Raised By Wolves star Helen Monks has described the show’s writers Caitlin and Caz Moran as ‘inspiring’.

“Caitlin and Caz are the most inspiring, amazing women in the world,” said Helen, who plays a 15-year-old Caitlin – called Germaine – in the C4 sitcom based on the upbringing of the Moran sisters.

Helen, who stars alongside Alexa Davies as Aretha, a character based on Caz, added: “Caitlin told her daughters to only surround yourself with people who bring out the best in you and when we surround ourselves with them, it feels like we’re like them and we can do everything they can do. They’re so inspiring in that sense and it’s been such a privilege to get to be part of the Moran family.”

Helen also talked about the chance meeting that led to her getting the part as the young Caitlin.

She said: “I was a huge fan and I went to see her at Birmingham Literature Festival and she talked about the fact she was writing a sitcom, so I ran to get my Moranthology signed at the end and I was like: ‘I should play you’ and she replied: ‘Yeah, you should!’”

When asked what inspires her most about Caitlin, Helen added: “Nothing about her is about being famous or any pretence, the person you read is the person that now we have got to know.”

Raised by Wolves starts on Monday, March 16 at 10pm on Channel 4.