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Mandatory Credit: Photo by Beretta/Sims/Shutterstock (10299789z) Sheridan Smith at BBC Radio 2 Studios Sheridan Smith out and about, London, UK – 10 Jun 2019

Sheridan Smith, who played Smithys sister Rudi, has announced she wont be starring in the eagerly anticipated Christmas episode.

James Corden, known for his breakthrough role as Smithy, confirmed the show would be returning for a one-off special nine years after the final episode. Fans everywhere were delighted at the news.

Unfortunately, Sheridan confirmed the bad news on Radio 2s Breakfast Show when she spoke to Zoe Ball.

The actress said, “I wish. No, Im not going to be in it. I dont think, anyway.”

“Like everyone, I cant wait to watch the Christmas Special. Im so proud to be have been a part of something so special.”

Despite the fact she wont be returning, its nice to see shes so enthusiastic about the seasonal special, which is penned by both James Corden and Ruth Jones, the original creators of the show.

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Ruth Jones and I have been keeping this secret for a while… Were excited to share it with you. See you on Christmas Day @BBCOne #GavinandStacey

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Both writers will be reprising their roles too, as Smithy and Nessa, and Corden has described the new episode as a “nostalgic joy-bomb”. We cant wait!

The decision to bring back the show was a difficult one, as for a while the shows creators werent sure if the series had ran its course or not. Running for only three series, it seemed to wrap things up nicely.

But, Corden said, “We owed it to the characters… fear is the absolute reason to do it.”

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