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Gemma Atkinson: The Glamourous Life and Career of the British Actress

Gemma Atkinson
Gemma Atkinson

Gemma Louise Atkinson is a famous English actress who also worked as a glamour model during the earlier part of her career. Her stunning good looks and voluptuous ‘assets’ have made her very popular among the male population of Great Britain.  

Let’s take a look at the life and career of Gemma Atkinson.

When was Gemma Atkinson born?

Gemma Atkinson was born on November 16th, 1984.

Where was Gemma Atkinson born?

Gemma Atkinson was born in the Greater Manchester area of Bury. She studied in Castlebrook highschool, Bury.

What are some of Gemma Atkinson’s most famous roles?

Gemma Atkinson played the famous role of Lisa Hunter on the Channel 4 Tv show Hollyoaks (2001–2005) and on three spin-off series, Hollyoaks: After Hours (2004), Hollyoaks: set free (2005) and Hollyoaks: within the City (2006). She also played the role Tamzin Bayle on Casualty (2011–12, 2014), along with the role of Carly Hope on Emmerdale (2015–17).

Atkinson rose to fame playing Lisa Hunter on the hit Channel 4 tv show Hollyoaks. Gemma Atkinson, along with co-star Marcus Patric went on to appear in a spin off series Hollyoaks: Set Free. This was followed by Hollyoaks: within the City, also screened on E4.

Other television roles included appearing as herself in the pilot episode of Plus One, a part of the pilot series Comedy Showcase in October 2009. In 2009, she appeared as Ria Crossley, the girlfriend of a pusher within the Bill. Atkinson also appeared on the cast of British independent film Boogie Woogie, which premiered at the Edinburgh International festival in June 2009.

In May 2011, Gemma Atkinson began filming for her part for the BBC medical drama Casualty. She played the role of Tamzin, a paramedic; appearing onscreen from 13 August 2011, but had confirmed on Twitter that she would only appear for ten weeks (10 episodes). She left the show on 1 October 2011, after her sixth appearance but later returned to the show as Tamzin for the last time in 2014. 

In 2015, Atkinson began playing the role of Carly Hope for the ITV serial Emmerdale. 

Gemma Atkinson: Film Career

Atkinson appeared in the 2010 horror film called 13Hrs in February 2009 and a UK gangster film called Baseline in March 2009.

Atkinson played the role of Hannah on the cast of the 2011 romantic comedy film the way to Stop Being a Loser. The film also starred Richard E. Grant, Jill Halfpenny and Pamela Anderson.

She played the role of Harriett within the 2012 film Airborne. In 2013, she starred as a cast member of a remake of Night of the Living Dead, released in 3D. Also in 2013, she appeared in Devil’s Pass.

Atkinson played the role of Rhea Wagner as a cast member of the 2016 Bollywood film, Fever.

Gemma Atkinson: Stage Career

Atkinson appeared in Peter Pan at the Manchester opera in December 2008. She took the name part alongside John Thomson who played Captain Hook.

Gemma Atkinson also landed a role in the West End production of Tim Firth’s Calendar Girls at the Coward Theatre between 28 July and 17 October 2009. Atkinson played the character of Elaine. Atkinson also went on the road with Calendar Girls, she played Celia aka Miss September within the production. Between January and April of 2010, Gemma Atkinson co-starred in the calendar girls tour with Lynda Bellingham, Judith Barker, Debbie Chazen, Letitia Dean and Jan Harvey.

Gemma Atkinson also played the role of Belinda in the play This is Often How It Goes. The play was performed at the King’s Head Theatre in London between September 7th and October 3rd 2010.  

Atkinson has appeared as a contestant on reality TV series like I’m a star …Get Me Out of Here!, Celebrity MasterChef and Soapstar Superstar.

Which Songs did Gemma Atkinson Perform in Soapstar Superstar?

Gemma Atkinson also made the final four contestants list in ITV’s hit show Soapstar Superstar.

