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Gemma Craven
Born Gemma Craven
1 June 1950 (1950-06-01) (age 59)
Dublin, Ireland
Occupation Actress, Performer, Singer, Musician
Years active 1972-present
Spouse(s) Frazer Hines (1981-1984)
David Beamish (1990-1996)

Gemma Craven (born 1 June 1950) is an award-winning Irish actress.

Craven is possibly best known for her role in the Irish TV drama The Clinic as Dr. Julia Brady.


Craven's family moved away from Dublin when she was 10 years old, and she attended the same school as Helen Mirren, St Bernard's Convent High School for Girls in Westcliff-on-Sea in Essex.

She appeared as "Cinderella" in the film The Slipper and the Rose opposite Richard Chamberlain.[1] Cast as an unknown, she was spotted by one of the producers while doing a stage play. The local press touted the event as her own "Cinderella" story. The musical gave Gemma an opportunity to shine with her impressive singing talents.

In London's West End, she starred opposite Tom Conti in the musical They're Playing Our Song[2] and starred in Noël Coward's Private Lives opposite Marc Sinden, Tony Anholt and his wife Tracey Childs, which toured throughout 1991 and into 1992.[3] She also played Josie in Boy George's Taboo and features on the OCR singing Independent Woman.[4][5]

She appears frequently on television, including making guest appearances on Robin of Sherwood, The Bill, The Morecambe and Wise Show and Father Ted (episode "And God Created Woman"). She also appeared alongside Bob Hoskins in the acclaimed TV version of Dennis Potter's Pennies From Heaven and in the popular English drama Midsomer Murders episode, "Shot at Dawn" as Judy Hicks, the wife of Dave Hicks (Brian Capron).

On film she made an appearance in The Mystery of Edwin Drood.

On radio, she plays the part of Helen in the BBC Radio 4 comedy Clare in the Community.

She currently appears on Irish television in the popular medical drama series The Clinic which runs weekly on RTÉ One.

In November/December 2008 Gemma appeared in Hollyoaks Later as Erin "Ma" Fisher - Mother to Malachy, Kris & Bernadette.


  1. ^ Gemma Craven at the Internet Movie Database
  2. ^ Theatre of Comedy productions 1980
  3. ^ British Theatre Guide 2001
  4. ^ British Theatre Guide 2006
  5. ^ "Taboo". Dress Circle. Retrieved 2009-03-29.  

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