

Media playback is unsupported on your device
Media captionNessa (Ruth Jones) had to ask fans for quiet during filming in July

Ruth Jones has revealed the lengths she went to in a bid to keep Gavin and Stacey's return a secret.

She said she took her nine-year-old niece on a reconnaissance trip to Barry, where the show is partly based, to use as a cover story in case she was spotted by fans.

In reality, she was there to speak to the owner of the house used by Stacey's mother Gwen about using it once again.

The sitcom returns for a Christmas special after a nine-year break.

Jones admitted she felt "ashamed" at using her niece but said it was necessary to keep the show's return a secret, ahead of filming last July.

"When I've been back to Barry sometimes there are people who are taking photos of the outside of the house and, if they see me, they sometimes want to take photos," she said.

Image copyright Wales News Service
Image caption Filming for the Christmas show attracted crowds of excited onlookers in Barry

"If they see me on my own, it might start suspicions going.

"So, I took her and had some photos taken outside so I could just say 'I'm just showing my niece'."

A section of Trinity Street, which is home to characters Gwen West and Uncle Bryn, was closed for filming last July with other locations also used around the town, attracting fans.

Jones also told her friends she was going on holiday when they asked abut her frequent trips to Los Angeles to write the show with co-writer James Corden.

Image copyright Wales News Service
Image caption Ruth Jones, Rob Brydon, Melanie Walters and Joanna Page on set in July

"The truth was we weren't lapping up the LA sunshine, we were stuck indoors... not stuck, we were indoors writing," she said.

Gavin & Stacey stars Mathew Horne and Joanna Page as a young couple who fall in love following a whirlwind romance.

The show features a strong supporting cast, including Rob Brydon's eccentric Uncle Bryn and Melanie Walters as Stacey's mum Gwen, among others.

Image copyright Wales News Service
Image caption Matthew Horne and Joanna Page filming a scene as Gavin and Stacey

More on this story

Around the BBC