Gemma Atkinson performed the following songs on Soapstar Superstar:

  • Day 1: “Who Knew” (Pink)
  • Day 2: “Fields of Gold” (Sting)
  • Day 3: “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll” (Arrows/Joan Jett & The Blackhearts)
  • Day 4: “Love at First Sight” (Kylie Minogue)
  • Day 5: “You’re Still the One” (Shania Twain)
  • Day 6: “Brass in Pocket” (The Pretenders); Pink Medley: “Just sort of a Pill”/”Feel Good Time”/”Last to Know”

In December 2006, she appeared in Celebrity Weakest Link with Marcus Patric. In 2007, she participated in the BBC’s Celebrity MasterChef competition.

In November 2007, she appeared within the seventh series of I’m a star …Get Me Out of Here! in Australia. She finished in fifth place.

In January 2008, Atkinson appeared on Celebrity Mastermind. Gemma Atkinson also served as the co-presenter of Play.com’s live gaming expo at the Wembley Stadium on March 15th and 16th. 

Gemma Atkinson also made an appearance with her family on All Star Family Fortunes. While she didn’t win during her appearance against the family of Antony Cotton, she was given £1,000 for her chosen charity.

On 12 November 2008, she appeared in Jack Osbourne’s ITV2 show Adrenaline Junkie filmed in South Africa . These are the things that she did during her appearance on the show: bungee jump, a skydive, a glider flight and swimming with great white sharks.

In 2013, she appeared in an episode of I Really Like My Country, on BBC One. She also participated in a celebrity edition of The Chase in December 2015. After beating the chaser, Shaun Wallace, Gemma Atkinson took home £25,125 for her chosen charity, which happened to be the Bleakholt Animal Sanctuary.

In Autumn of 2017, Atkinson competed in the fifteenth series of BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing, where she was partnered with professional dancer Aljaž Skorjanec. The couple reached the semi finals of the competition on 16 December, where they finished either second, third or fourth (results not disclosed via the BBC).

Gemma Atkinson: Glamour Modelling Career

In early 2006, Gemma Atkinson underwent a breast augmentation procedure which increased her bra size to 34E. She said in an interview with Maxim magazine that she lost weight thanks to a fitness regimen and her breasts had reduced dramatically in size as a result. The plastic surgery procedure had restored their original size and shape.

As one of England’s most famous glamour models of all time, Gemma Atkinson has appeared in provocative photoshoots clad in lingerie and swimwear. Her photos have appeared in magazines such as Arena, FHM, Loaded, Maxim, Zoo and Nuts. In October 2006, she appeared in three of those publications during a single month, becoming one among the foremost prolific celebrity glamour models within the UK. Since 2006, she has also released calendars featuring her photos. Two of those calendars were shot in Thailand. 

Since getting her breast augmentation, Gemma Atkinson has been a regular fixture on FHM’s 100 Sexiest Women List. She made her debut at number 32 in the 2006 edition. She peaked at number 18 in the 2008 edition. Gemma Atkinson also finished at number 46 on AskMen.com’s 99 sexiest women list of the same year.

Gemma Atkinson: Promotional work

Gemma Atkinson has been involved in a lot of promotional work throughout her career. She was selected as the face of the 2007 British Grand Prix at Silverstone. She also worked for a pre Tour de France promotion for the Orange brand. 

She has also modelled for famous lingerie brands. Her highlights include being the face of LaSenza and Ultimo’s D-G range. She also inaugurated multiple Ultimo branches in London, Belfast and Glasgow.

Gemma Atkinson: Other notable work

Atkinson has also played Goldie Lookin Chain’s love interest within the music video for the only “R’n’B” and featured on the duvet of the CD single release.

Atkinson made her debut computer game appearance in Command & Conquer: alert 3 (2008). She played the role of Lt. Eva McKenna, which she reprised in Command & Conquer Red Alert 3: Uprising (2009). She was also a participant of  EA’s “Be the One” event in Trafalgar Square on 29 October 2008, which forms a part of the London Games Festival.

Also in 2013, Atkinson made an appearance on the video to Rizzle Kicks’s song “Skip to the great Bit”. Gemma Atkinson also co-hosted the Key 103 breakfast show between February 2017 and May 2018. 

Gemma Atkinson also served as a presenter for the Hits Radio breakfast show alongside Gethin Jones and Comedy Dave, and will move to a drivetime show in autumn 2019.

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