Melanie Walters

Melanie Walters (born 30 January 1962)[1][2] is a Welsh actress who has worked frequently in television. She is best known for playing Gwen West in the BBC sitcom Gavin & Stacey and Emma, a vampire in the third series of Being Human.

Melanie Walters
Born (1962-01-30) 30 January 1962 (age 61)
Swansea, Wales
Years active1986–present
Notable workGavin & Stacey

Early lifeEdit

Walters was born on 30 January 1962 and raised in the Mumbles, near Swansea.[3] Her father died when she was very young, leaving her mother to raise four children under four years old.[2] In 1973, aged 11, she took over her brother's paper round, covering Mumbles Head every day, an experience she described at length on BBC Radio 4 in January 2012. When she was 14 she qualified as a lifeguard, working on the local beaches.[2]


Walters has worked frequently in television, but is best known for playing Gwen West in the BBC sitcom Gavin & Stacey. She was one of eight celebrities chosen to participate in an intense week learning Welsh in an eco-friendly chic campsite in Pembrokeshire in the series cariad@iaith:love4language shown on S4C in July 2011, and emerged winner of the series.[4] Walters made a guest appearance in Casualty as Carrie on 3 February 2018.

In December 2011 she appeared in the pantomime Cinderella at the Riverfront Arts Centre in Newport.[5]

In July 2020, it was announced that she would be taking on a lead character in the feature film Faulty Roots, directed by Ella Greenwood.[6]




Personal lifeEdit

Walters lives with her son in the Mumbles, Swansea, where she also runs a business teaching Pilates.[2]


  1. ^ @melwalters01 (30 January 2020). "It's my birthday and I'm spending it going down hill very fast in a basket" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  2. ^ a b c d BBC Radio 4, Thu 22 Sep 2011, The Paper Round, A profile of the early life of Melanie Walters
  3. ^ "Melanie Walters". IMDb. Retrieved 16 June 2019.
  4. ^ "Actores yn fuddugol am ddysgu iaith". BBC News (in Welsh). 16 July 2011. Retrieved 25 January 2022.
  5. ^ "Error Occurred While Processing Request". Retrieved 16 June 2019.
  6. ^ Grater, Tom (14 July 2020). "Melanie Walters & Kayleigh-Paige Rees Board UK Indie Pic 'Faulty Roots' About Teen Mental Health". Deadline. Retrieved 7 January 2021.

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