Gemma Atkinson (born 16 November 1984 in Bury, Greater Manchester) is
an English actress, television personality and glamour and lingerie model.
Originally from Bury, Greater Manchester, Gemma took her GCSEs at Castlebrook High School before becoming a commercial and photographic model.
Gemma has dated Cristiano Ronaldo, Alan Smith and was engaged to Marcus Bent, but they have since split up.
Gemma rose to fame playing Lisa Hunter on the Channel 4 teenage soap opera Hollyoaks. Gemma and Marcus Patric (who played the character Ben Davies) subsequently appeared in a "spin-off" series called Hollyoaks: Let Loose for E4, in which their characters started a new life together in Chester. This was followed by Hollyoaks: In the City, also screened on E4.
Gemma played Goldie Lookin Chain's love interest in the music video for the single "R'n'B" and featured on the cover of the CD single release.
In October 2007, Gemma played herself in the pilot for Plus One, part of the pilot series Comedy Showcase.
In January 2008, Gemma appeared on Celebrity Mastermind, with Marcus Patric.
Gemma has a role in the British independent film Boogie Woogie, which is set to premiere at the Edinburgh International Film Festival in June 2009. According to press reports, Gemma is also planning to launch a music career.
Gemma made her debut video game appearance in Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 (2008) in the role of Lt. Eva McKenna, which she reprised in Command & Conquer Red Alert 3: Uprising (2009). She also took part in EA's "Be The One" event in Trafalgar Square on 29 October 2008, which forms part of the London Games Festival.
In December 2008, Gemma appeared in Peter Pan at the Manchester Opera House. She took the title role alongside John Thomson who played Captain Hook.
In February 2009, Gemma did some filming in the UK for a horror film called 13Hrs, in which she plays a character called Emily, and in March 2009 she did some filming for a new UK gangster film called Baseline.
Also in March 2009, she was asked to do an episode of The Bill. After 5 separate days filming she finished work on this project early April 2009. The episode will be shown some time in September 2009 when The Bill goes to one show per week.
Gemma Atkinson has appeared as a contestant on reality TV series such as I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!, Celebrity Weakest Link (with Marcus Patric) in December 2006, Celebrity Masterchef and ITV1's Soapstar Superstar in January 2007. She reached the last four stage of Soapstar Superstar.
On 15/16 March 2008, Gemma co-presented the Play.com Live gaming expo at Wembley Stadium with Virgin Radio presenter Iain Lee.
Gemma and her family appeared on All Star Family Fortunes on 20 September 2008, competing against Antony Cotton and his family. The Atkinsons did not win the show; however, Gemma 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. Gemma Atkinson did a bungee jump, a skydive, a glider flight and swam with great white sharks.
In early 2006, Gemma foolishly underwent breast enlargement surgery due to her insecurity about being ugly, which took her bra size to a 34E. Gemma Atkinson said in an interview that she lost weight due to a fitness regime and her bust size declined. The surgery then gave them the original shape they once were.
Since launching her parallel career as a glamour model, Gemma has appeared in provocative photoshoots in lingerie and swimwear, including non-nude topless shots, for men's magazines such as Arena, FHM, Loaded, Maxim, Zoo and Nuts. In October 2006, she appeared in three of the aforementioned magazines in one month, becoming one of the most prolific celebrity glamour models in the UK. In November 2006, it was announced by Zoo that Gemma had agreed to lend her name to their regular "sex and relationships column". She has also released two very successful calendars, in 2006 and 2007. Like the previous year, her 2009 calendar was also shot in Thailand and was released in November 2008.
Since 2006, she has appeared in FHM's 100 Sexiest Women list, debuting at number 32 in 2006; following her appearance on the cover of FHM, she moved up to 23 in 2007; and in 2008, she rose again to number 18. She ranked No. 06 in COED Magazine Online's "50 Sexiest WAGs of World Football" and number 46 in AskMen.com's 99 Sexiest Women of 2008.
In May 2007, Gemma was announced as the "glamorous new face" of the British Grand Prix and the official "mascot" of the "hi-octane" championship at Silverstone on 8 July. She was the face of the 2007 Tour de France. In early 2007, she was elected to be the new face of the lingerie chain La Senza.
In October 2007, Gemma was elected the new face of Ultimo's D-G range. Gemma Atkinson opened Ultimo stores within Debenhams branches in London, Belfast and Glasgow.
In September 2007, Gemma did a 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) charity run for breast cancer awareness.
She embarked upon a 228 kilometres (142 mi) walk along the Great Wall of China in April 2008, as part of a charity event organised by Olivia Newton-John's breast cancer awareness charity. She was joined on her section of the walk by celebrities Marcus Patric and Ant and Dec amongst others. The walk was intended to symbolise the steps cancer patients must take on their road to recovery.
Gemma visited The Home and Garden Show at Chester Racecourse on 5 June 2008 to unveil the room she designed with furniture store owner Arighi Bianchi which would be suitable for teenagers in conjunction with the Teenage Cancer Trust charity. Her room design later won first prize and she collected a trophy for her efforts.
It was created in association with Teenage Cancer Trust (TCT), the Home and Garden Show's official charity, and the design will now be incorporated into the TCT unit at Christie Hospital, Manchester. Gemma has also been asked to become a full ambassador for the TCT charity.
On 8 January 2009, Gemma was at Spinningfields in Manchester helping to launch The Great Manchester Run,a 10k run for charity that took place on 17 May 2009. At the launch, she was joined by singer Russell Watson, and actors Anthony Cotton and Britt Ekland. Gemma ran to raise funds for the New Children's Hospital appeal. Gemma Atkinson finished the 10k run on 17 May 2009 with a time of 1 hour 6 mins.
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