Stella Gonet

Stella Gonet (born 8 May 1960)[2][3] is a Scottish theatre, film and television actress. She is known for her roles in the BBC dramas The House of Eliott (1991–94) and Holby City (2007–09). Her stage credits include playing Ophelia in the 1989 National Theatre revival of Hamlet, opposite both Daniel Day-Lewis and Ian Charleston as Hamlet, and playing Margaret Thatcher in the original West End production of Handbagged (2014).

Stella Gonet
Born (1960-05-08) 8 May 1960 (age 61)
Years active1985-present
Spouse(s)Nicholas Farrell (2005-present) (2 children)

Early lifeEdit

Gonet was born in Greenock, Scotland.[1] Her Scottish mother and Polish father met when her father was stationed in Greenock during the Second World War.[4] She is the seventh of twelve children and four of her sisters are nurses.[5]

She trained at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama.


Gonet starred as Beatrice Eliott, one of the two lead roles, in three series of the television drama The House of Eliott, and played Chief Executive Officer Jayne Grayson in the medical drama Holby City. She also has appeared in Casualty, The Crow Road, Dalziel and Pascoe, The Inspector Lynley Mysteries, Foyle's War, Outnumbered and Lewis. She played a villain in the mini-series The Secret and played Grace Maplin in the Sins of Commission episode of Midsomer Murders.

Her screen credits also include For Queen and Country, Nicholas Nickleby, and Red Mercury.

Gonet also has acted extensively in the theatre. In 1989, she appeared as Ophelia in the National Theatre production of Hamlet, with the title role being played by Daniel Day-Lewis, Ian Charleson and finally Jeremy Northam.

She played Margaret Thatcher in the Moira Buffini play Handbagged in 2013 at the Tricycle Theatre, and in 2014 at the Vaudeville Theatre when the play transferred to the West End.

She played Elizabeth in the 2018 BBC1 drama series, The Cry.

In 2020, she played Caroline Sturgess in the BBC drama The Salisbury Poisonings.[6]

In 2021 she appears in the second series of “Breeders” on Sky

Personal lifeEdit

Gonet married English actor Nicholas Farrell in 2005. The couple co-starred in an episode of Roman Mysteries as Queen Berenice of Judea and Emperor Titus, and as Mr. and Mrs. Musgrove in ITV's 2007 production of Jane Austen's Persuasion, and they both participated in a 2001 Shakespeare's Richard III audiobook. The couple have a daughter, Natasha, born in 2000.[5][7]


  1. ^ a b "I felt sick when I saw what I'd do to my wife. - Free Online Library". Retrieved 19 August 2013.
  2. ^ "Search for Stella Gonet". ScotlandsPeople Statutory Registers. Retrieved 12 May 2016.
  3. ^ "Stella Gonet on playing Margaret Thatcher". The Scotsman. 12 April 2014. Retrieved 12 May 2016.
  4. ^ "Stella Gonet's star is rising fast at the RSC". The Independent. 31 March 1995. Retrieved 13 May 2016.
  5. ^ a b "MY SISTERS ARE NURSES..THEY THINK MY TOP JOB AT HOLBY IS HILARIOUS; television Nursing family bring Stella Gonet back to reality. - Free Online Library".
  6. ^ "Meet the cast of The Salisbury Poisonings". Radio Times. Retrieved 14 June 2020.
  7. ^ "Stella Gonet on playing Margaret Thatcher". The Scotsman.

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