Stella Henry
General Hospital
Portrayed by Vernee Watson
Current status Recurring
Duration 2017-present
First appearance June 7, 2017
Created by Shelly Altman
Jean Passanante
Introduced by Frank Valentini
Alias(es) Stella Ashford
Ethnicity African-American
Gender Female
Occupation Social worker at GH
Residence Port Charles, New York

Stella Henry is a fictional character on the ABC daytime soap opera General Hospital.

She has been portrayed by actress Vernee Watson since the character's introduction on June 7, 2017.


Vernee Watson first debuted as Curtis Ashford's aunt Stella on June 7, 2017. Watson, a popular primetime actress is best known for her former roles on The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, The X-Files, Malcom in the Middle and Desperate Housewives.[3]

Watson also had two former daytime roles as "Birdie" on The Young and the Restless in 1999 and Dr. Ella Kraft on Days of Our Lives in 2007.[4]

Due to being cast as "Gloria" on the CBS sitcom Bob Hearts Abishola, Watson temporarily exited GH on August 13, 2019 when her character went to meet her long lost relative in England.[5] However, she will return at a later date.

On November 11, 2019, reported that Watson will return to GH as Stella during the week of November 18. She returned from November 19 to November 25, 2019.

On January 8, 2020, announced that Watson will return to GH during the week of January 13.[6] She returned from January 14-15, 2020.

Watson also returned for one episode on March 13, 2020.

On August 31, 2020, Soap Opera News announced that Watson will be returning to GH as Stella during the week of September 14.[7][8] She returned on September 10, 2020.


Stella arrives in Port Charles on June 7 to surprise her nephew Curtis on his birthday. Stella is overjoyed to reunite with her nephew, whom she hadn't seen in years and looks forward to reuniting with her great nephew, T.J. Ashford. Her joy is cut short when Jordan Ashford arrives. Stella despises Jordan and blames her infidelity for causing her nephew Tommy's death. When Stella finds out that Curtis and Jordan are now dating, she vehemently disapproves.

Stella is unaware that Shawn Butler is T.J.'s biological father. Curtis and Jordan discuss this fact and decide to ease her into the truth since she is already so upset about their relationship. Stella heads to Kelly's Diner, where she runs into T.J. and they reunite. T.J. almost accidentally tells Stella about Shawn until Curtis and Jordan arrive. Stella rails into Jordan for keeping her away from T.J. and making him think that she didn't want to see him.

As Curtis tries to calm Stella down, T.J. tells him mom that he almost told Stella about Shawn. Jordan asks that T.J. not say anything until they can ease Stella into the news, but she will support him no matter what he decides. After things calm down, T.J. brings out some chocolate cake and they celebrate Curtis's birthday.

On June 22, Molly Lansing-Davis accidentally spills the beans when she tells Stella that Shawn is T.J.'s father.

On November 2018, Stella reunited with her old love Marcus.

On June 4, 2019, Stella convinced Ryan Chamberlain to donate his kidney to Jordan Ashford due to her being hit by Drew Cain's car when he suffered temporary blindness.

On August 13, Stella left Port Charles to meet her long lost relative in England.

On November 19, Stella returned to Port Charles and caught up with Jordan and Curtis. She revealed that she was only back in town for a minute to get her Visa and then she would head back to cousin Wanda in England for as long as she wanted to.

On August 10, it is revealed that Stella is staying in London.

Crimes Committed

  • Threatened to kill Ryan Chamberlain if he did not donate Jordan his kidney [Jun 4, 2019; revealed to have actually been Kevin in Ryan's place on Jun 12, 2019]

Health and Vitals

  • Suffered a mild stroke [Jul 6, 2017]


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