Jones in 2007
|Born||Ruth Alexandra Elizabeth Jones
22 September 1966
|Occupation||Actress, writer, producer|
|Spouse(s)||David Peet (1999 – present)|
Ruth Alexandra Elizabeth Jones, MBE (born 22 September 1966) is a Welsh television actress and writer. She co-starred in and co-wrote the award-winning British comedy Gavin & Stacey and has appeared in many television comedies and dramas, such as Jimmy McGovern's The Street with Timothy Spall (2009), and starring as Hattie Jacques in Hattie for BBC Four.
Ruth Jones was born on 22 September 1966 in Bridgend in South Wales. Ruth went to Porthcawl Comprehensive School. Her father was a legal executive for British Steel, Port Talbot, and her mother was a child psychiatrist. She has two older brothers and a younger sister. Jones was brought up in Porthcawl where she attended the same school as Rob Brydon. After graduating from Warwick University with a degree in English and Theatre, she spent a year at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama in Cardiff.
After graduation Jones found it difficult to get acting work, and considered training as a solicitor. However she then received her first professional role in pantomime in Cardiff. She was also helped by Rob Brydon, who invited her to join an improv group in Bath; the group also included Julia Davis, with whom Jones would later appear in Nighty Night.
After this Jones appeared on television as Kelly in four series of ITV's comedy Fat Friends, where she met future Gavin & Stacey co-writer James Corden. She also appeared in several BBC comedies, playing Myfanwy in Little Britain, Magz in Saxondale, and Linda in Nighty Night.
Jones achieved prominence in 2008 with the BBC sitcom Gavin & Stacey, which she co-wrote with James Corden, and in which she took a lead role as Nessa Jenkins. The programme became a hit for BBC 3 and moved to BBC 1. Jones has said of it, "It wasn't as deliberate as us saying, 'Right, we're going to react against cynical comedy'. We just wrote what we wanted. And it just so happens that the show does generate a lot of warmth. People seem to like that, especially when things aren't terribly jolly. It's nice to have your cockles warmed." The series won a number of awards, including two BAFTAs and four British Comedy Awards. Jones and co-star Rob Brydon recorded "Islands in the Stream" (a song performed by their characters in the programme) as a single for Comic Relief in 2009; the song reached No. 1 in the chart.
In 2008 Jones narrated the 2008 TV movie Chaos at the Zoo about Anna Ryder Richardson's Manor House Wildlife Park. The same year she featured in the two BBC One television period costume dramas, Tess of the d'Urbervilles and Little Dorrit, as well as two episodes of The Street. In December 2009 Jones starred in A Child's Christmases In Wales. In 2010 she starred in the BBC Four comedy The Great Outdoors alongside Mark Heap, and in December presented a one-off chat show on BBC Two, Ruth Jones' Christmas Cracker. In January 2011 she starred as Carry On actor Hattie Jacques in the 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.
In 2008, Jones co-founded Tidy Productions with producer David Peet. The company produced the series Jones presented on BBC Radio Wales in 2008-9, Ruth Jones' Sunday Brunch. In 2010, the company had comedy and light entertainment production credits with BBC Two and BBC Three. It has made two 90-minute comedy dramas for S4C and light entertainment shows for BBC Wales.
Jones's company has also produced the comedy drama Stella for Sky TV. The first series aired in 2012. It was Jones' first major comedy project since Gavin and Stacey; as well as producing, Jones created the series, stars in the title role, and wrote four episodes. Jones has stated that she was worried about comparisons to Gavin and Stacey when setting a second programme in Wales, leading to the decision to set Stella in the Valleys rather than the South Wales coast: 'I know people from the Valleys and it is just a joyously colourful place and full of characters. My sister is actually a GP up there and the stories are fantastic.' A second series of Stella was filmed in summer 2012 and aired in early 2013.
Recognition and awards
Jones was judged the Best Female Comedy Newcomer at the 2007 British Comedy Awards, and was also nominated for Best Television Comedy Actress. She was also recipient of the Ultimate Funny Woman award at the annual Cosmopolitan Ultimate Women of the Year Awards in November 2009. In July 2013 Jones received an honorary degree from the University of Warwick.
