Gavin and Stacey Christmas special – who's in the cast? From James Corden to Ruth Jones and more

IT wouldn't be Christmas without the Gavin and Stacey Christmas special.

While fans are sad that 2020 hasn't brought a new special, many will be delighted to rewatch last year's one.

Who is the cast of the Gavin and Stacey Christmas special?

Gavin Shipman played by Matthew Horne

Mathew, 42, became a household name after landing the lead role of Gavin when the show kicked off in 2007.

Before that he had roles in Channel 4 series Teachers, where he met pal James Corden.

After Gavin and Stacey ended he played Shaquille Fraser in Jack Whitehall's Bad Education series as well as Roy Silver in Sky 1's Agatha Raisin.

Stacey Shipman played by Joanna Page

Before hitting the big time in Gavin and Stacey, Joanna was also known for starring in the 2003 Christmas movie Love Actually.

Since the show ended she has starred in other high profile TV shows including Miss Marple and Dr Who.

Joanna also appeared in 2012 Christmas movie Nativity 2.

Smithy played by James Corden

Although the show was called Gavin and Stacey, one of the clear fan favourites of the series was Smithy – Gavin's oldest and closest friend.

Although actor James Corden had starred in many TV shows and films leading up to Gavin and Stacey, it was this show that saw his star soar.

Since the show ended he has starred in numerous big budget Hollywood movies and landed his own US chat show, The Late Late Show.

Nessa Jenkins played by Ruth Jones

Like Smithy, the character of Nessa, is  also one of the most popular with fans.

With her catchphrase "what's occurring" and no-nonsense attitude, Ruth Jones' character quickly won over viewers.

Ruth has enjoyed a great career since the show ended and even had her own TV show Stella.

Michael "Mick" Shipman played by Larry Lamb

Larry plays Gavin's down-to earth dad Mick in the show.

The actor was a well known face on the box before Gavin and Stacey having played evil Archie Mitchell in EastEnders.

He is also known for being on I'm a Celebrity in 2016 and being the dad of radio star George Lamb.

Pamela Shipman played by Alison Steadman

Alison Steadman is probably one of the most famous faces on the show thanks to her lengthy career.

Before Gavin and Stacey she was known for shows like Pride & Prejudice and Abigail's Party.

More recently Alison starred in Hold The Sunset.

Uncle Bryn played by Rob Brydon

Rob's character of Uncle Bryn, Stacey's protective, yet naïve uncle, is probably one of the most adorable people in the show.

Like Larry and Alison, Rob was also a star in his own right before the show.

He has starred in sitcoms Black Books, I'm Alan Partridge, Supernova and Little Britain as well as shows such as Have I Got News For You, Big Fat Quiz of the Year, Top Gear and QI.

In 2010, he and actor Steve Coogan made a show called The Trip which followed the pair of them on a restaurant tour of England, and which got a follow-up series set in Italy.

Gwen West played by Melanie Walters

Melanie plays Stacey's caring, widowed mother who loves cooking omelettes.

Since then she has popped up in shows like Hollyoaks and also runs a Pilates company and a holiday rental company in Wales.

In January 2019 she starred in Pitching In alongside Larry.

Jason West played by Robert Wilfort

Robert plays Stacey's older brother Jason, who lives in Spain.

The actor has a varied acting history having played Rita Skeeter's photographer in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

He was also the history teacher in Skins and he voices Samson in Thomas & Friends.

Who isn't returning for the Gavin and Stacey Christmas special?

We know that Sheridan Smith isn't reprising her role as Smithy's sister Rudi.

The actress revealed in June 2019 that she hadn't been asked back.

We also know that the lovable Doris, who lived next door to Stacey's family, won't be back as Margaret John who played her sadly passed away in 2011.

When is the Gavin and Stacey Christmas special?

The special episode will air on BBC One on Christmas Eve at 8.40pm.

Fans will be able to rewatch the episode on BBC iPlayer too.

It's not a new special for 2020, rather a repeat of 2019's special.

 

 

 

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