Beloved British actress Deddie Davies, who starred in the classic 1970 film The Railway Children has died at the age of 78, according to reports.
Jones told The Mirror: ' I saw her about a month ago and showed her the Christmas special on my laptop.
"She said it kept her going and she was massively loved by all the cast and crew".
Ms Davies was well known for her role as Mrs Perks in the Railway Children and as Marj in the valleys-based comedy Stella.
The much-loved actresses TV roles included appearances in Doctors, The Bill, The Forsyte Saga and Some Mothers Do 'Ave Em.
Stella co-creator Ruth Jones was among the first to pay tribute to the star, describing her as a "talented and spectacularly spirited woman".
"She was one of those rare people who didn't possess a grain of self pity and whose company always brightened your day". She absolutely lived life to the full. "One of the loveliest and funniest women I've ever met and worked with", Davies praised.
He wrote: 'Terribly saddened to hear Deddie Davies has died.
Karen Paullada, who also appeared in the Sky1 series, wrote: "Sad times in this happy Christmas period RIP lovely Deddie Davies".
She wrote on her Facebook page: "She was such a likeable person". Honoured to meet her on £Stella past year'.