Sheridan Smith says she won’t return for the Gavin & Stacey Christmas special despite being ‘desperate’ to do it

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SHERIDAN Smith has revealed she will not be part of the Gavin and Stacey Christmas special.

The 37-year-old actress played Ruth “Rudi” Smith, the sister of James Corden’s alter-ego Smithy, in the BBC sitcom.

Sheridan Smith has revealed she won’t be returning for the Gavin and Stacey Christmas special
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But after weeks of speculation, Sheridan confirmed that she would not be returning for the upcoming festive episode.

Asked if she would be reprising her role when she appeared on BBC Radio 2’s The Zoe Ball Breakfast Show today, she said: “I wish. No, I’m not going to be in it, I think.”

While it’s not known why Sheridan will not appear, the Cilla star was previously in a relationship with writer James Corden – who once called her “the love of my life”.

Despite splitting for good in 2009 after an on/off romance, the pair appeared to have ended on good terms.

The 37-year-old actress played Ruth ‘Rudi’ Smith
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While Sheridan has gone on to become one of Britain’s biggest actresses – with roles in Cilla, Mrs Biggs and a number of West End shows –  the actress has made no secret of the fact her Gavin and Stacey role still appears to be her most popular.

When the Cleaning Up star received an OBE for her services to drama in 2015, she admitted Prince William, who presented her with the gong, told her he was a huge Gavin and Stacey fan.

The comedy came to an end in 2010 after three years on screen and fans’ prayers were finally answered when James announced last month that it is getting a one-off reboot.

Co-creator Ruth Jones, who plays Nessa, is on board and Corden told Sunday Times: “We owed it to the ­characters.

Writer James Corden previously called ex-girlfriend Sheridan the ‘love of his life’
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Gavin and Stacey came to an end in 2010 after three years on screen
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“Let’s see what they’re doing. We wanted to see if there was something there. Once there was, my feeling was, life’s too short.

“Fear is the absolute reason to do it. This sounds ­ridiculously deep but none of us are promised tomorrow. We’re here for a minute, you have to try to do it all.”

But he added the show won’t raise the issue of Brexit: “We did talk about it. But we just want the new show to be a nostalgic joy-bomb’.”

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