Shia LaBeouf stuns Welsh locals as he's spotted on the streets of Gavin and Stacey's hometown Barry

Shia LaBeouf (Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images for BFI)
Shia LaBeouf (Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images for BFI)

Welsh residents were left stunned after seeing Hollywood actor Shia LaBeouf in Barry in South Wales.

Locals are no strangers to seeing film crews around the seaside town thanks to BBC series Gavin and Stacey being set there.

However, over the weekend, it was LaBeouf strolling the streets of Barry rather than Nessa or Smithy.

The 37-year-old Transformers actor happily posed for photos with locals at the fish and chip shop as well as the tattoo studio while enjoying a break from filming his latest movie there.

Salvable, is about an ex-boxer in his 40s being given the chance to revive his career with underground fights.

LaBeouf's co-stars include British actors Toby Kebbell, playing the lead role of pugilist Sal, as well as Michael Socha and Aiysha Hart.

Cast of Gavin And Stacey (PA Media)
Cast of Gavin And Stacey (PA Media)

His surprise appearance comes after Gavin and Stacey co-creators James Corden and Ruth Jones announced that the gang would be getting back together for one last hurrah in a Christmas special due to air on the BBC this Christmas.

Corden wrote on Instagram: “Some news… It’s official!!! We have finished writing the last ever episode of Gavin and Stacey. See you on Christmas Day, BBC One. Love Ruth and James.”

Following news of it’s final return, it was reported that Corden and Jones turned down a lucrative offer from Netflix ahead of confirming the beloved comedy is returning.

It was previously reported that the BBC and Netflix were locked in a tug of war to bring the show back, with a source now revealing that Corden and Jones decided not to go with the streaming giant out of a sense of loyalty to the BBC.

The insider told The Sun: “They held conversations with Netflix who threw everything at them to land what is seen as a gem of British comedy.

“James, Ruth and the team were effectively offered a multi-million pound one-off deal, and were promised it would open the show up to a whole new international audience.

“Obviously it was tempting, but they felt Gavin and Stacey belonged to the BBC — and the nation, really. The optics wouldn’t have been great had they ‘sold out’ so they went with their hearts, not the cash.”

The Standard previously contacted representatives for the BBC and Netflix for comment.

Gavin and Stacey originally ran over three series between 2007 and 2010 but returned for a one off Christmas special in 2019, which left viewers on a cliffhanger.

On December 25 this year, fans might finally find out if Smithy and Nessa (Corden and Jones’s characters) get together and if the details of the notorious secret “fishing trip” will come out.