Ruth Jones, co-writer and co-star of the multi-award-winning Gavin and Stacey, Stella is a ten-episode family saga set against the backdrop of the Welsh valleys, which comes to Sky1 this January.
Stella is a 40-something mum who earns a living doing the locals' washing and ironing. And, most of the time, she's relatively happy with life as she juggles the ups and downs of her family, amid the chaos of her eccentric friends, relatives and children's fathers. Her brood consists of eldest son Luke, a lovely boy who starts the series in prison; beautiful 16-year-old Emma who's smitten with her first love Sunil; and the brains of the family, 12-year-old Ben.
Then there's Stella's best friend Paula, a functioning alcoholic funeral director. Stella's not-too-bright ex-husband Karl who's now seeing 28-year-old Nadine; not forgetting lollipop man and youth rugby coach Alan, an old school friend of Stella's who's been in love with her since 1984. Finally there's Stella's brother Dai who is an ex-serviceman injured on duty. He doesn't work now but is always willing to help out while enjoying an exciting sex life with his wife.
Catrin Stewart (represented by Ken McReddie), and 24 year old Luke by Craig Gallivan.
Big Talent Agency) plays Ben. The youngster was spotted when the BBC visited his school during filming of the ‘It’s My Shout’ series and he was selected for the lead role in short film Be a Man.
Rory Girvan (represented by Independent Talent) plays Emma's first love 18 year old Sunil. He's gorgeous and quiet and gentle, and very much his father's son. He's totally in love with Emma.
And newcomer Taj Atwal (represented by Shepperd-Fox), a graduate of GSA drama school, plays 16 year old Jasminder, who falls for Luke.
Stella is made by Tidy Productions and series produced by David Peet (A Child’s Christmases in Wales, The Great Outdoors). Stella will launch in January 2012 on Sky 1 HD and Sky 1.