Drinkers in a village pub had a shock when Hollywood superstar Susan Sarandon popped in for a chat.
The Oscar-winning star of Thelma and Louise was filming Who Do You Think You Are?, a television programme about her family history, which led her to the quiet village of Tondu.
And the 59-year-old actress called in for a surprise visit to the Llynfi Arms in Tondu.
Landlord Terry Griffiths said: 'According to the researcher, John Charles Guyatt, who is buried here, was Susan's great-grandfather and she has some relatives still living in this area.
'We had a phone call from the BBC three weeks ago to tell us they were coming down to film, but they didn't tell us who the famous person was until the last minute.'
Mr Griffiths' wife Mandy said: 'When they arrived, the BBC people told Susan to stay in the car and they told us she didn't smoke or drink and wouldn't want photos taken.
'But the next thing we know, she's sat down with a fag and half a Guinness signing autographs and chatting to the regulars.'
The star, born Susan Abigail Tomalin, was driven back to London after her night in the Llynfi before flying to Italy, where she also has relatives.
'We were expecting her at 5pm, but we did get a bit worried because they didn't turn up until 8pm,' said Mr Griffiths.
'She came over with about 10 of her family members from America.
'We had a fantastic evening and I'm not sure what time I went to bed, but the BBC paid for everything. The regulars had a great time and it's something we'll never forget.
'We took plenty of photographs and will be hanging some on the wall to remind us of a wonderful evening. Susan said it was the most relaxed evening she'd had since they started filming; and she wants to come back for the Six Nations rugby.'
Who Do You Think You Are? will be shown on BBC2 in September with Welsh athlete Colin Jackson among the other celebrities taking part.