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Baby Neil is now 11, Gwen is running a Welsh holiday home and Gav got hit by a train – this is what the cast of Gavin & Stacey are doing now

IT'S been almost a decade since Gavin & Stacey was last on our TV screens.

But James Corden is still reminiscing about life in Barry.

Speaking recently on David Tennant's podcast, the 40-year-old star revealed how the inspiration for the BBC sitcom came after he attended a Welsh wedding with his ex.

"It came about because I had a girlfriend who was from Barry in Wales at the time and we went to a wedding," he explained, before revealing that his wife Julia Carey has never seen an episode.

"It was in a community hall…I remember thinking nobody has done a wedding like this on TV, where essentially nothing happens but all life is here."

His idea spawned the hugely successful series, which ran from 2007 to 2010. But what happened to Nessa, Smithy and co – and what are they doing now?

Melanie Walters (Gwen)…now rents holiday homes and teaches Pilates

After the show ended, Melanie Walters, 56, who played Gwen, decided to branch out from acting.

She set up Practical Pilates in Swansea to help locals improve their posture.

The actress also lets self-catering holiday rentals on beauty-spot the Gower Peninsula.

However, her Gavin & Stacey co-star Larry Lamb is tempting her back in front of the camera.

The pair are to star in Pitching In, an upcoming TV drama set around a caravan park in Angelsey, on the north Wales coast.

Lewis Merchant (Baby Neil)…is now 11 years old

Nessa and Smithy's baby Neil is perhaps the most unrecognisable of all the cast.

Lewis Merchant, who played the newborn, is now eleven years old.

His mum Emily revealed in a tweet in April last year that he had just turned ten.

She shared an adorable old snap of her son with on-screen father James Corden.

Larry Lamb (Mick)…is now a reality TV favourite

Already a regular on the telly, Larry Lamb, 70, has seen his star rise even further since playing Gavin's down-to-earth dad Mick.

At the same time as the sitcom aired, he played villain Archie Mitchell in EastEnders alongside on-screen niece Danniella Westbrook, and he starred in the 2016 series of I'm A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here.

A year later he consolidated his newfound public popularity with an appearance on Channel 5's Britain by Bike with Larry and George Lamb, and film The Hatton Garden Job.

Sheridan Smith (Ruth)…is now a West End icon

Playing Smithy's younger sister Ruth in season two and three gave 37-year-old star Sheridan Smith her first big breakthrough.

At the same time as she was playing the gobby, she took on the role of Elle Woods in the 2008 musical version of Legally Blonde and nabbed both rave reviews and a Laurence Olivier Award.

After the sitcom wrapped in 2010, Sheridan continued to wow on both stage and screen.

Her role alongside Sienna Miller in 2011's Flare Path won her a second Laurence Olivier Award, and she took the lead in 2016's Funny Girl – which she continued to perform even after her dad Colin's terminal cancer diagnosis.

On the telly, she given a BAFTA TV Award for Best Actress for 2013's Mrs Biggs, and she was nominated for big awards for her parts in 2015's Cilla, 2016's The C Word, 2016's Black Work and 2018's The Moorside.

Sheridan has also just released her debut album A Northern Soul.

However it hasn't all been easy for her – in 2017 the actress revealed she'd had a mental breakdown that had seen her battle anxiety and depression following her dad's death.

Alison Steadman (Pam)…is now a Beeb legend

Alison Steadman, 72, played Mick's wife Pam Shipman.

She was a successful film and TV actress by the time she appeared in the sitcom, and and and had already won two Laurence Olivier Awards and two BAFTAs and been made an OBE.

Since the series ended the mum-of-two has starred in 2015 film Burn Burn Burn, as well as BBC series Boomers, Hold The Sunset, Care.

She also presented a three-part Channel 4 series Little British Islands.

Matthew Horne (Gavin)…was hit by a train

The Catherine Tate Show actor, 40, became a national treasure playing kind-hearted Gavin, and went on to star in BBC's Bad Education and Sky's Agatha Raisin.

Last year, he appeared on stage in Rain Man, and it was announced he would be in the new Dad's Army remake.

But in December, Matthew was struck by a train after a boozy night out walking back to his parents' house in Nottingham.

While he was hurled backwards after it clipped him at a pedestrian crossing, he apparently didn't require hospital treatment.

Joanna Page (Stacey)…is a mum-of-three

Former Love Actually star Joanna Page, 41, played chatterbox Stacey.

During the series she appeared in Kingsmill bread, Carphone Warehouse and Superdrug ads as well as on the cover of FHM.

But after it ended she has only appeared sporadically on TV – including as Queen Elizabeth 1st in Doctor Who.

In 2013, Joanna and her husband – Emmerdale actor James Thornton –  welcomed their daughter Eva, with son Kit following in 2015 and another son Noah in 2016.

She shares snaps their cosy home life on Instagram.

Has refused to wear a hat all winter. Not put it on once. Constant battle everyday in the cold. First sign of spring, warm weather, blue sky, sunshine, wants to wear a hat. #coldears#sunsouthatson

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Ruth Jones (Nessa)…is now a novelist

Her straight-talking character Nessa was a fan favourite – but Ruth Jones, 52, also rose to prominence thanks to the hilarious script she co-wrote with James Corden.

After securing two BAFTAs and four British Comedy Awards, the former Fat Friends and Little Britain star went on to appear in two BBC period costume dramas, Tess of the d'Urbervilles and Little Dorrit.

In 2014, she was appointed a MBE for services to entertainment.

She has also set up her own production company with her husband David Peet, and last year she released her first novel, Never Greener.

Steffan Rhodri (Dave)…is still in TV

The Welsh actor, 52, won over Gavin & Stacey fans with his serious Dave Coaches.

But since the series ended he has added Potterheads to that too, after he starred as Magical Maintenance Department worker Reg Cattermole in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part One.

He is currently playing DC Neil Jones in ITV drama Manhunt.

James Corden (Smithy)…is now a Hollywood star

Arguably the most famous Gavin & Stacey export is James Corden who has gone on to become a fully-fledged A-lister on the other side of the pond.

After the sitcom ended in 2010, he starred in three Hollywood movies – including 2014 comedy Into The Woods with Emily Blunt, Meryl Streep, Anna Kendrick and Jonny Depp, as well as 2016 animation Trolls.

But, in 2015, the father-of-three moved with his family to Los Angeles to host The Late Late Show with James Cordon, which spawned the hugely successful Carpool Karaoke – with the likes of Michelle Obama and Ed Sheeran.

His success has seen him became an Oscars and Met Gala regular.

Rob Brydon (Bryn)…is now TV host

By the time he was making viewers cry with laughter on Gavin & Stacey, Glamorgan-born Rob Brydon, 54, was already a familiar face, having worked as a radio presenter for a variety of BBC programmes and starred in Supernova.

When the sitcom ended, he appeared in Hollywood movie The Huntsmen: Winter's War, the BBC comedy series Marion and Geoff and its spin-off The Keith Barret Show, and appeared alongside Steve Coogan in The Trip, The Trip To Italy and The Trip To Spain.

The father-of-four has also presented BBC's Would I Lie To You?, The Rob Brydon show and The Guess List.

In 2013, he was awarded an MBE for services to comedy and broadcasting.

Tragically, in 2011, actress Margaret John – who played Doris – died aged 84.

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Her co-star James Corden paid tribute to her on Twitter, writing: "A great actress and an incredible lady. She will be missed."

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