GAVIN & Stacey star Ruth Jones broke down in tears after hearing the sad story of one of her ancestors.
The Nessa star, 55, made an emotional appearance on BBC show Who Do You Think You Are? last night.
She was overwhelmed to learn about her grandfather who laid the foundations for the NHS, only to have him shut him out.
One viewer tweeted: “Has anyone just watched ‘Who Do You Think You Are’ with Ruth Jones?
“What an amazing story of her grandfather who spent years working for the South Wales Medical Associations (which I didn’t know about but who were basically the role model for the NHS) only to be turned down for an NHS role.”
Henry Richard Jones lobbied Health Secretary Aneurin Bevan to consider the formation of a national health service.
When the NHS was formed in 1948, his application to work there was flatly rejected.
Breaking down in tears, Ruth says, “I think that’s really sad because he really fought for everyone and was always persistent, had this brilliant resume and they’re like, ‘No, sorry, no place at the inn.’
“Although he did not get a job with the new NHS at the time, his work helped influence the development of the National Health Service.”
However, she also spoke about her pride that Henry helped make healthcare a reality.
She said: “What excites me, in a somewhat superficial way, is that my grandfather knew Aneurin Bevan. Such an influential figure in our history.”
Ruth added: “Well done grandfather. You gave something back to life and helped many people. And that’s going pretty well, I think.”
The actress co-wrote and co-starred with James Corden on Gavin and Stacey.
She has also appeared in the sitcoms Nighty Night, Stella, Fat Friends and even appeared in Little Britain.
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