Actress, comedian, writer, producer, Ruth Jones, laughs about winning a Best Newcomer Brit Comedy Award in her early 40s. A household name in the UK, she is probably best known to Aussie audiences as Myfanwy, the barmaid, from Little Britain and Nessa, the co-writer and one of the stars of the sitcom Gavin and Stacey. Ruth hails from a seaside town halfway between Cardiff and Swansea called Porthcawl and happily for her, has been able to live and work in Wales for most of her career.
They start their day on the Porthcawl coast walk and wander to the house Ruth once lived in with her parents, grandmother, sister and two brothers. The house is empty but brimming with memories for Ruth who is quite taken with emotion as she recounts the days she spent there as a little girl.
On the way to Nottage Primary School they visit the Grand Pavilion where Ruth first performed on stage. She gives a very honest account of the insecurities she still feels despite the enormous success she has enjoyed in the last ten years of her career. At the primary school, she tests Julia on some Welsh words and reminisces about the melodramatic streak that possessed her as a child.
Ruth is no longer a believer in the traditional sense but she takes Julia to All Saints church where all the family weddings, christenings and funerals have taken place. Ruth shares her views on spirituality and fondly recalls the Sunday mornings spent there with both her grandmothers.
9pm Wednesday ABC