MBE icing on the cake, says star Ruth
Gavin & Stacey star Ruth Jones has described receiving an MBE as the "icing on the cake" of her career so far.
The actress, who co-created the comedy drama, was presented with the award by Queen Elizabeth at Windsor Castle.
Jones, who is filming the latest series of the Sky comedy Stella, said: "It's a huge honour and I feel really lucky, I love doing my job.
"I suppose doing the job you love is reward enough, but this is like the icing on the cake.
"I was on the film set as Stella, which we're filming, and I was in my nurse's costume with my wig on shouting at somebody and today I'm in Windsor Castle getting an MBE, so life is very rich and varied."
The actress and writer got her big break on ITV's diet club drama Fat Friends in 2000 and, more importantly, met co-star James Corden.
The pair came up with the idea for Gavin & Stacey during breaks from filming, and the show, set partly in Jones' native South Wales, became a massive hit.
Jones plays the title character in Stella, but also co-wrote and produced the show - which is set in the South Wales valleys - with her husband, David Peet.
She said: "It feels weird talking about Gavin & Stacey because it was such a long time ago, but it was a huge part of my life. I had such a great time, I loved working with James Corden.
"Things move on. We're on our fourth series of Stella now. I do have a laugh doing my job and I work with my husband - we have a production company, so it's great we're able to spend time together working.
"I'm a bit of a perfectionist and I do tend to throw myself into things quite a lot - I want it to be as good as it can be."
Speaking about her brief chat with the queen during the MBE presentation, Jones said "I told her that I write and perform and she said to me, 'That sounds like an immense amount of fun'."
She added, laughing: "I have no expectation whatsoever that the queen has ever seen an episode of Gavin & Stacey or Stella.
"I think we sent Prince Charles a boxset of Gavin & Stacey one time and I think William and Harry quite like it."