Stacey Shipman (née West; b. 1981) is a fictional character in the television series Gavin & Stacey. She is portrayed by Joanna Page.

Characterisation[edit | edit source]

Stacey is the bubbly yet somewhat brattish and childish "protagonist" from Barry, Wales who is twenty-six at the start of the series and living in Barry, South Wales, with her mother, Gwen West. Her father, Trevor, died in 2004, leaving her Uncle Bryn to adopt a fatherly role. She has a good, strong relationship with her brother, Jason, who lives in Spain. Her best friend is Nessa and her husband is Gavin Shipman, whom she marries in 2007. I

Background[edit | edit source]

She was born and raised in her hometown island of Barry, South Wales. Her father, Trevor West died three years ago. She lives with her mother, Gwen West. Stacey has a past of several lovers, unlike her husband, Gavin. Her best friend, Nessa, is always round her house and Stacey relies on her for advice.

Stacey is 26 and is from Barry, near Cardiff. Stacey works for Bedmore Electronics in Barry. Her father, Trevor, died three years ago, and she lived at home with her mother in Barry until her marriage. Her gay brother, Jason, lives in Spain. She had been engaged five times before meeting Gavin Shipman, something she preferred to forget and kept from him. She is very bubbly, excitable and full of conversation but also slightly fragile and prone to overreacting. An example is her misreading Gavin's sudden businesslike tone during a call from work when his boss appears over him, immediately thinking he is trying to break up. Gavin then has to drive all the way to Barry to patch things up.

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She confides frequently in her best friend, Nessa. Stacey has never been away from Barry Island before she visits Gavin, and becomes very homesick when she marries him and moves to Essex. After a few months of finding no work, she tells Gavin she can no longer live in Essex and will be moving back home. During the course of their separation, Stacey decides their selfishness about where they live means they are not meant to be together and is on the verge of giving her wedding ring back when Nessa goes into labour. After Nessa gives birth, they make up and resolve to find a way for both of them to be happy. A few months later, Gavin decides to get a job in Cardiff so he can move to Barry Island to keep Stacey happy. Stacey discovers she is pregnant in the final episode of Series 3, after desperately taking a large number of pregnancy tests.

Character History[edit | edit source]

Series One[edit | edit source]

Stacey has been in contact with Essex Boy, Gavin for six months through the work phone. For the first time, Gavin and Stacey meet up with each other in London and their friends, Nessa and Smithy tag along to make sure that they are all right. Stacey falls in love with Gavin the moment they meet and they have instant chemistry. Everyone checks into the hotel and Gavin and Stacey spend their first night together. When the dreaded time to leave comes, both Gavin and Stacey are distraught. Then Gavin drives to Wales to surprise Stacey. They get married in the last episode of series 1, despite it being revealed to Gavin that he is Stacey's sixth fiancé

Series Two[edit | edit source]

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When she and Gavin get married they move into Gavin's Essex home. However it isn't long until Welsh born-and-bred Stacey starts to miss home and so at the end of Series Two they discuss where to live and that leads to at the start of Series 3, they move to Wales.

Series Three[edit | edit source]

Gavin got a job in Cardiff so he and Stacey had to move. Stacey is loving every moment of it but Gavin is lonely now that Smithy isn't around. The couple are trying for a baby and it is revealed that Gavin has a low sperm count. However they still try at the end of season three Stacey becomes pregnant with Gavin`s child. At the end of series 3, she has settled down with Gavin in her hometown, pregnant.

Christmas Special 2019[edit | edit source]

By the 2019 Christmas Special, Stacey and Gavin have inherited Doris' house and are living there, with their three children: Harri, Caitlin and Megan.

Series 4[edit | edit source]

Keep up to date with James Corden & Ruth Jones to find out more!

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Stacey vows to start quitting smoking at age 28 and definitely give up by 30.
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