|Created by||Ruth Jones|
|Written by||Ruth Jones|
|Directed by||Sandy Johnson|
|Opening theme||"And Then She Smiles" by the Mock Turtles|
Simon H Jones
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of series||6 (+ 2 Specials)|
|No. of episodes||58 (list of episodes)|
|Executive producers||Barry Lynch|
|Running time||60 minutes (inc. adverts)|
90 minutes (inc. adverts)
(2014 Special & 2016 Special)
70 minutes (inc. adverts)
|Production company||Tidy Productions|
|Original network||Sky 1|
|Picture format||16:9 (1080i HDTV)|
|Original release||6 January 2012 –|
18 October 2017
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. Various celebrities made guest appearances as themselves in some episodes. A Christmas special aired on 23 December 2016.
The sixth and final series began on 13 September 2017 and ended on 18 October 2017.
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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?
|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)|
|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|
|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|
|Anthony O'Donnell||Dai Davies||2012–2015|
|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|
|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|
|Clive Russell||Uncle Clem Draper||2016|
|Michelle McTernan||WPC Jane Glover||2012–2014, 2015|
|Grace Fan||Mrs ‘Betty’ Wong||2013-2016|
|Katie Elin-Salt||Amy Edwards||2012, 2014|
|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|
|Eiry Thomas||Lisa Howells||2012-2013, 2016|
|Ifan Huw Dafydd||Idris Howells||2012-2013, 2016|
|Ian Lavender||Keith Jackson||2014|
|Darren Day||Will Morgan||2017|
|Ruth Madoc||Mayor Mary Meyer||2016|
|Richard Harrington||Ian Meyer||2016|
|Andy Fairweather Low||Himself||2016|
|Keith Barron||The Captain||2014|
|Wynne Evans||Dafydd Sanchez||2015|
|Ian Lavender||Keith Jackson||2014|
|Eleanor Bron||Anna Jackson||2014|
|Paul Chan||Mr Cheung Li||2014|
The complete first series of Stella was released on DVD on 12 March 2012.
The complete second series of Stella was released on DVD on 18 March 2013.
The complete third series of Stella was released on DVD on 31 March 2014.
The complete fourth series and the 2014 Christmas Special of Stella was released on DVD on 13 April 2015.
The complete fifth series of Stella was released on DVD on 21 March 2016. A series 1–5 boxset was also released.
- Stella filmed in Ferndale
- "Stella 2016 Christmas special filming in Barry Island". 27 September 2016.
- "Stella – Series 1 [DVD]". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 26 February 2015.
- "Stella – Series 2 [DVD]". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 26 February 2015.
- "Stella – Series 3 [DVD]". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 26 February 2015.
- "Stella – Series 4 + 2014 Christmas Special [DVD]". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 26 February 2015.