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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.

Gemma Atkinson

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.

Darren has enjoyed an interest in film for many years, studying the subject at Newport Film School where he worked on the film ‘Cop on the Edge IX: Prelude to Justice‘ in a directing and acting capacity. The official site can be enjoyed here. Darren setup WhatDVD.Net in 2003 to further his love of films and to write passionately about the movies he enjoys, and about those that he doesn’t.

Although his day-to-day activities mean that he now has less time to review movies than he would ideally prefer, he still tries to review new releases, and DVDs from his extensive collection, whenever possible.
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