Jemma Palmer

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Jemma Palmer
Eve - Jemma Interview.jpg
Palmer before her debut match
Ring name(s) Jemma Palmer
Billed height 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
Billed weight 128 lb (58 kg; 9.1 st)
Born (1983-04-10) 10 April 1983 (age 31)
Sutton Coldfield, England[citation needed]
Trained by Ultimate Pro Wrestling
Debut 2005

Jemma "Jem" Palmer (born 10 April 1983)[1] is an English model and professional wrestler. She was briefly signed to WWE. She is also known by the name Inferno, which she used in the 2008 British television series Gladiators.[1] In 2011, she became known for taking part in the twelfth series of Big Brother - the first series broadcast on Channel 5.


Palmer grew up modelling under the encouragement of her mother,[2] winning the Little Miss Midlands and Miss Littlesea competitions as a child.[3] As an adult she entered a number of competitions, becoming a finalist in the 2006 Musclemania Britain which she later won,[4] Miss Hawaiian Tropic, Ms USA Dream Bikini Body and Miss Maxim UK competitions. She also came third in the Maxim Little Black Book UK modelling competition.[1]

She went on to model in many publications including Loaded,[5] WWE Magazine,[6] FHM[7] and Fabulous Magazine.[8] Her modelling work was compared to video game character Lara Croft by the Daily Mail.[9]


While her mother encouraged Palmer into modelling, her father encouraged her into athletics.[2] She enrolled in the cadets where she began to train in climbing, abseiling and amateur wrestling.[3] She would later gain a purple belt in submission wrestling.[10]

As a fan of Gladiators growing up, when rumours mounted of a revival show in 2008 she began sending promotional material to television companies. Her wrestling manager landed her an audition for the similarly timed American Gladiators revival, but she received a call up for Sky1's British version days later and passed their fitness test. She performed in both series of Gladiators under the name Inferno, sporting red hair and a fiery, flirtatious personality.[10] Despite not appearing on the American version, BBC America aired Gladiators in the United States.[2] As a cadet, she also later appeared on Sky1's Battle of The Forces which pitted the British Army, Royal Navy and RAF against each other.[10]

Professional wrestling career[edit]

British circuit (2005–present)[edit]

Along with her other exploits Palmer also was a fan of wrestling, particularly the original incarnation of D-Generation X.[11] In 2005, she began to appear for the Frontier Wrestling Alliance (FWA) mainly as a valet for Doug Williams.[12] This led to her having a try out match with World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) alongside Katarina Waters who went on to become Katie Lea Burchill.[11] Although she was not signed, she was later offered a scholarship to train at Ultimate Pro Wrestling.[13] During her time on the circuit, Palmer filmed a reality television show based on pro wrestling as one of the three lead stars.

After much training, she was booked for her debut match against Jetta at Pro-Wrestling: Eve's first show on 8 May 2010 in Sudbury, Suffolk.[14] Before her match with Jetta she suffered an injury in her hand but wrestled the match anyway, with a storyline written in that Jetta attacked her and goaded her into a match while she was explaining the injury to the crowd. The referee stopped the contest and awarded it to Jetta out of concern for Palmer's health.[15]

World Wrestling Entertainment[edit]

On June 29, 2009 it was announced that Palmer had signed a contract with World Wrestling Entertainment.[16][17] Palmer was released from her contract before reporting to WWE's farm territory Florida Championship Wrestling after she was granted her usa work visa for unknown reasons.[18]

Big Brother[edit]

Palmer entered the UK Big Brother house part-way through the twelfth series in October 2011, joining her younger sister, Faye who had been part of the series since the beginning.[19] Palmer voluntarily left the House on Day 48.

Business interests[edit]

In October 2011, Palmer invested in a company called Buff Naked Butlers, which provides semi-naked butlers for events in Wales and England. Additionally, there is evidence of connections between Palmer and Palmer industries.[20][21]


  1. ^ a b c "Gladiator Zone biography". Gladiators. Retrieved 13 November 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c MacIntyre, April (3 November 2008). "BBC America Gladiators UK: Interview with Inferno". Monsters and Critics. Retrieved 30 May 2010. 
  3. ^ a b "Intrigue Management Biography". Intrigue Management. Retrieved 30 May 2010. 
  4. ^ "2010 Model World Tour profiles". Model World Tour. Retrieved 30 May 2010. 
  5. ^ "New issue out now". Loaded. Retrieved 30 May 2010. 
  6. ^ "WWE signs new developmental Diva in UK Gladiator". Diva Dirt. 29 June 2009. Retrieved 30 May 2010. 
  7. ^ "Gladiators' goddesses face off in racy shoot". London: Daily Mail. 4 June 2008. Retrieved 30 May 2010. 
  8. ^ Astill, Amanda. "Get a Gladiator body (no pugle required)". Fabulous Magazine. News of the World. Retrieved 30 May 2010. 
  9. ^ "Meet the real life Lara Croft: Inferno leads the new generation of superfit Gladiators". London: Daily Mail. 11 April 2008. Retrieved 30 May 2010. 
  10. ^ a b c Mohan, Megha (13 November 2008). "Gladiators Babe Interview". IGN. Retrieved 30 May 2010. 
  11. ^ a b "Dishin’ Dirt with Jemma Palmer". Diva Dirt. 14 July 2008. Retrieved 31 May 2010. 
  12. ^ Aldrin, Mike (24 February 2010). "Sexy Jemma Palmer set to heat up WWE". London: The Sun. Retrieved 19 July 2010. 
  13. ^ "Ultimate University returns to the R1 Center in Los Angeles!". Ultimate Pro Wrestling. Retrieved 19 July 2010. 
  14. ^ Read, Dann (8 April 2010). "Are you ready? Battle 4 is signed for May 8!". Pro Wrestling Eve. Retrieved 2 May 2010. 
  15. ^ Burton, Lee (12 May 2010). "Eve debut is quite a Knight". London: The Sun. Retrieved 18 July 2010. 
  16. ^ Aldren, Mike (2 July 2009). "Daily wrestling news and gossip". London: The Sun. Retrieved 4 July 2009. 
  17. ^ "Jemma "Inferno" Palmer contratada por WWE" (in Spanish). SuperLucha. 1 July 2009. Retrieved 28 July 2009. 
  18. ^ "Former WWE Developmental Talent Jemma Palmer Enters UK Big Brother House". Diva Dirt. Black Pants, Inc. 7 October 2011. Retrieved 11 November 2011. 
  19. ^ "Maisy gets boot from Big Brother". The Belfast Telegraph. 7 October 2011. Retrieved 18 March 2012. 
  20. ^ "Jemma Palmer’s New Business Venture". PR Fire. 14 December 2011. Retrieved 18 March 2012. 
  21. ^ "About Us". Buff Naked Butlers. Retrieved 18 March 2012. 

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