Gavin and Stacey star Joanna Page reveals unexpected new job

Joanna Page is training to be an assistant vet credit:Bang Showbiz
Joanna Page is training to be an assistant vet credit:Bang Showbiz

Joanna Page is training to become an assistant vet.

The 'Gavin and Stacey' actress - who starred in James Corden and Ruth Jones' classic BBC comedy alongside the pair and Mathew Horne - is set to start filming a new series in 2024 which is set to air on BBC2.

She told The Sun newspaper's TVBiz column: "I’m going to be doing a wildlife show where I’ll be training to become a nurse to some wildlife vets.

“I adore animals and we as a family just love them. My children are very excited about me doing this new show.”

The RSPCA ambassador is a big animal lover, and the project comes at a welcome time for Joanna after ITV decided to ax 'The Pet Show' - which she fronted with Dermot O'Leary - after one series.

Meanwhile, the 46-year-old star admitted she has become "associated with Christmas" over the years thanks to the 'Gavin and Stacey' specials, 'Love Actually' and 'Nativity 2'.

She added: "The first TV job I ever did was 'David Copperfield', a period drama for the BBC, which is where I met my husband (James Thornton) and that is always on at Christmas time. I played Dora Spenlow and he played Ham Peggotty.

“The other day I tried to put on 'Nativity 3' for my children but they refused to watch it, because I’m not in that one.

“Then you’ve got the two 'Gavin and Stacey' Christmas specials which are repeated every year, so the festive season is very close to my heart.”

However, Joanna recently suggested co-creators James and Ruth are probably done with the sitcom after the 2019 special which ended with Nessa (Ruth) proposing to Smithy (James), while viewers weren't shown his answer.

She recently told MailOnline: "I can see them never doing any more because it was nice to leave it on a cliffhanger because it's up to the viewer to imagine what would have happened. So I can imagine them ending it like that."