Ruth Jones was happy to write ‘Stella’ without James Corden

Ruth Jones, who wrote and stars in new Sky sitcom, Stella, has revealed that she didn’t miss James Corden’s input when she was writing the show.

Ruth – who, as you can see in the picture on the left has lost around five stones in weight – and James of course co-wrote hit sitcom Gavin and Stacey, however, since then, both have embarked on new projects, one of which for Ruth has been Stella.

Speaking to What’s On TV about Stella, Ruth made the revelation when asked if she’d missed having James write with her.

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 character Deano). He’s doing a new series and I wouldn’t be part of that.”

However, though she wrote Stella alone, Ruth “developed the concept” for the show with her husband David, with whom she runs production company, Tidy.

Of working with her spouse, Ruth said, “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.”

On the subject of finding fame – which first came her way in the role of Nessa in Gavin and Stacey – Ruth said, “It’s weird, I’m not that good at being recognised and that seems to be getting worse rather than better.

“I just find myself going really, really quiet, like an awkward teenager.”

Stella continues on Friday nights on Sky1, but just in case you haven’t seen it yet, here’s a clip from the first episode…

Lynn is an editor and writer here at Unreality TV and is trained psychotherapist and the author of two books. She's addicted to soaps, period drama and reality TV shows such as X Factor, I'm A Celeb and Big Brother.