Alison Steadman says retirement ‘would finish me’ as she calls for new Gavin and Stacey

Gavin and Stacey: Alison Steadman ‘doubts’ another return

Speaking exclusively to Express.co.uk, actress Alison Steadman, 74, said she has no plans to retire and is keen to film more Gavin and Stacey episodes following it’s successful Christmas special last year. The actress is widely known for portraying Pam Shipman in the award-winning BBC drama.

The thought of having to retire and never act again would finish me

Alison Steadman

On her future career plans, Alison said: “I just want to keep working.

“I don’t want to retire, people say to me, ‘Don’t you want to retire?’

“No I don’t! I mean yeah, it’s lovely to have downtime and have a holiday and go to exhibitions and galleries, I love doing all that.

“But, the thought of having to retire and never act again would finish me.”

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She added: “Acting is my life, it’s a part of my life and I just can’t let it go and I don’t want to let it go.”

Last year, Alison and the Gavin and Stacey cast reunited for a Christmas special of the show.

Fans were left calling for more episodes after it ended with Nessa (played by Ruth Jones) proposing to her ex Smithy (James Corden) in an unexpected moment.

“That’s the tease,” Alison replied when quizzed about the cliffhanger. “Let’s just wait and see what happens.”

The actress went on to say there are no plans for the cast to reunite and film again, but said if was to happen, it’s likely to take as long as two years.

“There’s no talk of it.

“I don’t think it would be for another two years. James is in America, Ruth is here. They are extremely busy people.

“Finding the time to get together and put another show together is very difficult.”

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The show’s co-creator and actor James Corden has said he hopes he and Ruth do get to do one final follow-up episode for fans.

“I hope so much we do it,” he told The Metro.

“The next one will really be the last, final part. And that is a little too much pressure for my chest to take at the moment, if I’m honest, in amongst the anxiety of 2020.

“If I had any notion of trying to make another Christmas special I don’t think I’d be able to breathe.”

But, James said the crew “won’t lead you over that bridge unless we think it will be worth the journey”.

Ruth also said of a potential new episode on This Morning: “There aren’t any plans to write anything, James is in America, I am in Wales.

“It’s not at the moment – I am sorry not to be able to give you any good news.”

The 2019 episode special pulled in a record-breaking 11.6 million viewers, making it the most-watched Christmas show of the decade.

Gavin & Stacey Christmas Special airs tonight at 8.40pm on BBC One.

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