It’s been quite a twelve months for RUTH JONES, actually, every year seems to be quite a one for a woman who seamlessly turns her talented hands from writing, singing, acting and occasionally doing it all at the same time. Following on from the best kept secret in TV, to the massive viewing figures for the Gavin & Stacey Christmas Special, Ruth is about to release her latest work into the big wide world. And if her current novel is as good as her last, then we’re all in for on hell of a read this spring.
Home for a young RUTH JONES was a Victorian terraced house right on the sea-front in Porthcawl. Her Nana lived with her and her Gramma round the corner. She went to the local Comprehensive School and seemingly, was always destined to be an entertainer. She took part in the Crackerjack (C-R-A-C-K-E-R-J-A-C-K you know what we mean if you’re a certain age), Young Entertainers competition. She entered, singing “A Mouse Lived in a Windmill” and accompanied herself on the guitar. Now, we’d love to tell you at this point that Ruth won, was discovered and the rest is history, but sadly not. She couldn’t do F sharp 7th, so went silent on that bit. and was beaten by a nine-year-old ventriloquist from Rhyl. Yeah but where is that kid and his dummy now……….
The picture above is Ruth on stage in a play called The Nightingales a couple of years ago. It was funny, clever, charming and Ruth was phenomenal and shows what a great singing voice she has too. Well, she has been Number One in the charts with Uncle Bryn, so of course she has.
Ruth later trained at Warwick University, then actor training at Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. She seems to be one of those people who love and, most importantly, appreciates what success brings, but never takes any of it for granted. We’ll explain more later.
Where do we even begin with her long list of TV and movie credits? As soon as you see them, the characters she so brilliantly played will instantly pop into your head, they did with us.
- Fat Friends (2000) series 1, 2, 3 & 4
- Tales from Pleasure Beach (2001) – BBC1
- Human Remains (2000) – BBC2
- Nighty Night (2004) – BBC2
- Saxondale (2006) – BBC2
- Myfanwy in Little Britain (2003) series 1, 2 & 3
- Co-wrote Gavin & Stacey (2007) with James Corden
- Plays “Nessa” in Gavin & Stacey (2007)
- Film includes East Is East (1999)
- Emma (1996)
- Very Annie Mary (2001)
- Heartlands (2002).
- Stella (2012) series 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, & 6
- Welsh – All her life and lives in Cardiff.
A while back Ruth and Rob Brydon did an ‘Audience With’ thing for BAFTA, it’s well worth a watch, although it is an hour long. So grab a cuppa, turn up the volume and enjoy it when you get chance.
Ruth has enjoyed huge success both on screen and behind the scenes with her writing, a talent which extends into becoming a bestselling author too. Her debut novel Never Greener originally started life as another screenplay but eventually she felt this was something more and wondered how it would be as a novel. She said at the time…….
“I originally wrote it as a screenplay. When I first started writing I wrote a two-part drama called Never Greener and then a couple of years ago I went away to a health farm and I was looking through stuff that I’d written in the past and I came across it again. I thought ‘I wonder how it would work as a novel’ so just as an experiment I started adapting it to prose form from a script and I really enjoyed it. I would go off for a massage and then find I couldn’t wait to get back to my room to start writing more! It kind of went from there really.”
We’re glad she did as the book is really good and you obviously think so too as it became a Sunday Times Number One Bestseller and picked up a host of other awards along the way.
Now we did say at the start of this piece that Ruth seems to really love all that success brings and never takes any of it for granted. We reckon this picture shows just that. Despite being on TV and stage, she is clearly thrilled to see her name in the bookstore window, and why not, it must have been a real feel-good moment.
To celebrate the release of her new novel, Us Three this May, Ruth is going out on tour, and we’ve a few chances to catch her right here. She’ll be in conversation with a special guest interviewer talking about her new novel, and the art of creating unforgettable characters, touching on the difference between writing for the small screen, her inspirations, the many theories on the fishing trip and beyond. And no doubt a few other questions dropped in along the way. Hmmm, I wonder what they could be?
Ruth’s book tour gets her to St David’s Hall in Cardiff on Sunday 10th May starting at 7:30pm. Tickets for that are £25 or £33 if you’d like a ticket and a copy of the book. You can get those here, from the 3rd March. CARDIFF
Ruth then gets to the Borough Theatre in Abergavenny on Monday 11th May. We’ll let you know more when the tickets for this one go on sale, we believe on Wednesday at 10am. You can go to the theatre’s website here. BOROUGH
Finally, if we were in the audience on any of those events we wouldn’t so much have a question, more of a statement. ‘Ruth, don’t leave us all hanging – please.’