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Ruth Jones: 'I was fine without James'

Ruth Jones: 'I was fine without James'
Ruth Jones: 'I was fine without James' (Image credit: PA Wire/Press Association Images)

Ruth Jones has admitted that she didn't miss James Corden when it came to writing her new comedy TV drama. The actress, who co-created and starred as Nessa in Gavin And Stacey (opens in new tab) with James, has written the new 10-part series Stella. Asked whether she'd missed James, she said: "If it was Gavin And Stacey, I would, but he's not part of the Stella world. "It's the same for him, as he writes with Mathew Baynton (Gavin And Stacey's Deano). He's doing a new series and I wouldn't be part of that." Ruth developed the concept for Stella - which she also stars in - with her husband David, who she runs Tidy Productions with. She said of working with her other half: "The cons (are) you tend not to switch off, so there have been three people in our marriage, Ruth, David and Stella, for the last two years. "But the good thing is that it's given us more of an opportunity to work and to get Stella as good as we hope it can be." Ruth said that she's not been great at coping with the fame that came her way since Gavin And Stacey made her a household name. "It's weird, I'm not that good at being recognised and that seems to be getting worse rather than better," she said. "James is brilliant at it. He's got so much more grace than I have. I just find myself going really, really quiet, like an awkward teenager." Stella is on Friday nights on Sky1.

Patrick McLennan is a London-based journalist and documentary maker who has worked as a writer, sub-editor, digital editor and TV producer in the UK and New Zealand. His CV includes spells as a news producer at the BBC and TVNZ, as well as web editor for Time Inc UK. He has produced TV news and entertainment features on personalities as diverse as Nick Cave, Tom Hardy, Clive James, Jodie Marsh and Kevin Bacon and he co-produced and directed The Ponds, which has screened in UK cinemas, BBC Four and is currently available on Netflix. 

An entertainment writer with a diverse taste in TV and film, he lists Seinfeld, The Sopranos, The Chase, The Thick of It and Detectorists among his favourite shows, but steers well clear of most sci-fi.