Ruth JonesRuth Jones was always one of those TV faces you recognise, but her role as Nessa in Gavin and Stacey brought her to a new level of fame.

And Ruth, 46, admits she doesn’t make the most of her notoriety.

‘I wish I enjoyed the fame part of my career more,’ she says. ‘When I walk into a café and see people obviously whispering about me, I still can’t get used to the idea that it’s because they’ve seen me on the telly.’

Ruth’s Welsh-set comedy drama, Stella, was a huge hit on Sky 1 last year and returns next week for a second series.

She says, ‘A lot of people have come up to me and said they are just like Stella, so I guess a lot of women identify with her. I also think the idea of first love is a very powerful one, so her ex Rob coming back into her life and pulling the rug from under her is a key to the whole show.’