Gavin and Stacey star secretly welcomes son as they're pictured enjoying family day out

Gavin and Stacey cast
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Gavin and Stacey star Mathew Horne has become a father to a son and was seen with his little one over the weekend for the first time since becoming a dad.

Mathew, 45, is married to set designer Celina Bassili and according to The Sun the pair reportedly became parents shortly after they got married in 2021 though they kept their exciting news under wraps.

In pictures obtained by The Sun, Mathew can be seen pushing a pram while Celina cradles a baby. Speaking to the publication, a source said: “Mathew is a brilliant dad and he and Celina love being parents.”

Mathew Horne and James Corden
Gavin and Stacey star Mathew Horne is reportedly a father -Credit:BBC

The source added that the actor “kept the news quiet” because he prefers to keep his live “out of the spotlight”, though his Gavin and Stacey co-stars are in the loop about him becoming a dad.

“All his Gavin & Stacey co-stars know about him being a dad, including James Corden and Joanna Page,” they explained. “They all have kids so you can imagine the talk on set for the Christmas special is going to centre a lot on their kids.”

OK! has contacted representatives for Mathew Horne for comment.

The reports come after it was revealed that Gavin and Stacey is set to return to our screens for one last time later on this year for the highly-anticipated Christmas 2024 special. Breaking the news on social media Friday, 3 May, James Corden shared a snap with Ruth Jones as they held up a script for the new series.

Celina Bassili and Mathew Horne
Mathew is married to set designer Celina Bassili -Credit:Alan Chapman/Dave Benett/Getty Images

“Some news… It’s official!!! We have finished writing the last ever episode of Gavin and Stacey. See you on Christmas Day, BBC One. Love Ruth and James,” he wrote.

In response to the news, fans flooded the comments section to express their joy. “This has made my whole year!,” wrote one. “Cannot wait for this,” another added.

Meanwhile, the BBC said of the news: “We’ll have: A chicken bhuna, lamb bhuna, prawn bhuna, mushroom rice, bag of chips, keema naan, nine poppadoms and the last ever episode of Gavin and Stacey!!! Coming this Christmas Day on BBC One and iPlayer.”

Gavin and Stacey is set to return later this year
Gavin and Stacey is set to return later this year -Credit:Instagram / mathewfhorne

Alison Steadman, who plays the legendary Pam Shipman in the show, previously spoke to OK! about her time filming and revealed that she still stays in touch with her former co-stars.

“We [the cast] have a WhatsApp group, so if we do want to send a message out, we can. It’s nice,” she told us. However, she cautioned that making a new Gavin and Stacey episode is no easy feat.

“They are extremely busy people. Finding the time to put another show together is very difficult. These things take months and months. You develop it, you change it, and then you have another idea and so on. It’s quite a long process. And then you’ve got to get the actors free,” she explained.