Alison Steadman: Gavin and Stacey star emotional amid ‘tough’ lockdown ‘I’m quite tearful

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Alison Steadman, 47, has shared that she is feeling emotional during the current lockdown, as she has found the extended restrictions throughout the United Kingdom “tough” to deal with. The Gavin and Stacey star also admitted that she is “missing” her family and that the situation has felt “so depressing” at times.

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Alison exclusively told “I’m touching wood that I’m OK. I’m not ill, my family are ok. 

“So many people have been hit by this COVID and lost members of their family or friends. So I’m not complaining [about lockdown]. I don’t like it. I find it tough.”

Despite many relying on video calling their loved ones to stay in touch, Alison admitted that Zoom and FaceTime are not substitutes for seeing people in person.

She explained: ”Some days I feel quite tearful. I miss seeing people, I miss my family. We do FaceTime and Zoom every now and again. It’s not the same obviously.”

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Britain is currently in its third government ordered lockdown to prevent the NHS becoming overwhelmed amid the coronavirus pandemic that began last year.

Although it is has been a difficult time for many to remain home and only leave the house for essential reasons,  Alison has tried to keep positive by taking time for herself each day.

She continued: “While it is tough and I hate it, I’m going through it and every day I’m reading which is lovely.

“Usually I don’t have time to read,” she added.

However, it has been difficult for the actress to ignore the news which has seemed to be continuously “awful” as of late, particularly since rioters stormed the capitol building in Washington to protest against the swearing-in of President-elect Joe Biden.

Alison shared: “When I put on the news, it’s so depressing, and this stuff with Donald Trump. 

“I find the whole world seems to be in a mess. Every corner of it seems to be in a mess. Every leader just seems irresponsible. It just is awful.

“I love Joe Biden, he just seems to be a lovely man. Honest, caring, with no ego, he’s not a madman like Donald Trump,” she added.

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President Donald Trump has been condemned by some for inciting riots against the recent election result that named Joe Biden as his successor.

Meanwhile, Alison is best known for her hilarious performance as loveable Pam in Gavin and Stacey, which aired on BBC One from 2007 to 2010.

Mathew Horne and Joanna Page played the titular characters Gavin and Stacey, and the writers James Corden and Ruth Jones starred as Smithy and Nessa.

Alison and Larry Lamb were cast as Gavin’s parents Pam and Mick.

The show focused on two families: one in Billericay, Essex and one in Barry, South Wales.

Alison looks back on her time in the sitcom with great fondness and said that she still regularly keeps in contact with her Gavin and Stacey colleagues via a WhatsApp group.

Alison said: “We have got a group WhatsApp, we do keep in contact. I keep in touch with Larry all the time.

“Larry sends me funny memes, he sends me them more or less every other day. 90 per cent of them are honestly hilarious!”

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