Vanessa Shanessa Jenkins, more commonly known as just Nessa, was a fictional character in the television series Gavin & Stacey. She was portrayed by Ruth Jones, who also wrote the series.
Nessa is Stacey's best friend also from Barry. She works in the arcade on Barry Island, a job which she despises in Barry Island's current state. She has worked in places as far-flung as Peru, Namibia, Mumbai and Egypt. Nessa's age is unknown, though in the Gavin & Stacey book, it is mentioned that she worked as a driver for Gladys Knight and the Pips in 1979, which suggests she must be well into her 40s at the start of the series.
Nessa is Stacey's best friend, also from Barry. She discovers she is pregnant in the fourth episode of Series 1 and it is later revealed that Smithy became the father the second time they were intimate at Pam and Mick's house. She speaks fluent Italian and Welsh, has several tattoos, most notably a large red dragon on her right upper arm. She is a chain smoker (except during her pregnancy) and was one of the original members of All Saints (but didn't get along with Shaznay). She works at the Barry Island Amusement Arcades or "The Slots". Nessa regularly recalls strange and often lewd experiences with celebrities. She gives birth to baby Neil in the finale of Series 2 and becomes engaged to Dave Coaches in the 2008 Christmas special. In the series finale, Smithy declares his feelings for Nessa at her wedding, and Dave accepts that the feelings he and Nessa share are not as strong as hers and Smithy's. Nessa's age is unknown throughout the show even to Stacey. To date, she has slept with Gavin's best friend Smithy four times. Her catchphrases include "Ohhhh", "Tidy", "Genuine", "Truth be told", "Immense", "I'm not going to lie to you" and "What's occurring?".She is a constant source of surprise in the show; for example, she used to be a truck driver for Eddie Stobart and was once the nanny for Richard and Judy. Despite her engagement to Dave in Series 3, she doesn't go through with the ceremony and agrees to raise her son Neil with the father, Smithy.
In the third series, it was discovered that she is an Aston Villa fan. She has a jet black bob-style hair and wears Gothic style make up. She is serious, ongoing and surprisingly intelligent at times. She has had a number of interesting occupations including being a BBC radio producer, a roadie for a major band, and driving trucks for Eddie Stobart (who gave her two trucks to keep when she left,) and a running feature of the programme is her wide range of impressive occupations, abilities (apart from speaking fluent Italian she is an excellent ten-pin bowler) and acquaintance or relationships with various famous people. The reaction of those around her to mention of these invariably suggests that they are factual rather than a fantasy, despite the rather incongruous fact that she now works as a cashier at an amusement arcade in Barry.
She speaks fluent Italian and some Welsh, has several tattoos, is a chain smoker (until her pregnancy) and was one of the original members of All Saints (but didn't get along with Shaznay). She works at the Barry Island Amusement Arcades or "The Slots". Nessa regularly recalls strange and often lewd experiences with celebrities (John Prescott is mentioned several times, as is Dodi Al-Fayed), and to a lesser extent she talks about various life experiences she has had such as travelling the world on a cruise ship, briefly waking up after her first marriage with an unspecified Pip (of Gladys Knight fame) and dealing with the death of her second husband, Clive, (who was executed by firing squad for drug running after she gave evidence against him). She apparently once accepted a marriage proposal from an Englishman who later died while trying to fake his own death. It is revealed in Series 1 that she enjoys BDSM; she is seen buying a dominatrix-style outfit at a wedding fair, claiming "I don't need another whip". Nessa is shown to be a generally carefree person, approaching sensitive issues with a practical, no-nonsense attitude. She's stoical and grimly accepting of life, but she's also loyal and protective of those she loves - especially Stacey, Bryn and Gwen. Blunt and to-the-point, Nessa answers any questions in complete honesty. She invests in stocks and shares, enjoys knitting, collects flags, and is an exceptionally talented ten-pin bowler.
Character History Edit
Series One Edit
In the first episode, she and Smithy spend the night together in Gavin and Stacey's hotel room bathroom, to which she performs a sex act that Smithy is horrified by. She then fucks Smithy very hard. After another sexual encounter with Smithy, she discovers she is pregnant towards the end of the series and it is revealed that Smithy is the father.
Series Two Edit
Series Three Edit
In the series finale, Smithy declares his feelings for Nessa at her wedding, and Dave accepts that the feelings he and Nessa share are not as strong as hers and Smithy's. Nessa's age is unknown throughout the show even to Stacey. To date she has slept with Gavin's best friend Smithy 4 times. In the third series, it was discovered that she is an Aston Villa fan. At the end of the last episode it is ambiguous whether or not she is in a relationship with Smithy, but it is made clear that they have a romantic connection and they are both raising Neil together.