She has a long list of film and TV appearances under her belt, not to mention accolades galore.
But there’s only one Alison Steadman show that she remembers bringing everyone to tears at its peak: the beloved TSWT sitcom Gavin and Stacey.
Revealing that ‘no one’ wanted James Corden and Ruth Jones’ award-winning series to end, Alison, 75, recounted the strong emotions at the end of filming.
‘Nobody wanted it to end’: Gavin and Stacey’s Alison Steadman revealed the sitcom was her only show where ‘everyone was crying’ as she discussed her next project (pictured on Here We Go)
The actress recalled to The Mirror: “I think it’s the only show I’ve ever done when everyone cried. On the last shot they say, ‘Ladies and gentlemen, this is a last turn for Alison Steadman,” and everyone cheered, nodded, and cried.
Gavin and Stacey ran for three series between 2007 and 2010 before returning for the Christmas special – the most-watched comedy in 17 years – in 2019.
“We were all hugging and when we finished filming we couldn’t stop texting each other because nobody wanted it to end.” We had such a great time,” Alison said, adding, “I think James and Ruth never wanted Gavin and Stacey to really end the first time around.
Famous family: The actress, 75, was behind the character of the charismatic Pamela Shipman, doting mother to Gavin (Mathew Horne pictured center) and supportive wife to Mick (Larry Lamb pictured left)
The star was behind the character of the charismatic Pamela Shipman, doting mother to Gavin (Mathew Horne) and supportive wife to Mick (Larry Lamb).
The fun-loving nature of Pam – “Pamelar” – hasn’t been forgotten by fans of the show, who often stop by Alison to ask if the show will be back for more.
Remaining shy, the mother-of-two said: “I won’t say anything because I’ve been wrong so many times, but if that happens it will be another surprise.”
Cast: Gavin and Stacey appeared on three series between 2007 and 2010 before returning for the Christmas special – the most-watched comedy in 17 years – in 2019 (from LR: Rob Wilfort, Joanna Page, Mat, James Corden , Ruth Jones, Alison, Melanie Walters, Rob Brydon, Larry)
In the new interview, Alison gushed about her “fun” role in the TSWT’s latest chase, Here We Go, where she plays a widow who finds a boyfriend.
And though she called her character Sue “crazy,” she embraced the love she has for her son and grandkids because it rings true to herself.
Alison has two sons, Toby, 43, and Leo, 40, and adores her eldest’s four-year-old son, Freddy, who is “the light of her life”.
Role: In the new interview, Alison gushed about her “fun” role in the TSWT’s latest chase, Here We Go, where she plays a widow who finds a boyfriend (returning LR: Tom Basden, Freya Parks, Tori Allen-Martin, front of LR: Jude Collie, Alison, Jim Howick and Katherine Parkinson)
The mother-of-two had longed for more children but told the publication ‘unfortunately it wasn’t meant to be’.
The iconic actress shows no signs of slowing down in her career, but admitted it takes her longer to learn the lines as she gets older – a week instead of days.
If things get a little stressful for Alison, she has the perfect stress reliever: hitting the karaoke machine.
Honest: The iconic actress shows no signs of putting the brakes on her career, but admitted it takes her longer to learn the lines the older she gets – a week instead of days (pictured in March 2022)