|1999||East Is East||Peggy||Film4|
|1998||The Theory of Flight||Becky||Fine Line Features|
|1996||Emma (1996 theatrical film)||Bates’ Maid||Miramax Films|
|2015–present||One In Front and others||Jo||Series of adverts for Tesco|
|2015-present||Very British Problems||herself||Alaska TV Productions||3 episodes|
|2012–present||Stella||Stella Morris||Sky 1||Tidy Production. 5 series and 1 Special|
|2011||Ruth Jones' Christmas Cracker||Chatshow||BBC Two||Special|
|2011||Hattie||Hattie Jacques||BBC Four||1 episode|
|2011||Ruth Jones' Summer Holiday||Chatshow||BBC Two||Special|
|2011||Ruth Jones' Easter Treat||Chatshow||BBC Two||Special|
|2010||Ruth Jones' Christmas Cracker||Chatshow||BBC Two||Special|
|2010||The Great Outdoors||Christine||BBC Four||3 episodes|
|2010||Marple||Miss Blenkinsopp||ITV||The Secret of Chimneys|
|2010||Igam Ogam||Birdie and Narator||Calon, Telegael||52 episodes|
|2009||Ruth Jones' Christmas Cracker||Chatshow||BBC Two||Special|
|2009||A Child's Christmases in Wales||Mum||BBC Four||TV Movie|
|2009||The Street||BBC One||Series 3, Episodes 5 and 6|
|2009||Ar Y Tracs||Ingrid Crenski||S4C|
|2008||Little Dorrit||Flora Finching||BBC One|
|2008||Tess of the D'Urbervilles||Joan Durbeyfield||BBC One|
|2008||Torchwood||Nikki Bevan||BBC Three||episode "Adrift"|
|2008||Chaos at the Zoo||Narrator||Crackit Productions|
|2007–2010||Gavin and Stacey||Vanessa Shanessa Jenkins||BBC|
|2006–2007||Saxondale||Magz||BBC Two||Series 1 and 2|
|2006||Mayo||Cal Andrews||BBC One|
|2005–2006||I'm With Stupid||Jean||BBC Three|
|2005||Born and Bred||Ruby Moss||BBC One||Episode – The Element Of Surprise|
|2004||The Baby Juice Express||Gladys|
|2003||Midsomer Murders||Rachael Rose||ITV||Episode – Bad Tidings|
|2003–2006||Little Britain||Myfanwy||BBC Three|
|2003||Roger Roger||Angelica||BBC One||Episode "Freedom's Just Another Word for Nothing Left to Lose"|
|2003||EastEnders||Jenny Morgan||BBC One||Dot's Story|
|2001||Tales from Pleasure Beach||Mandy||BBC Two|
|2001||Adrian Mole: The Cappuccino Years||Sharon Bott||BBC|
|2000–2005||Fat Friends||Kelly Chadwick||ITV|
|2000||Human Remains||Elaine||BBC||Episode "All Over My Glasses"|
|2000||A Likeness in Stone||Joan Poole|
|1998||Picking Up The Pieces||Marie|
|1998||As Time Goes By||Gilly||BBC One||Episode "Pardon?"|
|2015||The Apprentice: You're Fired||Herself||Series 11, Episode 10|
|2014||Duck Quacks Don't Echo||Herself||Series 1, Episode 1|
|2012||Hit the Road Jack (TV series)||Herself||Series 1, Episode 1|
|2012||Edinburgh International Television Festival 2012||Herself|
|2012||The Matt Lucas Awards||Herself||Series 1, Episode 6|
|2012||Just a Minute||Panelist||Series 1, Episode 3|
|2012||Chris Moyles' Quiz Night||Herself||Series 5, Episode 7|
|2011||Alan Carr Chatty Man||Herself||Series 7, Episode 7|
|2010||The Big Fat Quiz of the Year||Herself||2010|
|2010||Chris Moyles' Quiz Night||Herself||Series 3, Episode 4|
|2010||The Graham Norton Show||Herself||Series 7 Episode 6|
|2010||Would I Lie to You?||Panelist||Series 4, Episode 2|
|2010||A League of Their Own||Panelist||Series 1 Episode 2|
|2009||The Graham Norton Show||Herself||Series 5 Episode 2|
|2009||Chris Moyles' Quiz Night||Herself||Series 1, Episode 2|
|2009||Have I Got News for You||Guest Presenter||Series 37 Episode 7|
|2009||Comic Relief||Nessa||‘’(Barry) Islands In The Stream’’ video|
|2007–2009||Gavin & Stacey||3 series||co-written with James Corden|
|2009||Ar Y Tracs||TV movie|
|2006||The Chase||1 episode|
|2005||Fat Friends||1 episode||Series 4 Episode 3 "Angels Delight"|
- Gavin & Stacey (Series 1, 6 episodes: BBC3 and BBC2 2007)
- Gavin & Stacey (Series 2, 7 episodes: BBC3 2008)
- Gavin & Stacey (Christmas Special: December 2008)
- Gavin & Stacey (Series 3, 6 episodes: BBC1 2009,2010)
- Ar Y Tracs Exec. Producer Tidy Productions S4C 2009)
- "Ruth Jones: 'Gavin & Stacey generated a lot of warmth. It's good to warm your cockles'". The Independent. London. 3 July 2009. Retrieved 21 May 2012.
- Wilson, Sophie (13 December 2010). "Ruth Jones: I have been fortunate to play parts that have not just been, 'Oh, you need a fat person'". The Telegraph. London. Retrieved 21 May 2012.
- "What's occurring with Ruth Jones?". BBC South East Wales. 3 December 2009. Retrieved 21 May 2012.
- "Ruth Jones profile". BBC Wales Arts. Retrieved 21 May 2012.
- "Comic Relief single (Barry) Islands In The Stream tops charts". The Telegraph. London. 16 March 2009. Retrieved 21 May 2012.
- "IMDb – Chaos at the Zoo (TV movie 2008)". Retrieved 23 July 2014.
- "Sunday Brunch programme page". BBC Radio Wales. Retrieved 21 May 2012.
- Cadwalladr, Carole (1 January 2012). "The Observer : Ruth Jones: queen of comedy". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 2012-05-21.
- "Ruth Jones' comedy Stella to have second series". Wales Online. Retrieved 21 May 2012.
- Philby, Charlotte (6 September 2008). "My Secret Life: Ruth Jones, Actress, age 42". The Independent. London. Retrieved 2011-12-24.
- Garratt, Sheryl (5 January 2012). "Ruth Jones: "I enjoy it when characters love each other"". The Telegraph. London. Retrieved 21 May 2012.
- "The British Sitcom Guide – News". Retrieved 2007-11-07.
- "Cosmo's Ultimate Women of the Year Awards 2009". Retrieved 24 December 2011.
- "Warwick honorary degrees for stars of Gavin & Stacey & Hustle, RSC & Royal Court Artistic Directors, scientists, historians, philanthropist & a US government adviser". University of Warwick. 28 June 2013. Retrieved 31 October 2013.
- The London Gazette: . 31 December 2013.
- "MBE 'proper tidy' for Ruth Jones". bbc.co.uk. 30 December 2013. Retrieved 1 January 2014.