Played by: Olivia Colman
Mum Debbie is a bottle-blonde barmaid in killer heels. Ever glamorous, she likes a laugh and a drink. She is also a warm matriarch, but is forthright in her opinions to the point of being in foot-in-mouth territory.
Played by: Meera Syal
Aunty Hayley is Debbie's best friend and a lodger in the house. She is like a second mother to the Doonan Kids.
Played by: Aidan McArdle
Andy is a self-employed plumber. He is a kind Irish gentle man and a loving Dad... basically a really nice bloke. He wants to make sure he brings his kids up better than he was brought up. He is also still madly in love with Debbie.
Played by: Luke Ward-Wilkinson
Simon was born in Reading but cannot wait to escape - in the meantime though he is happy to be the perfect son... and occasional hairstylist!
Played by: Layton Williams
Kyle is Simon's best friend. He is better known as Kylie.
Played by: Sophie Ash
Sixteen year old Ashlene thinks everyone else is a freak. She is totally embarrassed by her family.
Played by: Sarah Niles
Reba is the single mother of Kylie. Ballsy and straightforward, she is a force to be reckoned with... though her son is actually far more of a princess than she is.
Played by: Samuel Barnett
Simon Doonan, aged 24 in Series 1, is all grown up and happily living in New York as a window dresser for Barneys... 'one of the most glamorous stores in the world'.