Ruth Jones

Actress, writer and producer Ruth Jones became a television favorite with her gentle comedy-romance series "Gavin & Stacey" (BBC, 2007-2010) and later, the sitcom "Stella" (Sky1, 2012- ), both of which established her ... Read more »
Born: 09/22/1966 in Bridgend,

Filmography

Actor (17)

Very British Problems 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Special Appearance

Gavin & Stacey (BBC) 2003 - 2006, 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

Gavin & Stacey Christmas Special 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

Little Dorrit 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

Tess Of The D'Urbervilles 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

Saxondale (BBCA) 2006 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Torchwood 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Born and Bred (BBC) 2003 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Little Britain 2003 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Nighty Night 2003 - 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Very Annie Mary 2002 (Movie)

Complaining Customer (Actor)

Don Quixote 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Fat Friends (BBCA) 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

East Is East 2000 (Movie)

Peggy (Actor)

Heartlands 2000 (Movie)

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The Theory of Flight 1998 (Movie)

Becky (Actor)

Emma 1996 (Movie)

Bates' Maid (Actor)
Producer (2)

Us & Them 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Mortician 2010 (Movie)

(Co-Executive Producer)

Biography

Actress, writer and producer Ruth Jones became a television favorite with her gentle comedy-romance series "Gavin & Stacey" (BBC, 2007-2010) and later, the sitcom "Stella" (Sky1, 2012- ), both of which established her as a potent comic talent with a knack for strong female characters. Born Ruth Alexandra Elizabeth Jones on September 22, 1966 in the town of Bridgend, South Wales, she was the daughter of an executive for British Steel and a child psychologist. She graduated from Warwick University with a degree in English and theater before studying at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama. Jones began appearing in features and on television in the late '90s, enjoying minor roles in films like "Emma" (1996) and "The Theory of Flight" (1998) before earning her first big break in a supporting comic role in the hugely popular multi-cultural comedy "East is East" (1998). The exposure afforded her by the film led to roles on stage with the Royal Shakespeare Company and a supporting turn in the critically acclaimed drama "Fat Friends" (ITV, 2000-05), which concerned the lives of four individuals enrolled in a weight loss club. The series not only provided Jones with her first taste of television stardom, but also introduced her to actor James Corden, with whom she would create "Gavin & Stacey" and provide her with her first television writing credit. While working on "Fat Friends," Jones also appeared in numerous other programs, most notably as the sympathetic barmaid friend of Matt Lucas' self-loathing (and self-promoting) gay man Daffyd Thomas on the sketch comedy series "Little Britain" (BBC Three/One, 2003-06) and as heavy metal roadie turned exterminator Steve Coogan's ribald girlfriend on "Saxondale" (BBC Two, 2006-07). In 2007, she and Corden co-wrote and co-starred in the well-loved romantic comedy series "Gavin & Stacey," which followed the lives of level-headed Gavin (Mathew Horne) and vivacious Stacey (Joanna Page) during their long-distance romance. Jones played Stacey's earthy best friend, Nessa, whose dislike of Gavin's pal Smithy (Corden) eventually blossomed into romance. The series was a substantial hit for its three-year run, earning numerous awards and even a No. 1 single for Jones and co-star Rob Brydon, who recorded a humorous cover of "Islands in the Stream" in 2009 for the Comic Relief charity. The accolades Jones drew for "Gavin & Stacey" led to a wide array of projects, from highbrow productions of "Tess of the d'Urbervilles" (BBC, 2008) to her own talk show, "Ruth Jones' Christmas Cracker," for BBC Two in 2010. She also earned a major hit with "Hattie" (2011), a biopic of the well-loved comic actress Hattie Jacques which became the most watched program ever aired on BBC Four. Two years later, she returned to regular series work with "Stella" (Sky1, 2012- ), a gentle comedy created by and starring Jones as a single mother with a large and complicated array of family and friends. On January 1, 2014, Jones was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire.

Relationships

David Peet

Husband

EDUCATION

Warwick University

Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama

Milestones

2012

Creates, stars in second series, "Stella"

2007

Creates, co-writes, co-stars in "Gavin & Stacey"

2000

Breakout project with "Fat Friends," which also marks her screenwriting debut

1999

Scene-stealing supporting role in "East is East"

Bonus Trivia

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Her "Gavin & Stacey" co-star Rob Brydon encouraged her to join an improv group, which led to comedic roles on television and radio.

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With husband David Peet, she runs Tidy Productions.

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Dropped from a UK Size 24 to a Size 12 in 2012.

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Won Best Female Comedy Newcomer for her turn in "Gavin & Stacey" at the 2007 British Comedy Awards.

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At the start of her acting career, she found it difficult to land roles, and briefly considered becoming a lawyer.

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