The Office alum Patrick Baladi has joined the cast of Sky1’s dramedy series Stella for its upcoming third season, which just recently entered production in Wales.
Baladi has been cast as Michael Jackson, an English lawyer who moves to the valleys and the house next door to Stella after an acrimonious divorce has caused him to have to down size his lifestyle. As he tries to adjust to valley life he soon becomes inextricably linked to Stella’s household.
Stella was co-created by, and stars, Ruth Jones as the titular character and revolves around her often troubled life in Pontyberry, South Wales. The down-to-earth family saga which gives an authentic slice of the working-class Welsh Valleys debuted as the second biggest UK comedy launch in multichannel history. Also starring in the comedy series is Craig Gallivan, Catrin Stewart, Rory Girvan, Justin Davies, Elizabeth Berrington, Owen Teale, Julian Lewis Jones, Karen Paullada, Steve Speirs, Kenny Doughty, Sudha Bhuchar and Mark Lewis Jones.
Speaking of joining the series, Patrick Baladi said: “Miss Jones is a brilliant writer of character, warmth and wit and I’m delighted to be part of the show. It’s an honest, unique and a refreshingly rare bit of fun”.
While Series Producer David Peet added: “We’re over the moon that Patrick is joining the cast of Stella for series 3. Ruth and I are huge fans of his and we’re hoping he finds a big warm welcome in the heart of Pontyberry.”