Who plays Sonia in Gavin and Stacey? Meet Laura Aikman – The Sun

LAURA Aikman's character Sonia might have been a new addition to the world of Gavin and Stacey in the Christmas special last year , but the actress is already a familiar face to TV fans.

Here's all you need to know about her career so far…

Who is Laura Aikman?

Laura Aikman is a 35-year-old actress who had her breakout role in 1996 where she starred alongside the likes of Anthony Hopkins in Surviving Picasso.

She then starred as Mysti in The Story of Tracy Beaker and The Mysti Show from 2004 – 2005.

She had a role in in Keith Lemon: The Film in 2012, while also appearing in The Hatching and Amar Akbar & Tony in 2014.

Laura has also done quite a bit of voice work in video games, playing Yda in Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward and Lyse in Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood.

She plays Jade (and other additional voices) in Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age.

She is also an accomplished theatre actress and appeared in productions of Henry V, Bugsy Malone and Pravda.

Laura played Smithy's hated girlfriend Sonia in the 2019 Gavin And Stacey Christmas special.

Taking to Instagram, she posed with her on-screen boyfriend telling followers: "This job made my year."


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What other shows has Laura Aikman been in?

Fans might remember Laura starred as Dr May Phelps in Casualty from 2009 – 2010, and she was also a star in 2012's Lemon La Vida Loca.

Laura had a part as Debbie in several series' of Citizen Khan, and went on to play Lorna Hutchinson in Waterloo Road in 2015.


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Is Laura Aikman married?

Laura Aikman has kept her relationship pretty private but she does share the odd post on Instagram.

The actress appears to be in a happy relationship with actor Matt Kennard.

Laura and Matt often share posts of each other on social media and also appear to be living together.

He has starred in shows such as Waterloo Road and Doctors, as well as having parts in Coronation Street and Hollyoaks.

Will there be another Gavin and Stacey?

Possibly! The show's co-creator Ruth Jones says the door is definitely open for more episodes in the future.

The Christmas special ended with a surprise cliffhanger showing Nessa – who shares a son, Neil, with Smithy – getting down on one knee and asking him to marry her.

In an exclusive interview with The Sun, the Welsh actress said: “It is so complicated for me and James to get together to write.

“I do say never say never, as while we did make it work that was after three years of trying to find time when we could sit down and write it.

“Obviously with the way it ends, there is room for more. It’s a shame we didn’t have more time when we were writing so we could have written more, then have it all ready to go.

"But it was such a challenge to get that special filmed."

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