Gavin and Stacey's Neil the baby looks unrecognisable 14 years after show – and actor Oscar Hartland is now a musician

GAVIN and Stacey's baby Neil is now a budding musician and skateboard 14 years after first appearing on the hit BBC sitcom.

Smithy and Nessa's son Neil – played by actor Oscar Hartland – featured in 2019's Christmas special.


A West Ham fan like his dad, Neil was introduced to his dad's new girlfriend Sonia in the episode as he spent Christmas on Barry Island.

Polite and well-mannered, he had short blond hair and wore a Hammers home shirt.

In the two years since, Oscar has grown his hair out, most recently wearing a bandanna to keep it out of his eyes as he rocked an electric guitar.

The teen shares videos of him practising and performing on Instagram as well as clips of his love for skateboarding.

To date, Gavin and Stacey is his only acting credit.

Ahead of the 2019 Christmas special, Oscar appeared on Good Morning Britain to discuss how he got the role of Neil.

He explained: "I didn't really get my hopes up as there were other people who did acting. I was in a couple of newspapers and they noticed me. I did my audition in Cardiff. A few weeks later I found out I got the job. It was really cool."

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The success of the festive one off had his co-stars hoping there will be more in the future.

In an exclusive interview with The Sun, she said: "Ruth and James haven’t given any indication whether they’re planning future episodes, although given the cliff-hanger the Christmas special was left on, how could they not?

“As a fan, surely they’ve got to do another one,”

“I don’t think we’d ever do another series because I don’t think we could get everyone together for long enough, but I can’t imagine they could leave it the way they did. One more special, then done.” 

Over 17 million people tuned in to last Christmas' Gavin and Stacey special – so there's no doubt about whether people want to see more.

Actor Larry Lamb told The Telegraph: "After how well the Christmas special went down last year, it’s highly unlikely there won’t be more.

"We’re all ready, but when it’ll be, that’s up to James [Corden], Ruth Jones and the BBC.

"I just hope they knock another one out before I’m dead! That or they can start at the graveside."

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