Gemma Ann Merna (born 6 February 1984) 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.
In the same year's National Television Awards she was nominated for Best Female Soap Actress.
Merna was born in Manchester and grew up in Worsley where she attended St. George's RC High School.
She was engaged to long-term boyfriend Ian Minton. Merna and Minton married at a ceremony on 27 May 2012; present were fellow Hollyoaks cast members.
Merna shared a house in Liverpool with on-screen Hollyoaks sister Jennifer Metcalfe, who plays Mercedes McQueen.
On Sky Sports,Manchester United F.C. and Liverpool F.C..
Merna revealed that she is a supporter of both
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.
On 14 October 2009 Merna presented awards, with Alan Hinkes, for the Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme, at the Kirkby Suite, Kirkby, Knowsley.