'Gavin and Stacey' stars Joanna Page and Mathew Horne kissed the first time they met - 'We're like husband and wife'

Katie Archer
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LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 28: Mathew Horne, Joanna Page and Alison Steadman accepting an Award for Gavin and Stacey, Christmas Special, at the National Television Awards 2020 at The O2 Arena on January 28, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 28: Mathew Horne, Joanna Page and Alison Steadman accepting an Award for Gavin and Stacey, Christmas Special, at the National Television Awards 2020 at The O2 Arena on January 28, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)

Gavin and Stacey stars Joanna Page and Mathew Horne have revealed that they kissed the first time they met, with Page admitting they are “like husband and wife”.

The pair became huge stars when they were cast in the title roles of the BBC sitcom and said the chemistry was there from their very first audition together.

In an interview with The Telegraph, Page said: “I kissed Mat on our first meeting back in 2006. Or Stacey kissed Gavin,” adding: “It wasn’t like a full-on snog or anything.”

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Horne said: “I’ve done auditions before where that was meant to happen and there is always that tentative moment when you think, ‘Are we going to do it or not?’ But this time, I distinctly remember we just did it.”

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The actor and comedian added that he thought it gave them great believability as a couple because it felt so natural.

Page and Horne have stayed close friends and Page said that she viewed Horne as her male best friend, brother...and also something more.

She said: “We are sort of like husband and wife. We’ve got our own partners in the real world, but on telly, even though I’ve had loads of different husbands and partners in various shows, Mat is the one I clicked with the most.”

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Page also shared that the show’s co-creator Ruth Jones, who played Stacey’s best friend Nessa, had to ask her to stop trying to do a Cardiff accent in the audition.

The actor, from Swansea, said she had little idea of what a Cardiff accent should sound like and made a guess at it, but that Jones took her out of the audition half way through and said: “Just stop doing it.”

Page and Horne will reunite for Christmas Day with Joanna Page and Mathew Horne, a pre-recorded show which will air on BBC Radio Wales on Christmas Day.

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