A tattoo-clad vicar with a love for makeup and false eye lashes is set to join the latest cast of Googlebocs Cymru.
Rev Kirstie Godden Griffiths from Carmarthen will sit alongside her sister Annaly Jones for the Welsh TV show’s second season.
Married to a tattoo artist, the mum-of-two has a full sleeve of tattoos including flowers, crosses and her children’s names.
Griffiths was ordained as a priest at St David’s Cathedral in 2021. She currently serves 12 parish churches in Carmarthen, including her named church of Llangunnor.
Speaking of how audiences may respond to her and her faith, Griffiths told Wales247: “I’m definitely a bit of an anomaly but I think everyone is accepted at the table with God.
“It’s not about being perfect, it’s about love and acceptance. Even the disciples got it wrong – they ran away at the crucifixion."
She explains that while parishioners were initially taken aback by her appearance, they have always embraced and supported her, “taking her into their hearts” even when she mistook her false eyelash in the communion chalice for a spider. She tells the news outlet she hopes for a similar response from the show’s viewers.
Griffiths says the combination of her collar and tattoos are a great way to spark up conversations with people and remind her of Isaiah 49:16: “Behold, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands.”
Gogglebocs Cymru, which films the reactions of a cast of characters as they view the week’s chosen programmes, has been nominated for a BAFTA Cymru award.