Gavin and Stacey, the defining British comedy of the Noughties, is returning on Christmas Day 2019 for a one-off special.

James Corden, Ruth Jones, Mathew Horne, Joanna Page, Rob Brydon, Larry Lamb, Melanie Walters and Alison Steadman will all be in the new episode.

Ruth Jones and James Corden said: "Over the last ten years we’ve talked a lot about Gavin and Stacey - where they might be today and what their lives might look like. And so in secret we took the plunge and wrote this one hour special.

"We’ve loved revisiting Barry and Essex again and bringing the characters back together has been a joy. We’re so excited to get the chance to work with our fabulous cast and crew once more and to give fans of the show a festive treat this Christmas. Thank you BBC for helping to make this happen."

Gavin & Stacey broadcast over three series - plus a Christmas special - from 2007 to 2010 on the BBC. The last episode aired on New Year's Day in 2010.

Joanna Page – Stacey

Mathew Horne and Joanna Page as Gavin and Stacey

Co-lead Gavin was the Essex call centre worker who fell in love with Welsh Stacey over a series of work phone conversations, and was played by Mathew who’d previously starred in The Catherine Tate Show and sketch show Horne and Corden.

Following his star turn in Gavin & Stacey, Mathew returned to feature in sketch show spin-off Catherine Tate’s Nan, and joined another hit British sitcom as Jack Whitehall’s character’s head teacher in Bad Education.

He’s also been seen in various episodes of Drunk History UK, the programme where comedians drunkenly recall their favourite historical tales, playing figures ranging from King Charles II to Billy the Kid.

In 2019, Horne played Private Walker in the remake of Dad's Army: The Lost Episodes.

James Corden – Smithy

James Corden as Smithy and Mathew Horne as Gavin in Gavin and Stacey

He was already well known when he co-wrote the series in which he played best friend to Gavin, but James became a superstar once the show was over.

James landed film roles including a singing part for Into The Woods alongside Meryl Streep and Emily Blunt, voiced a character in Trolls, and played Britain’s Got Talent winner Paul Potts in biopic One Chance.

TV also offered some lucrative work for him, including writing and starring in comedy thriller The Wrong Mans with another Gavin & Stacey star Mathew Baynton, appearing in episodes of Doctor Who and hosting panel show A League Of Their Own.

But he really hit the big time in 2015 when he was the surprise signing to be the new host of US hit talk show The Late Late Show, which has also spawned spin-off Carpool Karaoke in which James drives megastars around in his car while singing along to the radio with them. Guests have included Mariah Carey, Michelle Obama and One Direction.

James has success on the big screen with Ocean’s Eight and voicing Peter Rabbit.

Upcoming movie projects include Richard Curtis and Danny Boyle comedy Yesterday and roles in the Cats movie and sequels to Trolls and Peter Rabbit.

Ruth Jones – Nessa

Ruth Jones as Nessa in Gavin and Stacey

James’ co-writer Ruth also starred in the sitcom as mysterious trucker Nessa, whose love story rivalled the main characters as she and Smithy became parents and overcame their initial hatred for each other.

Ruth’s best-known project since the show ended has been to create and star in Valleys-set series Stella, which has completed six series to date.

In 2018, she starred in the latest festive sequel, Nativity Rocks!

Alison Steadman – Pam

As the star of such screen classics as Shirley Valentine, Pride and Prejudice, Adrian Mole and Fat Friends, Alison came to the series with a wealth of experience behind her.

She was loved by fans as Gavin’s mum and since the programme wrapped, her busy career has continued, with the actress rarely away from our screens.

Notable roles have included parts in The Syndicate, Boomers, Orphan Black, and narrating We Have Been Watching, which sees comedians critique classic comedy performances.

In 2020, Steadman will star in the sequel Kingsman: The Great Game.

Larry Lamb – Mick

Larry Lamb and Alison Steadman in Gavin and Stacey

The casting for Gavin’s funny, caring dad Mick was slightly unnerving as it ran alongside actor Larry playing EastEnders super-villain Archie Mitchell.

Both roles came to an end in the same year, but Larry’s career has continued to climb with TV roles in Love & Marriage and New Tricks.

He can be seen in two forthcoming gangster films, Rise of the Footsoldier III and 8ish, appeared in heist dramatisation The Hatton Garden Job and spent 19 days in the I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! jungle in 2016.

On the big screen, Larry will co-star with Phil Davis in the upcoming Steven Berkoff adaptation Brighton.

Melanie Walters – Gwen

Stacey’s mum Gwen reportedly made the best omelettes in the whole of Wales, but what has actress Melanie been up to since hanging up her frying pan?

Her TV work has included a guest role in Ruth’s series Stella, and she’s also had parts in Being Human and Doc Martin.

She reunited with Larry Lamb in 2019, co-starring in the BBC comedy Pitching In.

Rob Brydon – Bryn

Joanna Page and Rob Brydon in Gavin and Stacey

Another former Gavin & Stacey star who’s seemingly a permanent fixture on TV is Rob, who played Stacey’s Uncle Bryn.

His most famous work has been alongside Steve Coogan in three series of The Trip, a comedy in which the pair irritate each other while reviewing restaurants, and a part in Hollywood hit Cinderella.

Rob hosts The Rob Brydon Show and panel show Would I Lie To You?, and has racked up an enormous number of kids’ TV projects including roles in adaptations of David Walliams’ Gangsta Granny, Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes, and Julia Donaldson’s The Gruffalo’s Child, Room on the Broom, Stick Man and The Highway Rat.

Rob can be seen in forthcoming comedy films Holmes and Watson alongside Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly, and Swimming With Men, in which he features in an all-male synchronised swimming team with Jim Carter and Thomas Turgoose.

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