Gavin and Stacey's Joanna Page ignored Ruth Jones' calls about reuniting for a Christmas special

Gavin and Stacey star Joanna Page has admitted she almost missed the opportunity to reunite for a long-awaited Christmas Special, after she ignored a call from her co-star Ruth Jones.

Speaking on Tuesday’s This Morning, the actress, 42, confessed that due to her busy schedule she originally failed to respond to Ruth despite her attempts to get in touch on ‘all forms of social media’ about reuniting.

But once Joanna learned that the Gavin and Stacey cast were coming back together, she said the news left her as ‘hysterical’ as some of the show’s fans, who are counting down to the special which will air on Christmas Day.

Shocking: Gavin and Stacey star Joanna Page has admitted she almost missed the chance to appear in the Christmas Special, after she ignored Ruth Jones' calls

Shocking: Gavin and Stacey star Joanna Page has admitted she almost missed the chance to appear in the Christmas Special, after she ignored Ruth Jones’ calls

Joanna told Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford that when Gavin and Stacey finished its third series in 2010, the cast were convinced that was the end of the comedy.

But after years of hope from fans, creators Ruth Jones and James Corden decided to pen a new Christmas Special, and reached out to the cast to reprise their iconic roles. 

She explained: ‘I always hoped for it but I didn’t think it was every going to come after the third series we thought definitely that’s it, but over the years I thought oh we might do something. It’s been nine or ten years, I’ve had three children.’

Exciting: The actress has reprised her role as Stacey Shipman in an hour-long special, which will air on Christmas Day and comes almost ten years after the series came to an end

Exciting: The actress has reprised her role as Stacey Shipman in an hour-long special, which will air on Christmas Day and comes almost ten years after the series came to an end

Back together: Joanna was a guest on Tuesday's This Morning to speak about her role in the special, which almost didn't come to be

Back together: Joanna was a guest on Tuesday’s This Morning to speak about her role in the special, which almost didn’t come to be

Oops! The star admitted that Ruth tried to get in touch through 'all forms of social media,' but she didn't respond right away due to her busy life juggling three children

Oops! The star admitted that Ruth tried to get in touch through ‘all forms of social media,’ but she didn’t respond right away due to her busy life juggling three children

Joanna added: ‘Suddenly I was so shocked and Ruth got in touch, I didn’t get back in touch and then thought oh my goodness this might be something serious this’ll either be very good or very bad. 

‘So I phoned and she said, 'How do you fancy doing a special? I think she just told Matt [Horne] in another phone call ”I just spoke to Jo and she’s just gone hysterical on the phone”.

‘There's not many jobs that are so close to your heart where you all click. It's really like a family. And then when we all got the phone calls we were like, straight away, we'll drop anything else and we just all want to get together and do it again.’

Funny: When Joanna did contact Ruth, she said that she was 'hysterical' on the phone when she learned the cast would be reuniting

Funny: When Joanna did contact Ruth, she said that she was ‘hysterical’ on the phone when she learned the cast would be reuniting

Sensational: Joanna was tight-lipped about details surrounding the plot of the special, but did say fans would see Gavin and Stacey handling life as parents to a nine-year-old son

Sensational: Joanna was tight-lipped about details surrounding the plot of the special, but did say fans would see Gavin and Stacey handling life as parents to a nine-year-old son

Despite the Christmas theme, the special was actually filmed at the height of summer, and Joanna admitted the cast were stunned to see the fans who came out to watch them on set.

She said: ‘It was a very warm summer Barry as well, we were in very woollen jumpers and puffa jackets. 

‘It’s so completely different now to when we first started, when we first started we were just filming a show, Rob [Brydon] turned up one day, and it was like Beyoncé had turned off it was hilarious.

‘The car pulled up we had to have barriers, we got out of the car, just this big roar he absolutely loved it, there was just so much love, everybody turned out to support us.’ 

While Joanna was tight-lipped about what fans can expect, she did confirmed that Gavin and Stacey will be coping with life as parents to their nine-year-old son.

She explained: ‘That child is nine and you can see that Gavin and Stacey we’ve got a nine year old child and I think people watching will be able to identify, when you’ve got children you’re tired, you’ve got less money, it affects your life together.’

Fun: She also said it was 'hilarious' filming the special as the cast did not expect armies of fans to turn up to Barry Island where they filmed on location

Fun: She also said it was ‘hilarious’ filming the special as the cast did not expect armies of fans to turn up to Barry Island where they filmed on location

Joanna also hinted that there could be ‘a conversation’ surrounding the infamous fishing trip, which sparked a rift between Uncle Bryn and Stacey’s brother Jason. 

And with a Christmas Special, came the inevitable question from Eamonn and Ruth of whether Gavin and Stacey would ever return for a full series.

While Joanna was tight-lipped, she did say: ‘I think we would all love to do a series, this is what the cast are like to Ruth and James, we’d love to do more i have no idea but I’d be more than happy to do more.’ 

Gavin and Stacey returns for a festive special on Christmas Day at 8:30pm on BBC One. 

Chic: The Welsh actress also cut a chic figure in a black and pink floral printed dress with classic black leather ankle boots

Chic: The Welsh actress also cut a chic figure in a black and pink floral printed dress with classic black leather ankle boots

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