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Ruth Gemmell

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Occupation  Actress
Years active  1991–present

Name  Ruth Gemmell
Role  Actress
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Born  2 January 1967 (age 56) (1967-01-02) Darlington, County Durham, England
Spouse  Ray Stevenson (m. 1997–2005)
Education  Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art
Movies and TV shows  Fever Pitch, Utopia, Storage 24, F, Offender
Similar People  Ray Stevenson, Johannes Roberts, Vicente Amorim, Dennis Kelly, John Akomfrah

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Ruth Gemmell (born 1967) is an English actress, known for her role in the 1997 film Fever Pitch. Gemmel is also known for her work on the television show Utopia as Jen Dugdale.


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Gemmell has also appeared in the long running television show Silent Witness as mainly Detective Constable Kerry Cox. Gemmell appeared first in 1996 in eight episodes, following this stint as Cox Gemmell appeared in two other characters firstly as Beth Ashdown in 2006 and then finally in 2014 as Ellie Brooke. In the first series Gemmell appeared as Kerry Cox in "Buried Lies", "Long Days Short Nights", "Darkness Visible" and "Sins of The Fathers", as Ellie Brooke Gemmell appeared in "Undertone" and as Beth Ashdown in "Terminus".

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Gemmell has also appeared in several shows a guest star, most notably Gemmell has featured in Casualty as Monica Darling during 2014. Gemmell has also appeared in long running series Midsomer Murders as Diana Carnarvon during 2015 in the episode "A Vintage Murder", the series was the third highest rating of the series.

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Gemmell is also known as a leading character in the successful ITV Series Home Fires as the Reverend's wife Sarah Collingbourne, Gemmell is a main character in the show and has appeared in all episodes so far in the show. In the show Gemmell's character is the sister of the Women's Institute President Frances Barden and supports her through the show. However when her husband is captured Sarah must face troubles and must rise to the challenge. The first series gained a rating average of 6.2 Million; this led to it being commissioned for a second series. The premiere episode gained a rating of 5.2 Million Views with a 23.7% share.

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Early life

Ruth Gemmell was born in Bristol but grew up in County Durham, England, where she attended an all-girls' school in Darlington called Polam Hall School. She has three brothers. Her parents divorced when she was a child and she moved with her mother to Darlington from Barnard Castle. Later she moved to London, to live with her father and to pursue her acting dream. She states; "I moved to London because I assumed you had to go to drama school there...I didn't know any better. Having not lived with my dad before I thought it was an ideal opportunity, which is crazy now!"

She trained at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art in London.


Gemmell has played a variety of roles mainly in theatres plus TV dramas. She played the leading female role Fever Pitch, based on Nick Hornby's novel of the same name, starring opposite Colin Firth and had another leading role in the comedy/drama 2 January (2006).

In 2004 she starred in Tracy Beaker's Movie of Me as the mother of the title character, who abandoned her when she was a baby, leading her to spend life in a children's home.

From January 2009 she became a recurring character in EastEnders as Debra Dean, the mother of a teenage girl who, identically to her role in Tracy Beaker's Movie of Me, abandoned her daughter when she was an infant.

In August 2009, she starred as Rebecca Sands in two episodes of The Bill.

Gemmell has appeared three times in the BBC's police drama Waking the Dead, playing two different characters. Her first appearance was in 2002 in the episode Special Relationships as DI Jess Worral, a former lover of DSI Boyd. She next appeared in the episode Sins of seventh season in 2008 as Linda Cummings, an exceptionally intelligent serial killer. Gemmell reprised the role of Cummings in Endgame, the fourth episode of the eighth season of the show. The storyline had Cummings manipulating Boyd and revealed that Cummings' accomplice was responsible for the drugs overdose that killed Boyd's son Luke. The role reprisal of Cummings is a first in the show's history.

Gemmell's ex-husband Ray Stevenson has also appeared in the show as consultant child abductor in the episode Fugue State.

Gemmell starred in Episode 8 of Jimmy McGovern's BBC drama Moving On playing the role of Joanne, in November 2010.

In November 2011, Gemmell played Lady Shonagon in the adaptation for BBC Radio 4 Woman's Hour of "The Pillow Book", by Robert Forrest. She appeared as Jen, the wife of an adulterous civil servant, in Channel 4 drama Utopia, in early 2013.

In 2015, Gemmell appeared in the television series Penny Dreadful as Octavia Putney for five episodes.

Television work

  • Band of Gold (1995)
  • The Bill (1999, 2003, 2009)
  • Silent Witness (1996, 2006, 2014)
  • Dalziel and Pascoe (2002): "For Love Nor Money"
  • Waking the Dead (2002) (DI Jess Worral): "Special Relationship"
  • The Inspector Lynley Mysteries episode 2.1 "Playing for the Ashes" (2003) (Jeannie Waring)
  • Spooks (2003) "Without Incident" / "President's Visit" (Miranda)
  • Tracy Beaker's Movie of Me (2004) (Carly Beaker, Tracy's Mother)
  • Midsomer Murders episode 9.1 "The House in the Woods" (2005) (Anne Merrick)
  • A Touch of Frost (2006) (Christine Harris)
  • Summerhill (2008) (Rose)
  • Waking the Dead (2008, 2009) (Linda Cummings): "Sins", "Endgame"
  • EastEnders (2009, 2010) (Debra Dean)
  • Primeval (2009) (Katherine Kavenagh)
  • Lewis (2009): "Your Sudden Death Question" (Robyn Strong)
  • Casualty (2010): "No Place Like Home" (Kate Margolin)
  • Moving On (2010): "Losing My Religion" (Joanne)
  • Inside Men (2012): (Rebecca Leighton)
  • Utopia (2013): (Jen)
  • Holby City (2013): "Only Human" (Amanda Layton)
  • Silent Witness (2014): "Undertone" (Ellie Brooke)
  • Father Brown (2013) Martha Quinton "The wrong shape"
  • Inspector George Gently (2014) "Irene Seddon"
  • Casualty (2014): "Deadfall" (DC Monica Darling)
  • Midsomer murders (2015) episode 17.4 "A Vintage Murder" (Diana Carnarvon)
  • Home Fires (2015) as Sarah Collingborne
  • Penny Dreadful (2015) as Octavia Putney
  • Film work

  • Fever Pitch (1997)
  • 2 January (2006) [1]
  • Good (2008)
  • F (2010)
  • Offender (2012)
  • Theatre work

  • Betrayal
  • The Weir
  • Nabokov's Gloves
  • The Turn of the Screw
  • Othello
  • Measure for Measure
  • Uncle Vanya
  • An Ideal Husband
  • The Winter's Tale
  • The Second Mrs Tanqueray
  • The Importance of Being Earnest
  • A Tale of Two Cities
  • Death and the Maiden
  • Coram Boy
  • She performed in Macbeth and King Lear for the Royal Shakespeare Company in 2004/2005.

    Personal life

    Gemmell was married in Westminster, London, in 1997 to actor Ray Stevenson, whom she met in 1995 during the filming of TV drama Band of Gold. The couple divorced in 2005.


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