Joanna Page nearly DIVORCED her husband James Thornton in lockdown

‘We went a month without saying a word to each other’: Joanna Page admits she nearly DIVORCED husband James Thornton in lockdown as their sex life dried up

  • Joanna Page has revealed that she and her husband James Thornton threatened to divorce each other during the first Covid-19 lockdown
  • The Gavin and Stacey star, 43, admitted that having their three kids – Eva, seven, Kit, five, and Noah, four – at home killed any intimacy
  • She even revealed that she and her actor husband, 45, went ‘a month of literally not saying a single word to each other’ in lockdown
  • But she said their saving grace was sending their kids back to school, admitting it gave her the chance to fancy her husband again
  • Joanna tied the knot with her longtime partner James, who is best-known for starring as John Barton in Emmerdale, back in 2003 

Joanna Page has revealed that she and her husband James Thornton threatened to divorce each other during the first COVID-19 lockdown earlier this year.

The Gavin and Stacey leading star, 43, admitted that having their three kids – Eva, seven, Kit, five, and Noah, four – at home all the time killed any hope of intimacy.

She even revealed that she and her actor husband, 45, went ‘a month of literally not saying a single word to each other’ as they struggled through lockdown.

Divorce threats: Joanna Page has revealed that she and her husband James Thornton threatened to divorce each other during the first COVID-19 lockdown earlier this year

Joanna told The Sun: ‘We spent the whole of the first lockdown arguing and threatening to divorce each other.

‘Then we went through a month of literally not saying a single word to each other.’

The Welsh actress went on to explain that they came out of the first lockdown feeling ‘numb’ and desperate to get ‘anything we could’ after arguing ‘so much’.

Speaking about their sex life, she continued: ‘“Let’s get some sex in before we have to pick the kids up from school” – that’s how desperate we’d got.’

Sex life: The Gavin and Stacey star, 43, admitted that having their three kids – Eva, seven, Kit, five, and Noah, four – at home all the time killed any hope of intimacy (pictured in June 2019)

And she doesn’t think they were the only couple to have difficulties amid the coronavirus pandemic, saying she’s certain that every parent found it tasking.

But she went on to say that their saving grace was finally sending their kids back to school, admitting it gave her the chance to fancy her husband of 17 years again.

Joanna tied the knot with her longtime partner James, who starred as John Barton in Emmerdale, back in 2003 and they have since welcomed three children together.

Speaking to The Sun, Joanna also addressed the circulating rumours about Gavin and Stacey potentially returning to screens for one more special.

But she dashed hopes saying it might be better to leave it on the cliffhanger rather than airing another episode, asking if fans would be ‘satisfied’ with any ending.

Lockdown: Joanna revealed that she and her husband, 45, went ‘a month of literally not saying a single word to each other’ as they struggled through lockdown (pictured in December 2019)

Fans of the BBC series were left on the edge of their seats when Nessa proposed to her on-off love interest Smithy at the end of last year’s Christmas special.

Her comments come amid mixed messages from the show’s creators James Corden and Ruth Jones about whether the sitcom will make another comeback.

Gavin and Stacey was written by Ruth, 54, who played Nessa Jenkins, and James, the actor behind the beloved character, Neil ‘Smithy’ Smith.

And the Late Late Show host, 42, recently fuelled rumours after suggesting that Gavin and Stacey will return for one final episode.

He revealed the future instalment ‘will really be the last, final part’ of the programme, but admitted he doesn’t plan on producing the new series soon as ‘it’s too much pressure at the moment’.

Returning? Joanna dashed hopes of Gavin and Stacey potentially returning to screens for one more special, saying it might be better to leave it on last year’s cliffhanger

The comedian told Metro: ‘I don’t know, is the answer. I honestly don’t. We’re all on a WhatsApp text group. 

‘All of us and Matt [Horne] and Jo [Page] did a special radio show for BBC Wales the other day that will go out on Christmas. 

‘And we all contributed to that somewhat. And we’re always talking, all of us, and Ruth [Jones] and I talk all the time. 

‘I hope so much we do it. The next one will really be the last, final part. 

‘And that is a little too much pressure for my chest to take at the moment, if I’m honest, in amongst the anxiety of 2020. 

Cliffhanger: Fans of the BBC series were left on the edge of their seats when Nessa proposed to her on-off love interest Smithy on last year’s Christmas special

‘If I had any notion of trying to make another Christmas special I don’t think I’d be able to breathe.’ 

But fellow show-creator Ruth recently dashed hopes of a comeback as she admitted the show ‘may never return to Barry’.  

The Welsh writer said on This Morning last month: ‘There aren’t any plans to write anything. Obviously James 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. 

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

Contradiction: James Cordon has suggested that Gavin and Stacey will return for one final episode, but co-writer Ruth Jones previously said: ‘There aren’t any plans to write anything’

It came in contrast to BBC bosses confirming that the much-loved show will be revived again in the future.

While outlining the upcoming Christmas television schedule, the channel’s Chief Content Officer, Charlotte Moore, discussed the future of the BBC1 sitcom.

She explained: ‘That wasn’t something that was going to happen this year,’ and followed that up with: ‘One day.’ 

The award-winning comedy first aired in 2017 and followed the stories of two families – Gavin’s relatives in Billericay, Essex, and Stacey’s clan in Barry, South Wales.

It ran for three seasons until New Year’s Day in 2010, before returning for the one-off special last year.

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