Gemma Merna

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Gemma Ann Merna
Born (1984-02-06) 6 February 1984 (age 30)
Manchester, Lancashire, England, UK
Occupation Actress, Model
Years active 2006–
Television Hollyoaks (2006–2014)
Splash! (2014)
Spouse(s) Ian Minton (2012–present)

Gemma Ann Merna (born 6 February 1984) is an English actress and model. She is best known for portraying the role of Carmel McQueen in the Channel 4 soap opera Hollyoaks from 2006 to 2014


For her role in the British Channel 4 series Hollyoaks, which was Gemma Merna's first major TV role, she won Best Comedy Performance in the 2007 The British Soap Awards.[1]

At the 2007 National Television Awards, Merna was nominated for Best Female Soap Actress.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

Merna was born in Manchester and grew up in Worsley[2] where she attended St. George's RC High School.

She was engaged to long-term boyfriend Ian Minton.[3] Merna and Minton married at a ceremony on 27 May 2012; present were fellow Hollyoaks cast members.[citation needed]

Merna formerly shared a house in Liverpool with on-screen Hollyoaks sister Jennifer Metcalfe, who plays Mercedes McQueen.[citation needed]

On Sky Sports,[when?] Merna revealed that she is a supporter of both Manchester United F.C. and Liverpool F.C..[citation needed]

In a 2009 interview with Closer magazine, Merna said that having a breast enlargement at the age of twenty-one was one of the best things she ever did and that it gave her so much confidence.[4]

On 14 October 2009, Merna presented awards, with Alan Hinkes, for the Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme, at the Kirkby Suite, Kirkby, Knowsley.[citation needed]

Filmography: Television[edit]

Year Title Type Role Notes
2006–2014[5] Hollyoaks TV Carmel Valentine Series Regular
2009 Hollyoaks Later TV Carmel Valentine 5 Episodes
2009 Hole in the Wall TV Herself 1 Episode
2011 50 Greatest Wedding Shockers TV Herself TV Documentary
2011 Hollyoaks Best Bits 2011 TV Herself TV Documentary
2008, 2013 All Star Family Fortunes TV Herself 2 Episodes
2013, 2014 Big Brother's Bit On The Side TV Herself 2 Episodes, Guest
2014 Splash! TV Herself Heat 1, Contestant
2014 Virtually Famous TV Herself 1 Episode, Panelist


  1. ^ Green, Kris (27 May 2007). "The British Soap Awards 2007: The Winners". Digital Spy. Retrieved 31 October 2010. 
  2. ^ "Worsley girl made up with TV award". Manchester Evening News. 31 May 2007. Retrieved 29 July 2014. 
  3. ^ "Gem is all white on her big night", The Sun, 1 June 2009. Retrieved 5 May 2011
  4. ^ "I'm finally happy with my body",, 23 June 2009. Retrieved 2 November 2011
  5. ^ [1]

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