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Gemma Craven

Biography

Irish-born actress who played out Joan Parker in the favorite BBC series Pennies From Heaven and in addition appeared in Southern Pacific. She acted alongside Richard Chamberlain in 1976’s The Slipper as well as the Rose. She was ensemble in the film following its companies noticed her perform within a stage creation from the Threepenny Opera on the Bristol Aged Vic. She acted contrary Richard Burton in the 1983 film Wagner. She gained a Laurence Olivier Prize for her function in the musical They’re Playing Our Melody. She was briefly wedded to fellow professional, Frazer Hines. But she remarried David Beamish in 1990, plus they separated six years afterwards. She and celebrity Helen Mirren both went to St. Bernard’s Convent SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL for women in Essex, Britain.

Quick Facts


Full Name Gemma Craven
Date Of Birth June 1, 1950
Place Of Birth Ireland
Height 1.57 m
Profession TV Actress
Nationality Irish
Spouse David Beamish, Frazer Hines
Star Sign Gemini

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#Fact
1Her father suffered from Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP) for seven years before he died. This is the same disease that actor Dudley Moore died from.
2Her family moved from Dublin, Ireland when she was 10-years old
3Attended St Bernard's Convent High School for Girls in Westcliff-on-Sea in Essex.


Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Living and the Dying2012ShortPeggy
Hollyoaks2009-2010TV SeriesErin Fisher
Doc Martin2009TV SeriesMolly O'Brien
Heartbeat2009TV SeriesJudy Dean
The Clinic2006-2008TV SeriesDr. Julia Brady
Hollyoaks Later2008TV SeriesErin Fisher
Midsomer Murders2008TV SeriesJudy Hicks
My Life in Film2004TV SeriesMrs. Jones
The Cazalets2001TV SeriesMrs. Headford
The Hole2001Mrs. Dunn
Two Lives: Hell for Leather1999Short
The Bill1992-1998TV SeriesD.S. Heywood / Sara Gibbs
Two Lives1998TV SeriesMary
The Last Bus Home1997Reena's Mother
Father Ted1995TV SeriesPolly Clarke
Words Upon the Window Pane1994Mrs. Mallet
The Man Who Cried1993TV MovieJune
The Marshal1993TV MovieTeresa
The Brown Man1993TV Movie
The Mystery of Edwin Drood1993Miss Twinkleton
Take Off with T-Bag1992TV SeriesHedda Hoofer Bag
Double X: The Name of the Game1992Jenny Eskridge
Boon1991TV SeriesContessa Jean Di Cesare
Robin Hood1985TV SeriesLilith
The Morecambe & Wise Show1980-1983TV SeriesMiss Potter / Psychiatrist's Nurse / Michelle, Ernie's Au Pair / ...
Wagner1981-1983TV SeriesMinna / Minna Wagner
East Lynne1982TV MovieBarbara Hare
Why Not Stay for Breakfast?1979Louise Hamilton
Must Wear Tights1978Gemma
Pennies from Heaven1978TV Mini-SeriesJoan Parker
Kingdom of Gifts1978The Unhappy Princess (voice)
She Loves Me1978TV MovieAmalia Balash
Romance1977TV SeriesEmily
The Slipper and the Rose: The Story of Cinderella1976Cinderella
Hey Brian!1973TV SeriesGemma
Dick Whittington1972TV MovieAlice

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Boys: The Sherman Brothers' Story2009Documentary performer: "I Can't Forget The Melody"
The Dick Emery Special1979TV Movie performer: "Let's Hear it for Me"
Pennies from Heaven1978TV Mini-Series 5 episodes
She Loves Me1978TV Movie performer: "No More Candy", "Three Letters", "I Don't Know His Name", "Will He Like Me?", "Tango Tragique", "Dear Friend", "Where's My Shoe?", "Ice Cream", "Ice Cream Reprise"
The Slipper and the Rose: The Story of Cinderella1976performer: "Once I Was Loved", "Suddenly It Happens", "Secret Kingdom", "He Danced With Me/She Danced With Me", "Tell Him Anything But Not That I Love Him", "I Can't Forget The Melody", "Secret Kingdom" reprise

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Shag1989/Imusic supervisor

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Cash in the Celebrity Attic2010TV SeriesHerself
The Podge and Rodge Show2007TV SeriesHerself
4th Irish Film and Television Awards2007TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
The 50 Greatest Television Dramas2007TV Movie documentaryHerself
Heroes of Comedy2001TV Series documentaryHerself
Noel's Telly Years1997TV SeriesHerself
You Bet!1991-1995TV SeriesGuest / Herself
Bygones1994TV SeriesHerself - Guest Panellist
Treasure Hunt1985TV SeriesHerself - Contestant / Herself - Guest Skyrunner
Forsyth's Follies1983TV MovieHerself
The Morecambe & Wise Show1981TV SeriesHerself - Guest
This Is Your Life1981TV Series documentaryHerself
Starburst1981TV SeriesHerself
Song by Song1979-1980TV SeriesHerself - Music Performer
Des O'Connor Tonight1978-1980TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Call My Bluff1977-1980TV SeriesHerself
The Good Old Days1980TV SeriesHerself - Performer
The Dick Emery Special1979TV MovieHerself / Musical Guest
Blankety Blank1979TV SeriesHerself
The Royal Variety Performance 19791979TV SpecialHerself
Give Us a Clue1979TV SeriesHerself
Celebrity Squares1978TV SeriesHerself
3-2-11978TV SeriesCinderella - Special Guest
Perry Como's Olde English Christmas1977TV SpecialHerself
The Harry Secombe Show1973TV SeriesHerself - Guest

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1977Evening Standard British Film AwardEvening Standard British Film AwardsMost Promising Newcomer - Actress

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2007IFTA AwardIrish Film and Television AwardsBest Actress in a Supporting Role in TelevisionThe Clinic (2003)


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