Gemma Merna

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Gemma Ann Merna
Born (1984-10-11) 11 October 1984 (age 29)
Manchester, England
Occupation Actress, Model
Years active 2006–
Employer Lime Pictures (2006–)
Channel 4 (2006–)
Television Hollyoaks (2006–present)
Splash! (2014)
Spouse(s) Ian Minton (2012–present)

Gemma Ann Merna (born 11 October 1984 in Cleethorpes, England) is an English actress and glamour model. She is best known for portraying the role of Carmel McQueen in the Channel 4 soap opera Hollyoaks since 2006.


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]

In the same year's National Television Awards she 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 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 she 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–present Hollyoaks TV Carmel Valentine 510+ Episodes, 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, 2011 All Star Family Fortunes TV Herself 2 Episodes
2013 Big Brother's Bit On The Side TV Herself 1 Episode, Guest
2014 Splash! TV Herself Heat 2


  1. ^ Green, Kris (27 May 2007). "The British Soap Awards 2007: The Winners". Digital Spy. Retrieved 31 October 2010. 
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  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

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