'Gavin And Stacey's' Alison Steadman thinks she looks 'old and fat' on TV

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LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - FEBRUARY 17, 2020: Alison Steadman attends the Upstart Crow press night at the Gielgud Theatre in London.- PHOTOGRAPH BY Keith Mayhew / Echoes Wire/ Barcroft Media (Photo credit should read Keith Mayhew / Echoes Wire/Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
Alison Steadman at the Upstart Crow press night at the Gielgud Theatre in London. (Echoes Wire/Barcroft Media via Getty Images)

Alison Steadman has confessed that she avoids watching herself on television because she doesn’t like the way she looks.

The 73-year-old actress makes sure not to watch things she is in as she believes she looks “old and fat” on screen.

According to the Daily Mail, she did make an exception for the Gavin And Stacey Christmas special, which aired last December and saw the much-loved cast back together after almost a decade.

Steadman, who plays Gavin’s mum Pam Shipman in the hit series, told Woman’s Weekly magazine that she did tune in for the reunion “which I don't normally do” because she enjoyed it so much.

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“Anything I'm in I don't watch because I think I look old and fat,” she said.

“But with that I loved it so much that I had to watch it again.”

British actor and writer James Corden, right, and actress and writer Ruth Jones, left, pose with their Comedy Award for their tv show 'Gavin and Stacey' with the cast, Alison Steadman, second left, Joanna Page, third left, Mathew Horne, centre, Rob Brydon, third right, and Melanie Walters during the South Bank Show Awards in London, Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2008. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)
The cast of Gavin and Stacey in 2008. (AP)

Gavin And Stacey started in 2007 and followed the lives of Essex-born Gavin (Mathew Horne) and Barry native Stacey (Joanna Page), after they met through work and fell for one another.

The show, also starring James Corden and Ruth Jones, ended in 2019 but then returned for the festive special last year.

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The one-off episode, which aired last Christmas Day, was watched by a whopping 17.1 million viewers and became the most-watched scripted TV programme of the 2010s.

Only sporting events, such as the Olympics’ opening and closing ceremonies in 2012, a couple of England’s World Cup matches and The X Factor’s 2010 results show beat it.

James Corden presents the award for outstanding television movie at the 71st Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
James Corden at the Emmy Awards in 2019. (/Invision/AP)

However, star and series co-creator Corden has said there are currently no plans for more of the comedy.

"We have no plans to make another, not at the moment," he shared while being interviewed for ITV's Lorraine while on the Oscar's red carpet.