Joanna Page talks new Sky Living comedy Gates, and how playing a mum has made her broody!

Joanna Page of course shot to fame in hit sitcom Gavin & Stacey playing the role of Stacey, however, since the series ended, she’s gone on to play a number of other roles, including that of lottery winner and single mum Leanne in Kay Mellor’s drama, The Syndicate.

And on Tuesday, August 14th, we’ll see Joanna on screen again in a new Sky Living comedy, Gates, in which she once again plays the role of a mum.

This week, Joanna – who’s married to former Emmerdale star James Thornton, who played farmer John Barton – has been talking to TV&Satellite Week magazine about Gates, and about how being around so many children made her broody.

Of her Gates character Helen, Joanna explained, “She has decided to go back to work as an estate agent, and her husband Mark, played by Tom Ellis, is now taking their daughter Chloe to school…

“She finds it incredibly difficult to hand over the responsibility because she feels guilty, which a lot of women will identify with, but she also advises Mark to get in and get out quickly and not to talk to anybody because you get dragged in.”

And when asked, “Has working with children made you feel broody?” Joanna replied, “Yes, because they are all so adorable.”

But she added, “I prefer animals to children, but I had always thought I would be good with little babies and wouldn’t know what to do with them when they get older, but Mariann, who plays Chloe, is so cute and you can say anything and it makes her laugh.”

As to what sort of school gates mum she would be in real life, Joanna said, “Probably the sort who in the first week would be baking all of the cakes and then would be down the supermarket buying stuff and passing it off as my own.

“I’d also be the type who turns up with her hair in ponytail, no make-up and still in pyjamas. I wouldn’t be very glam.”

Next, Joanna was asked what it was like working with The Royle Family star Sue Johnston – who is of course set to appear as Gloria on Coronation Street later this month – who plays teacher Miss Hunter, she said, “It was lovely, we did a play at the National Theatre years ago called The Mysteries where she played Mary and I played Eve.

“So it was lovely to work together again. She was a joy to work with and really funny.

“Even though I have worked with her before, I still got scared and wanted to impress her because she is fantastic.”

And finally, no interview with Joanna would be complete without asking if Gavin & Stacey will ever return, and this one was no exception, with Joanna replying, “I don’t think there will be another series, but I wouldn’t be surprised if in a couple of years, James Corden and Ruth Jones say, ‘Let’s do a Christmas special’.

“We’d all love to meet up and have a laugh again.

“I still think it is hilarious I ended up in a hit show, but I think of it fondly because it really wasn’t like working.”

As mentioned, Gates begins on Sky Living on Tuesday 14 August at 8.30pm.

Lynn is an editor and writer here at Unreality TV and is trained psychotherapist and the author of two books. She's addicted to soaps, period drama and reality TV shows such as X Factor, I'm A Celeb and Big Brother.