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 debut 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]


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 Cains car when he suffered temporary blindness.

Crimes Committed

Health and Vitals

  • Suffered a mild stroke [Jul 6, 2017]


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