Rob Brydon reveals he thinks his character Uncle Bryn was gay in the much-loved show

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Gavin and Stacey star Rob Brydon has revealed he thinks his character Uncle Bryn was gay in the much-loved show.

The Welsh actor, 56, said he would be ‘surprised if he wasn’t’ but did not confirm his sexuality – after a fishing trip romance was teased with Stacey’s brother Jason over the course of the three series.  

He added the way Bryn stares at Larry Lamb’s character Mick Shipman means his sexuality is ‘not ambiguous’ – even though producers never openly said he was gay. 

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Icon: Gavin and Stacey star Rob Brydon has revealed he thinks his character Uncle Bryn was gay in the much-loved show

Icon: Gavin and Stacey star Rob Brydon has revealed he thinks his character Uncle Bryn was gay in the much-loved show

The British sitcom written by James Corden and Ruth Jones ran for three seasons and starred Rob as Stacey’s overbearing but hilarious uncle. 

Speaking on the Table Manners podcast when asked if he thought his character was gay or not Rob said: ‘There’s a part of me that doesn’t want to say anything because I think it should be in the mind of the audience.

‘Obviously they’ve written it… It’s not ambiguous, is it? I would be surprised if he wasn’t.

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‘But I wonder perhaps if he’s never acted on it. They’ve never said to me, it’s just what is there in the script. But I mean, you know, the way he gazes at Larry lamb – at Mick.

Revelations: The Welsh actor, 56, said he would be 'surprised if he wasn't' - after a fishing trip romance was teased with Stacey's brother Jason (far right) over the course of the three series

Revelations: The Welsh actor, 56, said he would be ‘surprised if he wasn’t’ – after a fishing trip romance was teased with Stacey’s brother Jason (far right) over the course of the three series

‘He is a lovely looking boy. But they’ve never sort of nailed it on the head.  But I think it’s for the audience to decide for themselves…’. 

Bryn’s sexuality is not directly addressed in the show, however a romance is teased several times with Stacey’s brother Jason that is never fully explained.

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Several references are made to a mysterious ‘fishing trip’ that the pair took together, with a brief dalliance alluded to. 

It comes after earlier this year Rob gave desperate Gavin & Stacey fans hope after admitting one more episode could be in the works. 

Popular: The British sitcom written by James Corden and Ruth Jones ran for three seasons and starred Rob (far left) as Stacey's overbearing but hilarious uncle

Popular: The British sitcom written by James Corden and Ruth Jones ran for three seasons and starred Rob (far left) as Stacey’s overbearing but hilarious uncle

Having his say: Speaking on the Table Manners podcast when asked if he thought his character was gay or not Rob said: 'I would be surprised if he wasn't'

Having his say: Speaking on the Table Manners podcast when asked if he thought his character was gay or not Rob said: ‘I would be surprised if he wasn’t’

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The hugely popular show, which aired from 2007 to 2010, originally returned with a one-off Christmas special in 2019 – but fans were distraught with an ambiguous ending that saw Nessa propose to Smithy. 

Reflecting on the unresolved final scene – which cut to the credits before Smithy could respond – Rob admitted show writers James and Ruth, who play the couple, should press ahead a suitable resolution.  

Speaking during his podcast, Brydon &, the actor told guest Sheridan Smith: ‘I think they might do one more special because they left it hanging, didn’t they, with the proposal?

‘So it would seem strange if they didn’t. But they should crack on if they are going to do it.’ 

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What's Occurin'? Bryn's sexuality is not directly addressed in the show but is alluded to on several occasions

What’s Occurin’? Bryn’s sexuality is not directly addressed in the show but is alluded to on several occasions 

Sheridan, a former cast-member who featured as Ruth ‘Rudi’ Smith during its original three-run – added: ‘They created this masterpiece sort of one-off Christmas special. Now everyone’s asking for more, aren’t they?

‘What a cast and everyone was so lovely; the crew, everyone, was brilliant on that job. They wrote it so well and so to just be a small part of it was an honour.’  

Rob’s claim came after co-star Ruth seemingly dashed hopes during an appearance on This Morning as she admitted the show ‘may never return to Barry’.

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The Welsh actress and writer, 53, admitted she has no plans to start writing a new script for the programme, especially as co-writer James lives in the United States.   

The final scene in the episode ended on a huge cliffhanger as Nessa got down on one knee and proposed to unlikely love interest Smithy, who she shares son Neil with following a night of passion in series one. 

Speaking to hosts Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford about likelihood of giving fans an answer to the question, Ruth said: ‘There aren’t any plans to write anything.

‘Obviously James [Corden] is in America and I’m in Wales. The joy of our last special is that if we never go back to Barry, we’ll always wonder what happened next.’

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She added: ‘I quite like leaving it hanging. I’m sorry I don’t have any better news.’

The plot: Gavin & Stacey is about a family in Billericay, Essex, and another based in Barry, South Wales

The plot: Gavin & Stacey is about a family in Billericay, Essex, and another based in Barry, South Wales

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