Stella (UK TV Series)
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Stella UK TV Series

Created byRuth Jones
David Peet
Written byRuth Jones
Rob Evans
Steve Speirs
Ben Edwards
Simon Ludders
Directed bySandy Johnson
Sue Tully
Juliet May
Tony Dow
Mandie Fletcher
Sarah O'Gorman
Opening theme"And Then She Smiles" by the Mock Turtles
ComposersMark Thomas
Simon H Jones
Nick Lloyd
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original languageEnglish
No. of series6 (+ 2 Specials)
No. of episodes58
Executive producersBarry Lynch
Lucy Lumsden
Ruth Jones
Jon Mountague
ProducersJane Dauncey
Josh Dynevor
EditorsSara Jones
Peter Hallworth
John Richards
Running time60 minutes (inc. adverts)
90 minutes (inc. adverts)
(2014 Special & 2016 Special)

70 minutes (inc. adverts)
(Series Finale)
Production companyTidy Productions
Original networkSky 1
Picture format16:9 (1080i HDTV)
Original release6 January 2012 (2012-01-06) -
18 October 2017 (2017-10-18)
External links
Official Website

Stella is a British comedy-drama which aired on Sky 1 and was created and written by David Peet and Ruth Jones, who played the lead role of Stella. The series was largely filmed in Ferndale in the Rhondda Valley in Wales.[1] Various celebrities made guest appearances as themselves in some episodes. A Christmas special aired on 23 December 2016.[2]

The sixth and final series began on 13 September 2017 and ended on 18 October 2017.


Stella is a family saga starring Ruth Jones in the titular role as a mum juggling the demands of life and love. Stella is a 40-something mum who earns a living doing the locals' washing and ironing. And, most of the time, she's relatively happy with life as she juggles the ups and downs of her family, amid the chaos of her eccentric friends, relatives and children's fathers. Her brood consists of eldest son Luke, a lovely boy who starts the series in prison; beautiful 16-year-old Emma who's smitten with her first love Sunil; the brains of the family 12-year-old Ben and their dog Banjo.

Then there's Stella's best friend Paula, a functioning alcoholic funeral director. Stella's not-too-bright ex-husband Karl who's now seeing 28-year-old Nadine; not forgetting lollipop man and youth rugby coach Alan, an old school friend of Stella's who's been in love with her since 1984. Finally there's Stella's brother Dai who is an ex-serviceman injured on duty. He doesn't work now but is always willing to help out while enjoying an exciting sex life with his wife. Stella's life isn't straightforward. Bagging toy boy Sean and son Luke's release from prison indicated that things were on an upward turn in the first run, but teenage daughter Emma's pregnancy and the untimely return of Stella's first love Rob soon knocked the family off balance. In the last episode, Luke revealed he was emigrating to Canada, although Stella stole the show by confessing to Emma that she was pregnant - but didn't know if Rob or Sean was the father.

Series two joins Stella and Sean preparing for their new arrival, while Emma and Sunil adjust to married life. Domestic bliss looks doubtful for both, however, as Rob's business dealings bring him back to Pontyberry and Sunil enrols at a brainy (and boozy) medical school. Elsewhere, Dai begins work at the funeral home with wife Paula, creating untoward problems for the usually adventurous couple. Catch up with lollipop man Alan too, who experiences a run of bad luck when his crossing is replaced by traffic lights. Karl and Nadine's new salon Tantastic Bodies, meanwhile, promises to make the town "browner and beefier", and they've already got a potential client in Aunty Brenda, a new arrival from Tenerife armed with bags of insults and an appetite to offend.

English lawyer Michael Jackson moves to the house next door to Stella after an acrimonious divorce has caused him to downsize his lifestyle. As he tries to adjust to valley life he soon becomes inextricably linked to Stella's household. When we left Pontyberry at the end of Series 2 Stella had made the life changing decision not to go to Canada with Rob. She also parted ways with Sean and he emigrated to Australia with his new love. As the story picks up for series 3 will Stella have entirely given up on men? Or could new neighbour Michael become the new apple of her eye?


Main cast

Actor/Actress Character Duration Notes
Ruth Jones Stella Jackson 2012-2017
Craig Gallivan Luke Morgan 2012-2017 First child of Stella and Rob
Bethan Witcomb Zoe Morgan (nee Stewart) 2013-2017 Luke's wife
Catrin Stewart Emma Morris/Choudary 2012-2014, 2016, 2017 Daughter of Stella and Karl
Justin Davies Ben Morris 2012-2017 Son of Stella and Karl
Patrick Baladi Michael Jackson 2014-2017 Husband of Stella
Holly Morgan 2016-2017 Toddler daughter of Stella and Rob. Although initially thought to be Michael's child.
Di Botcher Aunty Brenda Draper (nee Kosh) 2013-2017 Aunty of Stella (sister of Stella's Dad)

