Cast confirmed for Sophie Willan's BBC Two comedy Alma's Not Normal

Filming began in Bolton at the end of April for a new six-part series following the success of the pilot in 2020.


Alma's Not Normal, written, created by and starring Sophie Willan follows Boltonian wild-child, Alma Nuthall and her family of eccentric, unruly women.


Starring alongside Sophie, and returning from the pilot, are; Siobhan Finneran as Alma's mum Lin, Lorraine Ashbourne as Alma's Nan Joan, Jayde Adams as Alma’s best friend Leanne, James Baxter as Alma’s ex-boyfriend Anthony and Nicholas Asbury as Jim.


And today it has been revealed that Thanyia Moore, Dave Spikey and Ben Willbond have also joined the series, in roles yet to be announced.


The series follows Alma as she tries to get her life back on track after a break-up. But with no job, no qualifications and a rebellious streak a mile wide, it’s not going to be easy.


Meanwhile her mum, who is battling a heroin addiction, has been sectioned for arson and her vampish Grandma Joan wants nothing to do with it.


Alma’s Not Normal offers a bitingly funny and unflinching take on class, sexuality, mental health and substance abuse. It celebrates women dealing with the hands they’ve been dealt while doggedly pursing their dreams.



Creator and Executive Producer, Sophie Willan said "I’m delighted that filming is underway for series one of Alma’s Not Normal, and even happier to be working alongside such a fantastic group of actors! We can’t wait for audiences to learn more about Alma’s world and the eclectic mix of characters that surround her."


To which Nerys Evans, Executive Producer for Expectation, added "We’re delighted to be making a full series of Alma’s Not Normal, after such a wonderful response to the pilot. Sophie is an incredible talent - she is such a gifted writer and performer and has written something that feels both utterly modern and yet timeless."


"With Gill Isles Producing and Andrew Chaplin Directing, we have an extraordinary team around Sophie to bring Alma to life."


Alma’s Not Normal will air on BBC Two