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Funnyman Greg Davies reveals how he came to be born in Wales despite his family living in Shropshire

A funnyman who was raised in Shropshire revealed that his rugby-mad Welshman dad drove his pregnant mum to Wales in order to be born there instead of England.

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Comedian Greg Davies during a recent visit to Wem Leisure Centre

Greg Davies, who was raised in Wem where his mum Pauline still lives, revealed his innermost thoughts on BBC Radio Radio 4's Desert Island Discs.

The show prepares people for a fantasy life on a desert island and challenges them to pick which records they would take with them.

His hour-long interview with presenter Lauren Laverne was filled with laughter and emotion from the days when he was growing up in Shropshire, the death of his father, and a special mention to his mum.

On screen, he’s known for his role as the entertainingly stern host of the global hit show Taskmaster, as writer and star of popular sitcoms Man Down and The Cleaner, and as Mr Gilbert in blockbuster teen comedy The Inbetweeners.

Desert Island Discs gives celebrities the chance to reveal their innermost thoughts and motivations.

And Greg revealed that his dad drove his heavily pregnant mum from Shropshire 45 miles to St Asaph's in Wales, rather than seven to his local hospital. His dad was a proud Welshman who wanted Greg to play rugby.

Twelve years later his dad "begged me to go to a rugby club" but he was an "asthmatic weed who couldn't catch a ball" and when he "started crying in the car park, he drove me home".

He said although his dad was funny he owes a lot to his mum who is "thoughtful and funny".

"She is always looking out to the stars and I love hanging out with her," he said, adding he was glad he had said that on the radio.