Supporting/occurring cast

Actor Character Duration
Karen Paullada Nadine Bevan 2012-2017
Aled Pugh Bobby Gittins 2012-2017
Steve Speirs Alan Williams 2012-2015
Daniel Gammond Little Alan 2012-2017
Mark Lewis Jones Rob Morgan 2012-2013, 2015, 2016, 2017
Russell Gomer Yanto Bead 2012-2017
Elizabeth Berrington Paula Kosh/Simpson 2012-2013, 2015, 2016, 2017
Pal Aron Jagadeesh Choudary 2012-2014, 2016-2017
Maxine Evans Rhian Evans 2012-2017
Emma Rydal Celia Braxton/Williams 2014-2016
Scott Quinnell Himself 2012-2017
Josh Cook Keckers 2012-2017
Michael Elwyn Ken, Stella's father 2012, 2017
Piers Ahia Billy 2013, 2017
Clare Hingot Cheryl Spragg 2014-2017
Remy Beasley Beyonce Evans 2015-2017
Dafydd Hywel Glen Brennig 2012-2017
Kenny Doughty Sean McGaskill 2012-2013
Gillian Elisa Nanna Pat 2015-2017
Jackson Michael Jackson 2016-2017
Julian Lewis Jones Karl Morris 2012-2016
Eiri Hughes Verv/Vivienne 2014
Anthony O'Donnell Dai Davies 2012-2015
Alice Hewkin Lily 2015-2016
Leona Vaughan Cerys Ferris 2015-2016
Wayne Cater George the Butcher 2012-2016
Howell Evans Daddy Simpson / Uncle Huw Simpson 2012-2015
Taj Atwal Jasminder Choudary 2012-2013, 2016
Sudha Bhuchar Tanisha Choudary 2012-2014
Yasmine Akram Parvadi 2014-2015
Tony Gardner Ivan Schloss 2016
Owen Teale Dai Kosh 2012-2013
Maggie Steed Meg, Stella's mother 2012
Deddie Davies Marj Brennig 2012, 2014-2016
Rory Girvan Sunil Choudary 2012-2013, 2014
Olwen Rees Olwen Kosh / Nanna Kosh 2017
Joanna Scanlan Nancy 2012
Clive Russell Uncle Clem Draper 2016
Michelle McTernan WPC Jane Glover 2012-2014, 2015
Grace Fan Mrs 'Betty' Wong 2013-2016
Nadia Kamil Bethan 2012-2013
Katie Elin-Salt Amy Edwards 2012, 2014
Joanna Riding Melissa 2013
Lucinda Dryzek Leah 2013
Gareth Pierce Lenny Mack 2013-2014
Paul Kaye Peschman Hodd 2013
Tilly Blackwood Jan Jackson 2014, 2017
Celyn Jones Brother Alan 2014-2015
Vern Griffiths Dewi Phillips 2015
Ramon Tikaram Mr. Jeffrey Honey 2015
Donna Edwards Mo the Bap 2012-2013
Beth Robert Mrs. Barclay 2012-2013
Menna Trussler Bopa Boyce 2012-2013
Andy Linden Big Rae 2012-2013
James Thornton Marcus Jensen 2014
Denise Gough Collette Jensen 2014
Tom Price Andy Marsh 2014
Jamie Lomas Dan Braxton 2015
Richard Elfyn Iwan Jenkins 2015
Jane Asher Hazel 2015
Eiry Thomas Lisa Howells 2012-2013, 2016
Ifan Huw Dafydd Idris Howells 2012-2013, 2016

cast characters

Actor/Actress Character Duration
Ian Lavender Keith Jackson 2014
Matt Lucas Wes 2017
Melanie Walters Sonographer 2013
Darren Day Will Morgan 2017
Michelle Luther Carley 2015
Tim Rhys-Evans Himself 2016
Laila Rouass Maria 2016
Ruth Madoc Mayor Mary Meyer 2016
Richard Harrington Ian Meyer 2016
Patricia Kane Dotty 2016
Andy Fairweather Low Himself 2016
Keith Barron The Captain 2014
Wynne Evans Dafydd Sanchez 2015
Suzanne Packer Carole 2016
Warwick Evans Jake 2015
Craig Bellamy Himself 2017
James Corden Steven 2012
Warren Gatland Himself 2012
Colin Charvis Himself 2012
Wayne Forrester Barry/Dirk 2014
Ian Hughes Rhys 2014
Ian Lavender Keith Jackson 2014
Eleanor Bron Anna Jackson 2014
Huw Rhys Adam 2014
Paul Chan Mr Cheung Li 2014
Eirlys Bellin Reporter 2014
Josie Lawrence Valerie 2016
Adrian Scarborough Horst 2016

DVD release

The complete first series of Stella was released on DVD on 12 March 2012.[3]

The complete second series of Stella was released on DVD on 18 March 2013.[4]

The complete third series of Stella was released on DVD on 31 March 2014.[5]

The complete fourth series and the 2014 Christmas Special of Stella was released on DVD on 13 April 2015.[6]

The complete fifth series of Stella was released on DVD on 21 March 2016. A series 1-5 boxset was also released.


  1. ^ Stella filmed in Ferndale
  2. ^ "Stella 2016 Christmas special filming in Barry Island". 27 September 2016.
  3. ^ "Stella - Series 1 [DVD]". Retrieved 2015.
  4. ^ "Stella - Series 2 [DVD]". Retrieved 2015.
  5. ^ "Stella - Series 3 [DVD]". Retrieved 2015.
  6. ^ "Stella - Series 4 + 2014 Christmas Special [DVD]". Retrieved 2015.

External links

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