'Gavin and Stacey' star Ruth Jones was in tears for a week as the cast filmed their final scenes for the BBC1 comedy, she said today.
Jones, who plays tough Nessa, said her co-stars James Corden and Joanna Page were also blubbing as they played their roles in the award-winning series for the final time.
“It sounds silly I know, but it’s been a big part of our lives for the past three years,” said Jones, who also co-wrote the show.
The third and final series of the feelgood programme – in which Page plays Stacey and Corden plays Smithy – is to be screened later this month.
Jones said: “It was very emotional filming at the end. Even from day one we all had this sad feeling about it all ending.
“In the final week me and Jo Page just couldn’t stop crying. We were pathetic and we looked like frogs. And on the last day me and James were awash.
“But, y’know, things have to move on. I like to think that we dipped into the lives of Gavin and Stacey and their family and friends for a couple of years, and now it’s time to dip out again and let them get on with it. I actually do believe sometimes that these people exist! Am I going mad?”
Page added: “It was emotional finally finishing, and we all shed a few tears, but it’s lovely that we all became such good friends so I know I’ll see everyone again.”
Jones said she and co-writer Corden were now aiming to write a movie, although it would not feature the characters from the series.
However, she joked that they could be revived for a musical: “James and myself think G&S very much belongs to the little screen, not the big one. Now 'Gavin and Stacey - The Musical' ... that’s a different story.”