Sheridan Smith won’t return for Gavin & Stacey – but she’s ‘desperate’ to do it
Sheridan Smith has confirmed that she won't be returning for the Gavin & Stacey Christmas special, even though she really wants to.
The 37-year-old Cilla star played Ruth 'Rudi' Smith, who was the sister of James Corden's character Smithy, in the BBC series.
While appearing on BBC Radio 2's The Zoe Ball Breakfast Show today, Sheridan was asked whether she would be reprising her role.
"I wish. No, I’m not going to be in it, I think," she said.
It is not known why she won't be returning, despite wishing to, however she dated writer James Corden around the time of the sitcom.
The pair split for good in 2009 but were believed to have ended on good terms.
Since then, Sheridan has landed a number of huge roles on both the stage and TV, even receiving an OBE for her services to drama in 2015.
Last month, James Corden delighted fans by revealing that Gavin and Stacey would be returning to the BBC after nine years away.
In a statement, Jones and Corden said: "Over the last 10 years we've talked a lot about Gavin and Stacey – where they might be today and what their lives might look like.
"And so in secret we took the plunge and wrote this one-hour special.
"We've loved revisiting Barry and Essex again and bringing the characters back together has been a joy.
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"We're so excited to get the chance to work with our fabulous cast and crew once more and to give fans of the show a festive treat this Christmas. Thank you BBC for helping to make this happen."
In a tweet, Corden admitted that he had been keeping the secret a while.
He wrote: "Ruth Jones and I have been keeping this secret for a while… We’re excited to share it with you. See you on Christmas Day @BBCOne #GavinandStacey."
He also attached a picture of the highly anticipated script, which simply read: "Gavin & Stacey: Christmas Special 2019."
Actor Rob Brydon, who stars in the show, tweeted in reply: "SURPRISE!!! SURPRISE!!SURPRISE!!! SURPRISE!!! SURPRISE!!! SURPRISE!!! SURPRISE!!!!!!!!"
Fans were similarly ecstatic over the news and flocked to Twitter to comment in excitement.
One wrote: "OHMYGOD."
While another commented: "Really?? If it is that's brilliant news.. we need a laff!!"
A third remarked: "@xemmamarshall omg omg omg omg omg omg omg omg OMG omg omg omg omg OMG OMG omg omg omg omg omg omg omg omg omg omg omg omg omg."
The British sitcom aired from 2007 to 2010 and followed the lives of Gavin Shipman, from Essex, and Stacey Shipman (nee West) from Wales.
The sitcom featured Mathew Horne and Joanna Page and focused on the couple's relationship and various situations that brought their families together.
It also starred Larry Lamb, Rob Brydon, Alison Steadman and Melanie Walters.
The 2010 New Year's Day finale was watched by more than 10.2 million viewers.
Charlotte Moore, director of BBC content, said: "Everyone at the BBC is hugely excited to be welcoming back Gavin and Stacey to BBC One this Christmas.
"We can't wait to see what's happened to everyone over the last nine years and what's next for one of the nation's favourite comedy families."
The sitcom was a breakthrough hit for BBC Three and eventually moved to BBC One.
Corden went on to find fame in the US as host of The Late Late Show, best known for its Carpool Karaoke segment.
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