Profile: Gemma Atkinson
May 17, 2013
Born in 1984 in Bury, Greater Manchester, Gemma Atkinson began acting after a short but successful career in commercial and photographic modelling. She is perhaps best known for playing the role of Lisa Hunter on Channel 4’s hit soap Hollyoaks – a character she portrayed for five years.
After leaving the Hollyoaks cast, Gemma undertook a strict fitness regime which led to a new career in glamour modelling. It was around this time that she took part in Total Bootcamp, a popular fitness training course organised by Catherine Jane Pennington. The course is known for giving people the chance to achieve a healthy body and mind. While the courses last just one week, they can produce astonishing results – one participant, for example, lost 1st 4lbs by adhering to the professionally-planned diet and exercise routines.
In 2008, Gemma went on to make her video game debut, voicing LT. Eva McKenna in Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3, a role she reprised in the 2009 sequel, Uprising. From then on, she enjoyed a range of different roles, with appearances in some of the UK’s most loved programmes, including The Bill and Casualty. These parts were taken alongside work in two successful Dominic Burns films – as Hannah in How to Stop Being a Loser and Harriet Robburts in Airborne.
After appearing in Law & Order: UK, Gemma is due to play the leading female role in Samuel Victor’s Night of the Living 3D Dead, a modern adaptation of George A. Romero’s 1968 zombie classic.