Gemma Jones

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Gemma Jones
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Born Jennifer Gemma Jones
(1942-12-04) 4 December 1942 (age 75)
Marylebone, London, England
Alma mater Royal Academy of Dramatic Art
Occupation Actress
Years active 1962–present[1]
Parent(s) Griffith Jones
Robin Isaac
Relatives Nicholas Jones (brother)

Jennifer Gemma Jones (born 4 December 1942) is an English character actress on both stage and screen. Her film appearances include Sense and Sensibility (1995), Bridget Jones's Diary (2001) and Woody Allen's You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger (2010). For her role in the BBC TV film Marvellous (2014), she won the 2015 BAFTA TV Award for Best Supporting Actress.

Early life[edit]

Jones was born in Marylebone, the daughter of Irene (née Isaac; 1911–1985) and Griffith Jones, an actor (1909–2007).[2] Her brother Nicholas Jones is also an actor. She attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art,[3] where she won the Gold Medal.[4]

Career[edit]

Gemma Jones appeared at Nottingham Playhouse in 1965, as Anya, in The Cherry Orchard.[5] In 1966, she played the great soprano Giuseppina Strepponi in After Aida at the Old Vic Theatre. Jones became known to television viewers after starring in the BBC serial Kenilworth (1967) as Queen Elizabeth I, and in BBC 2's 1970 dramatisation of The Spoils of Poynton.

She was first recognised outside the UK in the mid-1970s, after playing the Empress Frederick in the BBC television drama series Fall of Eagles and Louisa Trotter in another BBC drama, The Duchess of Duke Street. In 1980, she played the role of Portia in the BBC Television Shakespeare production of The Merchant of Venice, opposite Warren Mitchell's Shylock.

Jones played Mrs. Dashwood alongside Kate Winslet, Alan Rickman and Emma Thompson in the Academy Award-winning period drama Sense and Sensibility (1995). Her other notable roles include Mrs. Fairfax in Jane Eyre (1997) Lady Queensbury in Wilde (1997), Grace Winslow in The Winslow Boy (1999), Bridget's mother Pam Jones in Bridget Jones's Diary (2001) and Poppy Pomfrey in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002), reprising her role in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009) and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 (2011).

From 2007 to 2008, she played Connie James in the BBC1 drama Spooks. She appeared in the Woody Allen film You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger in 2010. In 2011, she appeared in the BBC1 series Merlin, as the Cailleach, the gatekeeper to the spirit world. Also in 2011 she appeared in the Bridge Project's version of Richard III as Queen Margaret, alongside Kevin Spacey as Richard III and directed by Sam Mendes, at the Old Vic and subsequently on an international tour.

She received the British Academy Television Award for Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal of Neil Baldwin's mother, Mary, in the 2014 television film Marvellous.[6]

In 2015, Jones played the part of Petunia Howe in the three-part BBC series Capital, based on John Lanchester's novel of the same name.[7]

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role
1971 The Devils Madeleine
1988 Paperhouse Dr. Sarah Nicols
On the Black Hill Mary Jones
1995 Feast of July Mrs. Wainwright
Sense and Sensibility Mrs. Dashwood
1997 Jane Eyre Mrs. Fairfax
Wilde Lady Queensberry
1998 O.K. Garage Mrs. Wiggins
The Theory of Flight Anne
1999 The Winslow Boy Grace Winslow
Cotton Mary Eunice Pickles
2001 Bridget Jones's Diary Bridget's Mum
Don't Tempt Me Nancy
2002 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Madam Pomfrey
2003 Shanghai Knights Queen Victoria
Kiss of Life Sonia
2004 Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason Mum
2005 Fragile Mrs. Folder
2007 The Contractor Mrs. Day
2008 Good Mother
2009 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Madam Pomfrey
2010 You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger Helena
Forget me Not Lizzie Fisher
2011 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 Madam Pomfrey
Hysteria Lady St. John-Smythe
2013 Burn the Clock Becky
2014 Radiator Maria
2016 Bridget Jones's Baby Mum
2017 God's Own Country Deidre Saxby
Carnage Davina
Gypsy's Kiss Judith
You, Me and Him Sue Miller

Television credits[edit]

Year Title Role Note
1962 ITV Play of the Week Postmistress (episode: The Typewriter)
No Hiding Place Brenda
1963 The Human Jungle Pamela Phillips
ITV Television Playhouse Rachel (episode: Adam's Apple)
1965 Theatre 625 Victoire / Lucille Desmoulins (episode:Poor Bitos)
1966 ITV Play of the Week Vera Fawcett (episode: Come Laughing Home )
Thirteen Against Fate Antoinette Baron (episode: The Lodger)
Theatre 625 Nina (episode:The Seagull )
1967 Rainbow City Mary Steele 4 episodes
1968 Sanctuary Sister Stephens (episode: The Novice)
1969 The Wednesday Play Clarice 1 episode
1970 Crime of Passion Nicole Delcourt
1971 The Spoils of Poynton Fleda Vetch
1974 Fall of Eagles Princess Vicky
1976 The Duchess of Duke Street Louisa Trotter 1976–1977
1980 The Merchant of Venice Portia
1986 The Importance of Being Earnest Miss Prims TV Movie
1987 Inspector Morse Anne Staveley (episode: "The Dead of Jericho")
1988 The Storyteller Queen 1 episode
1989 Chelworth Virginia Hincham 8 episodes
1990 Ruth Rendell Mysteries Mrs. Peveril 3 episodes
1991 Devices and Desires – Adam Dalgliesh Alice Mair
1993 Wycliffe and the Cycle of Death Sara Glynn TV Movie
Screen One Nicky Dobbs 1 episode
The Return of the Borrowers Miss Menzies 3 episodes
1994 Faith Jane Moreton
1997 The Phoenix and the Carpet Mrs. Bibble
2002 Bootleg Mrs. Bubby
Midsomer Murders Maisie Gooch (episode "Ring Out Your Dead")
2003 Agatha Christie's Poirot Miss Cecilia Williams (episode "Five Little Pigs")
Trial and Retribution Dr. Jean Mullins 2003–2008
10 episodes
2005 All About George Kate Kinsey
2007 Spooks Connie James 2007–2008
Ballet Shoes Dr. Jakes TV Movie
2010 The Secret Diaries of Miss Anne Lister Aunt Lister
Whistle and I'll Come to You Alice Parkin
2011 Merlin The Cailleach 2 episodes
2012 The Lady Vanishes Rose Flood-Porter
2013 Death in Paradise Sister Anne 1 episode
Last Tango in Halifax Muriel 2 episodes
2014 Marvellous Mary TV Movie
2015 Teacup Travels Great Aunt Lizzie 2015–2017
45 episodes
Doc Martin Annie Winton 2 episodes
Unforgotten Claire Slater 6 episodes
Capital Petunia 3 episodes
2017 Diana and I Mrs. McDonald TV Movie

Other projects, contributions[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Noble, Peter, ed. (1982). 1982–1983 Screen International Film And TV Year Book. King Publications. 
  2. ^ "Gemma Jones Biography (1942–)". 
  3. ^ Gemma Jones Biography – Yahoo! Movies
  4. ^ Radio Times, p.6, 10–16 July 1971.
  5. ^ Nottingham Playhouse. Programme, The Cherry Orchard. 1965.
  6. ^ "Ant and Dec repeat Bafta success". BBC Online. 10 May 2015. Retrieved 10 May 2015. 
  7. ^ "BBC One: Capital". BBC Online. Retrieved 24 November 2015. 

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